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Down the Rabbit Hole: Writing Speculative Fiction

Date: 3/28/18 – 5/2/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Fiction

• Regular: $210.00
• Member: $189.00
• Low-Income: $147.00

All is not right in the world. This class focuses on how to translate social issues that concern you into captivating speculative fiction, broadly defined to include stories with supernatural, futuristic, magical, or otherwise "unrealistic" elements. Our stories have the power to change the world! Through readings and hands-on exercises, we'll explore imaginative ways to write about important issues and how to prioritize story, character, and theme instead of writing thinly veiled messages that irritate readers. Exercises will help you generate ideas, focus your intentions, and improve your technical skills.

We'll read a variety of example stories from authors like Alice Sheldon, Nnedi Okorafor, Sherman Alexie, Octavia Butler, and George Saunders. Writers of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything genre defying are welcome, as are writers of literary or other fiction looking to expand their craft. The teaching artist will provide written feedback on up to 20 pages of fiction per student. Included topics: sex/gender, race, colonialism, the environment, and other topics as dictated by students in the class. $5 copy fee.