Writing classes and workshops
Your chance to learn from the Master - a two-day writing class
with Orson Scott Card
Uncle Orson's Writing Class
Date: 23-24 March 2005
Venue: West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington
Uncle Orson's writing class is a two-day seminar where you'll get
to discuss the essence of writing with the master storyteller. It
is open to novice and experienced writers alike.
Participants will take part in discussions, lectures and idea sessions
from morning until night, with Orson Scott Card leading the way.
For more information, check out Orson Scott Card's website, http://www.hatrack.com.
Card is a renowned American author. He is best known for the Ender's
series (which includes Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead). But
his experience is not limited to one genre or form of storytelling.
His contemporary novels Lost Boys, Treasure Box, and Homebody brought
a powerful emphasis on character and moral dilemmas to the old-fashioned
ghost story. His "Women of Genesis" series-Sarah, Rebekah
and soon Rachel and Leah - brings these ancient matriarchs to life.
Perhaps Card's most innovative work is his American fantasy series
"The Tales of Alvin Maker", whose first five volumes are
set in a magical version of the American frontier. France awarded
Heartfire, the fifth book in the series, its highest science fiction
award, Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2000.
Card's works have been translated into many languages, including
Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian,
Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish,
Swedish and Turkish.
A dozen of Card's plays have been produced in regional theatre,
including the musical Barefoot to Zion (written in collaboration
with his composer brother, Arlen L. Card). His historical novel,
Saints, has been an underground hit for several years, and he has
written hundreds of audio plays and a dozen scripts for animated
video plays for the family market.
Card has written two books on writing: Character and Viewpoint
and How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, the latter of which
won a Hugo award in 1991. He has taught writing courses, including
his Literary Bootcamp at UNC-Greensboro and Utah Valley State University,
and a novel-writing course at Pepperdine. He has also taught in
such workshops as Antioch, Clarion, Clarion West, Seton Hall, and
the Cape Cod Writers Workshop.
Writers' workshop at the con
In addition to the writing class run by Orson Scott Card, there
will be a free-of-charge writers workshop held at the con for attending con members.
This will be a Clarion-style workshop-participants will read and
comment on other writers' work, and have their own work commented
on in turn.
The workshop will start at 9 am on Friday, and go as long as necessary
for participants to finish commentary on all works.