Feeling stuck at home when you'd rather be in outer space?
Join our Space Opera is Still Queen online workshop! Learn what this genre is, how it's written, and how it impacts popular culture.
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Based on her class for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, Heidi Ruby Miller will show why publishers, including Dog Star Books, are still putting out the call for space opera amid Disney opening up two theme park lands devoted to Star Wars, the blockbusterdom of Guardians of the Galaxy, successful streaming series like The Expanse, and Amazon proving that readers will still devour alien empires and interplanetary sagas.
Attendees will receive a free eBook copy of Heidi Ruby Miller's novel Ambasadora: Marked By Light. The event will also include a reading by Miller from her other works in the Ambasadora universe.
To have a signed paperback copy of Ambasadora, Starrie, or Greenshift delivered to you via the US Postal Service simply order a copy at one of these links:
Stay Home, Stay Safe, Have Fun
This online event features a main stage where the presentation takes place. You can interact with workshop leader Heidi Ruby Miller, other attendees, and event staff through the chat area, and take polls as they pop up there as well. After the workshop and book signing, you can explore other areas of our virtual event space.
Then Expo area features vendors just like at a convention. Here you will find publishers, authors, other workshops, and more.
In the Networking area you can meet other attendees in speed networking sessions of 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length. If you want to maintain this connection you can exchange contact info that will be stored in your Hopin profile for later reference, just like exchanging business cards at an in-person event. The system introduces you to other attendees at random.
All you need to join us is:
- a Hopin account
- a ticket to the event
- a strong internet connection
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About Heidi Ruby Miller
Heidi Ruby Miller is a travel writer turned novelist. She uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. With degrees in Anthropology, Geography, Foreign Languages, and Writing, she knew early that penning fast-paced, exotic adventures would be her life. She's put her experiences and studies to paper in her far-future AMBASADORA series (Dog Star Books) and into MAN OF WAR (Meteor House), which is a sequel to Science Fiction Grandmaster Philip José Farmer's novel TWO HAWKS FROM EARTH.
In between trips, Heidi teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. AMBASADORA was her thesis novel there, and the multi-award-winning writing guide MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT (Headline Books Inc.), which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program. It was named #5 in The Writer magazine's Ten Most Terrific Writing Books of 2011 and won Best Non-Fiction book at the London Book Fair.
She began her writing career with travel articles and reviews then co-wrote MOON PENNSYLVANIA CAMPING with her award-winning writer husband, Jason Jack Miller. Since then Heidi has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob. In 2012, she created the Dog Star Books science fiction imprint for Raw Dog Screaming Press and was the managing editor for the line for three years. In 2014, she was the Director of Professional Writing Relations for the Pennsylvania Literary Festival, an event she co-founded. Recently, Heidi and Jason founded and directed the UPL Writers Workshop in their hometown of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. She also founded the Uniontown Public Library Author Series in 2017 and directed it with Carrie Gessner and Maria Sholtis for two years.
Heidi's formal memberships include International Thriller Writers (ITW), Pennwriters, Littsburgh, PARSEC, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and Broad Universe. She is fond of action movies and sharing tea with friends. Follow Heidi's writing journey with her husband and their two cats in the newsletter Small Space, Big Life and on their YouTube travel and lifestyle channel of the same name. You can also find her on Instagram, YouTube, and her website all as Heidi Ruby Miller.