Performance in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop

Angus, Tiffani (2017) Performance in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop. Writing in Education, 71. ISSN 1361-8539

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This paper looks at the dynamic of science fiction and fantasy (SFF) writing workshop critique groups. Because of the nature of SFF as a fandom group, critiques and feedback in writing workshops—in this case, affinity groups with the same goal—can cross the line from participation to performance; group members tend to perform depending on their levels of cultural literacy and impostor syndrome, both of which influence fans working to become published writers. The performance can have positively or negatively affect the group dynamic. This ethnographic study of the phenomenon of performance in SFF writing workshops is based on my own experience as a scholar-fan: an academic who writes SFF and participates in fandom. Exploring how SFF writers approach feedback—including the understanding of SFF tropes—can help educators and workshop runners understand the dynamic and consider whether or not to encourage the performative aspects of feedback.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Archived with the permission of the National Association of Writers in Education
Keywords: writing workshop, science fiction, fantasy, feedback, affinity group, fandom
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Tiffani Angus
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 15:53
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:58

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