“Do not ask which creature screams in the night,
Do not question who waits for you in the shadow.
It is my cry that wakes you in the night,
And my body that crouches in the shadow.
I am Tzeench and you are the puppet
That dances to my tune.”
Karanzantor the Vile, The Traitor of Xian
Sylvia Hubbard did it again. A prolific writer, blogger, author, and consultant hosted the Motown Writing Network (MWN) meeting this morning, Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Barnes & Noble at Cass and Warren on the WSU campus.
The meeting convened at 10:00 a. m. Sylvia, dressed in a pink top and a long jumper, sporting a cool beaded necklace diagonally across her chest dangling playfully half way between her very creative mind and energetic feet that seemed to be made to walk the literary landscape of metro Detroit.
Brainchild, founder, and president of MWN, Sylvia was chief presenter of science fiction writing genre at today’s meeting in which she outlined key elements of effective sci-fi writing. A fantastical journey into unbelievable realms of narrative made believable via:
2. World Building (including alternate realities)
3. Semantics and techniques
4. Plot setting
5. Things to be aware of
• Stealing content from other stories
• Abductions (no, sci fi isn’t always about aliens coming to abduct unsuspecting humans).
6. List of helpful books
But no magical, mystical tour de force into alternate realities would be meaningful if no relationships were established.
At this mornings meeting, Sylvia was a great relationship builder, with mike in hand she introduced first Erika Martin, Detroit Creative Writing Examiner who was made to feel welcome by all attendees, approx. 12. Everyone was handed the mike and given three minutes (well some took a little longer) to introduce themselves, talk about their writing projects, publishing status, and main writing challenges.
Sylvia, valuing the art of inclusion, fostered a truly collaborative spirit at today’s meet-up. Everyone had a chance to share, contribute pearls of writing wisdom, ask questions, agree and disagree—all viewpoints were listened to and respected—all the ingredients of what makes a good writing group.
The Detroit Creative Writing Examiner got a healthy shout-out. Isn’t networking grand?
Of note were published authors:
- Versandra Kennebrew M.T.. Thank God For The Shelter: Memoirs of a homeless healer
- Clifton Hubbard.Knowing the God Spot In Your Heart
- Arnold Hannon. Sketches of Murder: An Eye Opening Experience
Of course, the prolific writer, Sylvia Hubbard, has an impressive writing resume: MWN founder, blogger, speaker, romancologist, and author of Substitute Wife, His Substitute Wife. . . My Sister, Lies & Family Ties, and Tanner’s Devil.
As always, your comments and questions are encouraged.