Science Fiction Writing Workshop
In this five week workshop, we will consider the polyvalence of wastelands by passing rapidly amidst the desert and the frozen, the extra and intraterrestrial. As we devour Samuel Delany's "Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand," students will perform a reading of what it means to be a waste a human wasting a waste/land, in all its (anti)productive force. As we examine these speculative landscapes, we will consider the implications and potentialities of rendering our own speculative fiction terrains in word(s) by completing weekly writing prompts and workshopping together. The course readings will familiarize students with science fiction and science fiction poetry devices and possibilities to generate new speculative works. Our science fiction readings will be supplemented with selected critical and literary readings. This is an open genre course.
This workshop will be divided into an hour of critical and generative discussion amongst the class about the readings and an hour and a half of group workshopping, however, this is subject to recalibration dependent upon the needs of the particular group. By the end of the course, students will have produced and workshopped five discrete speculative pieces in any and/or multiple and/or not yet invented genres. In the final session, we will discuss methods for organizing the works into a chapbook or tentative full-length book project.
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, Samuel Delany
Classes will begin tentatively the week of October 15th, 2023.
Our workshops will take place in weekly 2 1/2 hours sessions conducted as video conferences over Zoom. I will provide a syllabus, creative writing prompts, PDFs, and a suggested and required reading list to all enrolled students.
The Course will be 240 per student.
*Contact me about need-based aid and paying via installment.
Students may cancel up to a week before the start date for a full refund minus a $20 fee. Otherwise, if a student drops out of the course they will be charged a prorated fee based on the course week, starting with week 1. There will be no refunds issued after week 3.