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Speculative Fiction Reading Group: A Wizard of Earthsea

I am once more working with ScribLab, this time bringing something a little different - a reading group!  You can sign up here and I have copied the details below . If well attended, I will be doing more of these reading groups in the future. The Speculative Fiction Reading Group is led by Aurora Hurd and is open to all - those brand new to the speculative fiction umbrella of genres and those who are long-time readers/writers. While there will be an exploration of craft elements, the goal first and foremost is to enjoy these stories.  Stories will be chosen in a rotation between works by authors who identify in the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, authors of color, and women authors. The group will explore classics of speculative fiction as well as the current boom in works by diverse authors. To prepare for each meeting: Read the book of the month. Keep the following question in mind: Was there a particular piece of writing craft (character building, description, pacing, etc) that stood out to you

It's time for another Speculative Fiction Crash Course!

Long time no workshop! Well, good news - there are going to be more in the future, the first one happening this month. I will be running my Speculative Fiction Crash Course once more through Scrib Lab ! When? Sunday, April 24th, 2pm-3:30pm Eastern Where? Online via Zoom Workshop Description:  What is speculative fiction, anyway? How does one go about writing the fantastic? And why is it important? In this exciting workshop, we'll answer these questions by looking at key elements of craft, examining what this grouping of genres encompasses, and discovering the history and influences upon it. There will be prompts and time to write in class so students can explore speculative writing for themselves. Click here to sign up!

Project: Writing Prompts

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 Do you like writing prompts?  Then you might  want to follow my Instagram , where I am posting three new prompts each week. If you try any of them out, let me know!

Class: Speculative Fiction Crash Course

I am excited to announce that Saturday, June 26th, 4pm-5:30pm ET I will be teaching a new, free virtual workshop with SCRiB LAB !  Workshop Description:  What is speculative fiction, anyway? How does one go about writing the fantastic? And why is it important? In this exciting workshop, we'll answer these questions by looking at key elements of craft, examine what this grouping of genres encompasses, and discover the history and influences upon it. There will be prompts and time to write in class so students can explore speculative writing for themselves. Sign up here and check out other upcoming workshops and virtual writing halls SCRiB LAB is hosting here !

Class: Crafting Characters Online Workshop (again!)

If you missed my character class in April, I will be teaching it again on Saturday, May 22th from 4 pm - 5:30 pm EST/1 pm - 2:30 pm PST. It is a free virtual workshop with  SCRiB LAB  on Crafting Characters. Class Description:  Characters drive the movement in any story. This workshop will explore this through prompts and questions meant to drive into understanding your character. What are their motivations, wants, fears? How they act and react in the situations you are placing them in? Then explore how this fits into the plotting process. Sign up here  and check out other upcoming workshops and virtual writing halls  SCRiB LAB is hosting here !

Class: Crafting Characters Online Workshop

Sunday, April 11th, 4 pm - 5:30 pm I will be teaching a free virtual workshop with SCRiB LAB on Crafting Characters Class Description: Characters drive the movement in any story. This workshop will explore this through prompts and questions meant to drive into understanding your character. What are their motivations, wants, fears? How they act and react in the situations you are placing them in? Then explore how this fits into the plotting process. Sign up here  and check out other upcoming workshops and virtual writing halls SCRiB LAB is hosting here !

Project Announcement: Radio Show 'Songs of Vermont'

 I am working with Big Heavy World to interview Vermont songwriters about their craft. About: Songs of Vermont is deep dive into the lyric writing process and craft of local songwriters. Local artists talk with me, Aurora Hurd, about the stories behind their songs, the time it takes to craft them, how they break through writer's block, and more. Every other Wednesday at 3pm .