The Brainery Workshop is now open to Spring 2016 Registrations! See below for details!
The Brainery Workshop, which hosts online creative writing classes focused exclusively on speculative fiction, is pleased to announce that Spring 2016 Workshop registration is now live. We’re offering five classes this semester–Novel Workshop, YA Novel Workshop, Short Fiction, Short Fiction Writing and the Other, and Science Fiction Fairy Tales—as well as five Master Class Roundtable Sessions with Ellen Datlow, Charlie Jane Anders, Daniel José Older, and more. Workshops begin the week of January 25th, 2016 and class meeting times are based on student availability. Visit http://www.transmography.net/brainery/syllabus-schedule/ to learn more and sign up.
Novel Workshop and YA Novel Workshop, taught by Jilly Dreadful, Ph.D., are designed for writers with a complete (though not necessarily finished) manuscript in need of a full critique. The goal is to help shape first drafts into stronger second drafts and to help writers develop strategies for revision and expansion. Students will receive in-depth critiques from their peers and the instructor.
Short Fiction Writing and the Other, a brand new class taught by K. Tempest Bradford, is designed for writers who want to include characters in their fiction whose gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity differs from their own, but are hesitant to do so for fear that they will get it horribly, offensively wrong. Students will learn strategies for writing the “Other” sensitively and convincingly as well as strengthen their short story writing craft in general through a combination of readings, analysis of published fiction, writing exercises, peer critiques, and developing, writing, and revising stories in a safe, supportive atmosphere. In addition to instruction and in-depth critiques from Bradford, students will also benefit from guest lectures exclusive to this class from authors Nisi Shawl and Max Gladstone.
Short Fiction, taught by Valerie Valdes, is a workshop designed for speculative fiction writers looking to produce submission-ready short fiction in the form of flash fiction, short stories or standalone novel excerpts. Participants will deepen their theory and practice through the discussion of course readings, a continually evolving feedback loop from the instructor and classmates, as well as the kind of accountability that a community of peers can provide. Writers work on four submissions during the program: two new and/or original works, up to 7500 words in length, a revision of one of the two previously submitted pieces, and a work of flash fiction 1000 words or less.
Science Fiction Fairy Tales, taught by Jilly Dreadful, Ph.D., is a hypoxic-style workshop designed to push students to challenge themselves as writers and to question the conventions and limits of what it means to remix fairy tales in modern ways. Every week students will consider a different fairy tale and science theme pairing, and remix it using experimental methods. Students will write (on average) 750-1500 words weekly, as well as discuss each other’s work.
Master Class Roundtable Sessions
Every writer enrolled in The Brainery will have the opportunity to attend 60 – 90 minute roundtable sessions and ask questions of special guests. All Master Classes are recorded and made available to students. This semester’s speakers include:
Charlie Jane Anders, Hugo winner, Editor-in-Chief of io9.com, and author of the forthcoming novel All The Birds In The Sky.
Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna and Half-Resurrection Blues, and co-editor of Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History.
Ellen Datlow, prolific science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction editor whose magazines and anthologies have shaped the genre over her thirty-year career.
We will announce two more guest speakers to talk about Young Adult Fiction and New Media in the coming weeks.
About The Brainery
The Brainery is an online creative writing workshop focused exclusively on speculative fiction–magical realism, fantasy, science fiction, horror, weird tales, slipstream, steampunk, and the like–as an artistic discipline worthy of theory and practice. The courses offer an intense practicum in speculative fiction similar to a traditional graduate-level quality fiction workshop. Instruction concentrates on understanding and implementing writing craft, such as characterization, point of view, narrative structure, style, and voice, in the specific context of spec-fic.
All of the Brainery’s courses are designed for new and early career writers. People who are ready to make writing a part of daily life, ready to give themselves permission to give their writing space and time to develop, and who have a desire to publish fiction in professional markets. Although classes are designed with a flexible schedule in mind, students are expected to commit to the same standards as expected of graduate-level creative writing courses, including: deadlines, feedback, and accountability.
Students participating in The Brainery must also be committed to a spirit of community development and support.