The Latest List of Classes (April/May 2015)

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One of my favorites is Literary Techniques in Genre Fiction. Come and pick up some new tools to use in your fiction!

Okay, folks, limited sessions, but a chance for a free one!

Because my time is scarce, I’ve picked my favorite classes to teach and limited it to those. In July/August, I’ll start doing extended basic and advanced workshops again. (June is the Nebulas and some family vacation, plus finishing up the sequel to Beasts, Hearts of Tabat.)

There will be a special free session of the Flash workshop; it will be limited to the first eight people to mail me, and it will be broadcast on Google On Air.

All other classes are $99 for new students; $89 for former students. Payment can be made via Paypal to catrambo@gmail.com; contact me if you’d rather pay by check or money order. To reserve a class, please mail catrambo@gmail.com and indicate how you will be paying. (If you have not paid by three days before the date of the class, I’ll check with you once before opening your slot to someone on the waiting list.)

Classes are taught online; you need a computer or smart device with a microphone at a minimum (webcam helpful). There is a limit of 8 students per class.

Delivery and Description
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:30 AM-11:30 AM PST
How do you give the reader the evocative and interesting descriptions and information they need without boring them or making the story drag? How do you give them information without cluing them in that it’s important. This workshop will use discussion and writing exercises to finetune your descriptive skill.

Flash Fiction Workshop (Free Broadcast Section)
THIS CLASS IS FULL; THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE ON THE WAITLIST.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
9:30 AM-11:30 AM PST
NOTE: Although this is a free class, you must register for it. Participation is limited to the first 8 registrants.
Workshop focusing on flash fiction consisting of a mixture of lecture, in-class writing exercises, discussion of how to turn fragments into flash, and an overview of flash fiction markets. Come prepared to write!

Flash Fiction Workshop (Paid Section)
Sunday, May 3, 2015
9:30 AM-11:30 AM PST
Workshop focusing on flash fiction consisting of a mixture of lecture, in-class writing exercises, discussion of how to turn fragments into flash, and an overview of flash fiction markets. Come prepared to write!

Literary Techniques in Speculative Fiction
Saturday, May 9, 2014
9:30-11:30 AM
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 ways to test them out in short fiction as well as discussion of when and where to use them.

Moving Your Story from Idea to Finished Draft
Friday, May 15, 2015
2-4 PM PST
Come with a story idea, no matter how vague. We’ll discuss several ways of plotting a story, as well as engaging in class exercises designed to hone your plotting skills. Learn how to build a roadmap for your story that will help you complete it. If you are having trouble with plotting, or creating stories instead of novels, this is the class for you.

Recently I’ve been doing some special sessions for writing groups. If your group is interested in having me lead a special session for them, mail me for details.

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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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