Classes Offered 2017-2018 (through February)
All times are Pacific Time (if you’re not sure how that matches with your time zone, here’s a resource).
- Sunday, November 5, 9:30-11:30 AM – Breaking the Rules with Rachel Swirsky
- Monday, December 4, 7-9 PM – Career Chat with Cat and Rachel Swirksy
- Saturday, December 9 – 9:30-11:30 AM – Speculative Poetry with Rachel Swirsky
- Saturday, December 16, 2017 9:30-11:30 AM – Mapping Fantasy with Alex Acks and Paul Weimer
- Sunday, December 17, 9:30-11:30 AM – How to Write Better Food with Cassandra Khaw
- Saturday, January 6, 2018, 9:30-11:30 AM – Ideas are Everywhere with Rachel Swirsky
- Sunday, January 7, 2018, 9:30-11:30 AM – Moving From Idea to Finished Draft
- Sunday, January 21, 2018, 9:30-11:30 AM. – To Space Opera and Beyond with Ann Leckie
- Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:30-11:30 AM. – Literary Techniques for Genre Writers
- Saturday, February 3, 9:30-11:30 AM. – Editing 101
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4-6 PM, Speculative Poetry w/Rachel Swirsky
- Saturday, February 10,2018, 9:30-11:30 AM. – 9:30-11:30 AM. – Breaking the Rules with Rachel Swirsky
- Sunday, February 11, 2018, 9:30-11:30 AM. – Writing Your Way Into Your Novel
- Saturday, February 17, 9:30-11:30 AM. – First Pages
- Saturday February 24, 9:30-11:30 AM. – Writing Steampunk and Weird Western
I am offering two sections of the short story writing class, one taught by myself, the other by Rachel Swirsky. Classes meet on Mondays, starting January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, Feb 12. My section is 4-6 PM, Rachel’s is 7-9 PM.
I’ve been teaching writing for over three decades now. Ten 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.
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.
- 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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