2 Weeks to Go and a New class Offered !

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated here. The uncertainty of the world, and taking my university teaching online took over all my brain space.

But now it’s TWO WEEKS to go until the release of my book, Collective Gravities, from amazing Word West!

It’s mentioned by Publisher’s Weekly as one of fifteen Indie gems

It’s had some early reviews:

In Trampset

Amanda McLeod Writes

Bending Genres

 

AND in other news, I’m super excited to be offering a new upcoming class! It is open to anyone interested in writing fiction, poetry, or non-fiction!

ESCAPE VELOCITY

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

Instructor Bios
Brian Ramos
Brian is a NASA instructor who teaches flight controllers and crew at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He has a Masters in International Space Studies from the International Space University where he studied multidisciplinary and multicultural aspects of space. In 2017, he spent 8 months in a HI-SEAS Mars isolation mission on the largest active volcano in the world. Luckily, he did not go insane, and is happy to be here and bring his expertise to co-teach a writing workshop on space.
Chloe N. Clark
Chloe is the author of Collective Gravities, Your Strange Fortune, The Science of Unvanishing Objects, Under My Tongue, and the forthcoming Escaping the Body. She teaches composition, rhetoric, communication, and creative writing at Iowa State University and is a founding co-editor-in-chief of Cotton Xenomorph. She’s tweeted a lot of astronaut puns, but also has other knowledge.

 

Sign Up Here: https://forms.gle/jQg1gGxLqCT3Bfcj7

 

 

 

BIG NEWS *heart eyes emoji*

My short story collection, Collective Gravities, is due out from the lovely Word West in July 2020.The cover is now up (and I am so lucky with how lovely it is!) and pre-orders have begun (link is here).If you are interested in getting the book, please do consider pre-ordering as they are one of the most helpful ways to support authors and presses! If you pre-order, let me know through my contact form or on Twitter, as I’d love to send you a thank you card!

I will be planning a book tour for next year, so if your city or favorite bookstore is looking for a reader, let me know!

I am also excited to be offering an online class that I’m very excited about. I will be offering it in both February and June, and sign-up for both dates has begun. 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). If you’re interested, sign-up is here: https://forms.gle/ETviZPryeyX8QwiS8

In other news, I will also be opening my editing services back up. If you have a book length project (poetry chap, sequences, or full length OR fiction short story collections, novels, or flash chapbook), I offer reasonable prices and ten years of editing experience. Please use the contact form on this website if you are interested!