PRESENTER: Warren Hammond
Saturday, May 6, 11:00-12:00

From space opera, sword-and-sorcery, and urban fantasy to steampunk, cli-fi, and gothic horror, the subgenres of what we call "speculative fiction" are numerous and varied. Come learn what distinguishes one spec-fic subgenre from another and which tropes and reader/fan expectations are unique to each. We'll also discuss how to use tropes to your advantage without lapsing into cliché or derivative fiction, and how to avoid overused tropes that have run their course.