Fiction, Novel, Short Story

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: September 20, 2022
  • End Date: May 16, 2023
  • Day of Week: Tuesday
  • Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $1510.00
  • Member Price: $1359.00

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Yearlong in Science Fiction

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.


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


Payment plans available. Contact 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


Multiple award-winning author Nisi Shawl wrote the Nebula finalist Everfair, and co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, a standard text on inclusive representation. They co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.