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MagicCon 5 | Vortrag | Fremde Welten erschaffen | Mary Cronos & Jan Giessmann

Writing lecture followed by Q&A

We want to create a new world with you. Who is involved?

In the beginning was the idea. An idea that just won’t let you go. It’s haunting your mind, and at some point it takes hold: It wants to be written. Maybe it’s literally a new world you’re creating, or maybe it’s a story that opens our eyes to a strange world on our own doorstep.

You’ll find that the approach isn’t all that different. Whether a story is fictional or real to you ultimately makes no difference to the reader. For them, your story is a new, strange world. Your task is to tell it in such a way that it becomes real and tangible for the reader.

But what makes this new world exciting and alive? How and what do we have to write so that others also want to get to know this world? Where do our ideas come from and how does a fantasy idea become a fantasy story?

In our writing workshop Creating Strange Worlds, we want to get to the bottom of this.

Mary has created a completely new world for her fantasy series Nafishur and Jan’s Beastseller is both a parody and homage to fantasy worlds. The more we explore these worlds, the more extensive they become. We would like to share our experiences with you.

Lecturer: Mary Cronos, Jan Gießmann
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german
Mary Cronos is creative chaos personified. Besides art and fakriro, her great passion is writing - so far in the genres of fantasy, crime and mystery-horror.

It all started with her magical parallel world Nafishur, which she writes from two perspectives at once. It continued with her publishing debut Houston Hall - Schatten der Vergangenheit, a mystery thriller that was shortlisted in the Best German Novel category of the German Fantasy Prize in 2019. Now she writes humorous mystery horror with Jan Gießmann with Spiritus Daemonis.

Just writing and having faith in the plot sums up Jan Gießmann's way of working perfectly. After all, if you already knew where you wanted to go, the journey would be boring. He regularly argues with his characters and sometimes isn't sure who is actually in charge within his books. With Der Orden der Geweihten, he created a dark world around the elite fighter Cilana. The Beastseller, on the other hand, pursues the not at all exaggerated goal of permanently changing the way fantasy stories are read and experienced. One has to remain realistic for a change!

Sources & additional links for Creating strange worlds:

Mary Cronos
Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch

Jan Gießmann
Website, Instagram, Facebook

Mary and Jan together

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