I’ve been teaching writing for close to three decades now. Five years ago I started working with what would become the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers. Since then literally hundreds of students have come through my classes; many are out there publishing away and I’m cheering every time I see one on a table of contents or on an award ballot. if you’ve got questions about the classes, please don’t hesitate to mail me with them. Here’s some testimonials for a few past ones.
Live classes are taught online via Google Hangouts and have a limited number of participants. A computer with a good Internet connection and a microphone is necessary; a webcam will enhance your class experience considerably. If there is an on-demand version of the class, you will be provided with a free coupon for it, so you have access to those notes.
I have several kinds of classes:
- Six week workshops, which meet for two hours once a week. This is the Writing Fantasy and Science Stories workshop and the Advanced Workshop.
- Single session classes focused on a specific topic. These meet once for 2-3 hours.
- On-demand classes that can be taken at your own pace.
- A very limited number of individual tutorials.
Classes Offered January-March 2017
I am offering the six session Writing F&SF Stories Workshop again, in three different sections. All time is Pacific time.
Section 1: Tuesday afternoons 1-3 PM, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and February 7
Section 2: Wednesday evenings 7-9 PM January 4, 18, 25, and February 1, 8, 15
Section 3: Sunday evenings 5-7 PM January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12
I am offering the Advanced Story Writing Workshop on Tuesday evenings 5-7 PM starting January 3rd and going for six weeks. The Advanced Workshop focuses on workshopping stories each week along with lecture, discussion, and in-class writing exercises designed to help you continue to refine your skills and expand your toolset.
All of the following take place 9:30 to 11:30 AM, Pacific (Seattle) time, with the exception of the Old Stories Into New class on February 28, which takes place 1-3 PM Pacific time and the Steampunk and Weird Western class on February 24, which takes place 2-4 PM Pacific time.
- To Space Opera and Beyond with Ann Leckie, Sunday, December 18 or Saturday, January 7
- Character Building Workshop, Sunday, January 8 or Saturday, February 10
- Creating an Online Presence for Writers, Saturday, January 14
- Description and Delivering Information, Sunday, January 15 or Sunday, March 18
- Literary Techniques for Genre Writers I, Saturday, Jan 21 or Sunday, February 19
- Literary Techniques for Genre Writers II, Sunday, January 22 or Saturday, February 25
- First Pages Workshop, Saturday, January 28
- Flash Fiction Workshop, Sunday, January 29 or Saturday, March 11
- Moving from Idea to Draft, Saturday, February 4 or Sunday, February 26
- How to Rewrite, Edit, and Polish Your Fiction, Sunday, February 5
- How to Write Steampunk and Weird Western, Friday, February 24, 2-4 PM Pacific time
- Writing Your Way Into Your Novel, Sunday, February 11 or Sunday, March 11
- Old Stories into New with Rachel Swirsky, Tuesday, February 28, 1-3 PM
I am also doing a very limited number of individual tutorials. This is a one-on-one class composed of 15-30 minute sessions scheduled to fit your time demands and aimed at what you want to cover. In each one, we will go over the past week’s writing assignment, discuss problems, focus on what you want to be working on, and help you create a writing practice that is productive, energetic, and above all enjoyable. Initial cost is $100 for a commitment of four sessions; the tutorial can be extended as desired. For either of these options, you must either have taken the Writing F&SF Stories Workshop or send me a story (4k words or less) that convinces me you don’t need that workshop. If you’re interested in this, mail me and we can discuss details.
To register for a class, mail me with the following details:
- The email address that you use for Google stuff.
- Which class or classes and the dates.
- Please remind me if you have already taken a class with me so you can get the former student rate ($79 for individual classes, $199 for the six-week workshops). Otherwise the cost is $99 for individual classes, $249 for the six-week workshop.
- Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, or some other means.
You should receive confirmation of your registration within 24 hours.
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.
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