Short Story 7-Week Workshop

Courtyard Taci Chi

Always be learning!

Instructor: Cat Rambo

In 2022, I am offering one section of this workshop. All times are Pacific (west coast) time.

Tuesday evenings 3-5 PM Pacific time/6-8 PM Eastern time. September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25.

This six week workshop focuses on the basics of writing speculative fiction short stories, including plotting, creating believable and engaging characters, world-building, what to do with a story once it’s finished, dealing with editors and markets, and other necessities. Students will have the opportunity to workshop at least one story over the course of the class and will also be writing and sharing weekly writing assignments.

To register for this class, mail me with the following details:

  • The email address that you use for Google stuff
  • Which class or classes and the dates
  • The cost is $499 for the seven-week workshop. I am willing to discuss sliding scale.
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, or some other means.

Upon receiving that, I will send you an invoice.

Important! Remember every class has a Plunkett scholarship for students who could not otherwise afford the cost. To apply for a Plunkett, mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less.

Notes and Testimonials

Arachne Jericho blogs about the writing F&SF class:


  • Cat’s workshop is a perfect blend of intensive writing course and community development. The exercises, story critiques, publishing industry advice, and cohort camaraderie was so excellent. Cat is a patient and hilarious teacher, and gives incisive story feedback that won’t just make your stories better–it will change the way you approach writing afterwards. -Sarah Salcedo
  • Every week is like a shot in the arm of pure encouragement & enthusiasm. -Liz Neering
  • Wanted to crow and say thanks: the first story I wrote after taking your class was my very first sale. Coincidence? nah….thanks so much. -K. Richardson
  • Cat is a fun tutor with plenty of experience as both a fiction writer and a professional editor. She has plenty of sound, practical advice to offer, and the writing exercises are enjoyable. A course like this allows you to meet other writers of varying levels of experience and talent, which is a very good way of finding out what you are good at and where your skills need work. It also gives you a bunch of potential writing buddies, which can be very valuable. -Cheryl Morgan

It’s a pleasure to see so many of the stories from my workshops find publication. Here’s a few.
Bo Balder, “The Doll Is Dead”, Penumbra
Nicholas Lee Huff, “Smitten”, Every Day Fiction
Jamie Lackey, “Moving Past Butterfly”, Bastion
Jamie Lackey, “The Path to Butterfly,” Lakeside Circus
Sunil Patel, “Sally the Psychic Alligator“, Fireside Fiction
Frances Rowat, “Palimpsest“, The Sockdolager
Risa Wolf, The First Promise We Break, Apex Magazine