The Basics of Writing Speculative Fiction

Instructor: John F. Allen
Date: Monday, May 11
Time:  6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

The Basics of Writing Speculative Fiction is a basic guide on what speculative fiction consists of and how to create a Speculative Fiction Short Story from beginning to end.

In this 3-hour course, you will learn the basic mechanics of writing a Speculative Fiction Short Story including: plot, setting, characters and world building.

Students are encouraged to bring laptops, tablets, or notebooks to write notes and to complete the free writing exercises.

John F. Allen is an American writer born in Indianapolis, IN. He is a founding member of the Speculative Fiction Guild and a member of the Indiana Writers Center. John began writing stories as early as the second grade and pursued various forms of writing at some point, throughout his career.  He studied Liberal Arts at IUPUI with a focus in Creative Writing, received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and is a current member of the American Legion. John’s debut novel, The God Killers, was published in 2013 by Seventh Star Press, and he has since had numerous novellas and short stories published by various publishers. He is currently working on multiple novel, novella and short story projects, as well as a book of poetry. John is also a freelance copywriter. John currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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