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Speculative, Science Fiction and Horror Workshop

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CourseGraphic Speculative, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Speculative, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
A 5-week workshop. Storytelling originated in hyperbole, nonrealism, other worlds, and mythology. Tales of death-defying feats that elicit horror, fear, hope, triumph, or romance is the bedrock of fiction. In this workshop we will learn how to use techniques across the genre-spectrum to inform our conception of what "storytelling" can be. With a focus creating an 'illusion of progress' we will explore concepts such as world-building, plot creation, action sequencing, character development in places of 'otherness', magic, nonrealism, and manipulating the emotional state of the reader through a mastery of genre expectations and their applied defiance. Writers who are interested in work that 'defies genre' are encouraged to apply. We will discuss the use of 'tropes' 'cliches' and 'character archetypes' as well as 'traditional story structure' to help craft stories that awe, terrify, impress, depress, transport, or otherwise imbue hope. 

Who should take this course?
Writers who are interested in this course will identify as Storytellers willing to use any method available to them to carry the reader on a journey of some kind, either internal or external. With a focus on techniques that elicit reactions, writers who take this course can expect to hone their abilities to create immersive worlds and plots that take readers to new places never before explored. 

July 8 to August 12, 2024
Mondays, 6pm to 8pm EST on Zoom


“This workshop has been one of my favorite courses. It is the perfect environment for a new writer to be exposed to brilliant works of writing (short stories, in particularly) and to develop their own artistic voice based on these inspirations. The workshops were especially eyeopening in being able to hear how other people read and interpret your writing, and also in being able to discuss the work of others in ways that can allow you to improve your own pieces. This course reignited my love for creative writing.”

 “I LOVED this course. I think it made me a better writer because of how Professor McGhee gave us craft talks, and the wide cross-genre selection of books we read allowed me to better understand the diversity of ways in which different craft elements could be utilized to create stories.”

Class Details

6 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

NA - Online

Molly McGhee 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/8/2024 - 8/12/2024 Weekly - Mon 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM N/A - Online Molly McGhee