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What’s Another Word for ‘Very’? : Fall 2015 Workshops Now Live!

It’s been a busy summer for me at The Brainery. I workshopped 10 novels for Novel Workshop, 9 short stories for Short Fiction, and wrote over over 150 pages of critique in the process. I moderated three roundtables with John Chu, Michi Trota, and Chuck Wendig, went to WorldCon and DragonCon, and, in the middle of it all moved from upstate NY to Atlanta. Oh yeah, and I sold a story to Lightspeed and became a member of SFWA. Not too shabby. But busy. Very very busy. And I tend to have very strong opinions about adverbs. Last week marked …

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Support Fund for Writers

imageI have been asked a lot if I offer scholarships for The Brainery. It’s a topic that weighs heavily on my heart because I wouldn’t have been able to afford my education without the benefit of scholarships or competitive fellowships. But it’s tricky because The Brainery is still a new business, and I am still on WIC and Medicaid.

I spoke with the Speculative Literature Foundation about fiscal sponsorship, but they advised me against pursuing nonprofit status at this time since I don’t have big donors lined up.

So, yesterday, I started the Support Fund for Writers, which is a happy middle ground: I donate half the cost of a workshop, donors contribute 25%, and the writer is only responsible for the last 25%.

I’m happy to report that less than 3 hours of starting the Support Fund, I got my first donation large enough to sponsor a writer’s seat, and today I got my first application. So, less than 24 hours after starting the fund, it has successfully helped one writer secure a seat in the workshop.

I am excited about being able to offer this new resource to offer my fellow writers. And, as a former academic on the alt-ac track, I am proud of being able to financially help students without the benefit of university affiliation.

Help Me Create the Reading List for Science Fiction Fairy Tales

 

I’m teaching Science Fiction Fairy Tales in the spring as part of the course offerings for The Brainery; it’s a sub-genre that I love and desperately want more of, but, sadly, have a difficult time finding.

I started a small conversation on Twitter that, weirdly, only got responses from super famous writers: Genevieve Valentine, Marissa Meyer, and Cory Doctorow (you can read their tweets in the Storify slideshow above). I only say weirdly because I was hoping some of my other Twitter buddies would join in on the conversation. I’m hopeful that in the coming days #ScienceFictionFairytales will be a thing (and if you tweet about it, please include me!).

On Facebook, the conversation was more in-depth, but I am still on a quest to create the ultimate science fiction fairy tale reading list. So help me! (Also, I kind of want to publish an anthology of science fiction fairy tales now that I can’t find one. It’d be handy, ya know?)

Anyway, so far on the Science Fiction Fairy Tale list:

  • Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Each to Each” by Seanan McGuire
  • “A Famine of Music” by Micah Dean Hicks
  • I want some steampunk in here, considering stories from Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link–I haven’t picked individual stories from this collection, yet, though.
  • Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
  • Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M.  Valente
  • The Sun, the Moon, the Stars by Stephen Brust
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  • All of Terri Windling’s BORDERLANDS books
  • Ben Loory’s Stories for Nighttime & Some for the Day

 

What else should I add to the main list? Also: how crazy is it to want to put together a handy-dandy anthology?

The Brainery’s Spring 2015 Course Registration Open

shortfictionspring2015The Brainery’s Spring 2015 Workshops have gone live!

I have reorganized the course a little, and so I have 20 spots open for Short Fiction, and 10 spots open for Science Fiction Fairy Tales.

Short Fiction Master Class Roundtable Sessions are confirmed with Aimee Bender, Lise Quintana, and Christi Yant.

Science Fiction Master Class Roundtable Sessions are tentatively scheduled with Seanan McGuire (and I’m also working on adding one more writer TBA).

The Brainery Workshop Syllabi and Schedules Coming Out This Week

thebraineryBy Thursday, November 13th, I will unveil the syllabi, schedules, and guest speakers for Spring 2015.

You can expect:

  • Two sections of Short Fiction: 9 people each (18 spots total).
  • Science Fiction Fairy Tales (9 spots total).

Registration will open as soon as the syllabi go live, along with a lower enrollment fee for early adopters (enrollment fee increases in January).

Short Fiction filled in 9 days in September, so be on the lookout!

Clarion is Opening Applications December 1, 2014

In case you’re interested in workshop opportunities, Clarion is opening it’s application season starting December 1st. You have until March 1st to apply. The great thing about Clarion is that there are some scholarships available. So if you’re struggling financially, know that they might be able to help you fund the experience.

I personally have never attended, but I have friends who have and say wonderful things. And I trust and value their opinion.

Also! Karen Joy Fowler and Maureeen McHugh and Saladin Ahmed are going to be instructors there in 2015, which is amazing and I wish I could go.

Is it wrong that I’m tempted to apply just to see if I could even get in?

Probably. Because even if I got a scholarship to attend, I can’t disappear for 6 weeks next summer. We’re hoping my husband will be graduating next summer, which means we’ll have to try to sell our house while simultaneously figure out his post-doc situation and arrange to move before the new academic year begins.

I think it would be really shitty to up and leave for 6 weeks in the middle of him trying to finish his dissertation, sell the house, all the while watching Nikola by himself.

But wow… what a great line up of teachers at Clarion! I hope everyone who can apply will!

Live Q&A About The Brainery Right Now

EVERYTHINGI am taking latecomers to The Brainery Workshop course in Short Fiction until Saturday, September 20th. If you’re interested in the workshop, I am scheduling a live Q&A session on Thursday at 10:00AM EST. Here’s the info in case you want to stop by and chat about the workshop program.

1.  Please join my meeting, Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/493746317

2.  You will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP).  A headset is recommended.

Meeting Password: thursdayqanda
Meeting ID: 493-746-317

Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app.

Live Q&A about The Brainery Workshop on Thursday 9/18

EVERYTHINGI am taking latecomers to The Brainery Workshop course in Short Fiction until Saturday, September 20th. If you’re interested in the workshop, I am scheduling a live Q&A session on Thursday at 10:00AM EST. Here’s the info in case you want to stop by and chat about the workshop program.

1.  Please join my meeting, Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/493746317

2.  You will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP).  A headset is recommended.

Meeting Password: thursdayqanda
Meeting ID: 493-746-317

Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app.

The Brainery Workshop Q&A

liveqandaIf you’re interested in The Brainery Workshop course in Short Fiction, I am scheduling a live Q&A session at 5:00PM EST.

Here’s the info about the session:

1.  Please join my live Q&A, Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/308358053

2.  You will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP).  A headset is recommended.

Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app.

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