Teen Workshop: Unique Concepts with Henry Lien

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Original concepts are some of the rarest and most powerful tools in a writer’s arsenal. This workshop guides writers through concept generation, analysis, and development to create concepts that are unique and personal, and differentiate themselves. Workshop techniques will include combining ideas to form unique hybrids; genre challenge exercises such as creating fantasy worlds that contain no magic; surrealist parlor games; exercises and rituals to promote brainstorming; and in-class workshopping with analysis by the instructor and fellow students. Students will complete the course with at least one polished concept and a roadmap to develop it into a finished work.

UPDATE: that this class is a one week class, the week of March 30, Monday-Friday from 2-3pm.

Teen Programming, 14-18 years

About the Instructor:

Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, earning multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed PEASPROUT CHEN middle grade fantasy series, on which he was mentored by George R.R. Martin, Chuck Palahniuk, and Kelly Link at Clarion West. Born in Taiwan, Henry currently lives in Hollywood. Henry has worked as an attorney, fine art dealer, and college instructor. Hobbies include writing and performing campy science fiction/fantasy anthems, and losing Nebula awards.

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