Recent Workshops

How to Write Science Fiction with Spider Robinson

Spider Robinson shares the sofa for a confidential talk full of anecdotes and insights about science fiction, the publishing industry, and his lifelong journey as a reader, writer, and voice of the genre. Don’t think of this as a lecture; think of it as a cosy chat with an old friend, one who just happens to be a shining star of contemporary science fiction and who knows all the juicy, meaningful stories you can’t find in “how to” books.See the genre as you’ve never seen it before, through the eyes of a gifted and generous storyteller and professional.

Time Travel Lecture

With Top SF authors Connie Willis and Ted Chiang. Also Amy H. Sturgis, author, editor, scholar, speaker and podcaster.

Come along and listen to two award-winning SF writers at the top of their games, Connie Willis and Ted Chiang, as they give a live online talk/lecture on the idea and literature of time travel.

Sherlock Holmes Video Lecture

What does the world’s only consulting detective have to do with science fiction? What was the relationship of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to the genre? Why have so many science fiction authors since Doyle found ways to incorporate Holmes into their works? What is the unique history between Holmes’s world and H.P. Lovecraft’s? In what ways has Holmes been recreated and reimagined via science fiction over the years? What is it about Holmes that makes him so at home – and popular! – in the 21st century?

Hunger Games Video Lecture

How does the story of Katniss Everdeen – the District 12 tribute, the Girl on Fire, the Mockingjay — fit into the genre tradition? Join award-winning scholar Amy H. Sturgis as she discusses The Hunger Games (both in book and film form) as science fiction.

Joe Haldeman: How To Write Science Fiction

Don’t be mistaken: this isn’t your parents’ “how to” lecture! Instead, this is a front row seat, as one of the most celebrated minds in the science fiction literary community talks about his journey in the genre. Be there as Spider shares the kind of personal advice and anecdotes you can’t find in a writers’ guide. Learn how the publishing industry has (and hasn’t) changed, and what first led Spider Robinson to a lifelong relationship with science fiction. You won’t want to miss a minute of this intimate and insightful event.

Narrators Workshop No 1

StarShipSofa built its reputation by featuring science fiction from the best authors of our time, from living legends whose works have inspired generations to the rising stars of the genre. StarShipSofa’s focus on quality science fiction has brought it an enthusiastic worldwide audience as well as the honor of being the first podcast in history to receive the Hugo Award. Who better to host a workshop for aspiring voice actors and narrators? If you wish to raise your narrating skills to the next level, join StarShipSofa and its special guests at this exciting workshop.

Narrators Workshop No 2

StarShipSofa built its reputation by featuring science fiction from the best authors of our time, from living legends whose works have inspired generations to the rising stars of the genre. StarShipSofa’s focus on quality science fiction has brought it an enthusiastic worldwide audience as well as the honor of being the first podcast in history to receive the Hugo Award. Who better to host a workshop for aspiring voice actors and narrators? If you wish to raise your narrating skills to the next level, join StarShipSofa and its special guests at this exciting workshop.

Writers Workshop No 1

What will be covered in this workshop?
The Beginning – Gregory Frost
Plot Tricks from the Dark Side – James Patrick Kelly
How To Fix Your Story After It’s Written and You Discover That It Doesn’t Work – Michael Swanwick
Why Writing Groups – Mercurio D. Rivera
What An Editor Wants – Sheila Williams
Question And Answers – All

Writers Workshop No 2

What will be covered in this workshop
Unlocking Your Creativity by Ann VanderMeer
Why Science Fiction is Too Important To Be Left to the Scientists by Peter Watts
Creating and Maintaining Tension by Nancy Kress
Questions and Answers by All Guest Speaker

TV/Film Script Writers Workshop

Just imagine how GREAT it would be to have a successful Industry mentor guiding you every step of the way! In this two-hour class for Starship Sofa Marc will share all his secrets with you to create and sell science fiction movies and TV shows!

Writer-Producer Marc Scott Zicree has sold over 100 teleplays, screenplays and pilots to virtually every major studio and network, including CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, UPN, the WB, Showtime, USA, SyFy, PBS, TNT, Discovery, Paramount, Warners, Universal, New Line, Nickelodeon, the BBC, Sony-Columbia/Tristar, Castle Rock and MGM.

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