Gail Carriger Teaching a Workshop for Locus, Bay Area (Important for Authors)

Locus Presents

Gail Carriger in a One-Day Writing Workshop on


Saturday, February 18, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Held in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) with easy parking and near BART.
Includes tour of the Locus magazine offices.

Workshop is $145.00.

This is partly as a fundraiser for the Locus foundation. Cost of the workshop is set by Locus.

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In Part I of a two-part class, author Gail Carriger talks about what it means to be “gothic” and how to manipulate gothic tropes when writing your own commercial fiction. Did you know most genre fiction was born out of gothic literature? Science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and romance novels all borrow tropes and archetypes from the gothics. Perhaps most intimately connected of all is steampunk.

In Part II, Gail talks about how to bring depth of characterization to your writing using comedy. From protagonists to sidekicks to three sentence walk-ons, she’ll discuss what makes a character funny, and how to provide readers with fictional people they love. She will also discuss other ways to inject humor into your work.

Gail is an experienced lecturer and not afraid to make a fool of herself. A Q&A session about Gail’s writing, career, the publishing industry, or anything else that strikes your fancy will follow.

About Locus Workshops

Locus Writers Workshops: Locus has been co-running a writing workshop in Seattle around the Locus Awards Weekend for the past few years and is excited to bring the class to the Bay Area. Past instructors include Connie Willis, Stephen Graham Jones, Paul Park, Christopher Barzak, and Daryl Gregory.

Thinking of attending? Please do. We support diversity! We encourage people of color, women, people with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, size, nationality, religion, culture, education level, and self-identification.

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}


  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Developmental edit (third draft).
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
  • Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
    Status: Outline
    Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.


Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


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“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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2 Responses

  1. Melody Powers said:

    The workshop looks really interesting and I wish I could go! Sadly, I can’t, because I am booked on a work course for that day…and I live half way around the world, which probably should have been the first thing my brain thought of for not being able to go, but strangely wasn’t…

  2. Jo said:

    I see that something is local and scream, “Yes!” then steadily deflate as I realize both that I am competing at a speech tournament that weekend and that I cannot afford to go anyway. *wilts*

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