Gold Coast Writers Assoc meeting

Geneve Flynn GCW speaker…

About Geneve Flynn

Geneve Flynn

Geneve Flynn is a freelance editor from Australia who specialises in speculative fiction. Her horror short stories have been published in various markets, including Flame Tree Publishing, Things in the Well, and the Tales to Terrify podcast. She loves tales that unsettle, all things writerly, and B-grade action movies; if that sounds like you, check out her website at

Geneve presented a power-point presentation that was comprehensive, informative, interesting and detailed. I soon realised she’s a horror writer and editor with a great deal of knowledge to share. These two first slides give you an inkling of how good she was.

Geneve at GCW meeting 16Oct21

Her first slide:-

What’s Speculative Fiction?

  • What if?
  • Science fiction fantasy/horror and everything in between
  • Unlimited possibilities
  • Seeing the world with new eyes
  • Focus on the rules of the world
  • Pushes boundaries
  • a marketing category


Science Fiction (being my favourite genre) – is based on what’s possible, often limited by the science. Examines the human species as it encounters change.

AI – challenges the status quo and offers alternatives

Fantasy – often has supernatural themes, boundless possibilities

Horror – of our fears, elicits dread, dismay, still has speculate elements eg: Nania, 1984, Steven King

Other listed categories were – Dark Fantasy, Steampunk, Superhero, Dystopian, Gothic Horror, Apocalyptic, Space Opera, Supernatural Horror, Psychological Horror etc.

Geneve summaries – Speculative Fiction – allows us to examine our culture, society, beliefs, politics, processes by allowing us to imagine beyond the boundaries of what is real – by asking What if?

Then she goes onto discuss writing, starting with Industry Directions

  • Increasing call for diversity works, authors, publication
  • explores non traditional publishing
  • Short Stories are having a golden age
  • Lots of online engagement

Then Geneve went through ‘What makes a great protagonist?’ eg: Sarah Connor starts as an ordinary girl – external conflict, develop the characters with urgency/goal/internal conflict, strengths and flaws, secrets, history, room to grow yet remain consistent, opposition is equal or stronger than the antagonist

Layer character to show their flaws. If too perfect you need to trip them up.

‘What makes a great antagonist?’ – a shadow version of the protagonist – Antagonists are the protagonists in their own story.

WHERE TO GET INSPIRATION – Read others books to see their characters, read biographies, read real life stories but be careful when drawing on them.

Geneve presented a lot of ideas that need thinking about. I hope I’ve given you an insight of her presentation. – Happy reading. – Jill

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