Today, Timothy C. Ward interviews Michael A. Stackpole about his new online course, Introduction to Writing: Science Fiction and Fantasy, which is still open to enrollment. The course costs $65 to enroll, then also you’ll purchase 21 Days to a Novel ($20) and his book Rogue Squadron (Star Wars X-Wing Series, Book 1) (~$6).

Michael and Tim also discuss how one learns to outline, examining studies in neuroplasticity and how outlines come from a strong understanding of characters. Michael discusses higher education options for aspiring authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Check out the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

If you’d like to find Michael on Second Life for his office hours, search for Noble Charron, his avatar, send an IM and he’ll give you the link. You can also go to The Quillians writer’s headquarters, a great place for encouragement for NaNoWriMo. They concluded with what he’s working on: a Pathfinder book, the next book in his Crown Colonies series, and then Talion: Nemesis.

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