Intro to Science Fiction and Fantasy
In this class, we’ll apply elements of the traditional workshop—a focus on craft, language, character, and plot—to the specific considerations of science fiction and fantasy writing. We’ll concentrate on story elements that are unique to these genres, such as believability and consistency in world-building, the "hero" arc of the protagonist, genre tropes, and invented languages. This class involves weekly readings and discussions (20-40 pages), short writing prompts, and workshopping. Short story writers and novelists alike are welcome, as are students new to the genre. We will be reading excerpts from Quisloana: a Dominican fantasy anthology, Africa Risen: a speculative anthology, Between Magic and Dreams and various speculative and sci-fi magazines like Uncanny, FIYAH, & Solarpunk.
This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!
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