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What is Steampunk?

"Steampunk Ocular" by topgold

Steampunk is an alternative or anachronistic version of the past, often set in the Victorian era or the American Wild West, and incorporating technology or aesthetics inspired by industrial steam-powered machinery, which was in mainstream use in the 19th century. 

It could also be an alternative version of the present, with the same type of technology and/or aesthetics. 

Steampunk can include or combine elements of science fiction, fantasy and/or horror, making it a hybrid speculative writing genre.

"Steampunk" by floorvan, "Ghost Art Doll 1 – Annabel Lee" by Shain Erin

Now Write! Steampunk & Spec Genre Writing Workshop

"Steampunk Desktop" by vonslatt

Every Wednesday evening in October, unleash your creativity with spooky, creepy, mind-bending and surreal creative writing exercises from Now Write! Science Fiction Fantasy, and Horror and other Now Write! books.

• Get writing!
• Give and receive non-judgmental feedback.
• Deepen your understanding of genre writing.
• Rev yourself up for NaNoWriMo
 in November.

Starts this week, October 5th at 5:30pm Pacific. Sign up on Eventbrite

Promo Code for 10% off: Punk

Please note: attendees must be at least 18 years of age.

Virtual Halloween Party

On Sunday, October 30 (the night before Halloween) we will have a virtual Halloween Party to share what you've been working on.

Party Prizes

There will be a drawing for a free half-hour story consultation.

Attend in costume for a chance to win a free copy of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. Each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel.

What is a Witch?

According to Wikipedia:

“Witchcraft, in various historical, anthropological, religious, and mythological contexts, is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers.

"Historically, it was widely believed that witchcraft involved the use of these powers to inflict harm upon members of a community or their property.”

Because of this largely accepted scary idea (propaganda?) that witches use unexplainable powers to hurt people, witch-hunting was both common and legally sanctioned in Europe for 300 years, reaching its fever pitch from around 1550-1650 - during which time thousands of alleged witches were found guilty.

“Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?”

- Glenda in The Wizard of Oz

Given the huge number of the accused who were killed, this witch-hunting fever has, in retrospect, been diagnosed by psychology professionals as mass hysteria. Many view it as a form of gendercide, since it was (not all, but mostly) women who were targeted.  
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Now Write! at the Gaslight Steampunk Expo

Editor Laurie Lamson presented two one-hour creative writing workshops at the Gaslight Steampunk Expo with Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror exercises:

“Giving Sentience to Inanimate Objects” by Devo Cutler-Rubenstein

"The Secret Room" by Aimee Bender

Attendees - including these three in the pic below - wrote some compelling stuff. Chills!

Happy Halloween!