2020 Write-a-thon Free Summer Classes


The Business of Writing 
To be a writer is to be a business person. There are many aspects to the business of writing (outside the actual act of writing itself) that must be done for you to have a successful career…
Date: Tuesday, June 30 | 4:00-6:00 PM PDT | 120 minutes
Instructor: Jennifer Brozek


Film to Page: What Watching Movies Can Teach Us About Writing
This workshop will focus on some core film techniques and examples that can be used to illustrate core craft techniques…
Date: Tuesday, July 7 | 4-:00-6:00 PM PDT | 120 minutes
Instructor: DongWon Song


Shifting Timelines
This workshop starts with an in-depth exploration with mystery plotting with an emphasis on how to use and layer timelines to create surprise and intrigue in the reader, even when you’re not writing a mystery story…
Date: Tuesday, July 7 | 5:00-6:30 PM PDT | 90 minutes
Instructor: Alaya Dawn Johnson


Moving from the Novel to the Short Story–and Back Again
Short fiction and novel-length work demand different competencies and skills of the author –pacing, character development, and worldbuilding…
Date: Saturday, July 11 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM PDT | 60 minutes
Instructor: Arkady Martine


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


Talk Less, Smile More
“Dialogue,” she said. “It’s how we communicate in fiction. But it’s not a facsimile of reality.” …
Date: Tuesday, July 14 | 4:00-5:30 PM PDT | 90 minutes
Instructor: Curtis Chen


So You Want to Be an Editor
Maybe you want to put together your first anthology or maybe you’re thinking of starting a magazine. But what does it really take to be an editor? Lightspeed/Nightmare’s Wendy N. Wagner shares strategies …
Date: Thursday, July 16 | 5:00-7:00 PM PDT | 90 minutes
Instructor: Wendy Wagner


Hard Science Fiction With Heart
Hard Science Fiction is a genre of near-future science fiction that seeks to extrapolate present day science and technology into the future. This class is for those seeking to craft a more inclusive form of this genre…
Date: Saturday, July 18 | 10:00-12:00 PM PDT | 120 minutes
Instructor: Dominica Phetteplace


Going Through an Impasse: Writing While Blocked
Many writers experience creative blocks at some point in their careers. Is blocking a defect, a benefit, or simply the normal irregularity that results from hand craftsmanship? This hands-on workshop will help participants identify behavior and triggers …
Class Schedule & Date: Class meets 4 times | M, T, W, Th | July 20-July 23 | 4:30-6:00 PM PDT | 90 minute sessions
Instructor: Eileen Gunn


Making Your Story Openings Stand Out
Learn how to make the openings of your short stories stand out in the submissions pile with seven-time World Fantasy Award finalist editor Scott H. Andrews of Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine.
Date: Wednesday, July 22 | 5:00-7:00 PM PDT | 120 minutes
Instructor: Scott Andrews


Writing for the World
Is it possible to write for and be understood by readers worldwide without compromising identity and experience?
Date: Saturday, July 25 | 10:00-12:00 PM PDT | 120 minutes
Instructor: Karen Lord


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


Exposition: How to Handle Giving the Reader Information
You’re writing about worlds that are new to the reader, and things they’ve never seen. If you stop to explain everything a reader’s momentum could falter. How do you avoid this? Tobias S. Buckell walks you through several strategies to make exposition fun to play with, and not something to fear.
Date: Monday, July 27 | 4:00-6:00 PM PDT | 120 minutes
Instructor: Tobias Buckell