And here are the May classes, hurray!
Important Change: While the 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific slot remains the same, the other slot has moved from 1-3 PM to 12-2 PM Pacific.
Class cost is $79 for Patreon supporters and former students; otherwise $99. There are three Plunkett scholarships in each class taught by other teachers; classes that I am personally teaching will take extra ones or sliding scale as appropriate. All classes are recorded and the recording is sent out the week after class. You can register to just get the recording if you prefer; please indicate that’s what you’re doing if so.
To register for a class, mail me and include:
The class or classes
Whether or not you are a Patreon supporter/former student
How you would like to pay (Paypal, Venmo, check, other)
May 1 AM Rebecca Demarest Basics of Writing Memoir May 1 PM Cat Rambo Groups, Parties & Crews: Writing Ensembles May 7 AM Nisi Shawl Working with Short Stories May 7 PM Jordan Kurella Emotional Self-care for Creatives May 8 AM Cat Rambo WTFBBQ: Writing Experimental Fiction May 8 PM José Pablo Iriarte Emotional Impact: How to Punch ‘Em in the Feelz May 14 AM James L. Sutter Highspeed Worldbuilding, Session 1 May 14 PM Micheal R. Underwood Power and Politics in Worldbuilding: Schemes, Factions, and Cultures May 15 AM James L. Sutter Highspeed Worldbuilding, Session 2 May 15 PM Cat Rambo Story Fundamentals May 28 AM Cat Rambo Creating an Online Presence for Writers May 28 PM Jordan Kurella/Shiv Ramdas Radio Gaga: How Radio Craft Can Hone Your Writing May 29 AM Cat Rambo Freelancing, Hustles, and Sidegigs: Ways to Work without Derailing Your Writing May 29 PM Evan J. Peterson Queer is a Verb: Disrupting the Norm
Descriptions of New Classes:
Basics of Writing Memoir: (Rebecca A. Demarest) Memoirs can feel like novels, full of characters, dialogue, setting, and plot turns and twists, but they are not fiction. How does one use skills with fiction to create a memoir? Why write one, and how do you get started? What are the pitfalls that writers starting a memoir can fall into? Join us for a workshop that will get you well on the road to working with this form.
Working with Short Stories: (Nisi Shawl) Join one of the masters of the short form for a workshop focused on exploring its truths and techniques.
Radio Gaga: (Jordan Kurella/Shiv Ramdas) Radio DJs are the oral storytellers of our time, and like prose fiction writers, they do their storytelling with words. From opening hooks to narrative, dialogue to monologue, setting to emotion, characters and plot arcs to climaxes and cliffhangers, storytelling on the radio does all the same things it does on the page. Everyone’s heard the maxims about reading your work aloud when revising, well, how about taking the next step into the how and why and seeing how it can help strengthen your own story, even before you have to edit? Jordan and Shiv, former radio DJs and current SFF writers, take you through a host of host of radio techniques that not only apply to writing prose fiction- but might even help with new structural ways to look at and address all of these in your own WIP. And yes, the dreaded infodumps too!
Freelancing, Hustles, and Sidegigs: Ways to Work without Derailing Your Writing: (Cat Rambo) Being a freelancer can be one of the most erratic financial existences around and often involve a number of writing-related side jobs. How do you find and maintain such work without it impacting your writing? Cat will cover editing, teaching, crowd-funding, and other ways to supplement your writing income without eating all of your writing time.