Online: Zoom

Science Fiction and Fantasy II

8 Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting September 28th
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

You've laid the framework of your world. You have the map, the journey outline, the spaceship blueprints, and now it's time to move your hero toward catharsis, your first draft toward completion! We'll begin by reading a sample of your manuscript, so the group can become well-acquainted with your world. Class will then be divided into craft discussion, workshop, and narrative exercises with a particular focus on finding your finish line. By the end of the course, you should have a concrete plan for completing your draft, or, depending on where you are in the process, a full first draft.

All speculative genres and subgenres are welcome: steampunk, urban fantasy, magical realism—anything possible or impossible! Authors whose work we’ll read and discuss may include: Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tananarive Due, Annalee Newitz, Catherynne M Valente, Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This class is designed for intermediate to advanced speculative fiction writers who have workshop experience and a project underway. You’ll be expected to focus on one project and to generate material for that project each week. 

Class Format

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!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Stephanie K Brownell

Previous Students Say

  • You'll Be Inundated with Great Info
  • Lots of Practical Tips
  • "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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