I teach both live and on-demand classes. You can find information about the on-demand ones at the bottom of the page.
My live classes are taught via Google Hangouts and are limited to eight students per session. A computer with a good Internet connection and a microphone are necessary; a webcam will enhance your class experience considerably. Classes will be taped whenever possible and made available after the class.
Most of my classes are single sessions focused on a specific topic. The cost for a single session live workshop is $99 for new students; $79 for students who have formerly taken a class with me.
Starting June 1, I also am teaching a Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction workshop, which is six sessions total and meets on Wednesday evenings.The cost for the F&SF stories workshop is $249 for new students, $199 for former students.
For students who have previously taken Writing F&SF with me, there is also an advanced workshop meeting on Tuesday nights. Focus will be workshop and your questions. The advanced workshop cost is $199.
To reserve a class, mail me at catrambo AT gmail.com and state which class or classes, the dates, and whether you will be paying by Paypal or check. You should receive a confirmation of your spot within 24 hours.
Payment details: If payment has not been received by three days before it takes place, you will be moved to the waiting list. If you have paid and request a refund, it will be given in full unless you provide less than 48 hours advance notice of the cancellation, in which case you will be charged a 10% fee for handling.
If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has a slot reserved for such a student, and the sole criteria is that you can’t afford the class but really think it would be useful for you. To apply, mail me with your name, the class name/date, and a brief statement about why you want to take the class. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarship recipients will be notified the week before the class.
Alphabetical List of Classes Offered in June and July2016
Click on a class to see the page with its description and other information.
Character Building Workshop
Creating an Online Presence for Writers
Description and Delivering Information Workshop
First Pages Workshop
Flash Fiction Workshop
Linguistics for Genre Writers (with Juliette Wade)
Literary Techniques for Genre Fiction
Literary Techniques for Genre Fiction II
Moving Your Story From Idea to Finished Draft
Re-Telling and Re-Taleing (with Rachel Swirsky)
Rewriting, Revising & Fine-tuning Your Fiction
Writing F&SF Story 6-Week Workshop
Writing Your Way Into Your Novel
ALL CLASSES ARE PACIFIC TIME
May 31 (Tuesday, 5-7 PM) Advanced Workshop Session #1 (6 total)
June 1 (Wednesday, 5-7 PM) Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction Stories Session #1 (6 total)
June 4 (Sat, 9:30-11:30 AM) Writing Your Way Into Your Novel
June 5 (Sun, 9:30-11:30 AM) Moving From Idea to Draft
June 11 (Sat, 9:30-11:30 AM) Creating an Online Presence for Writers
June 12 (Sun, 9:30-11:30 AM) First Pages Workshop (with Caren Gussoff)
June 18 (Sat, 9:30-11:30 AM) Flash Fiction Workshop
June 19 (Sun, 9:30-11:30 AM) Literary Techniques for Genre Writers I
June 25 (Sat, 9:30-11:30 AM) Character Building Workshop
June 26 (Sun, 9:30-11:30 AM) Literary Techniques for Genre Writers II
July 9 (Sat, 9:30-11:30 AM) Moving From Idea to Draft
July 10 (Sun, 9:30-11:30 AM) Linguistics for Genre Writers (with Juliette Wade)
July 16 (Sat, 9:30-11:30 AM) Writing Your Way into Your Novel
July 17 (Sun, 9:30-11:30 AM) Flash Fiction Workshop
July 23 (Sat, 9:30-11:30 AM) Description and Delivering Information
July 24 (Sun, 9:30-11:30 AM) Rewriting and Revising
July 30 (Sat, 9:30-11:30 AM) Literary Techniques for Genre Writers I
July 31 (Sun, 9:30-11:30 AM) Creating an Online Presence for Writers
Frequently Asked Questions
Will you be teaching other classes in 2016? Nope. This is it for this year.
You left out my favorite class! Will you teach it again? Probably, but you should mail and let me know you’re interested. Usually I move classes off the slate because demand is low (or there are other considerations).
Will you come teach a class for my friends and I? Possibly. If you’d like to set up a special session for your writing group, drop me a line.
Why won’t you provide a class at
Because I work better with a regular schedule. But don’t despair. I’m using the Fedora platform to convert the live class content in classes you can take at your own pace. Right now, the available on demand classes are:
- Character Building Workshop for Genre Writers
- Description & Delivering Information for Genre Writers
- Literary Techniques for Genre Fiction
- Reading Aloud Workshop
How do I find out about future classes, new publications, and other projects? Sign up here: