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Scifaiku: A Speculative Poetry Workshop

Please join me as I begin my journey as a Literary Cleveland instructor. I will be teaching my “Scifaiku: A Speculative Poetry Workshop” via Zoom.

Scifaiku is science fiction themed haiku, but it follows slightly different rules than its parent form. I will touch on these rules, the history of the form, and my own methods of brainstorming and creating this style of poetry. This is similar to the scifaiku workshops that I teach at the major science fiction conventions around the United States.

Scifaiku: A Speculative Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, August 16th at 4pm PDT
register: https://www.litcleveland.org/classes-workshops/scifaiku-a-speculative-poetry-workshop

SCIFAIKU: Falling In Thin Air

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

falling in thin air
breathless anticipation
regolith awaits

It is a rare and special event when a new scifaiku poetry magazine appears on the scene. I am honored to be published in the inaugural issue of “The Starlight Scifaiku Review”. The poem series of “Close Approach” came about twofold, one inspiration was an image sent back by Curiosity from the surface of Mars. Overhead was a beautiful display of the Milky Way galaxy. This combined with my Mars research about the steps to colonize the red planet. When Earth and Mars are at their closest point, their “close approach”, that is the moment when colonists should depart. It happens only once every couple of years. This is where I took the title of the series from.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series “Close Approach” that appeared in “The Starlight Scifaiku Review” in the Fall of 2021 and was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize for Poetry.

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Happy Monday! It is time for another top ten writing craft articles from No Wasted Ink. Most of these are writing tip articles, but a few are marketing and formatting related. I hope you enjoy them!

7 Questions to Design a Better Arc of Change for Your Protagonist

Novel Revision Checklist

How to Promote Your Reader Magnet

Turning Your Indie Book into an Audiobook

Fantasy and Science Fiction as Invented History

8 Ways to Avoid Cardboard Characters (and Plot Contrivances While You’re At It)

A Perspective on Writing

Writing Rules: How & Why We Play ‘Follow the Reader’

Six Sloppy Character Arcs in Popular Stories

When Story Is Medicine

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Welcome to another set of top ten writing craft links here on No Wasted Ink. These are articles that I personally found useful to me as a writer and poet and I share them here with you on this blog. I hope you find them as useful as I did.


ToFu For Novelists

The Fantastic Novels of Harlan Ellison

The Monster You Feed: Mental Health in Fiction

Proof reading on the Remarkable 2

Three Benefits to Speaking at Industry Conferences

Authors on Editors

6 Ways to Find Your Best Ideas Before You Start Writing

Writing Journals, Notebooks, and the Commonplace Book as Useful Tools for Book Writers

Tailoring a Writing Space to Suit Your Needs

The Fundamentals of Flashbacks

SCIFAIKU: Take The Close Approach

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

dodge radiation
humans reach for god of war
take the close approach

It is a rare and special event when a new scifaiku poetry magazine appears on the scene. I am honored to be published in the inaugural issue of “The Starlight Scifaiku Review”. The poem series of “Close Approach” came about twofold, one inspiration was an image sent back by Curiosity from the surface of Mars. Overhead was a beautiful display of the Milky Way galaxy. This combined with my Mars research about the steps to colonize the red planet. When Earth and Mars are at their closest point, their “close approach”, that is the moment when colonists should depart. It happens only once every couple of years. This is where I took the title of the series from.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series “Close Approach” that appeared in “The Starlight Scifaiku Review” in the Fall of 2021 and was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize for Poetry.