@RobertJSawyer is funny. Who knew?

Saturday, I took an awesome class with Toronto sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer (Flash Forward, etc.) The topic was: A thematic approach to writing science fiction. It was held at local sci-fi bookstore Bakka-Phoenix.

I’d seen Rob on panels at conventions before and expected a good class because I knew he would be prepared, interesting, well-spoken and provide me with good material. He did all those things.

But nobody told me Rob is funny. I haven’t laughed and learned simultaneously like that in forever. When he’s on panels, of course his time to speak is limited and it just isn’t the same as having four hours to provide serious information and interject a few fun things.

I’m now totally hooked on writing from theme. Picking your theme in advance will save you much time vs. allowing themes to emerge organically, which a lot of the writerly advice, well, advises.

If you missed Robert’s class, my pal Kate Freiman is teaching an online class about writing from theme (and, for no extra cost, you also get… Motif!) through the RWA. I suggest you sign up. The class started yesterday, but since it’s online, I’m sure you can catch up. Here’s the info: http://www.passionateink.org/workshops/




About Gina X. Grant

Gina X. Grant writes ingenious plotlines with twists, turns and sometimes magic. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents the Hunger Games series. Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER trilogy is available from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. She lives in Toronto, Canada, just blocks from the house she grew up in. She’s married to a friendly curmudgeon from a mining town in Northern Ontario. They have one rescued hound, Storm, named for Gina’s other pen name. Storm Grant—the writer, not the hound dog—writes engaging action adventure with two heroes. Since 2007, she has published with a variety of e-publishers and more recently, self-publishes. Gina’s and Storm’s books are available at all your favorite etailers, such as Amazon, Kobo and iTunes. Visit ginaXgrant.com or stormgrant.com to find out more.

Posted on October 2, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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