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Yearlong in Science Fiction

In weekly meetings over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, Hugo House’s yearlong classes will provide dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a draft of a book.

Whether you are early in the writing process or already have a rough draft, these yearlong courses will help you set active, clear goals, as well as write and revise with intention. One-third of each course focuses on developing proficiency with the writing tools (craft elements) that you will need to use, and the remaining two-thirds are comprised of workshops and writing toward personally devised deadlines.

It is okay to miss some classes because of travel. That said, students who get the most out of yearlong classes are often very dedicated to their writing, and are eager to develop a strong and steady writing practice, as well as become part of a tightly knit cohort of writers.


In this craft-focused class, we’ll discuss and work through methods of writing a speculative fiction story or novel of high literary quality. Topics covered will include (but won’t be limited to): world building; backstory; providing the telling detail; 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 helpful writing exercises, so plan to bring your laptops and/or notebooks.

Instructor: Nisi Shawl

Class Type: Yearlong

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: 09/25/2018

No Class On: Various dates to be relayed by instructor.

End Date: 06/04/2019

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl wrote the Nebula finalist Everfair, and co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, a standard text on inclusive representation. She 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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