The first part of this workshop will focus on worldbuilding in a writing practice and how writers can engage readers in the worlds they create - either real or imagined. This workshop will utilize elements of speculative fiction (such as time travel, fluidity of time and the use of sorcery) as a means to challenge and explore personal and systemic confrontations of the human experience. The second part of the workshop will dive deeper into the physical aspects of worldbuilding; specifically how to create vivid settings with sensory details, and how those sensory details can be used to help the reader better understand the characters and theme.
Chelsea Catherine is a creative writing veteran. Formerly a K-5 after school teacher, they transitioned to teaching writing on panels and through Keep St. Pete Lit. Since then, they have guest taught at Barrelhouse and the Alderworks Artist Residency. Their focuses are sensory detail and writing "bad" women.
Silk Jazmyne is a student of life who loves narrative in all its forms and the artistically strange. Speculative fiction writer, teaching artist for Kitchen Table Literary Arts and Grubstreet Writers. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Tampa.
Something to write with – pen and paper or a laptop.
Printed copies of short stories and excerpts to read. All will be relevant to the work.