KFPL invites sci-fi writers to hone their skills at upcoming workshops

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Local author Jerri Jerreat has partnered with Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) to provide writing workshops for sci-fi writers. The first of these will explore building a believable future for science fiction stories.

“Far from being just a backdrop, an intriguing future is critical, whether your story is set on Earth, on another planet or in space,” explained Anne Hall, Programming and Outreach Librarian.

This writing workshop will focus on creating a convincing future in solarpunk, a type of eco-fiction set in a future where we’ve somehow managed to deal with today’s global environmental crisis, according to a release from KFPL. Writing: Creating a Believable Future will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., over Zoom.

Jerreat is an accomplished author, with an MFA in Creative Writing. She taught Creative Writing for six years at St. Lawrence College. KFPL said her stories have been published in the two Glass and Gardens solarpunk anthologies, Nevertheless: Tesseracts Twenty-One, and a dozen literary journals including The New Quarterly and The Yale Review Online.

“Make sure you have a way to take notes — a laptop, a tablet, or even paper and pen – and are prepared to have some fun in this interactive workshop,” Jerreat said.

Register online at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/5516404 or by phone at (613) 549-8888. Participants will receive a link after registering and will need Zoom on their device to access the workshop.

Jerreat will return Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. with another science fiction writing workshop via Zoom, Writing: Character, Suspense and Theme in Eco-Fiction.

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