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Metaphorically Speaking online Open Mic - Sci-fi/Fantasy Edition

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Metaphorically Speaking online Open Mic  - Sci-fi/Fantasy Edition

Time & Location

Nov. 25, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

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Join  Wordstorm as we go where our open mic has not gone before ... into the  realms of science fiction and fantasy. 

Our two feature presenters,  Richard Stevenson and Cynthea Masson will introduce you to their work and perspectives on these different, but often interwoven genres.

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Richard  Stevenson retired from a thirty-year gig teaching English and Creative  Writing at Lethbridge College in 2015 and now resides in Nanaimo. He has  published thirty books to date, including, most recently, Rock,  Scissors, Paper: The Clifford Olson Murders (also available as an audio  book from Dreaming Big Publications, USA, 2016) and A Gaggle of Geese  (haikai poetry from Alba Publishing, UK, 2017.)  Forthcoming titles  include a children’s haikai and lyric collection, Action Dachshund!  (from Ekstasis Editions); a trilogy of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy  poems, Cryptid Shindig (including the volumes If a Dolphin Had Digits,  Nightcrawlers, and Radioactive Frogs); and a standalone collection in  the Cryptid, ET, and Fortean lore series, An Abominable Swamp Slob Named  Bob (Altered Reality Press).

Cynthea Masson is the author of The Alchemists’ Council series (published by ECW Press). She is a professor in the English Department at Vancouver Island University where she teaches a variety of literature and writing courses. The Alchemists’ Council is a fantasy series anchored in concepts of medieval alchemy, many of which evolved from Masson’s postdoctoral research on alchemical manuscripts at the British Library. The series’ first two books won Independent Publisher Book Awards for Fantasy: Gold in 2017 for Book One, and Bronze in 2019 for Book Two: The Flaw in the Stone. Book 3: The Amber Garden—in which the alchemical equivalent of a plague begins to destroy the world—debuted in March 2020. Earlier fiction includes The Elijah Tree (published by Rebel Satori Press), a novel combining medieval and contemporary mysticism. She has also published and presented various academic works in both medieval and television studies. For more information on The Alchemists’ Council, visit

If sci-fi or speculative poetry or fiction is new to you and you would like to try writing in this genre,  click here to download a few sugggestions from Richard Stevenson! 

Here are some resources from Cynthea Masson that you may find helpful if fantasy is your cup of tea!