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Steal Like A Pro - Writing Fiction Inspired By Other People's Worlds

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The path to writing great original fiction sometimes winds through other people's fictional worlds before ending up in your own. Writing fanfiction is a great way to hone your writing skills, and using works in the public domain as a foundation for creating new stories is a tradition that goes back to Shakespeare and beyond.

But can you really take a story that utilizes an existing fictional universe and turn it into publishable fiction? YES! It is possible, and author Alethea Kontis can tell you how.

In the one-day online seminar Steal Like A Pro: Writing Fiction Inspired By Other People's Worlds (And How To Make It Your Own), Alethea will guide you through how to:

  • Use fairy tales, folklore, and mythology as a foundation for your own fiction (sans cultural appropriation)
  • Use and retool public domain fiction to craft new stories
  • File the serial numbers off your fanfiction
  • Write in other people's worlds (when you're allowed to do so)

using lectures, exercises, and discussion of published examples.

The seminar will be taught via Zoom video conference software on April 14 from 12PM – 7PM Eastern. There will be frequent breaks.

Class requirements: You need an interest in writing fiction, but you do not need to have written or published anything yet. Writers can join using their computer (recommended), tablet, or phone. For the specific technical requirements for your device, please see this page on the Zoom website. You do not need a webcam to participate. You do need a working microphone in order to participate in discussions and ask questions.

Class texts: We'll analyze multiple examples of published fiction in this seminar. Most of it is available for free and will be provided to you ahead of class. In addition, please purchase and/or read the following works:

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Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis is the author of over twenty books, novellas, and short stories. Her Woodcutter Sisters series (Enchanted, Hero, Dearest) and the connected world of Arilland (Trixter, Trix and the Faerie Queen, Tales of Arilland) lift liberally from fairy and folktale literature. Her picture book The Wonderland Alphabet is based on Lewis Carroll's Alice adventures. And her most recent trilogy (The Truth About Cats and Wolves, When Tinker Met Bell, and Besphinxed) is part of the Nocturne Falls Universe, created by author Kristen Painter. In addition to these worlds, she's played in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter universe and Roxanne St. Claire's Barefoot Bay.

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