Writing the SFF Novelette
The novelette (between 7,500 and 17,500 words long) can be a challenging but rewarding form for SFF writers. As a novel in miniature, it requires authors to think about narrative structure in ways that differ from the requirements of the short story, with a more complex plot that frequently falls into distinct acts. Because a novelette can be written in a shorter time frame than a full novel, it allows writers to develop and refine skills that will be useful for longer projects, while also providing a form that is deeply rewarding in itself. This workshop will focus on idea generation, structure, and editing with an emphasis on the novelette, as well as elements of craft that can be applied to fiction of any length.
Date: June 3rd, 2023
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern
Skill Level: All
What to bring: Your notepad!
Expectations: Audio required. Video is preferred, but not necessary.
After the workshop is completed, you will be provided a digital packet containing lecture materials and any pertinent resource links.
After you purchase your workshop ticket, you will receive an email and SMS notification that contains a private link to our Zoom URL. If you do not receive this link, let us know. A reminder will be sent 24 hours prior to the workshop and again 10 minutes prior to the workshop. Be sure to have email@example.com on your mail server's whitelist to ensure that you don't miss any communications.
Alec Nevala-Lee has published numerous stories, including ten novelettes and two novellas, in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Several of his stories have been reprinted in Best of the Year anthologies, including The Year’s Best Science Fiction by Gardner Dozois, and four have appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading List. He is the author of three suspense novels from Penguin, and his nonfiction book Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Dey Street / HarperCollins) was a Hugo and Locus Awards finalist and an Economist best book of 2018. His latest book is Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller, which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and one of Esquire‘s fifty best biographies of all time. He is currently writing a biography of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Luis W. Alvarez for W.W. Norton.
Apex Books will provide at least two seats for our writing workshops that will be free for those in financial hardship. If you want to take our workshop but can't afford to pay the workshop fee, email Jason Sizemore (firstname.lastname@example.org).