Literary Techniques for Speculative Fiction Workshop

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Instructor: Cat Rambo

The next available session is Sunday, September 6, 2020, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time.

This class combines lecture, discussion and in-class writing exercises designed to introduce a number of techniques to use in your own writing such as foreshadowing, alliteration, rhythmic device, allusion, etc, and ways to test them out in short fiction as well as discussion of when and where to use them. We look at several existing pieces to see how and why they work, and discuss why the author chose the techniques that they employed. The class concludes with a discussion of markets open to literary genre work and how to submit to them.

An on-demand version of this course is available here.

Cost is $99 for new students; $79 for returning students and Patreon supporters.

Live classes are taught online via Google hangouts and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required.

To register for this class, mail me with the following details:

  • The email address that you use for Google stuff
  • Which class or classes and the dates
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, or some other means.

Upon receiving that, I will send you an invoice.

Important! Remember every class has several Plunkett scholarships for students who could not otherwise afford the cost. To apply for a Plunkett, mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less.

Testimonials and Notes

This is the class that produced Rachel Swirksy’s Hugo-nominated flash piece, “If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love.”

Not only do I feel like I isolated some important bridges between literary and genre fiction, I also feel like I came away with a treasure trove of secrets and information pertaining to real life career, time management, and market considerations. I came away feeling deviously lucky — like a lotto winner. -Camille Griep

Here’s a video ad for the class:

Another story produced during this class: Brian Hodges, “A Song Unheard

Can’t make the live classes? Here’s an on-demand version.