Sierra Writers Conference Feb 10-12 - Stories that Matter; (Re)Imagining Past and Future
Days are longer in the spring, as the Earth’s axis increases its tilt relative to the Sun. ebszabo Climate Fiction (CliFi) is a genre that addresses the ways that climate change is already transforming our world. By anticipating and elaborating on what these changes might mean in the not so distant future, writers of CliFi use … Continue reading tilt
Pollution involves the introduction of waste or contaminants into the natural world, causing adverse and potentially catastrophic changes. Often pollutants are a result of processes or behaviors that generate benefits to some, without regard for consequences to all. Call the act of polluting 'short-sighted' or 'selfish', but changes of heart (and thus behavior) are not inspired by name calling. … Continue reading pollution is personal
Belief is more easily shaped by emotions than by facts. This is why the facts of climate change are so hotly contested. Write to make change. photo: LosHawlos Writing prompt: Here is a conductor's bag with money changer - create the world ten years from now in which whatever you believe about climate change proves true. Discover … Continue reading the world is flat
adj: resembling twilight. or: birds, insects, or animals active at twilight. This is a word that doesn't sound like what it means. Crepuscular sounds faintly menacing or like a medical condition. Forget the definition, in a 10 minute free-write respond to what this word evokes, and discover the foundation for a speculative fiction story.
Imagine a world where owning a luxury condo, in a missile silo buried 174 feet underground, is a sign of affluence. Imagine a world where 1,820-square-foot condos sturdy enough to withstand a nuclear attack are selling faster than they can be built. What happens when Sci Fi and Cli Fi stop being fiction? That's a lot … Continue reading collateral damage
It isn't difficult to imagine apocalyptic outcomes for our world. Story lines and character motivations are revealed every day - rich with plots and subplots, political trickery and ecological treachery. Writing prompt: Read: North Texans to Texas Railroad Commission: Stop the 'Frackquakes' and: Leaked Transcript Gives Oil Lobbyist Taste of His Own Medicine Write this into fiction. Change … Continue reading Frackquakes
Begin here: photo: Orion Nebula Space Galaxy Write a scene involving two people in orbit, each believing they have been sent away together for entirely different reasons. Begin with "I'm the one they've been waiting for..." Incorporate at least three of the five senses.