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Time is fleeting, and December is rolling along. Here at the writing retreat I’m on this week, I’ve finished one story and a couple of flash pieces and am well on the way to finishing up “Carpe Glitter”. I hope … Continue reading
Here’s another video, this time for the Literary Techniques for Speculative Fiction Online Class. This is my favorite so far. Discussion and in-class writing exercises designed to introduce a number of techniques to use in your own writing such as … Continue reading
I get a lot of requests to look at people’s stories. Sometimes people just send them to me. This has prompted this post, but it is not directed at any specific recent requests. I’m sorry. I really am. I know it’s a great story. But here’s some reasons why I’m not thrilled by your offer to let me read it.
Both my Writing F&SF Stories and Advanced workshops offer students a chance to critique and be critiqued. To my mind, the latter is actually more useful, because being forced to articulate one’s position on an aspect of writing can be enlightening and instructive. With that in mind, here’s some best practices for such workshops.
One of the things I’ve realized is that I need to outsource a few things coming up. I’m hoping to find someone interested in swapping either time in my classes or else editing in exchange for their expertise. (Or I can pay you in recently decluttered books.
I’ve still got slots in the Editing 101 class taught online this Sunday.This class, a shortened version of the three session class, targets editing both other people’s works as well as your own. Students have found that learning to trust their editing skills has made them more productive when producing early drafts. Topics include how to edit at both the sentence and story/book level, working well with writers, theory of ToCs, electronic publishing, copyright, and making a living as an editor.
Consider this a reminder that you’ve got two more days to take advantage of this end of the year offer:
- Sign up for two single-session classes ($99 each, $89 each for former students) and get a third one free.
- Sign up for the Writing F&SF Short Stories class or Advanced Story Workshop ($199) and get a single-session workshop free.
Bonus: Sign up for a class before August 15, 2013 and get an electronic copy of the reward reading packet for my Clarion West Writeathon sponsors. That’s over 100 pages of fiction that you’ll see before it’s ever published, including the first 50 pages of literary horror novel, Queen of the Fireflies and the first 50 pages of fantasy novel Beasts of Tabat. When you sign up, indicate what format you would like your reading in: mobi, pdf, epub, or doc.