Online Workshops

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I will be teaching the occasional online workshop.

Upcoming Courses

Escape Velocity: Creating Space, Beyond the Science

On May 30th, SpaceX made history by becoming the first private entity to ferry two astronauts to the International Space Station. Still, this is just one step in the second space race going on right now. Today, you can’t find a department store without a rack filled with NASA shirts, and it’s for good reason: space is here to stay.
Space exploration, now more than ever, reaches well beyond the sciences. In the global space market, there is room for a multitude of topics and professions. From ‘Space Force’ and ‘Ad Astra’, the writings of Becky Chambers and the Expanse series, and video games such as Outer Worlds, space is infiltrating every corner of our culture.
Because of this, we’ve designed a month-long class and writing workshop on the future of space, through a wide-ranging lens including cultural, technological, societal ideas, and research.
This class is designed to be completely online and friendly to all schedules. It will include several “class periods” a week. These include readings, lectures, writing prompts, and more. We’ll also be implementing your feedback and having additional sessions for peer interaction, and virtual class meet-ups.
The ultimate goal of this class is to come away with a completed piece with an imagined future of space that can be used as a standalone, or to set up a new world for a larger project.

There’s two tiers to this class. You can sign up for class materials at $150, or class materials plus instructor critique on up to 35 pages of writing for $250.

Dates: August 1st-31st

 

Past Courses

Monstrous: Monster Theory and Creating Contemporary Monsters

I have been teaching a university class on Monster theory and Othering for the past 6 years, as a way of teaching students about rhetoric and communication in today’s world. This class looks at how societies have always used the specter of the other as a monster to keep people in check and afraid. We also examine ways in which horror has both embraced and attempted to combat this. Over the past few months, I have been working on re-designing this course to incorporate creative writing and creation of new monsters–ways to combat/confront othering and systemic violences (a recent example of this done in film would be something like Get Out). This course will be a month long class/workshop featuring 2-3 classes a week. Each class will feature a written and/or audio recorded lecture, readings, questions to consider for discussion, and writing prompts. The goal by the end of class is to have tools to create your own monster (in some narrative form–though as a fan of multimodal composition, we’ll discuss broad interpretations of narrative as well). The class will feature two cost options. For 100, you will have access to all course materials and prompts. For 200, I will also do in-depth feedback critiques on the narratives your produce in the class (up to 35 pages of writing or tbd length for other narrative forms). I will be offering the course twice: The month of February and the month of June, please specify which month you are signing up for.

This is Something Haunted: Writing Ghosts

This two week workshop style class will center around how and why we write about ghosts and haunted places and things.

Daily e-mail with writing prompts, readings, and thoughts on science fiction
You will write (and receive feedback on) 2 stories (up to 35 pages total) or 3 flash fiction pieces (or a combination of 2 flash and one story) and a revision of a piece
Workshop Cost: $175

The Future is Now: Writing Science Fiction

This two week workshop style class will center around how and why we write science fiction.
Daily e-mail with writing prompts, readings, and thoughts on science fiction
You will write (and receive feedback on) 2 stories (up to 35 pages total) or 3 flash fiction pieces (or a combination of 2 flash and one story) and a revision of a piece
Workshop Cost: $175
May 25th-June 8th

Some Small Brightness: Writing Love Poems

This class will explore how to write love poems (and this means all kinds of love, not just of the romantic kind) and how to avoid cliche in these poems.​
Daily E-mails with writing prompts, readings, and thoughts
You will get feedback on 2 poems and one revision or additional new poem (turned in the ​month following the class end)

Workshop Cost $50 (payable via paypal or Venmo)

May 2nd-May 8th

Strange Quickness: Writing Weird and Speculative Flash Fictions.

January 20th-February 3rd (2019)
$150
This short online workshop will focus on bringing the weird or speculative into your flash fictions.
7 Workshop Attendees
– recorded oral or written feedback provided for pieces
-recorded lectures,writing prompts, exercises, Q+A, selected readings
-you’ll have 4 flashes critiqued by both me and your classmates, and a fifth new flash (or revision) critiqued by me at the end of the class. I will provide in-depth feedback on all pieces.
1 Workshop Spot is reserved (without registration cost) for a member of any of the following groups: POC, LGBTQIA+, or a student with financial need
This workshop has been filled.
Finding Fright: Writing Horror in Short Form
Daily e-mail with writing prompts, readings, and thoughts on horror
You will write (and receive feedback on) 2 stories or 3 flash fiction pieces and a revision of a piece
Workshop Cost: $150
April 6th-20th (2019)

Where We Break: Momentum, Surprise, and Structure in Poems

A look into how and why we break lines in poetry

Daily E-mails with writing prompts, readings, and thoughts on line breaks
You will get feedback on 2 poems and one revision or additional new poem (turned in the week following the class end)
Workshop Cost $50
March 10th-March 16th (2019)