Yearlong in Speculative Fiction

with Ruth Joffre

Genres: Fiction


Open to all levels

30 Sessions

Start Date: October 4, 2023
End Date: May 22, 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 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



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


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. 

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.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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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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