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Poetic Techniques for Fiction Writers with Rachel Swirsky

Everyone talks about the writers’ toolbox, but how do you go about actually filling it? Poetry provides plenty of techniques applicable to prose that will help make it both more beautiful and more effective. Some of the things we’ll cover … Continue reading

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Detail and Imagery with Rachel Swirsky

Develop your characters and plots more richly by incorporating details and imagery that give them breath and life. This course is heavy on writing exercises. Join Rachel Swirsky for an online workshop. Limited enrollment (15); scholarships available. See class details here for more … Continue reading

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Speculative Poetry with Rachel Swirsky

Poetry requires intense linguistic control. Every word matters. Whether you’re a poet who wants to create fantastical verses, or a prose writer who wants to learn the finely tuned narrative power that poetry can teach, you’ll find something in this … Continue reading

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Speculative Poetry with Rachel Swirsky

Poetry requires intense linguistic control. Every word matters. Whether you’re a poet who wants to create fantastical verses, or a prose writer who wants to learn the finely tuned narrative power that poetry can teach, you’ll find something in this … Continue reading

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Breaking the Rules with Rachel Swirsky

Tell, don’t show. Dump your information. Write in second person. Write in passive voice. Use adverbs. To heck with suspense. Rules mark what’s difficult, not what’s impossible. There’s a whole range of exciting storytelling possibilities beyond them. Not every story … Continue reading

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Speculative Poetry with Rachel Swirsky

Cost is $99 for new students; $79 for returning students and Patreon supporters. Poetry requires intense linguistic control. Every word matters. Whether you’re a poet who wants to create fantastical verses, or a prose writer who wants to learn the … Continue reading

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Rambo Academy News: Not Too Cool for School

In 2011, speculative fiction writer and teacher Cat Rambo moved her Writing F&SF Stories class from the live classroom to a virtual one, via the then-brand-new technology Google Plus Hangouts. A few years later, Rambo has taught literally hundreds of class sessions, and provides her most popular classes in on-demand form.

Now the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers adds three new teachers to its line-up: Ann Leckie, Rachel Swirsky, and Juliette Wade. Each presents both a live version of the class, limited to eight students and taught via Google Hangouts, as well as an on-demand version.
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On Clarion and Privilege and the Internets

People are, understandably, saying that the equation clarion + student = pro writer is not the only way you can reach that particular sum, and they are absolutely correct, although the drama is — as is often the case on the Internet — a bit hyperbolic.

This is the fact of F&SF writing — there are people disadvantaged by gender, or race, or sexuality or other physical circumstances. But there’s also a big group — which contains a disproportionate number of those differing physically — affected by economic issues. Continue reading

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Several New Classes, Plus On-Demand Content

I’ve just posted the latest round of classes, October through December, and wanted to call out a couple of highlights.
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Online Fiction Recommendations & Publications for 3/12/2013

Here’s some pieces that I’ve particularly enjoyed over the last week, as well as pointers to some recent publications of my own.
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