About the Course
This course is aimed at writers with an interest in science fiction and fantasy or who are already actively writing in those genres.
Covering the key aspects of the two genres it includes sessions on world-building, creating alien and fantastical creatures and characters, past and future technology, systems of magic and storytelling in SF and fantasy worlds.
"Interesting presenter and a wide breadth of content, very engaging." Mij
"Good intro to generating story ideas & understanding genre mechanics."
"Engaging, thoughtful & knowledgeable."
About your tutor:
Ian McHugh’s first success as a speculative fiction writer was winning the short story contest at the 2004 Australian national SF convention. Since then he has sold stories to professional and semi-pro magazines, webzines and anthologies in Australia and internationally. His stories have won grand prize in the Writers of the Future contest, been shortlisted five times at Australia’s Aurealis Awards (winning Best Fantasy Short Story in 2010), reprinted in Australian year’s best anthologies, honourably mentioned for world year’s bests and appeared in the Locus and Tangent Online annual Recommended Reading Lists. He graduated from the Clarion West writers’ workshop in 2006. His first collection of short stories, Angel Dust, was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Collection in 2015.