Writing Speculative Fiction DATE: Starts August 30 4-Week Online Workshop PRICE: $249 The world of speculative short fiction is a highly competitive but welcoming community where a new writer can make a start in their career. In this workshop, we'll explore the fine art of writing short stories for genre markets, with an exploration of the main tropes of each genre from science fiction to fantasy to horror. Picasso said, "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." This workshop dives into the rules of speculative fiction and how to break them while honing your writing for pro markets.
Poetry Barn Self-Paced Course: Writing Resistance Through Erasure, Found Text & Visual Poetry DATE: Ongoing TIME: Asynchronous, Self-paced PRICE: $99 Hybrid poetry forms can be a powerful form of resistance. From Jerrod Schwarz’s erasure of Trump’s inaugural speech to Niina Pollari’s black outs of the N-400 citizenship form, contemporary poets are engaging with the world through text, creating new and challenging works of art. Heralded by the rise of the “Instapoet,” visual works are a way to take poetry one step further by crafting new forms and structures that often transcend the page.
In this four-module independent study workshop, you’ll study the forms of poetry that draw from outside sources and texts, learning how artists are reshaping the narrative of resistance and how to draw from news, media, canonical works, and other found texts to create our own work in conversation with the current world.
Shortly after you register, you’ll receive an email containing an invitation to create an account and begin learning. (Please note: This class does not include feedback or interaction with the instructor or other learners.)
Readercon August 13-15, 2021 Sunday, August 15 - 10:00 AM EST Main Track 2 - The Emotions of Dystopia - Scott Edelman, Aliza Greenblatt (mod), Bracken MacLeod, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Holly Lyn Walrath Dull and even miserable affect and emotion have been hallmarks of the dystopia genre since 1984 and Brave New World, with joy depicted as fleeting and pleasure considered hollow or fake. But in the real world, emotional responses to hardship vary from person to person and from culture to culture. Panelists will probe and challenge the cultural and aesthetic basis for the supposed authenticity of unmitigated bleakness in dystopia and consider other emotional tones that dystopian stories might explore.
TBA 2021: Journaling for Poets (Poetry Barn) Online Asynchronous, Self-paced workshop Poets are observers. One way to keep track of your observations and ideas is through a writing journal. In this workshop, we'll cover the basics of journaling for poets. Not just as a method of processing and keeping track of your thoughts, but as a method of improving your writing life and working towards a career as a writer. We'll cover tracking your poetry, how to manage large ideas or projects, tracking submissions, creating goals, revising in a journal, and more, all while exploring popular methods of journaling to find the one that works for you. If you feel out of sorts or disorganized in your writing life, this workshop is for you! You may want to purchase a simple notebook to try out the techniques on your own. You'll be asked to share one journaling exercise a week and give feedback on each other's work.
October 2021: Speculative Poetics: Neither Here Nor There (Poetry Barn) Online 4-week workshop via Wet Ink Speculative poetry is about content. It’s a genre of poetry that combines many other thematic elements from fiction genres like science fiction, fantasy, and horror. From ghosts to dragons to satellites, this genre defies reality. If you’ve ever considered your work to be outside the realm or realism and in the gray area of the surreal, this workshop is for you. We’ll read the greats of speculative poetry and the thriving community of diverse poets in the field today, while writing poems that walk through the mist of the weird. Ask yourself “What if?” and unshackle your mind in this four-week foray into the strange.
2022 TBD: Micro and Flash Fiction Workshop (Writing Workshops Dallas) This generative workshop explores flash fiction in all its forms—from the dribble to the drabble to the micro-story—up to 1500 words. Writing flash can enhance your skills as a writer because it teaches you how to be concise and what makes a (very short) story. We’ll cover beginnings and endings—and what should lie in-between. We’ll discuss the details of rhythm, voice, and structure. Learn how to craft flash pieces that pack an emotional punch and leave the reader breathless, in the briefest of words.
2022 TBD: Journaling for Writers (Writing Workshops Dallas) Do you feel lost in your writing process? Get organized by journaling! In this workshop, we'll cover the basics of journaling for writers. Not just as a method of processing and keeping track of your thoughts, but as a method of improving your writing life and working towards a career as a writer. We'll cover tracking your writing, how to manage large ideas or projects, tracking submissions, creating goals, revising in a journal, and more, all while exploring popular methods of journaling to find the one that works for you. At the end of the class, you'll set up your journal for the new year.
July 2021: Re-Visioning Your Poetry (Poetry Barn) April 2021: Writing Speculative Short Fiction (Writing Workshops Dallas) April 2021: Flights of Foundry, Writing Narrative Poetry panel March 2021: A Feminist Poetry Reading Primer: Writing with Our Foremothers (Poetry Barn) October 2020: Writespace Poetry Critique October 2020: Writespace Introduction to Found Poetry November 2020: Writespace Journaling Your Way to a Better Writing Life July, 2020: Writespace First Chapter Critique Session July, 2020: Writespace Q&A with an Editor November 2019: Malvern Books: Speculative Poetry Reading with T.D. Walker October 2019: Gemini Ink Online Workshop: The Writing Life 101 September 2019: Zinefest Houston August 2019: Armadillocon, Austin July 2019: Readercon, Boston February 2019: People's Poetry Festival, Corpus Christi November 2018: Zine Fest Houston November 2018: Finishing Line Press Showcase - Kaboom Books & Gemini Ink October 2018: Book launch & Women's Voices Open Mic - Writespace Houston September 29, 2018, 6-8pm - Art & Words Show, Fort Worth, TX - Featured Reader August 22nd-September 12, 2018: Writespace Writing Life 101 Workshop August 25, 2018: Writespace Poetry of the Fantastic Workshop July 2018: Readercon: Panelist May 2018: Comicpalooza (Panelist and hosting the SFPA Poetry reading May 25th) June 2018: 2018 SFPA Contest chair. June 26, 2018: Reading at Fix Coffee Bar hosted by Mike Alexander