Yearlong in Science Fiction

with Nisi Shawl

Genres: Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Online

Open to all levels

30 Sessions

Start Date: September 27, 2022
End Date: May 23, 2023
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
1 seat left!
Member Price: $1359.00
General Price: $1510.00

In this craft-focused class, we’ll discuss and work through methods of writing a speculative fiction story or novel of high quality. Topics covered will include worldbuilding; backstory; creating reader empathy; inclusion and diversity; voice and point of view; character arcs; outlining; setting up and depicting tensions; pacing; and constructing openings, complications, and resolutions. Part of each class will be spent doing writing exercises. Small group and full-class critiques will also be offered, as well as individual consultations.

Please note the following schedule updates not shown in the printed catalogue:

  • New start date: 9/27
  • New end date: 5/23

No class on 10/18, 11/8, 12/20, 12/27, & additional dates TBD.

Payment plans available. Contact registrar@hugohouse.org for more information.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl

they/them

Nisi Shawl (they/them) is the multiple award-winning author and editor of over a dozen books of speculative fiction and related nonfiction, including the Nebula Award finalist novel Everfair; the standard text on inclusive representation, Writing the Other; and the first two volumes of the New Suns anthology series. Their most recent publication is the middle grade historical fantasy novel Speculation, which Lee & Low published in January 2023. They’ve taught and spoken at Duke University, Spelman College, Stanford University, Sarah Lawrence College, and many other institutions. Once upon a time, they conducted a filmed, onstage interview with Octavia E. Butler.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

Hugo House will only process refund requests that are submitted 5 business days or more before the class start date. To request a refund, log in to your account, go to “My Account,” select the “Orders” tab on the left-hand side, click the appropriate order, and request a refund for your specific class. Administrative fees apply. Please see our full refund policy here.

We do not record classes. However, an exception if a student has specific access needs.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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