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Multiverse: Science-Fiction Poetry with Russell Jones
Jun
9
3:45 PM15:45

Multiverse: Science-Fiction Poetry with Russell Jones

Explore a range of exciting sci-fi poems with SF poery editor, Dr Russell Jones. Create and share ideas, before trying your hand at writing your own sci-fi poem in a supportive group.

No experience required, session open to all!

About Russell

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published four pamphlets and one full collection of poetry and has edited three anthologies, two of science fiction poetry, and one of poems about Edinburgh. He is the deputy editor and poetry editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a sci-fi magazine from Scotland. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and has published research on the poetry of Edwin Morgan.

Running time: 90 minutes

Materials will be provided. This workshop is suitable for writers aged 14+.

Price £10/£8 concession

Venue: Cheviot Room

This workshop is supported by the Edinburgh Napier University’s MA Creative Writing.

The Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University loves science fiction, fantasy and horror, making it unique among postgrad degrees. The MA focuses master-class feedback and one-to-one mentoring instead of the usual peer review workshops, preparing students for life as professional genre writers. It offers specialist modules on writing graphic novels and YA fiction, important creative areas ignored by other writing programmes.

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Writing for Young People with Lari Don
Jun
9
1:30 PM13:30

Writing for Young People with Lari Don

Magic can be dark and dangerous, monsters embody our darkest fears, most fairy tales are just a step away from horror stories… Yet magic, monsters and fairy tales are the ingredients of many of our favourite children’s books! Join Lari Don, award-winning children’s writer, to discuss why and how to use old tales to inspire new kids’ fiction, and to explore ways to enchant and excite young readers.

About Lari

Lari Don has worked in politics and broadcasting, but is now a full-time writer and occasional storyteller. She grew up in the north-east of Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of the four Fabled Beasts Chronicles novels, Rocking Horse War, and the award-winning Mind Blind for young teens. She also writes picture books, including The Tale of Tam Linn and The Secret of the Kelpie.

This workshop is for writers aged 16+

Running time: 90 minutes

Tickets: £10/ £8 concession

Venue: Cheviot Room

This workshop is supported by the Edinburgh Napier University’s MA Creative Writing.

The Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University loves science fiction, fantasy and horror, making it unique among postgrad degrees. The MA focuses master-class feedback and one-to-one mentoring instead of the usual peer review workshops, preparing students for life as professional genre writers. It offers specialist modules on writing graphic novels and YA fiction, important creative areas ignored by other writing programmes.

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Building a Career
Jun
9
1:30 PM13:30

Building a Career

Laura Lam and David Bishop lead a session looking at different ways to make writing your profession, and how to create a portfolio career across a range of storytelling media.

About Laura

Originally from sunny California, Laura Lam now lives in cloudy Scotland. Her next novel is the feminist space opera, Seven Devils, co-written with Elizabeth May. Lam is also the author of BBC Radio 2 Book Club section False Hearts, the companion novel Shattered Minds, as well as the award-winning Micah Grey series PantomimeShadowplay, and Masquerade. Her short fiction and essays have also appeared in anthologies such as Nasty WomenSolaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of History, and more. She lectures part-time at Edinburgh Napier University on the Creative Writing MA.

About David

David Bishop is programme leader for Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. The author of twenty published novels and an award-winning screenwriter, he helped found the innovative MA Creative Writing programme at Edinburgh Napier in 2009. David is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers' Association. He is a trustee of the Cymera Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing, which launches in June 2019. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship by Creative Scotland in 2017. .

Running time: 90 minutes

Tickets: Free

Venue: Pentland Room

This workshop is supported by the Edinburgh Napier University’s MA Creative Writing.

The Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University loves science fiction, fantasy and horror, making it unique among postgrad degrees. The MA focuses master-class feedback and one-to-one mentoring instead of the usual peer review workshops, preparing students for life as professional genre writers. It offers specialist modules on writing graphic novels and YA fiction, important creative areas ignored by other writing programmes.

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Writing the Body with Georgina Bruce
Jun
9
11:30 AM11:30

Writing the Body with Georgina Bruce

In this workshop, you will explore techniques for making your writing more immediate, vivid and visceral. Through a variety of critical and practical approaches, you will develop and deepen your ability to write convincing detail, and to ground your stories in the embodied experiences of your characters. You will have the opportunity to explore the connections between the physical, emotional, and political in your writing, and learn how to create powerful and arresting effects.

About Georgina

Georgina Bruce is a writer and teacher. Her short stories have been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and have been longlisted for the Bridport and Mslexia short story prizes. In 2017, her story “White Rabbit” won the British Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. Her debut collection, “This House of Wounds,” is due out in May 2019.

Running time: 90 minutes

Materials will be provided. This workshop is suitable for writers aged 14+.

Price £10/£8 concession

Venue: Cheviot Room

This workshop is supported by the Edinburgh Napier University’s MA Creative Writing.

The Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University loves science fiction, fantasy and horror, making it unique among postgrad degrees. The MA focuses master-class feedback and one-to-one mentoring instead of the usual peer review workshops, preparing students for life as professional genre writers. It offers specialist modules on writing graphic novels and YA fiction, important creative areas ignored by other writing programmes.

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CANCELLED: Writing Across Media with Cara Ellison
Jun
8
5:30 PM17:30

CANCELLED: Writing Across Media with Cara Ellison

Unfortunately, Cara has had to cancel her appearance at Cymera 2019.

All tickets will be refunded automatically.

A good story is the starting point for much of the content we are consuming today, from that show you binge watch to the video game that kept you up all night.

Join writer Cara Ellison as she shares the secrets to writing not only across genres but also across media.

About Cara

Cara is a video game narrative designer, most of the time. She's the author of Embed with Games, a book about the year she spent traveling and sleeping on the couches of games developers. She's recently written Void Bastards, a strategy-shooter about prisoners in space, and is also working on Dreams for Media Molecule. She wrote for Becoming Dangerous, Fiction & Feeling's last anthology, about making a pilgrimage to Skye to find Scáthach's Fortress of Shadows. She wrote for the BBC show Last Commanders, which was recently nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. She is currently working on her first comic book.

Running time: 90 minutes

Materials will be provided. This workshop is suitable for writers aged 14+.

Price £10/£8 concession

Venue: Cheviot Room

This workshop is supported by the Edinburgh Napier University’s MA Creative Writing.

The Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University loves science fiction, fantasy and horror, making it unique among postgrad degrees. The MA focuses master-class feedback and one-to-one mentoring instead of the usual peer review workshops, preparing students for life as professional genre writers. It offers specialist modules on writing graphic novels and YA fiction, important creative areas ignored by other writing programmes.

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Plotting Your Story with David Bishop
Jun
8
1:30 PM13:30

Plotting Your Story with David Bishop

MA Creative Writing programme leader David Bishop reveals the secrets to crafting a well-structured plot that  can bring story ideas and themes together on the page for your readers.

About David

David Bishop is the author of twenty published novels and an award-winning screenwriter, he helped found the innovative MA Creative Writing programme at Edinburgh Napier in 2009. David is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers' Association. He is a trustee of the Cymera Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing, which launches in June 2019. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship by Creative Scotland in 2017. In his copious spare time David is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Lancaster University in England.

Running time: 90 minutes

Tickets: Free

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: Pentland Room

This workshop is supported by the Edinburgh Napier University’s MA Creative Writing.

The Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University loves science fiction, fantasy and horror, making it unique among postgrad degrees. The MA focuses master-class feedback and one-to-one mentoring instead of the usual peer review workshops, preparing students for life as professional genre writers. It offers specialist modules on writing graphic novels and YA fiction, important creative areas ignored by other writing programmes.

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World-Building with Laura Lam
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

World-Building with Laura Lam

Award-winning author Laura Lam leads this workshop on world-building, packed with top tips and entertaining exercises to help you build more compelling worlds for your stories.

About Laura

Originally from sunny California, Laura Lam now lives in cloudy Scotland. Her next novel is the feminist space opera, Seven Devils, co-written with Elizabeth May. Lam is also the author of BBC Radio 2 Book Club section False Hearts, the companion novel Shattered Minds, as well as the award-winning Micah Grey series PantomimeShadowplay, and Masquerade. Her short fiction and essays have also appeared in anthologies such as Nasty WomenSolaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of History, and more. 

Running time: 90 minutes

Tickets: Free

Venue: Pentland Room

This workshop is supported by the Edinburgh Napier University’s MA Creative Writing.

The Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University loves science fiction, fantasy and horror, making it unique among postgrad degrees. The MA focuses master-class feedback and one-to-one mentoring instead of the usual peer review workshops, preparing students for life as professional genre writers. It offers specialist modules on writing graphic novels and YA fiction, important creative areas ignored by other writing programmes.

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