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WRITER'S WORKSHOP

Welcome to the new Sci Fi - Arizona Writer's Workshop.  Many people have commented (with varying degrees of vehemence) on the rather lackadaisical way I have been updating the monthly articles of late.  I plead guilty as charged!  Sometimes there is just too much going on at the beginning of each month to update the articles.  To solve this problem, I have reformatted the articles and arranged them such that loading them online is simply a matter of a few clicks rather than the hour or so that preparing them for upload used to take.  To get everything synchronized, we are beginning both The Art of Writing and The Art of Science Fiction from the start.  That way, we won't miss anything.  As always, if you get impatient with the pace of delivery, you can always go to the Non-Fiction link to the left and actually purchase the books! (End crass commercial.)

For people who are new to the website, this is the section where we publish articles of interest to writers. We have two main discussion forums: 1) general advice and techniques for writers, and 2) the special needs of science fiction writing. If you are now a writer, wish to be a writer in the future, or are interested in the craft of writing, you will find both forums to be interesting. The articles are available for download in PDF format.

THE ART OF WRITING SERIES

General Advice For Writers

THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE

Writing about Race: Anthropology 101   

One of the most sensitive parts of a writer's job (especially in the United States) is writing about race. With a history of slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movement, it is hardly suprising that the subject invokes passions that extend far beyond the limits of reason. In an era when we have an African-American president and many cry "Racism!" as a mechanism for telling their opponents to shut up, it might be instructive to discuss the natural variations among human beings that we ascribe to that most sacred of cows called "race." What follows is a short primer in Anthropology as it was taught in the late 1960s, when the professors were forthrightly in favor of civil rights, but before the iron regime of censorship known as "political correctness" had descended upon the land.   

PREVIOUS MONTH'S ARTICLES:

Point of View

Writing to Persuade

THE ART OF SCIENCE FICTION

General Advice For Science Fiction Writers

THIS MONTH'S ARTICLE

The Frontiers of Physics, Part I: The Basics   

One of the functions of science fiction has always been to teach science to the general populace in an entertaining way. For the whole of its existence, modern science fiction has taught Einstein's Theories of Relativity, which are now more than 100 years old.  What of more recent discoveries about the nature of the universe.  This month we start a four part series in which we review the field of physics... ALL of it.  Wish us luck as we embark on our most ambitious project yet in The Art of Science Fiction series of articles.

PREVIOUS MONTH'S ARTICLES:

The Physiology of Telepathy

The Sky is Falling: Spaceguard

The Sky is Falling: The Chicken Little Chronicles 

The Sky is Falling: Dinosaur Killer

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