Jill Criswell, author of the young adult historical fantasy Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Blackstone Publishing) and writing instructor at USC Upstate, will lead a writing workshop focusing on world-building strategies. Geared toward writers of fantasy and sci-fi, but applicable for writers in all genres, the workshop will start by looking at world-building best practices and specific examples from bestselling authors. This will be followed by a writing exercise where participants will have time to write a sketch of a world or character they could use in a story. Participants will get a chance to share and discuss their sketches and to ask the author questions.
Registration is encouraged. You will need a library card to register online. If you do not have a library card, please contact 803-929-3478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Jill Criswell is the author of the young adult historical fantasy Beasts of the Frozen Sun. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. She’s also visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).