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The Rising Dust - DWL's public talks on fiction

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The Rising Dust - DWL's public talks on fiction


Desi Writers' Lounge presents two public talks in Lahore for fiction enthusiasts, particularly those who love horror, fantasy and sci-fi literature.

The first talk, titled 'The Business Side of Speculative Fiction', will be given on Saturday, 13th December, and will address the issues new writers face with breaking into the sci-fi, horror and fantasy market abroad. Invaluable for spec-fic writers from Pakistan, and of interest to those writers in general who're looking to publish their work in magazines and anthologies in the West.

The second talk, titled 'Storytelling for the Ages', will be given on Sunday, 14th December, and will be about the art of writing good fiction, with a special focus on Pakistani writers and how they can use local material to create fresh, impactful stories that will resonate with audiences everywhere. Invaluable for all writers.

Both talks will be delivered from 4 pm to 5 pm at Nairang Art Gallery, Lahore, by Usman T. Malik. Entry is free! Please come and bring your family/friends who'd be interested.

Media partner: Olomopolo Media

About the speaker:

Usman T. Malik is a Pakistani writer resident in Florida. His fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming at Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Pseudopod, and the British dark literary journal Black Static among other places.

He is the first Pakistani graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, the world's top workshop for speculative fiction, where his teachers included Neil Gaiman and SFWA Grandmaster Samuel R. Delany.

His work's been listed on the Bram Stoker and Nebula Award Reading Lists, has received Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow's summation of Best Horror of 2013, and has been lauded by several luminaries of speculative literature including Joe Hill, Elizabeth Hand, Ellen Datlow, and Ken Liu. In 2013, he won Written Backwards Publications' DRAWA Inspiration Award for Best New Writer.

Usman is a co-founder of Desi Writers' Lounge, a platform and community for developing writing talent from South Asia. He is conducting Pakistan's first professional writing workshop for speculative fiction (The Rising Dust) in Lahore in December 2014.

He is represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary.

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