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SpecFic Writers' Winter Newsletter Is Out

The winter ‘23 edition of the Worlds of Imagination newsletter from the Speculative Fiction Writers Association is now available online. Access is free and contains member news, speculative fiction articles, and general interest stories. Follow along with our members who publish in many of the speculative fiction sub-genres including: science fiction, fantasy, horror, dystopian, weird west, fairy tales and more. 

Visit to read the issue and sign up to get it regularly.

Highlights include:

  • Meet Our Member: Matthew Cushing is a former e-commerce guru who has worked on the retail side of the book industry at Borders Books and Tower Records/Books. He’s now a full-time writer of short stories and novels that span several speculative fiction genres, including sci-fi, horror, and the supernatural. 

  • Book Review–Tammie Painter’s Circus of Unusual Creatures: Elaine Clark reviews the first two books in this humorous fantasy series.

  • Keeping Words Flowing with Flow State: Paul Martz recaps Nikki Terpilowski’s session from the RMFW Gold Rush conference about using flow state to increase productivity.

  • Speculative Fiction Becomes Science Fact: Several stories where humanity is pushing the boundaries of science fact well into the realm of what was previously science fiction.

  • Member News: Kelly Sanford and Paul Martz have both received writing awards.

  • Science Fiction Dictionary: Learn some of the latest terms used in science fiction.

  • Add Emotional Depth to Your (Bland) Characters: R.C. Beckett explores ways to enrich the emotional connection readers make with characters.

What is “speculative fiction,” or spec fic for the shorthand. It’s a genre of writing in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements. It changes the laws of what’s real or possible as we know them in our current society, and then speculates on the outcome.

About Speculative Fiction Writers Association:

We are an online group of speculative fiction authors writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, time travel, climate fiction/solar-punk, slipstream, steampunk, weird west, fairy tales, alternate history, dystopian/utopian, cyberpunk, etc. for MG, YA, and adults. We meet Tuesdays at 6pm MT/8pm ET on Zoom to discuss current writing topics and critique each other’s work. We are always open to new members of all ability levels. For more information, contact us at or visit our website at


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