Mosman Community College





Course ID 40222
Price $135.00 (GST included)
Status Module is finished.
Location St Lukes, 4 Heydon Street Mosman
Tutor Zena Shapter
Sessions 1 session of 6 hours
Start date Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Finish date Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Time 10.00am - 4.00pm

Speculative stories can involve thought-experiments, the 'what if' of fiction, the beyond and the magical, and fantastical ideas that take readers away from the everyday sometimes very far away, sometimes so close it's only when we shut the book we realise we've been away at all. It can also be more than that. By putting characters in unusual situations, speculative fiction can show us who we really are.

Join us to travel to planets light-years away or dive into a far-distant yet magical past. Conjure magic, play with science, invent futuristic societies, imagine mystical creatures, explore secret skills and hidden treasures, open any door you like and set your imagination free! Discover how to transform your ideas and craft tales of wonder that will amaze readers. Develop effective worldbuilding tools. Set the stage with convincing, authentic and original worlds that make sense. Create memorable characters whose compelling stories stay with readers long after they’ve finished reading.

We also discuss publishing today, industry insights, and pitching to publishers. This transformative course will awaken and invigorate your imagination! Designed for writers of all levels.

* Overview of speculative fiction as a genre
* Worldbuilding excellence setting the stage
* How to develop and structure speculative ideas
* Create memorable characters relevant to your world
* Avoid plotting pitfalls
* How to polish and transform your writing

About the presenter

Zena Shapter is a Ditmar award-winning author, creative writing tutor and mentor, freelance editor, copywriter and social media consultant. She has won ten national writing competitions and is published in magazines such as "Midnight Echo" and anthologies such as "Award-Winning Australian Writing". She writes close-to-reality books of the unexplained and adventures that get you thinking. She also founded and leads the widely attended Northern Beaches Writers' Group, whose collaborative writing has also won multiple awards. Read her through the links on her website at


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