What’s Happening with the Story and Advanced Workshops

I announced before I left for Launch Pad that I’d be teaching a couple of sections of my short story workshop but then I was not great about publicizing and didn’t get a wealth of sign-ups, so I’m shifting the schedule out.

My life has shifted around and so I’m changing the timing of these as well as some of the other Chez Rambo events. I am overall trying to reclaim my scattered schedule somewhat in order to focus on getting the book I should have turned in already done as well as the final Tabat book and so on and so on.

In terms of reclaiming my schedule, I’m doing the following:

  • Defending my morning for writing more fiercely and having an established schedule that includes avoiding email/Internet/phone stuff until noon as well as self-care stuff like yoga stretches and a walk.
  • Not taking any new coaching or editing clients.
  • Redoing the Patreon schedule (see Patreon for details).
  • Being better about maintaining a todo and accomplished list.

Here is the description of both classes with the new dates, followed by how to apply, scholarship details, and the like. The new deadline for applying for either is September 7.

Short Story Workshop

Each two and 1/3 hour session will cover one aspect of writing in this order: story structure (session 1); character & dialogue (session 2); world-building (session 3); plotting and pacing (session 4); revising and editing (session 5); submitting stories and other career basics (session 6). The 7th session will be used to catch-up on material and questions that have arisen along the way. Sessions 2 through 7 will also be used for workshopping stories; students are expected to submit at least one story for workshopping over the course of the class. Class is limited to 15 students total.

Sessions will be recorded and will be made available 48 hours after the class. A dedicated Discord channel will be made available for participants.

The class will take place from 7-9:30 PM Pacific time Wednesdays Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27

Advanced Workshop

Students are expected to come with a working knowledge of fiction basics. They must have A) previously taken my short story workshop or comparable experience, such as Clarion, Clarion West, Odyssey, or a similar multi-session, fiction-focused workshop, or B) have at least three fiction publications.

This is a journeyman level class. The material will be driven by the students, who will be invited to submit up to three questions for each session on a particular focus, such as character and plot, worldbuilding, or story structures. The second half of each session will be used for workshopping stories; students are expected to submit two stories for workshopping over the course of the class. Class is limited to 12 students total.

Sessions will be recorded and will be made available 48 hours after the class. A dedicated Discord channel will be made available for participants.

Class will take place Tuesday evenings 5:30-8 PM Pacific time Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2

Application Details

To apply for a space in the story workshop, please submit 1000 words of fiction (does not need to be complete) and a 250-500 word statement about where you currently are as a writer and where you would like to be 2-3 years down the line from there. Please include which section(s) you are applying for. Mail the application here.

To apply for the advanced workshop, please submit 1000 words of fiction, any classes you’ve taken through the Rambo Academy, and a 250-500 word statement regarding your qualifications and what you’d like to work on in the workshop.

If you are applying for a scholarship in either, please include a 250-500 word about why the class would be useful for you.

Cost for either class is $599 for Patreon supporters and former students; otherwise $799.

The story workshop is limited to 15 students; the advanced workshop is limited to 12.

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About Cat Rambo

I am a science fiction and fantasy writer and editor. My three collections of short stories are THE SURGEON'S TALE AND OTHER STORIES (with Jeff VanderMeer), EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT, and NEAR + FAR (forthcoming this September).
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