Rambo Academy Certificates

The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers now has a certification program! I wanted students to have a way to represent the work they’ve put into the live classes when applying for jobs, workshops, and other opportunities, and so I’ve put together four categories.

How it works: If you have taken five classes in a category, you have earned a certificate. Mail me with the category or categories and the names of the classes, and I will send you the certificate as a .pdf. You have permission to display it on your website.

I’m working on something similar for the on-demand classes — look for that coming soon.

The categories are:

  • WorldBuilder – Classes on worldbuilding and characters fall into this slot. Examples include: Fantastic Worldbuilding, Masks and Mayhem with Carrie Vaughn, and Writing about Horses with Judith Tarr.
  • WordWeaver – Classes that focus on language, techniques, and tools. Examples include Literary Techniques for Genre Writers, Power Word Real Name: Upping Your Game with Names and Titles, and The Power of Words.
  • StorySmith – Classes that focus on story structure, including specific genres. Examples include Flash Fiction workshop, Mapping the Labyrinth: Plotting Your Novel So Stuff Happens, and Moving from Idea to Draft.
  • Bookmonger – Classes that focus on publishing and the book industry. Examples include Book Promotion on a Budget, Managing Social Media For Writers, and So You Want to Put Together an Anthology?.

There will be a GameMaker certificate coming this year, but we don’t have five classes yet that qualify. Until then, those classes can be counted against StorySmith.

This list is, I believe, complete, and sorts past classes into their groups. If you took a class and cannot find it on the list, mail me. If you took my six week workshop, that counts as one credit in each category. Currently almost all classes that are coming up have links; eventually this should all be filled in.

WORLDBUILDER
Blood, Guts, Gore & More
Character Building Workshop
Crypto- and Xenobiology and You: How To Build a Better, More Believable Beast, Using SCIENCE!
Cussing in Secondary Worlds
Dialogue and Dialect
Dunking Your Reader in the Details
Fantastic Worldbuilding
Fashion of Worldbuilding: Clothing, Technology, and Taboos
High-Speed Worldbuilding for Games and Fiction
Historical Research for Writers
Hooray for Evil: Fearsome Monsters and Effective Villains
How to Write Better Food
How to Write Steampunk and Weird Western
In Flagrante Delicto: Writing Effective Sex Scenes
Mapping Fantasy
Masks and Mayhem: How to Write Superheroes
To Space Opera and Beyond
Queer Is a Verb: Disrupting the Norm
Writing about Horses
Writing Fight Scenes
Writing Queer Characters from History

WORDWEAVER
Breaking the Rules
Description and Delivering Information
Detail and Image
Get Weird! How to Make Your Fiction Original, Compelling, and Deeply Weird
Head Hopping and Head Hunting: Deep POV Writing
Literary Techniques for Genre Writers
Make Your Fiction Sing: Songwriting Techniques that Carry Into Prose
Move Along, Folks: How to Pace Your Novel
Poetic Tools for Prose Writers
The Power of Words: Linguistics for Genre Writers
Power Word Real Name: Upping Your Game with Names and Titles
Rewriting, Revising, & Finetuning Fiction
Speculative Poetry
A Taste of Writing the Other
Writing about Gender

STORYSMITH
21 Days to Writing Your Novel
The Algorithms of Storytelling
Anthropomorphic Adjectives: Writing Furry Fiction
Beginnings and Endings
Crimson Peaks and Menacing Mansions: Writing Gothic Horror
Crossing Over:Moving from Fanfic to Your Own Worlds
Diversity Plus: East Asian Storytelling Forms and Themes
Epistolary Fiction: Stories in Letters
Fearless Writing: Learning Not to Hold Back
The First Draft Novel Blues
First Pages Workshop
Flash Fiction Workshop
How to Write Funny
Ideas Are Everywhere
Letting the I Ching Write Your Story for You
Mapping the Labyrinth: Plotting Your Novel So Stuff Happens
A Mixed Bag: Combining and Manipulating Genre Conventions
Moving from Idea to Draft
Old Stories Into New
Pacing Yourself: The Strange and Sprawling Art of Writing a Long Series
Principles for Pantsers
Punk U: The Whys and Whats of Writing -punk Fiction
Short Story Openings
Stories That Change Our World: Writing Fiction with Empathy, Insight and Hope
Story Fundamentals
Writing Bespoke Stories for Tailored Markets
Writing in the Cracks
Writing Your Way Into Your Novel

BOOKMONGER
The Art of the Book Review
Book Promotion on a Budget
Crowdfunding and Kickstartering
The Freelancer’s Toolkit
Journaling for Creativity During Tough Times
Managing Social Media For Writers
Pitches and Synopses
Playing the Short Game 
Plotting Your Trajectory: How to Plan an Unplannable Writing Career
Reading Aloud Workshop
Return to Journaling for Creativity
So You Want to Put Together an Anthology?
The Writers Guide to Selling Books at Conventions

GAMEMAKER
Adapting Your Novel into a Game
High-Speed Worldbuilding for Games and Fiction
Intro to Game Writing
Writing Interactive Fiction

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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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