TIH 062: Helen Marshall on Fantasy Genre Misconceptions, Clarion West Writers Workshop and Rules of Writing

Helen Marshall

In this podcast Helen Marshall talks about Fantasy genre misconceptions, Clarion West Writers Workshop and rules of writing. 

About Helen Marshall

Helen Marshall is an award-winning author, editor, and bibliophile. Her poetry and fiction have been published in The ChiaroscuroAbyss & ApexLady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Tor.com and has been reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies. Her debut collection of short stories Hair Side, Flesh Side (ChiZine Publications, 2012) was named one of the top ten books of 2012 by January Magazine and won the British Fantasy Sydney J. Bounds Award. Her second collection Gifts for the One Who Comes After (ChiZine Publications, 2014) won the Shirley Jackson Award and has been short-listed for the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award and the Aurora Award.

Show notes

  • [02:35] Interview start/growing up in Canada
  • [06:35] Performing work in public and confronting fears
  • [14:40] Misconceptions surrounding the fantasy genre
  • [18:15] Blurring genre lines and the new weird
  • [19:20] Story planning and preparation
  • [31:10] Clarion West Writers Workshop
  • [40:40] Rules of writing
  • [47:35] Shift in mindset for novel writing
  • [51:00] Third short story collection
  • [55:40] Oxford influence

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1 comment

  1. I just finished Gifts for the One Who Comes After a few days ago! It was so great that I’m in the process of writing a piece on it for my personal blog, amazing and very fortunate coincidence that you guys just posted this. THANK YOU!

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