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Writing SFF

Writing SFF:
A 60-Minute Masterclass

Liesel Schwarz


Science fiction and fantasy – or speculative fiction – is the literary success story of the 21st century. The genre has never been so popular and the worlds of film and TV are dominated by adaptations of SF masterworks, from the epic fantasy ‘Game Of Thrones’ through to the dramatic dystopia of ‘The Hunger Games’.

‘Writing SFF’ by award-winning steampunk novelist Liesel Schwarz, is a masterclass on the vital components of writing great speculative fiction. From building credible worlds and engaging characters to devising compelling plots, it will give you the confidence to unleash your stories. With additional, practical advice on how to pitch and present to agents, publishers and readers, it will lead you into the limitless world of SFF. All in an hour.

‘Writing SFF’ covers:

+ Research: The devil lies in the details
+ World building
+ The ingredients of SFF: plot, character and narrative
+ Manuscript wrangling for beginners
+ Publication pitfalls & the writer’s life

60-Minute Masterclasses are expert ebooks that help you do more with your creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Locking on to the stuff that you actually need to know, each title is a precise, practical pointer on the matters that matter most.


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About the Author

Liesel Schwarz is the award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Alchemists, the first book in her Chronicles of Light and Shadow Steampunk series. A life-long fan of 19th Century Gothic literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de Siècle, and the correct way to drink absinthe. A member of both the British Science Fiction Association and the British Fantasy Society, she is currently completing her PhD in science fiction and fantasy writing at Brunel University.

Discover Liesel Schwarz’s Chronicles of Light and Shadow series

A Conspiracy of Alchemists A Clockwork Heart Sky Pirates