Writers Workshop: Writing a Fan Fiction World
Ages: Teen and Adult
Zoom Link: Meet by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89582132704?pwd=MkZQMlovNU01KzVuOHZoQWFFZys4dz09
Many pro writers have started in fan fiction. It’s a great place to hone your skills, learn how to write a successful plot, and to define your style. It can also be a lot of fun.
This workshop is for fan writers (those who are borrowing characters to take on adventures) or writers of any kind of fiction. We will cover as much as we can in our time with a Q and A at the end.
Here’s a taste of the tips and tricks—and they are not in order:
- Keeping your character true—whether borrowed or created, a character needs to have a firm base. The character should grow (or change) but the background shouldn’t.
- Grammar counts. A quick primer on how to punctuate a conversation, use commas, and avoid other errors.
- You know those writers who’s words seem to flow…. Their imagery paints vivid pictures….and you wish yours did the same. We will cover some tricks—avoiding choppy writing, over used words, and using the right word.
- Plot holes. Ah, plot holes. You know those things. You were setting your story in Bombay and suddenly your character is in Paris….
- How do you write? Modular or linear? In private, or do you need a sounding board?
- Beta reading versus editing—and why it’s great to have both.
Catherine Schlein has edited and published over fifty fan publications. She has written stories in many different genres—from fan fiction to original fiction—and her stories and art have been in numerous fan fiction zines. Her goal when editing, was to help the writer be a better crafter of stories and a number of the people she worked with have gone on to be professionally published. She is proud of every one of them. As a teacher, she loves to watch her students blossom.