Calling all writers of speculative fiction, of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and magical realism. Writers of the weird, the paranormal, the supernatural, utopias and dystopias. The Speculative Fiction Writers Collective (SFWC) welcomes you all.
Whether you're working on a novel, a chapter book, or short story, SFWC is the place to share your works in progress, give and receive constructive and critical feedback, and to exchange ideas. And since those of us who spend so much time in the worlds of our imaginations often do so at the expense of socializing, SFWC is a place to meet cool new people in the "real world", too.
Come prepared to be challenged. This is a sanctuary for new ideas to blossom, but also a critical space where toxic ideas will be rooted out, scrutinized, and ultimately destroyed at the edge of a sword or the burning point of a laser beam. We will actively challenge the genre's resistance to change, its tendencies towards exclusion, and the sorts of prejudices that have proliferated for decades, unexamined because "it's just fiction".
After all, what is speculative fiction if not a critique of society — of our very reality. What is it, if not a projection of our hopes for what the world could be, or our fears of how it might end up?
The Collective has three different kinds of meet ups:
• The Collective Writing Workshop – where members will share what they're working on - whether a short story or an excerpt from a larger work. It's also the place to give some exposure to some of those stories that have been floating around inside your head, or even locked into a desk drawer gathering dust. Where applicable, the first few minutes will be spent allowing to introduce themselves, talk about what they're working on, and their expectations for the group.
• The Comprehensive Critique Workshop is for when one chapter just isn't enough. One member will be chosen to have their work subjected to a more in-depth reading and critique, submitting up to 100 double-spaced pages, or otherwise a significant enough selection to provide readers with a broader context, and to give us a better idea of how the story will work as a whole.
• The Speculative Fiction Review is a monthly group reading and discussion. One work within the genre, of 350 pages or less, is selected by the group and then read independently by members over the course of the next month. The purpose of this meet up is to tap into the creativity of others to inspire our own work, and to extrapolate lessons on craft through group analysis. So, yeah, it's basically a book club. If perhaps an ambitious one.
The guidelines for each meet up can be reviewed here. Please take the time to read them.