2016 Online Writing Classes, Plunkett Scholarships, Upcoming Releases, and More

photo of Cat Rambo with flowersHere’s what’s coming up in June and July, which is also the last round of classes for 2016. I am taking the rest of the year off from teaching (other than maybe a co-taught class or two) in order to focus on writing and SFWA and because I am traveling all over the place, which is awesome but exhausting. The newsletter will continue and is the best way to know about classes before they are publicly announced.

Writing Class Scholarships

Going forward, each class has one slot that is the Plunkett slot, which is reserved for someone who couldn’t otherwise pay for the class. To apply for a Plunkett, mail me at catrambo AT gmail.com with the subject line Plunkett Application (class name/date). In the email, provide a brief statement regarding you want to take the class. Plunkett eligibility is self-determined and covers the cost of the class in full; it is based on whether or not you can afford to take the class otherwise. If you can’t but feel it would be helpful to you, I encourage you to apply. The name of the recipient remains private. I particularly welcome QUILTBAG and PoC participants. The Plunkett scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany.

Why am I calling them the Plunkett scholarships? Because it amuses me, and because that’s the name I gave the little press I’m using to self-publish some story collections. There’s some interesting class-based tensions coiled inside the Plunkett/Dunsany name and I figured that made it a good name for a scholarship whose criteria are economic.

Why am I doing it? Recently Keffy R.M. Kehrli paid for one of my classes for a student and it got me to thinking about it. F&SF has a rich tradition of paying it forward, and while I’m trying to do some of that with the SFWA Presidency, this is another way to help ensure a rich range of new voices in the field. I want these folks around to write wonderful fiction for me to read. So yep, this is a purely selfish move on my part.

New Class on Linguistics with Juliette Wade

I’m excited to be co-teaching a class on Linguistics for Writers with Juliette Wade on July 10th. While linguistics and worldbuilding is something workshops often explore, this one will also cover linguistics at the sentence and word choice level. If you’re curious about my co-teacher, you can find her website here. An on-demand version of the class is also in the works.

List of Live Online Classes for June/July 2016

You can find links to listings for the separate classes on this page; be aware pages are still being updated with dates, and that this post is the definitive listing.


Writing F&SF Stories Workshop (six sessions)
Wednesdays 5-7 PM June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6

Advanced Workshop (six sessions)
(prerequisite: Writing F&SF Stories workshop)
Tuesdays 5-7 PM May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5

June Single Session Classes, 9:30-11:30 AM
June 4 (Sat) Writing Your Way Into Your Novel
June 5 (Sun) Moving from Idea to Finished Draft
June 11 (Sat) Creating an Online Presence for Writers
June 12 (Sun) First Pages with Caren Gussoff
June 18 (Sat) Flash Fiction Workshop
June 19 (Sat) Literary Techniques for Genre Writers Part I
June 25 (Sat) Character Building Workshop
June 26 (Sat) Literary Techniques for Genre Writers Part II (prerequisite, Lit Tech I)

July Single Session Classes, 9:30-11:30 AM
July 9 (Sat) Moving from Idea to Finished Draft
July 10 (Sun) Linguistics for Genre Writers (with Juliette Wade)
July 16 (Sat) Writing Your Way Into Your Novel
July 17 (Sun) Creating an Online Presence for Writers
July 23 (Sat) Description and Delivering Information
July 24 (Sun) Rewriting and Revising
July 30 (Sat) Literary Techniques for Genre Writers Part I
July 31 (Sun) Character Building Workshop

How to Register
To register for a class, mail me with the name of the class, the date, and whether you prefer to pay via Paypal or some other means. If you are a new student signing up for multiple classes, you may apply the former student discount to every class after the first one.

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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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