Speculative fiction includes any work that uses fantasy, science fiction, horror, science fantasy, superhero, and supernatural. From Harry Potter to The Man in the High Castle, speculative fiction gathers stories from many corners of the writing universe, and so is of interest to a wide range of readers.
Some of the basics of craft will be covered, including setting (world building), dialogue, conflict, the use of time (flashbacks, parallel timelines, etc), and in particular, the development of characters.
This six-session class will be a workshop for writers with at least one chapter or story in progress. The group will offer supportive feedback under the guidance of a well-published author, as well as brief craft lessons that will enable you to develop confidence in your own ability to edit. We will read a few short examples along the way to give us common ground for discussion.
Note to those who took the 2018 class:Enroll in the 2019 version of Speculative Fiction and benefit from having your project workshopped in a supportive environment. New short stories will be assigned and craft topics with add depth to discussions.
Instructor: Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction, essays and creative nonfiction, including recent works in science fiction and fantasy anthologies. An Island Treasure in the Arts, she has extensive experience teaching at the post-graduate level, as well as in all-age classrooms. More at http://www.kathleenalcala.com.