Teachers tell you to write what you know, but how can you do that for a science fiction or fantasy setting? None of us have actually lived on Mars. But there are ways to do it. Workshop participants will develop a story together by giving real-life situations and turn them into science fiction or fantasy scenarios.
Derwin Mak lives in Toronto. His short story “Transubstantiation” won the Aurora Award, Canada’s national science fiction award, for Best Short Form Work in English in 2006. He and Eric Choi co-edited The Dragon and the Stars (DAW Books, 2010), the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy by overseas Chinese. It won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. His two novels are The Moon Under Her Feet and The Shrine of the Siren Stone, which are science fiction that deal with religious themes in Christianity, Shintoism, and Buddhism. He co-edited the Speculative Fiction Issue of Ricepaper with JF Garrard in 2014.