When someone at WD asked me what agent would make a great teacher for a webinar about writing fantasy, paranormal and science fiction, the first person I thought of was Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. First of all, she sells a ton of books in these genres; second of all, she is even a paranormal series writer herself! So it was very exciting when she signed on to teach “Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal,” a new webinar on June 9, 2011.
It all goes down at 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, June 9, 2011, and lasts 90 minutes. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 1 year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation or ask the presenter questions. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat the instructor during the live event and ask questions. Sign up here.
1. Lucienne can speak to you from both a writer’s perspective as well as a gatekeeper’s (agent’s) perspective about what works. She sells lots of fantasy and sci-fi books; she writes paranormal; she does it all. This webinar will discuss building rich and resonant worlds and
cultures using an anthropological systems approach; developing
protagonists and antagonists; and unique magic systems, complete with
rules and restrictions. We’ll also go over plot building, both in terms
of stand-alone novels and series development. What you will learn:
- Building worlds that are unique and believable, whether they be in
far off space or other earths (i.e., high fantasy or science fiction)
or our own world at a slant (i.e., urban fantasy and paranormal romance)
- Creating viewpoint characters who are as real as you and I.
Intriguing main characters are one of the key elements that will get an
agent or editor to keep reading and ask for more pages to read
- Developing magic systems with inherent logic and consistency
- Working with internal and external conflict to drive the story
- How to professionally present your ideas when your writing is ready for submission to agents and editors
2. The critique. Following the event, all registrants are invited to submit their story pitch to instructor Lucienne Diver for a critique. Pitches should be 200 words max, like pitches found in query letters. Lucienne may ask to see pages from any pitches she enjoys. Sign up here.
3. Get your questions answered. In any WD webinar, no question goes unanswered. If you need some personal attention to pressing questions, ask Lucienne. She will answer every question asked.
Lucienne Diver joined The Knight Agency in 2008 after spending 15 years at New York’s prestigious Spectrum Literary Agency. Over the course of her 18-year career, she has sold more than over 700 titles to major publishers, and has built a client list of over forty authors, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery/suspense, and young adult fiction. In addition, she’s an author in her own right with the Vamped series of young adult books for Flux and the new Latter-Day Olympians series of urban fantasy books, beginning with Bad Blood, from Samhain Publishing. She also writes the Agent Anonymous articles for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
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