Learn to write speculative fiction with Aliya Whiteley
Let your imagination take flight in this online workshop on speculative fiction with multi-talented author Aliya Whiteley.
Through a combination of writing exercises and group discussions, Aliya will share advice and techniques for how to craft original stories filled with strangeness and charm.
Whether you’re a seasoned sci-fi writer, or simply looking to try this exciting genre for the first time, this workshop will open new avenues to explore in your writing. You will learn to:
- Craft the perfect opening sentences and paragraphs
- Utilise reader expectations to create unusual and gripping narratives
- Play with genre and use speculative fiction ideas to tell your story
This workshop will take place online via Zoom. You will need access to the internet via a computer or similar device. Details of how to join the event will be sent a few days before.
One bursary place is available for this workshop. Click here to apply →
About Aliya Whiteley
Aliya Whiteley writes across many different genres and lengths. Her 2014 SF-horror novella The Beauty was shortlisted for the James Tiptree and Shirley Jackson awards. The following historical-SF novella, The Arrival of Missives, was a finalist for the Campbell Memorial Award, and her noir novel The Loosening Skin was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. Published in 2020, her novels Greensmith and Skyward Inn are works of speculative fiction. Skyward Inn was shortlisted for a BSFA award in 2021. She has written over one hundred published short stories that have appeared in Interzone, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, F&SF, Strange Horizons, The Dark, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Guardian, as well as in anthologies such as Unsung Stories’ 2084 and Lonely Planet’s Better than Fiction. Her latest collection of short fiction, From the Neck Up, was published by Titan Books in 2021. Aliya writes a regular non-fiction column for Interzone.
‘Whiteley is one of our greatest melders of genre and literary fiction… one of the few writers who combine a mastery of story and writing with an understanding of the possibilities of brevity. She may be our generation’s Muriel Spark. There, I said it. That good.’ – Bookmunch