2020 Write-a-thon Sprints and Writing Sessions


Check out these new additions!

Finding Hope in Dark Dystopia
How can you write a dystopia when you’re living in one? Dystopian fiction once explored what might happen if we did not diverge from our current path, so what happens when we’re already there?
Date: Saturday, July 11 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM PDT | 90 minutes
Instructor: Marlee Jane Ward


Shifting Sands: Writing Near-Future Fiction 
Techniques for generating near-future stories, and how to deal with futures that come at you fast.

Date: Monday | July 13 | 5:00 PM PDT
Instructor: Sarah Pinsker


Deconstructing a Story
Join Professor Siobhan Carroll for a “Reading for Writers” workshop, in which we put our critical eye to work to improve our fiction…

Students must read the text in advance of the class.

Date: Friday | July 17 | 1:00 PM PDT
Instructor: Siobhan Carroll


WHAT WRITERS MUST DO TO WRITE ALTERNATE HISTORY: A No-nonsense Fiction Workshop 
Change the way you approach the craft of creating alternate histories. This class offers participants a hands-on, step-by-step writing strategy and a unique opportunity to broaden their working understanding of this popular genre.

Date: Friday | July 24 | 4:00 PM PDT
Instructor: Jack Dann


Understanding Your Inner Editor
Most of us have an inner editor—the critical voice that tells you you’re doing something wrong. How do you quiet it down when it’s overzealous?

Date: Saturday, July 25 | 3:00-5:00 PM PDT | 120 minutes
Instructor: Julia Rios


Solve EVERY Problem (and Borrow some Brains)
Come hang out with a small group of writers for a couple hours of moderated collaborative story-doctoring. Each participant will share a problem with the group and then we’ll brainstorm solutions…

Participants are encouraged (but not required) to submit 250-word summaries of their works-in-progress and/or their story problems in advance. Enrollment is limited.
Suggested slack channel for ongoing discussion: #writing-research_library

Dates:
Saturdays | 9:00–11:00 AM PDT | June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, & July 25
Thursdays | 5:00–7:00 PM PDT | June 25, July 2, July 9, July 23, July 30
Moderator: M. Huw Evans


Reading Joyfully, Reading Closely
Useful for writers and readers, learning to close read can help you sharpen your instincts …

Advanced Reading: The Specialist’s Hat (https://kellylink.net/specialists-hat)

Suggested slack channels for ongoing discussion:
#reading-book_club and #reading-general

Date: July 6 | 5:00-7:00 PM PDT
Instructor: Helen Marshall


Starting from Seed: Flash Fiction Workout
Come prepared to use prompts and exercises to create the tiniest, loveliest stories we can make…

Suggested slack channels for ongoing discussion:
#writing-sprint_room and #writing-short_fiction

Dates:
Thursdays | 7:00-8:30 AM PDT | June 25 & July 2
Thursdays | 9:00-10:30 AM PDT | July 16 & July 23
Moderator: Tegan Moore


Teach Your Internal Editor Who’s Boss
The focus of this session will be to practice drafting with little thought about outcomes. The goal is to get words down quickly, even if they are silly, lame, or odd. We’ll have an optional contest at the end of each sprint for The Most Awkward Sentence…

Suggested slack channel for ongoing discussion:
#writing-sprint_room and #writing-short_fiction

Date: Tuesday, June 23 | 9:30-11:00 AM PDT | 90 minutes
Moderator: Brooks Peck


And Now For Something Completely Different
Come to this session prepared to try something new–perhaps a story in a genre you don’t usually work in, or some flash fiction, or poetry…

Suggested slack channel for ongoing discussion:
#writing-sprint_room and #writing-short_fiction

Date: Tuesday, July 7 | 9:30-11:00 AM PDT | 90 minutes
Moderator: Brooks Peck


That Scene You’ve Been Avoiding
This sprint is for anyone working on a project where there’s a particular scene or moment that you’ve been avoiding…

Suggested slack channel for ongoing discussion:
#writing-sprint_room and #writing-short_fiction

Date: Tuesday, July 21 | 9:30-11:00 AM PDT | 90 minutes
Moderator: Brooks Peck


Co-working with Nisi Shawl
Share a judgement-free work environment with other creative writers exploring their craft and using their minds and hearts to express themselves in words.

Suggested slack channel for ongoing discussion:
#id-lgbtqia and #id-bipoc

Dates: Saturdays | 1:00-3:00 PM PDT | June 27, July 11, July 18, and July 25
Moderator: Nisi Shawl


Writing Sprint: The Goldilocks Zone
Too short? Too long? Just right! Find your sprinting goldilocks zone in this competition-free writing session.

Suggested slack channel for ongoing discussion:
#writing-sprint_room and #id-bipoc

Dates: Wednesdays | 7:30-9:00 PM PDT | June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, and July 22
Moderator: Rashida J. Smith


Writing Workouts for Queer Writers: Werq Your Writing Muscles!
Looking for some structure to kick your brain into writing gear? Missing community and opportunities to share work? This workout session for queer writers will…

Suggested slack channel for ongoing discussion:
#writing-sprint_room and #id-lgbtqia

Dates: Thursdays | 6:00-7:30 PM PDT | July 2, July 16, and July 27
Moderator: Jae Steinbacher