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Yearlong in Speculative Fiction

with Ruth Joffre

Genres: Fiction

Online

Open to all levels

30 Sessions

Start Date: October 4, 2023
End Date: May 22, 2024
No Class: (skip days) 11/22/2023, 12/20/2023, 12/27/2023, 1/3/2024,
Day of Week: Wednesday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $1314.00
General Price: $1460.00

Over the course of the year, students will work toward completing a speculative fiction project of their choosing, whether that be a novel, a story collection, a flash fiction series, or another project. Built-in accountability checks and feedback sessions will give students the opportunity to discuss their progress with peers and receive guidance on their manuscripts. Ongoing project work will be interspersed with craft lectures, writing and revision exercises, and readings of contemporary SFFH (science fiction, fantasy, and horror).

Payment plans are available for this class. Please email education@hugohouse.org to get a payment plan started.

Guest speaker: One guest speaker with expertise in publishing will visit the course.

Syllabus: View syllabus here

No class dates: 11/22/2023, 12/20/2023, 12/27/2023, 1/3/2024

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

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CLASS FAQS WITH INSTRUCTOR RUTH JOFFRE

Who is this class best suited for? How much writing experience do I need to take this class?

Writers working in any genre within speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, fabulism, new weird, etc.). All experience levels welcome.

What will I learn over the course of this yearlong?

Generative writing practices, revision strategies, worldbuilding, alternative workshop models, how to incorporate feedback, how to submit work for publication, general industry knowledge.

What's the balance of in-class generative writing, lecture, and workshop?

This class is built around workshop, but each class will hold space for goal check-ins, mini lectures, group discussions, and/or writing prompts.

How much time outside of class will I need for this class each week?

2 to 3 hours

How much feedback will I receive on my work, peer, or instructor?

Students will select the workshop format best suited to them. Generally, this involves a group discussion facilitated by the instructor, though students may choose to workshop in smaller groups or in alternative formats where the student leads discussion.

Who will we be reading?

Contemporary authors publishing speculative fiction today, including writers who have won or been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, Aurora, or World Fantasy Awards

Ruth Joffre

Ruth Joffre

she/her

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast, which was longlisted for The Story Prize. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Lightspeed, Pleiades, khōréō, The Florida Review Online, Reckoning, Wigleaf, Baffling Magazine, and the anthologies Best Microfiction 2021 & 2022, Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness, and Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest. A graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Ruth served as the 2020-2022 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House and co-organized the Fight for Our Lives performance series. In 2023, she will be a visiting writer at University of Washington Bothell. 

Describe your teaching style.

In generative classes, I like to give students a lot of opportunities to try things out and experiment with unfamiliar styles with the help of gentle guidance and examples. Students may be introduced to new concepts but will have lots of time to ask questions and experiment during class time.

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

Write With Hugo House is our free monthly write-in program, operated in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. Two take place onsite at SPL locations, one takes place online. 

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At this time, we offer payment plans on classes 8 sessions and up. Email education@hugohouse.org with the name of the class you’re interested in to set up a payment plan.

Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

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.

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

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