Fiction, Reading

  • Term: Summer 2023
  • Start Date: July 15, 2023
  • End Date: July 22, 2023
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $120.00
  • Member Price: $108.00

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2×4: Two Weeks, Four New Speculative Stories

This two-week generative course features readings and prompts to help you create four new speculative stories. We'll discuss published work by N.K. Jemisin, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Amber Sparks, Rion Amilcar Scott, and Silvia Park (to be read before class), which we'll then use as inspiration to explore new ways of unlocking narrative. The class is suitable for a wide audience, from those new to speculative fiction to experienced authors looking for a little burst of inspiration.

Registration dates:

June 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

June 6: Member registration opens

June 13: General registration opens

Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell


Tara Campbell is a writer and teacher specializing in speculative fiction and flash fiction. She is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse, and teaches fiction at American University, Johns Hopkins University's Master in Writing, The Writer's Center, Politics and Prose, and the National Gallery of Art's Writing Salon. She's published a novel and four collections, as well as stories in publications such as SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Wigleaf, Booth, Strange Horizons, and CRAFT Literary. Before earning her MFA at American University, Tara received an MA in German, and a BA in English. She is a Kimbilio Fellow, and the recipient of the following awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities: the 2016 Larry Neal Writers' Award in Adult Fiction, the 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding New Artist, and Arts and Humanities Fellowships for 2018 – 2022. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Tara Campbell has also lived in Oregon, Ohio, New York, Germany and Austria. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @TaraCampbellCom or Instagram: @thetreevolution or go to for more information.