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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Speculative Fiction Series: Voice and Language - Remote!

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

Speculative fiction has a long history of engaging language in inventive ways. Sindarin, Klingon, Dothraki. But we’re not just talking about constructed languages here. From the slang of A Clockwork Orange to the coms and factions that structure N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy to narrative voice in Catherynne Valente’s Space Opera, we’ll study the choices published authors have made linguistically that bring their worlds to life. We’ll talk naming practices, idioms, and dialogue and more as you delve more deeply into the way voice and language relates to culture, identity, and positionality in your world. You’ll leave with a more solid grounding not only in your story’s language, but in its essence. As Ursula LeGuin tells us, “in fantasy there is nothing but the writer’s vision of the world… a new world. A world where no voice has ever spoken before; where the act of speech is the act of creation. The only voice that speaks there is the creator’s. And every word counts.

This class is a part of the Speculative Fiction Series taught by Stephanie Brownell. The series also includes:

Speculative Fiction Series: Establishing Your World

Speculative Fiction Series: Gender and Queerness in Imaginative Worlds

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

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.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!