Society of
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SCBWI-IL Naperville-Bolingbrook Network Hosts Kat Falls

Date(s) - 04/17/2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Make the Impossible Possible:
How to Create a Fresh and Vivid World


Science fiction and fantasy let us wonder what might be by creating alternate realities teeming with mythical creatures or fantastic technology – usually while examining a controversial issue of the day. But no matter the subject or sub-genre, successful speculative fiction writers get their readers to suspend disbelief.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss ways to come up with original ideas within these genres and how to transform the real into the fantastic in believable ways. In other words, we’ll be talking about world building — how to make it feel fresh and how to make it feel real. Any story’s setting should be approached as if it is another character, offering obstacles, commenting on the story’s theme. This is even more true for speculative fiction. Through writing exercises, participants will invent their own fantastical story premises and create alternative worlds that are ripe with possibility.



Network Guest, Kat Falls

In DARK LIFE (Scholastic Press) and its sequel, RIPTIDE, Kat takes middle grade readers on an action-packed adventure under the sea. The series was featured on The Today Show, has been translated into 18 languages, and is in development for film at Disney.

Kat’s young adult novel, INHUMAN, and its sequel, UNDAUNTED, are set after the outbreak of a mutagenic virus that turns people into beast-men. INHUMAN received glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, VOYA, a starred review from Kirkus, and was featured on the Tome It List for “clean” teen reads.

She teaches at Northwestern University where she got her MFA in Screenwriting. Check out her amazing website and full bio here.

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Network Hosts, Bolingbrook-Naperville Network Co-Representatives

Catherine Ann Velasco spent 22 years at newspapers in Wisconsin and Illinois covering issues important to kids and families. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and their 15 koi.

Program Content Questions?: Email Cathy Velasco, SCBWI-IL Bolingbrook-Naperville Network Co-Coordinator







Mary & Rich Chamberlin
A social justice loving husband and wife writing team living in Naperville, they’ve traveled the world in search of stories – just not lately. They live in Naperville with their kooky Kooikerhondje dog Janice. 
Visit the Chamberlin’s Webiste








Free event registration is open through Friday, April 16.
Event recording available for a one-time convenience fee to watch through May 17.


— LIVE EVENT is free and open to all to encourage community & outreach.
— Pre-purchase an event recording for a one-time convenience fee for unlimited viewings through May 17
——SCBWI Members $10; Non-Members $15
——Forgot to register?  Click to purchase the recording after the event on-demand through May 17 on our SCBWI-IL Recordings On Demand page


Attendees registered for the FREE LIVE event will be sent a link the day before the event. If you do not receive a link by the morning of April 17, email Deborah Topolski

RENEW or JOIN BEFORE purchasing the event recording at the reduced, member rate.
—Attendees registered for the event recording will receive the recording link by April 18. If you do not receive your pre-purchased recording, email Deborah Topolski
—Click to purchase the recording on-demand any time through May 17 on our SCBWI-IL Recordings On Demand page
—Credit Cards accepted to purchase event recording.

—Questions about your online Registration?  Email the Registrar