Upcoming Online Classes

Cartoon of Cat Rambo

Done at PenguinCon, but alas I don't have the name of the artist!

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.

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.

Free scholarships: 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 2016
Click on a class to see the page with its description and other information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you be teaching other classes in 2016? Nope. This is it for this year. But you should check out the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, which includes a number of these classes in on-demand form.

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 time?

Because I work better with a regular schedule. But don’t despair. Once again, much of this content is available in the form of classes you can take at your own pace. Check out The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers to see what’s available.

How do I find out about future classes, new publications, and other projects? Sign up here:


What’s coming up in 2017?

Classes that will be offered in 2017 include:
Advanced Workshop
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
To Space Opera and Beyond with Ann Leckie
Writing F&SF Story 6-Week Workshop
Writing Your Way Into Your Novel