Creating Sci-fi Storyworlds

Great writing often benefits from limitations: be they of medium, budget, genre, etc. In today’s SFX-at-your-fingertips TV environment, writers creating sci-fi story worlds are free to let their imaginations roam. What do writers unfettered by constraints do when the limitations are removed and does this infinite canvas affect story, character or plot? How do they map out season arcs when plot turns could literally take them anywhere they want to go? Our writers take us along on their own journey from concept to pilot as they share the ideas they’ve discarded and the discoveries they’ve made in crafting their unique stories. Moderator: Simon Barry.


Amy Berg, Writer, Eureka
Jane Espenson, Writer, Once Upon a Time
Simon Barry, Creator/Executive Producer, Continuum