Writing F&SF Stories 6-Week Workshop

Courtyard Taci Chi

Always be learning!

Instructor: Cat Rambo

In Jan/Feb 2018, I am offering two sections of this workshop, one taught by Rachel Swirsky. All times are Pacific (west coast) time.

Section 1: Monday afternoons 4-6 PM, January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, Feb 12 (taught by Cat Rambo)
Section 2: Monday evenings 7-9 PM January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, Feb 12 (taught by Rachel Swirsky)

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
  • Remind me if you have already taken a class with me so you can get the former student rate ($149). Otherwise the cost is $199 for the six-week workshop.
  • 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:

  • 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

Some of the stories produced during this class:
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