This three-hour generative workshop will guide attendees in combining influences and personal experiences with unconventional and speculative fiction techniques to create ground-breaking worlds. Using the works of authors such as Nana Kwame Adejei-Brenyah, Karen Russell, and K.B. Carle as examples, attendees will develop a concept, book jacket summary, blurbs, and an introduction for their new projects.
This event is presented in collaboration with St. Louis Public Library.
About the Speaker
Ron A. Austin’s short stories have been placed in Boulevard, Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, his first collection of linked stories, has received several honors including the 2017 Nilsen Prize, a 2019 Foreword INDIES GOLD Award, a 2020 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, a 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize nomination, and a 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nomination. Austin’s work has been supported by grants from the Regional Arts Commission, including a 2016 Artist Fellowship.