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Dunking the Reader in the Details: Toolsets for Creating Immersive Worlds with Cat Rambo

How do you create a world that feels immersive to your reader without drowning them in description? What details should be included — and what should be left out? Cat Rambo gives you twelve tools to use for creating immersive … Continue reading

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Writing Stories That Change Our World with Cat Rambo

Join Cat Rambo for a workshop in which she addresses a question of pressing importance in today’s world: how do we craft stories that inspire, encourage, and above all, shape the future by teaching? How do we use writing to … Continue reading

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Literary Techniques for Speculative Fiction Workshop with Cat Rambo

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 … Continue reading

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The Algorithms of Storytelling: Design Patterns and Fiction with Cat Rambo and Guest Speaker

Software design and storytelling have more in common than you might think. In both, you’re working to create a structure that accomplishes a specific experience for its user/reader. Other concepts overlap: design patterns can apply to both while editing and … Continue reading

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Writing Stories That Change Our World with Cat Rambo

Join Cat Rambo for a workshop in which she addresses a question of pressing importance in today’s world: how do we craft stories that inspire, encourage, and above all, shape the future by teaching? How do we use writing to … Continue reading

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A Taste of Writing the Other with Nisi Shawl

Want to represent characters with “important” demographic traits unlike your own? Want to “get it right”? No one can guarantee you will–but here’s some help! Take this two-hour online course with Nisi Shawl, co-author of Writing the Other: A Practical … Continue reading

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Notes From Michael Stackpole’s “How To Write a Novel in 21 Days”

These are my notes from the presentation at MidSouthCon 30, 2012m which was great. I suggest taking it from Michael rather than using these notes, which are a poor substitute at best. You can find the CD on his website. That said, here are the notes. I should say that they’re less about how to write a novel in 21 days than how to plan a novel in 21 days through a series of exercises intended to increase knowledge of character, world, and plot. Continue reading

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Story Prompts: Ten Impulses Towards Flash

I talked yesterday about flash fiction, what it is and why writers might want to write some. I mentioned that it’s a great place to try out new techniques. So here’s five possible things to focus on in a flash piece, with five more coming on Monday. Pick one and sit down and write the story. How long should it be? That’s entirely your call. Continue reading

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Story Prompt #3

Here’s your story prompt for the day. What if the creature depicted in this picture were sentient? Continue reading

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Story Prompt #2

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