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Figuring Out the Workshop

In May, I’ll be doing a one day workshop for Clarion West. Here’s my tentative description: Where The Sea Meets the Shore Genre and literary fiction often seem to be colliding with, sometimes deriding, each other. But truth be told, … Continue reading

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Teaching Writing Online

When I first advertised that I’d be teaching an online writing class devoted to writing fantasy and science fiction stories, Todd Vandermark, the tireless editor of the SFWA blog, mailed me asking if I’d write a blog post about it. Sure, I said — only let me do it first so I have something to write about. I’m two thirds of the way through, and now I’ve got something to say… Continue reading

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Online Classes and Workshops For 2012

NOTE: These classes are past. You can find the current listing of classes here. Given what a success the first round of classes has been and how much darn FUN they are to teach, I’m going to try to make … Continue reading

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Class Notes Session 3 – World-building

(Saturday class – you haven’t had this session yet, don’t worry, we will this weekend!) Week Three deals with the world of the story: both the setting (the world as the characters know it) and the world of the narrative … Continue reading

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If I did an editing class, what sorts of…

If I did an editing class, what sorts of things would people want to know? Here's some things that occur to me, but I'd like to know what else would be useful. – How magazines work and what an editor … Continue reading

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Class Notes – Week Two

We talked last week about story shapes and arcs as well as what gets set up in the beginning of a story. This week we talked about characters and dialogue, and how the first shapes the story. One of the … Continue reading

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Things learned from teaching online so far…

Things learned from teaching online so far: 1) Checking all the tech stuff ahead of time really pays off.2) The nigh-paralyzing sensation of being on video wears off and is gone by the second time.3) The chat window is super … Continue reading

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Class Notes from Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction Stories – Week One

I’ll be posting notes after each Wednesday session, which all three classes can use to ask questions about or comment on what we covered. I encourage the students to hop into the discussion here, but it’s also open to the public.
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Latest On Classes

A couple of people have moved from the Wednesday night one to the Thursday one, so there’s a couple of openings in each. Saturdays are full up. I’ll send out the introductory e-mail Monday morning with class info and a … Continue reading

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Class Status

The classes have filled up quickly and I’m going through things today and writing up the first e-mail. Because so many people had problems with East Coast timing, I’m going to open up one more workshop, on Thursday evenings, at … Continue reading

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