Popping on to link to the YouTube of the panel I did through the Cymera Festival where I interviewed 3 of the scientists I asked questions for while researching Goldilocks. It was a great event and I enjoyed it. Bonus is you can see my mom in the video, haha! She’s the redhead who looks like me, unsurprisingly.
Also the full Cymera programme went up for its 2020 digital iteration, and I am doing two workshops next month:
Saturday, June 6, 2020: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (UK time)
One of the best and most useful skills you can develop to navigate life as a creative practitioner is resilience: the ability to recover from the inevitable setbacks and make an alternate plan of action to new or changing goals. The second skill that is useful is innovation, both in terms of creative executions of ideas and as an author. P.M. Freestone and Laura (El) Lam will lead you on a workshop to help you think about how to adapt to changes, take rejection, think outside of the box, and be nimble in a radically changing and often opaque industry. Laura Lam is a writer and creative writing lecturer who just released her sixth novel (Goldilocks) and is about to release her seventh (Seven Devils, co-written with Elizabeth May). She has been publishing for over seven years and has had plenty of unexpected plot twists in her career along the way. P.M. Freestone just released her second YA novel, Crown of Smoke, and her day job is creating and running award-winning writing programmes for productivity, motivation and project management at universities around the world.
This workshop will give you insight, tips, and tricks to develop resilience and innovation while also carving out the headspace to remain creative when it feels like you are being pulled in several directions at once.
Have you ever wondered how rising oceans might affect another planet? How food shortages and the threat of war would affect an ancient kingdom of mythical creatures? How young people might fare thrust into a future they did not choose? Be it Game of Thrones’ White Walkers, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’s Darkening, or any post-apocalyptic future, climate change has become increasingly prevalent in fiction as our world meets new challenges. Using Fantasy, Science Fiction and Dystopias, this workshop explores key worldbuilding techniques and looks at the numerous ways this concept can be tackled in modern narratives. Join Katie Griffiths and Laura Lam for an afternoon of getting creative with the end of the world as we know it.
Tickets are on tiers depending on what you can afford–but please do be aware that I think our fee is dependent on what is donated, and many writers have had cancelled events and lost income due to what’s going on in the world. So please do pay if you have the means.
You can see the full programme with lots of other amazing events here.