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 April-June 2017
- Character Building Workshop, Wednesday, April 5, 4-6 PM Pacific time
- Creating an Online Presence for Writers, Saturday, June 3, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time
- Description and Delivering Information, Wednesday, April 26, 4-6 PM Pacific Time
- Fantastic Worldbuilding with Fran Wilde, Saturday, April 8, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time
- Literary Techniques for Genre Writers I, Saturday, April 22, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time
- Flash Fiction Workshop, Wednesday, April 12, 7-9 PM Pacific Time
- Moving from Idea to Draft, Saturday, May 6, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time
- How to Rewrite, Edit, and Polish Your Fiction, Wednesday, May 3, 4-6 PM
- How to Write Steampunk and Weird Western, Saturday, May 13, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time
- Story Fundamentals, Wednesday, April 19 4-6 PM Pacific Time OR Saturday, May 27
9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time OR Wednesday May 31 7-9 PM Pacific Time
- Writing Your Way Into Your Novel, Saturday, April 29, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time
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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