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Southern Oregon: “World Building the Lazy Bastard Way” with Fonda Lee
On Saturday, May 6th at Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. 3rd St. Southern Oregon Willamette Writers will host Fonda Lee. Morning presentation from 10 a.m. to noon (9:30 for networking) and afternoon workshops from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Morning session: “World Building the Lazy Bastard Way”
10 AM-12 PM (free for members, $10 for guests)
Worldbuilding can feel like an overwhelming process. How do you create and convey a fictional world that is richly imagined and utterly convincing—without losing you or your reader in minutiae or spending two years working on maps and genealogy charts? Science fiction and fantasy author Fonda Lee explains how to go about worldbuilding in a way that’s intuitive and efficient (and not actually lazy). Regardless of whether you write speculative fiction or any other genre, you’ll come away with an understanding of 1) what makes for effective worldbuilding 2) why it’s important to have the story drive the world and not the other way around and 3) how to approach worldbuilding in a thorough yet efficient manner.
Afternoon workshop: “Worldbuilding in Practice”
1:30PM-3:30 PM ($25 for members, $30 for guests)
Building on the Lazy Bastard Way, participants will have a chance to put what they’ve learned to practice with writing exercises designed to stretch your creative muscles and help you improve whatever world you’re building in your own work.
About our Speaker: Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. Her debut novel Zeroboxer was a Junior Library Guild Selection, ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, Andre Norton finalist, Oregon Book Award finalist, and Oregon Spirit Book Award winner. Her second novel, Exo, also a Junior Library Guild selection, released in February. Her next book is the gangster fantasy saga Jade City, launching as the first in a new trilogy from Orbit in November. Named the 2015 Willamette Writers Up and Coming Award Winner, Fonda has spoken and taught at conventions and conferences around the country. She is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, and action movie aficionado. Fonda lives in Portland and can be found online at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.
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