NWSFFLogoOnlyMeet the fascinating authors, screenwriters, TV writers, graphic novelists and poets who contributed insight and exercises to Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. 

Sample Exercises

When the World Turns to Shit, Why Should I Care? Character Arc in Dystopian Stories by Raymond Obstfeld (download now.)

The author of more than forty books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as well as more than a dozen screenplays, most of which have been optioned. He completed a YA novel The Time-Reaper’s Tattoo, Hallmark bought his script A Little Christmas Con and he contributed to the Veronica Mars reboot.

Read Raymond’s guest post: Poems That Move.

Surprise in the Twenty-Fourth Century by Scott Rubenstein (download now.)

Scott wrote thirty produced episodes for television including Star Trek: The New Generation, Cagney & Lacey, Hunter, MacGyver, Night Court, Nine to Five, and Diff’rent Strokes. Aside from also being a story editor on three shows, he executive produced the award-winning documentary NOT AFRAID TO LAUGH and the short film Peacock Blues for Showtime. He taught for ten years as an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge and USC.

Make it Real by J. Michelle Newman (download now.)

J. Michelle Newman is a writer, editor and literary consultant with a background in strategic planning. She is shopping her first novel, A Deception of Crows, inspired by her wild adventures working in commercial real estate in the mysterious kingdom of Wall Street and beyond. Michelle is completing her first historical fantasy novel, Mistaken Knights, in addition to a collection of surreal short stories.

All Contributors – with site links if available:

Mario Acevedo           marioacevedo.com

James G. Anderson           stoneharp.com

Piers Anthony           hipiers.com

Steven Barnes           lifewrite.com

Aimee Bender           flammableskirt.com

Glenn Benest           glennbenest.com

Sabrina Benulis           sabrinabenulis.com

Kate Bernheimer           katebernheimer.com

Richard Bleiler

Peter Briggs           IMDB page

David Brin           davidbrin.com

Kealan Patrick Burke           kealanpatrickburke.com

Ramsey Campbell           ramseycampbell.com

Lillian Stewart Carl           lillianstewartcarl.com

Eric Stener Carlson           ericstenercarlson.com

Jeffrey A. Carver           starrigger.net

Simon Clark           nailedbytheheart.com

Christine Conradt           christineconradt.com

Sara B. Cooper          IMDB page

Edward DeGeorge           YouTube page

Pen Densham           ridingthealligator.com

Danika Dinsmore           danikadinsmore.com

Kim Dower           kimdowerpoetry.com

David Anthony Durham           davidanthonydurham.com

Eric Edson           thestorysolution.com

Harlan Ellison           harlanellison.com

Dana Fredsti           danafredsti.com

Brian James Freeman           brianjamesfreeman.com

Stacey Graham           staceyigraham.com

Lois Gresh           loisgresh.blogspot.com

Xaque Gruber           Huffington Post page

Sequoia Hamilton           sequoiahamilton.com

Janice Hardy           janicehardy.com

Chris Howard           SaltwaterWitch.com

Kij Johnson           kijjohnson.com

Lisa Renee Jones           lisareneejones.com

Derek Taylor Kent           ScarySchool.com

Jack Ketchum           jackketchum.net

Elizabeth Eve King           elizabetheveking.com

Nancy Kress           nancykress.blogspot.com

Todd Klick           Amazon page

Jan Kozlowski           jankozlowski.com

Jay Lake           jlake.com

Joe R. Lansdale           joerlansdale.com

Elliot Laurence           Luminalmedia.com

Lance Mazmanian           mazmanian.net

Bruce McAllister           mcallisteroaching.com

Karen McCoy           kbmccoy.com

Douglas Mcgowan           nothingexceptional.com

Vonda N. McIntyre           vondanmcintyre.com

Wendy Mewes           wendymewes.com

L.E. Modesitt Jr.           lemodesittjr.com

Jessica Page Morell           jessicamorrell.com

Lisa Morton           lisamorton.com

Gabrielle Moss            gabriellemoss.net

J. Michelle Newman

William F. Nolan           williamfnolan.com

Jody Lynn Nye           jodynye.com

Raymond Obstfeld         IMDB page

Reggie Oliver

Derrick Pete           derrickpete.com

Diana Peterfreund           dianapeterfreund.com

Michael Reaves           IMDB page

Rainbow Reed           Amazon page

Nicholas Royle           nightjarpress.weebly.com

Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein           thescriptbroker.com

Scott Rubenstein           IMDB page

Steven Saus           stevensaus.com

Brad Schreiber           bradschreiber.com

Melissa Scott           mescott.livejournal.com

Michael Dillon Scott           dillonscott.com

Sharon Scott           LinkedIn page

Mark Sebanc           stoneharp.com

Jule Selbo, PhD           Fullerton page

Mark Sevi           marksevi.com

John Shirley           john-shirley.com

John Skipp           Facebook page

Ben Thompson           badassoftheweek.com

Diego Valenzuela        Facebook page

Vanessa Vaughn        vanessa-vaughn.com

Jeremy Wagner           jeremy-wagner.com

Vincent M. Wales           vincentmwales.com

James Wanless, PhD           voyagertarot.com

Brianna Winner           thewinnertwins.com

Brittany Winner           thewinnertwins.com

Marc Zicree           marczicree.com