Where are we?

In the pack:

  • Kieron Gillen on Eternals, WicDiv & Star Wars
  • Abi Daré on using voice
  • Farhana Shaikh on short stories
  • Ian Nettleton’s science fiction course
We explore a diversity of disciplines in this pack, across science-fiction and comics, novels and short stories, with a focus on building the world within a story.
Our colleague Sarah Bower talks to Abi Daré about her Desmond Elliott Prize Shortlisted novel Girl With the Louding Voice, which reflects rural Nigeria through the voice of the book’s heroine. Abi talks about building place via its characters and how second language, translation and watching her young daughter learn to speak all inspired the inventive language of the book.
Meanwhile, our colleague Simon talks to comics writer Kieron Gillen on how he researches and develops his worlds, both for his own projects and when working with the Marvel and Star Wars franchises.
Writer and editor Farhana Shaikh shares the 8 top tips invaluable to every short story writer, showing that a limited word count shouldn’t limit the vivid world of the story.
We also share Ian Nettleton’s brilliant online course on world building within science fiction.
Happy writing!
Laura Stimson,

National Centre for Writing,
October 2020
Laura Stimson has worked with National Centre for Writing since 2007. She has managed the Escalator Literature and Common People mentoring schemes amongst others. She is currently managing the Early Career Awards. Laura has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and has recorded vocals for poet Luke Wright. She won the 2015 Word & Women Prize and is represented by Blake Friedmann Agency.

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