For over a decade, the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers has helped some of the best and brightest new genre voices emerge via its on-demand and live classes aimed at writers working in fantasy and science fiction. Each live class has three free scholarships; economically disadvantaged, PoC, and QUILTBAG applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.
Cat Rambo has been teaching classes and workshops for over three decades at levels ranging from 5th/6th graders through college, graduate level, and continuing at institutions including the Johns Hopkins University, Indiana University, Bellevue College, Clarion West, the PNWA conference, and more. Students have gone on to publish novels and amass award nominations and wins, including the Hugo, the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Eppie awards. In creating the Rambo Academy, she’s assembled some of the most talented writers and teachers working in the genre today, each speaking on their areas of expertise.
Upcoming Live Classes
- Writing Flash Fiction with Cat Rambo Sunday, September 23, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time
- Beginnings and Endings with Cat Rambo Wednesday, September 26, 4-6 PM Pacific time
- Literary Techniques for Genre Writers with Cat Rambo Wednesday, October 3, 4-6 PM Pacific time
- Speculative Poetry with Rachel Swirsky Sunday, October 7, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time
- Reworking, Revising, and Rewriting with Cat Rambo Wednesday, October 10, 4-6 PM Pacific time
- To Space Opera and Beyond with Ann Leckie Saturday, October 13, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time
- Punk U: The Whys and Whats of Writing -punk Fiction with Cat Rambo Saturday, October 13, 1:30-3:30 PM Pacific time
- Detail and Image with Rachel Swirsky Sunday, October 14, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time
- Writing Your Way Into Your Novel with Cat Rambo Wednesday, October 24, 4-6 PM Pacific time
- Moving from Idea to Finished Draft with Cat Rambo Sunday, October 28, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time
- Fantastic Worldbuilding with Fran Wilde Sunday, December 2, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time
Live online writing classes are usually two hours and range $49-$99. Here’s a calendar listing of the live online writing classes along with other appearances.
If your schedule doesn’t accommodate the live classes, check out the on-demand online writing classes, which can be taken at your own pace, and range $9-$29.
Frequent flyer? If you regularly take classes with Cat and the Rambo Academy, you may want to consider supporting her on Patreon. $5/month and up supporters get free classes as well as access to the Chez Rambo Discord channel, where you’ll find daily chatter, motivation, and community.
Each live workshop has three free slots for students who couldn’t otherwise afford the class, with one slot reserved specifically for PoC and QUILTBAG writers. To find how to apply, read about the Cat’s Plunkett scholarships.