Rachel Swirsky, May 6

Break the Rules!

Rachel Swirsky. Photo by Folly Blaine, 2011.

May 6, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University District, Seattle

Learn how, when, and why to break all the rules with author Rachel Swirsky.

Tell, don’t show. Dump your information. Write in second person. Write in passive voice. Use adverbs. To heck with suspense.

Rules mark what’s difficult, not what’s impossible. There’s a whole range of exciting storytelling possibilities beyond them. Not every story needs to be in second person, but when it’s the right voice for the right story, it can be magic. The right information dump, written perfectly, can become a dazzling gymnastic feat of beauty, fascination, or humor.

In this workshop, you’ll explore these concepts and more through discussion, lecture and imaginative writing exercises, and you’ll walk away with new techniques for shaping your stories and discovering new ones.

Rachel Swirsky enjoys writing fiction that people call impossible. She has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and she graduated from Clarion West in 2005. She’s published over seventy stories, and her short work has been nominated for the Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award and Locus Award, among others. Her novella “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” won the Nebula Award, as did her short story “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.” You can visit her website at rachelswirsky.com, chat with her on most social media under her name, and support her writing at Patreon.