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Yearlong in Science Fiction

All Levels | 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.

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

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Nisi Shawl

Class Type: Yearlong

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 09/15/2021

No Class On: 9/29/2021, 11/3/2021, 11/24/2021, 12/22/2021, 12/29/2021

End Date: 05/11/2022

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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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.

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