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How do you build an entire speculative world in 8,000 words? How do you balance intricate worldbuilding with the demands of plot and character development? In this class, we will answer these and other craft questions by studying short stories by contemporary masters of the form. Readings will include work by Kelly Link, N. K Jemisin, Ted Chiang, and others. In-class writing exercises will help students apply what they learn to their own work.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Class Type: 6 SessionsFiction, Online
Term: Fall 2020
Start Date: 09/24/2020
End Date: 10/29/2020
Days of the Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (Grove Atlantic 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The Masters Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Copper Nickel. Her book reviews have been published in The Rumpus, The Millions, Kenyon Review Online, and Colorado Review. Ruth is the 2020-2021 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. She lives in Seattle.
Writers I return to: Kelly Link, N. K. Jemisin, Ted Chiang, Jeff VanderMeer, Alexander Chee, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Annie Proulx, Kathy Fish