How to Write Space Opera Class On-demand Version is All Finished Up!

I pulled this quote from Ann's class and it still seems to sum up so much.

I pulled this quote from Ann’s class and it still seems to sum up so much.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been taking the material from the live classes on how to write space opera with Ann Leckie and turning it into an on-demand class for the Rambo Academy. I am charmed and pleased with the results, and I think this will be the model for future classes. One thing I did was film an hour and a half of conversation about space opera with Ann and split it up into video clips to go with the different sections, and I am so pleased with the way the class flows, the useful resources it provides, and the overall look and feel of it.

One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it, I’ve found, because it makes you think about the material and how to assemble it. I learned a lot from listening to Ann talk, including at least two things I’ve incorporated into my own process, and I considerably swelled my own reading list in putting together one of the resources, a compilation of space opera titles.

Here’s a sample, taken from early in the class:

I’m scheming a little to add some more video to the class overall if the opportunity presents itself. I think it’d be fun to do a couple of video interviews with some of my other favorite space opera writers, like Elizabeth Moon and C.J. Cherryh, and it’d be really interesting to hear their take on some of the same points.

Next I’ll finish up doing the same thing with the rewriting and revision class. I think the video adds a lot, and one of the things I want to do with this one is get some folks talking about their own revision process.

Today I taught section 1 of the Writing F&SF Stories class starts, with sections 2 and 3 happening Wednesday and Sunday. I haven’t taught this workshop for about a year, since scheduling usually is a huge pain in the butt, but I had a slack time January through March, so I decided to do multiple sections. Each has enough students that it will be held, but I’m hoping to get a few more sign-ups in the next few days, because the classes are more fun (IMO) when we hit the critical mass of 5-6 people.

I’m also doing a Character Building Workshop on Sunday – want the super sekrit discount rate of $30? Mail me with the subject line Super Sekrit.

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Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and the magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Her story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is currently working on Exiles of Tabat, the third book of the Tabat Quartet. A new story collection, Neither Here Nor There, appears from Hydra House this fall.
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