Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers Overall Class List

What classes does the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers offer? Here’s the list of everything that has been taught or will be in the future. Click through to see a full class description, the next time(s) it will be taught, and whether or not an on-demand version exists.

Anthropomorphic Adjectives: Writing Furry Fiction (Kyell Gold) focuses on furry fiction: what it is and how to write it.

The Art of the Book Review (varies) talks about how and why to write book reviews, specifically for writers interested in reviewing.

Beginnings and Endings (Cat Rambo) focuses on two of the most important elements of any story or novel: the beginning and ending.

Blood, Guts, Gore & More (Cassandra Khaw) will show you how to write the horrific.

Breaking the Rules (Rachel Swirsky) talks about what writing rules you can break, why to break them, and how to get away with it.

Career Chat (varies) lets a small group ask questions about anything and everything.

Character Building Workshop (Cat Rambo) discusses how to create characters that engage and intrigue your reader. On-demand version.

Creating an Online Presence for Writers (Cat Rambo) talks about whether or not to blog, what to do (and not) with social media. and other important aspects of selling books online.

Crossing Over:Moving from Fanfic to Your Own Worlds with Seanan McGuire

Crypto- and Xenobiology and You: How To Build a Better, More Believable Beast, Using SCIENCE! with Seanan McGuire

Cussing in Secondary Worlds (Fran Wilde) shows you how to have your characters swear in a way that acts to create and underscore their world.

Description and Delivering Information (Cat Rambo) provides techniques for giving readers information without boring them. On-demand version.

Detail and Image (Rachel Swirsky) teaches you to develop your characters and plots more richly by incorporating details and imagery that give them breath. This course is heavy on writing exercises.

Fantastic Worldbuilding (Fran Wilde) talks about working with secondary worlds and how to make them real for the reader.

Fire When Ready: How to Write Flintlock Fantasy (Django Wexler) presents subgenre flintlock fantasy, considerations when working with it, and how to write your own.

First Pages (varies) lets you bring in the first 500 words of your novel for intensive feedback on what you’re promising, what to watch out for, and where you’ll want to market the book.

Flash Fiction Workshop (Cat Rambo) shows you what flash fiction is and how to write it.

How to Write Better Food (Cassandra Khaw) teaches you how to engage and interest readers with food.

How to Write Steampunk and Weird Western (Cat Rambo) talks about techniques, definitions, and pitfalls of these two subgenres.

How to Write Funny (Howard Tayler) provides you with the tools you need to write humor.

Ideas Are Everywhere (Rachel Swirsky) provides ways to generate new story ideas and then do something with them.

In Flagrante Delicto: Writing Effective Sex Scenes with Catherine Lundoff

Journaling for Creativity (Fran Wilde) shows you how to use notebooks and journals to spark and keep story ideas.

Literary Techniques for Genre Writers (Cat Rambo) introduces techniques to use in your own writing and ways to test them out. On-demand version.

Mapping Fantasy (Alex Acks/Paul Weimer) gives you the tools you need to create and map your book’s world.

Mapping the Labyrinth: Plotting Your Novel So Stuff Happens with Kay Kenyon

Moving From Idea to Draft (Cat Rambo) discusses how to take any form a story idea might occur in and flesh it out into a complete draft. On-demand version.

Old Stories Into New (Rachel Swirsky) shows you how to use fairytales, legends, and other texts in your own writing. On-demand version.

Pitches and Synopses (Jennifer Brozek) covers the ins and outs of writing pitches and synopses.

The Power of Words: Linguistics for Genre Writers (Juliette Wade) teaches basic linguistic concepts and how not just how to use them in your worldbuilding, but also to improve your writing. On-demand version.

Punk U: The Whys and Whats of Writing -punk Fiction (Cat Rambo) covers the various -punk genres such as cyberpunk, steampunk, dieselpunk, solarpunk, hopepunk, and more.

Reading Aloud Workshop (Cat Rambo) teaches you how to pick a piece and prepare to perform it in front of a live audience or recording at home. On-demand version.

Rewriting, Revising, & Finetuning Fiction (Cat Rambo) shows you how to edit – and how to know when a piece is ready to submit. On-demand version.

So You Want to Put Together an Anthology? with Catherine Lundoff

Speculative Poetry (Rachel Swirsky) discusses the ins and outs of writing speculative poetry.

Stories That Change Our World: Writing Fiction with Empathy, Insight and Hope (Cat Rambo) discusses writing fiction that inspires and teaches the reader without being didactic or lapsing into ‘message fiction’.

Story Fundamentals (Cat Rambo) covers the basics of story structure, characters, worldbuilding, and other considerations of the short story in a condensed version of the six week workshop.

To Space Opera and Beyond (Ann Leckie) explores space operas and what you need to know to write on. On-demand version.

Writing About Gender (Cheryl Morgan) discusses gender issues and how they affect fiction.

Writing F&SF Workshop (Cat Rambo, Rachel Swirsky) covers the basics of story structure, characters, worldbuilding, and other considerations of the short story in a six week workshop that focuses on a different aspect of storytelling each week.

Writing Your Way into Your Novel (Cat Rambo) helps you figure out how to plan and execute your novel — even if you’ve already gotten started.

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