Original Story Content
November 18, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University District, Seattle
“I’ve never read anything like this.”
“I LOVE this. So imaginative. So fresh. So different.”
“No one could have written this but you.”
Original concepts are some of the rarest and most powerful tools in a writer’s arsenal. This workshop guides writers through concept generation, analysis, and development to create concepts that are unique and personal, and differentiate themselves.
Workshop techniques will include combining trunked ideas to form unique hybrids; genre challenge exercises such as creating fantasy worlds that contain no magic; surrealist parlor games; rituals to promote brainstorming such as light deprivation; and a revised Clarion-style critique system.
Henry Lien graduated from Clarion West in 2012. Since then, his short fiction has been published in Asimov’s, F&SF, Analog, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and been nominated for multiple Nebulas. He enjoys writing about very specific things such as wu liu (a sport he made up combining figure skating and kung fu), imperial court eunuchs, earthquakes, grandes dames of the Gilded Age, aquatic gardening, and how to talk to dolphins. His first novel Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword was published by Holt/Macmillan in 2018. Henry has also served as the art director of Lightspeed Magazine and the arts editor of Interfictions. Originally from Taiwan, Henry lives in Hollywood, CA. www.henrylien.com