2 x 3: Two Hours, Three Speculative Stories

This generative course features readings and prompts to help you create three new speculative stories. Each hour will begin with a discussion of published work you’ll have read ahead of time, which we’ll then use as inspiration to explore new ways of unlocking narrative: rituals and traditions, story through setting, and hermit crab speculative fiction (meaning stories in an unusual format). Readings will include work by N.K. Jemisin, Caroline Yoachim, and Amber Sparks. Participants will have opportunities to read samples of their new work or share their ideas, but this type of participation is by no means required.

The class is suitable for a wide audience, from those who are new to speculative fiction, to experienced authors looking for a little burst of inspiration (or a break from that stalled work in progress). Short stories will be the focus of our readings, but participants are free to create in other genres (poetry, CNF, excerpts of longer prose works, etc).

What Participants Will Take Away

  • Discover and discuss work by three speculative authors.
  • Learn three new ways of unlocking stories.
  • Write three new story drafts.

Suitable for intermediate and advanced writers.

There will be an optional opportunity to share during the workshop.

Two dates to choose from:

Saturday, April 8, 2023: 4 PM PDT / 7 PM EDT / 8 AM JST / 9 AM AEST

Saturday, April 22, 2023: 7 AM PDT / 10 AM EDT / 3 PM BST / 7:30 PM IST

About Instructor

Tara Campbell is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, fiction co-editor at Barrelhouse, and graduate of American University’s MFA in Creative Writing. Her publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Wigleaf, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Uncharted Magazine, and Escape Pod/Artemis Rising. She’s the author of a novel and four multi-genre collections including her newest, Cabinet of Wrath: A Doll Collection. Connect with her at her website: www.taracampbell.com.

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