SUMMER 2016 COURSE OFFERINGS
Guest Speakers: John Joseph Adams and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
WHAT IS THE BRAINERY WORKSHOP?
The Brainery Workshop is an online creative writing class focused exclusively on speculative fiction as an artistic discipline worthy of theory and practice. The writing participants are expected to produce includes, but is in no way limited to: magical realism, science fiction, horror, weird tales, slipstream, steampunk, and the like. As long as there’s a speculative fiction-y element, we’ll call it good.
The courses are an intense practicum in speculative fiction writing and students can expect a traditional graduate-level fiction workshop, concentrating on understanding and implementing the various aspects of speculative fiction. These aspects include craft issues such as characterization, point of view, narrative structure, style, and voice. Although this class is 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 be committed to a spirit of community development and support. I believe collaboration, as opposed to competition, is the key component of a good workshop chemistry–and having a supportive community of like-minded writers and readers, of the kind of stories you’re most invested in, is transformative.
PREVIOUS CLASSES OFFERED
Guest Speakers: Charlie Jane Anders, Daniel José Older, Ellen Datlow, Nathan Lowell, and Francesca Lia Block.
Science Fiction Fairy Tales: A Hypoxic Style Writing Workshop, Fall 2015 – with Dr. Jilly Dreadful – Guest Speakers: Terri Windling and Annie Bellet
Short Fiction, Fall 2015 – with Valerie Valdes or K. Tempest Bradford – Guest Speakers: Ken Liu and Amal El-Mohtar
Novel Workshop, Summer 2015 – Guest speaker: Chuck Wendig
Short Fiction, Summer 2015 – Guest speakers: John Chu and Michi Trota
Short Fiction, Spring 2015 – Guest Speakers: Aimee Bender, Christie Yant, Lise Quintana
Science Fiction Fairy Tales, Spring 2015 – Guest Speakers: Seanan McGuire, Cat Rambo, Catherynne Valente
Short Fiction, Fall 2014 – Guest Speakers: Christie Yant and Lois Duncan