New Class!

Sci-Fi & Fantasy: A Generative Course

8 Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting July 5th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

You have an idea for a world, a fantasy creature, or a made-up language - now what do you do with it? In this class, we will use exercises, readings, and in-class workshops to learn more about how to write effective science fiction and fantasy stories. Using published work as a resource, we will go over world-building, symbolism, subgenres, and drawing inspiration from the real world in order to write speculative stories. You can work on either two short stories or the beginning of a novel in the sci-fi or fantasy genres, with a chance to workshop it in class. You will also complete several exercises which can be turned into longer stories, and learn about the hero's journey and other symbolic structures to help you continue plotting a novel after the class is finished. This class is relevant both for writers who are new to these genres, as well as fans of the genres who want to produce more work.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this pageIn order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Marcella Haddad
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"


  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Revision Assignments
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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