Upcoming Classes in September/October 2013

 Image of story notesI have openings still in some upcoming online writing classes, so I wanted to tout them. You can find the permanent class list here.

All of the classes are taught online, using Google hangouts. For optimal experience, it’s best to have a computer with a WebCam, but in a pinch audio only capability will still allow you to participate.

The Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction Stories six week workshop starts next Monday evening. As the title implies, it deals with writing short stories, and students get a chance to workshop at least two stories over the course of the workshop.

On Saturday morning, October 5, Folly Blaine and I present a Podcasting Basics class. In it you will learn how to record and edit your own podcast, how to use podcasting for book promotion, and how to host and publicize podcasts.

The Art of the Book Review class falls on a Sunday morning, October 6. It is aimed at teaching you how to write and sell book reviews and includes an appearance from guest speaker Nisi Shawl, who reviews for a number of venues, including the Seattle Times and Cascadia Subduction Zone.

On Saturday, October 12, I will be teaching the Literary Techniques for Genre Fiction workshop. In it, you’ll learn a number of new tools for your writerly toolbox as well as how to decide when and where to use them. In class writing exercises will give you a chance to try these techniques as they are presented. At the end we’ll talk about markets that are open to literary speculative fiction.

The First Pages workshop also falls on a Sunday morning, October 13. It is co-presented with Caren Gussoff. In it, we look at the first 500 words of your novel and use that as a launching board to talk about genre, the importance of beginnings, setting reader expectations, finding an agent, and much more.

A class that I’m teaching for the first time is Moving Your Story from Idea to Finished Draft, which takes place on Sunday, October 20. My aim in this class is to show you how to move from a basic idea to rough draft and then finished draft. We’ll talk about ways to generate ideas as well as how to flesh them out.

Interested? Check out the overall class list to find cost and specific times or to sign up for the mailing list to be notified of future classes.

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About Cat

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and the magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Her story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is currently working on Exiles of Tabat, the third book of the Tabat Quartet. A new story collection, Neither Here Nor There, appears from Hydra House this fall.
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