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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • 6 Weeks

Intro to the Speculative Short Story

No Longer Enrolling

  • $375.00 Non-Member
  • $360.00 Member

Class Description

Speculative fiction is an exciting and fast-evolving genre. This course will offer writers the chance to develop one to two speculative short stories and to participate in a critique workshop with peers. Along the way, we will study craft and learn from stories written by some of speculative fiction's most prominent voices, such as Ted Chiang, Rebecca Roanhorse, Octavia E. Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ken Liu, Yoko Ogawa, and N.K. Jemisin. We will also use class time for writing prompts and exercises that expand creativity and pertain directly to the short story writing happening outside of class.

The course is open to writers of any level interested in speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, horror, slipstream, etc.). Participants should be prepared to actively develop short stories; read and discuss examples; and offer thoughtful, considerate feedback to their fellow classmates. You will hopefully walk away from this course more confident in your speculative writing and with clear next steps for revising and submitting your short stories to magazines and anthologies!

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. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

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!