A new live class is happening on Friday, February 24, 2-4 PM Pacific time. How to Write Steampunk & Weird Western will cover gathering and using historical details, ethical implications of both genres, basic mechanical concepts, economic underpinnings, creating texture, dialogue considerations, and more. Plus we’ll do some fun writing exercises. This will get turned into an on-demand class as well, but I know the best way to goose myself along into developing the class in the first place is to do a live version of it, which also lets me figure out what people want to know about the topic.
I had been thinking about trying to track someone down to teach this, when it occurred to me that actually I’ve written a whole collection’s worth of steampunk, plus I’ve written a couple essays/articles about it and am reasonably well read. And, in my hubris, I also feel qualified to talk a little about the ethical implications and what it means to use the suffix -punk. I’ve also been reading huge amounts of steampunk as part of a secret project to be announced in March.