Prepare to embark on an exhilarating journey into strange new realms of imagination and exploration. Join us for "Ad Astra Per Aspera", a hands-on Science Fiction workshop designed to give an overview of the world of Science Fiction, to ignite your creativity, sharpen your storytelling and world-building skills using the short-story form, and provide some inside information on how to get published.

Whether you're a seasoned writer, just beginning to craft your first Science Fiction tale, or simply interested in exploring how to use elements of the fantastic in your non-genre stories, this workshop will provide a unique opportunity to delve into the intricacies of Science Fiction, discuss the latest trends, and receive personalized feedback on your work.

Kindly bring an existing writing sample for workshopping.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know what is Science Fiction, it's history and what are some of its major genre branches.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the elements of storytelling, including character, plot, and setting in terms of a Scienec Fiction story.
  • Enhance your Science Fiction writing skill through a Milford-style practical exercise and feedback session.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand what exactly is Science Fiction and what makes up the genre.
  • Learn the elements of what makes a good short story
  • Introduction to World-building
  • Developing memorable characters
  • Story-arcs
  • How to get published

Programme Itinerary:

  • Introduction to Science Fiction: Explore the foundations, history, and subgenres of science fiction literature.
  • Worldbuilding and Setting: Learn the art of creating rich and immersive worlds, from alien landscapes to futuristic societies.
  • Character Development: Dive into the creation of compelling characters who drive your story forward and resonate with readers.
  • Plot and Narrative Structure: Discover the key elements of storytelling and how to structure and pace your science fiction narrative for maximum impact.
  • Futuristic Technologies: how to incorporate the possibilities of future technology into your narrative, including its impact on society, and exploring any ethical dilemmas that arise.
  • Writing Exercise: Engage in hands-on a Milford Writing Worlshop style writing exercises and receive guidance to improve your craft.
  • Feedback and Critique: Share your work with fellow participants and receive constructive feedback from both peers and the workshop instructor.
  • Industry Insights: Gain valuable insights into the SF publishing industry, including submission guidelines and strategies for marketing your science fiction works.

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Programme Details:

Date: 14 October 2023, Saturday

Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

Venue: SBC Training Room, Goodman Arts Centre,

Blk E, #03-32 (Directions below at FAQ section)



The programme can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the programme date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.