Writing the Fantastic
The College of General Studies and the BU Arts Initiative are pleased to present
Writing the Fantastic
developing engaging worlds and characters beyond the ordinary
Workshop with Charlie Jane Anders: Creating Believable Characters in Unbelievable Situations
Wednesday, April 3 at 1-2:30 p.m.
BUild Lab (730 Commonwealth Ave.)
Reading & Panel Discussion with Charlie Jane Anders, Leigh Dana Jackson & Theodora Goss
Moderated by Regina Hansen
Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Ave.)
Charlie Jane Anders‘ latest novel is The City in the Middle of the Night. She’s also the author of All the Birds in the Sky, which won the Nebula, Crawford and Locus awards, and Choir Boy, which won a Lambda Literary Award. She has also written a novella called Rock Manning Goes For Broke and a short story collection called Six Months, Three Days, Five Others. Her short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, Boston Review, Tin House, Conjunctions, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Wired Magazine, Slate, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Lightspeed, ZYZZYVA, Catamaran Literary Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and tons of anthologies. Her story “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo Award, and her story “Don’t Press Charges And I Won’t Sue” won a Theodore Sturgeon Award. She also organizes the monthly Writers With Drinks reading series.
Leigh Dana Jackson is a television writer and producer. He is a Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming Apple TV series Foundation based on the Isaac Asimov novels. He is also Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming Netflix series Raising Dion starring Michael B. Jordan. In addition, he is writing and Executive Producing the upcoming historical drama series Gridiron for Fox and is adapting the Sam Greenlee novel The Spook Who Sat by the Door for Fox 21. He previously adapted the Hugo Award-winning novel The Fifth Season for TNT. Dana has written and produced several series including 24: Legacy, Sleepy Hollow and Alacatraz on Fox, Helix on SyFy, The Tomorrow People on the CW, and No Ordinary Family and 666 Park Avenue on ABC. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Theodora Goss, is a senior lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences and specializes in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century British literature. She has taught classes on fantasy literature, fairy tales, and the gothic. She is the author of the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting; The Thorn and the Blossom, a book-length novella published in an accordion format; and the poetry collection Songs for Ophelia. Her editing credits include Interfictions, a short story anthology, and Voices from Fairyland, a poetry anthology including the works of three important female poets. In 2008, her story Singing of Mount Abora won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction.
Regina Hansen (Moderator) is a master lecturer of rhetoric in the College of General Studies and author of Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film and Supernatural, Humanity and the Soul: The Highway to Hell and Back. She is a frequent contributor to children’s magazines, Calliope and Dig and was honored as PEN/New England Children’s Book Caucus “Discovered” Writer in 2004. Her focus on literature is on fantasy, popular culture and philosophy.