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Southern Oregon YWW: How to Make Your Characters Feel Real in Speculative Settings with Cidney Swanson

May 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

How to Make Your Characters Feel Real in Speculative Settings

Our May YWW meeting is coming up in a few days, Saturday, 5/4/19, from 10-11:30 am, at the Central Point Library, and we’re super excited to see you there!

For this month, we’ll meet with award-winning, science fiction/fantasy author Cidney Swanson, focusing on “How to Make Your Characters Feel Real in Speculative Settings.” In the workshop, you’ll have a chance to work on character building prompts as well as time for theory discussion and questions.

About Cidney Swanson How to Make Your Characters Feel Real in Speculative Settings with Cidney Swanson

Cidney Swanson writes unforgettable contemporary characters who are genuinely shocked to find themselves thrown into perilous Sci-Fi/Fantasy situations. Well, except for the heroine from Mars. Come on. How shocked could a Mars colonist be to find herself in a Sci-Fi peril? After they (fine, *most of them*) get over their shock, they start kicking butt and taking names, and usually do some kissing along the way.

Cidney’s complex plotting and stick-with-you characters have resulted in a few nice awards, including a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 and an SCBWI Spark Honor Book. When she’s not placing her characters in peril, Cidney can be found asking her husband, cats, kids, and anyone else who will listen, why it rains so much in the Willamette Valley.

Join us on May 4th, and receive a free copy of Cidney’s book Saving Mars, Book 1 in the Saving Mars series. Here’s a teaser of the book: “When the food supply of Mars’ human settlement is decimated, seventeen-year-old Jessamyn Jaarda, the best pilot Mars Colonial has ever seen, flies to Earth to raid for food. Earth-Mars relations couldn’t be worse, and her brother is captured during the raid. Breaking rules of secrecy and no contact, Jess finds an ally in Pavel, nephew to a government official, but their friendship only makes more agonizing the choice before her: Save her brother or save her planet?

To learn more about Cidney or her books (she writes multiple series!), please visit cidneyswanson.com.

Our group is open to all teens (age 13-18)! Membership in Young Willamette Writers is $20 per year and includes not only the monthly workshops with published authors but also:
Periodic raffle drawings at each workshop for free books from visiting authors (winners will receive a copy of the author’s current book AND a copy for their SCHOOL LIBRARY, too!), discussions and networking with writing industry professionals (like publishers and agents!), and the opportunity to attend the WW conference in Portland in August!




May 4, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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