Orbit to host fantasy workshop

Orbit to host fantasy workshop

Science fiction and fantasy publisher Orbit Books will host an online fantasy-writing workshop this summer.

The week-long free workshop, taking place from Monday 27th July to Friday 31st July and led by author Karen Miller, will invite aspiring authors to take part in a “write-along” challenge on OrbitBooks.net.

Writers will be able to submit a sample of a new fantasy novel, which they have written during the week, into a competition. The team at Orbit will read all the submissions, and at least one writer will get a set of editorial consultation sessions with Miller and an Orbit editor. More details of the competition will be announced during the week.

Miller will set the challenge on Monday 27th July, and will post “advice and words of encouragement” during the rest of that week.

She will take part in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session on Wednesday 29th July.

Miller, whose most recent book is The Falcon Throne (Orbit), said: “One of the hardest things about starting a writing career is the feeling that you're alone, that nobody understands what you're going through, and that it's really hard to figure out how to do it right. That's why I'm so excited to share a little of what I've learned since I wrote my first fantasy novel. It's been a wild ride, these past few years, and if a new writer can be helped by something I've said, it will make all the hard work worthwhile.”

Aspiring authors interested in taking part can get more information on Twitter @OrbitBooks.