Writing Violence in Speculative Fiction

Room 370F

Saturday May 26, 2018 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Good writing involves conflict, and conflict can involve violence. How do writers create violent scenes effectively without sacrificing world building and characterization? When is the hint of violence scarier, and more effective, than a fully realized attack or battle? Should violence be handled differently for different audiences (such as YA and senior citizens)? Does the current international political and military climate affect the way that writers shape violent scenes? Our panel will discuss these crucial questions for the genre writer.





Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Literature