I’m about to head off to Worldcon Thursday morning but I will shill a bit before departing, because I’d like to get these classes filled up in advance in order to avoid having to beat the bushes at the last minute. I’m temporarily dropping prices on the classes that have fewer signups in order to try to get these filled by September 10 (if you have already signed up, mail me and I will see about refunding you the amount of the discount.) If you want to reserve a spot in a class, drop me a line at spezzatura AT gmail.com or catrambo AT gmail.com. You can pay via check, Paypal to the spezzatura address, or…I dunno, a small bag of uncut emeralds in the secret dropspot at midnight.
So these are the available classes through the end of the year. I am not currently interested in taking on more tutorial students but may open that up again at the beginning of 2013.
Classes are conducted online via Google Hangouts, which ensures that the class won’t be jam-packed (max is 8 students per section). Past students can testify that I’m a lively, informative, and entertaining teacher who takes a great deal of pride in the writing her students produce. You will get kicked in the butt to be productive, but never in an unpleasant way.
Full details are here, but here’s a description of the various classes.
Writing F&SF - The focus is on short stories, rather than novels, and we try to cover everything you need in order to be producing stories and submitting them to magazines. You will workshop at least one story over the course of the class. Cost $249 ($199 for Wed and Thurs classes until September 10, 2012, no discount on Saturday classes) Available sections are:
Section Oct/Wed 2012
Wednesdays, 8-10 PM PST, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 21
Section Oct/Thur 2012
Thursdays, 4-6 PM PST, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 8, 22
Section Nov/Sat 2012
Saturdays, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM PST, November 10, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22
We cover editing from both the perspective of a writer editing themself as well as an editor assembling a magazine or anthology. Past students have found it very useful as a course in revision. 3 class sessions total. Cost: $249, $199 until September 10, 2012. Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 AM PST, October 6, 13, 20
Flash Fiction Workshop
You will come away from the class with a sense of flash fiction, knowledge of flash markets, and at least four word lumps suitable for turning into flash.
Each date is a separate section; this is a one day class. Cost $99, $89 until September 10, 2012.
Sunday, September 16, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST; Sunday, October 14, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST; Sunday, December 9, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST
Establishing an Online Presence for Writers
Not sure what to do about blogging and social networks? Concerned about using them effectively rather than as a means of cat-vacuuming and other forms of needless procrastination? In this two hour class, we’ll talk about what works and what doesn’t, the basic presence a writer should have online, how to go about measuring what you’re doing to see if it’s working, and how to use it all to sell books. Cost $99, no discount.
November 11, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PST (very limited space right now)
Literary Techniques for Genre Fiction
A shorter version of the class given for Clarion West earlier this year. Discussion and in class writing exercises designed to introduce a number of techniques to use in your own writing such as foreshadowing, alliteration, rhythmic device, allusion, etc. and provide you with multiple exercises with which to test them out in your own writing.
Sunday, November 4, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PST
Cost: $99 ($89 before September 10)