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Using the Literature of Time Travel to Play with Time in Your Writing Zoom Seminar with Amber Sparks, Saturday, September 21st, 2024
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Using the Literature of Time Travel to Play with Time in Your Writing Zoom Seminar with Amber Sparks, Saturday, September 21st, 2024

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Saturday, September 21st, 2024

Live Seminar Via Zoom 10AM – 1PM CST

Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

Instructor Amber Sparks is the author of an upcoming novel, Happy People Don’t Live Here, an upcoming short story collection, Did Parents In the Middle Ages Love Their Children? (both from Liveright/W.W. Norton), and four collections of short fiction, including And I Do Not Forgive You: Revenges and other Stories and The Unfinished World. Her fiction and essays have appeared in American Short Fiction, the Paris Review, Slate, Tin House, Granta, The Cut and elsewhere.  

Time travel stories, novels, and films are everywhere, and when done well, they seem impossible, dazzling - a rabbit pulled out of thin air, no hat required. But the writers who craft these stories aren't performing magic - they're simply using disciplined techniques, planning, and a little misdirection, too. And playing with time can be one of the coolest ways of injecting a little extra something into writing that's lying too flat on the page.  

In this workshop, we'll talk about the history of time travel stories, play fast and loose with time in generating some writing of our own, and learn some techniques and moves that you can use to move backwards, forwards, sideways, and in a loop when it come to time n your fiction or non-fiction.  

You'll leave with two pieces of time-bending writing to build on. 

Can't Make It Live?

No problem! The session will be recorded and available to watch after the seminar concludes.


Master the Art of Time Manipulation in Writing: Gain insider techniques to craft compelling narratives that traverse time with ease, making your stories as captivating and seamless as the best time travel fiction and films.

Create Time-Bending Stories: Through engaging exercises and expert guidance, produce two pieces of your own time-bending writing, ready to captivate readers with their inventive structure and intriguing plots.

Unlock New Dimensions in Your Writing: Explore the rich history and endless possibilities of time travel literature, equipping yourself with innovative tools to elevate your fiction or non-fiction and make your narratives truly unforgettable.


  • Two pieces of writing to build on.
  • New and inspiring craft wisdom.
  • Further recommended reading, too.


  • You're finding the constraints of your current writing practice too limiting.
  • You want exposure to a range of new approaches to bring to your writing practice.
  • You want an expanded sense of what is possible in your work.


This seminar is perfect for writers of all levels who are eager to experiment with time manipulation in their storytelling, whether they are working on fiction, non-fiction, or hybrid genres. If you want to add a unique, captivating element to your narratives and learn from a seasoned author, this course is for you.


"One of the more creative workshops I have ever taken. Amber Sparks really got me to think in different and creative ways. It was the right class at the right time for me."

"I really enjoyed Amber Sparks' workshop on Fractured Narrative! Great list of possible approaches to non-linear story-telling with helpful references to specific author's works as examples. Good exercises. Really enjoyed the chat input from other attendees as well. Great value for the price."

"I loved the specific ideas and recommendations about writings, authors, essays, etc, to check out, talking about specific elements of fiction. Honestly, for a 3-hour seminar, it was excellent!"

"I really enjoyed the focused writing exercises in Amber's seminar. It was a lot of fun!"

"This was the perfect balance between lecture presentation/writing exercises/ Q&A."

"I found everything about this class valuable, from the in-class readings, suggested readings/media, writing exercises, class (chat) conversation, and friendly camaraderie, and the enthusiastic, knowledgeable, empathetic instructor. Would highly recommend it."

"I appreciated Amber's familiarity, love, and expertise of the genre fantastic, along with the excellent mix of example and practice writing. Plus, this was a well-timed class."

"Amber's class exceeded my expectations because of the time to write, edit, rethink, and share with others through a small group."

"I loved the concrete tips and techniques and playful exercises that helped us use them right away."

"Yes, this seminar was wonderful. It was full of ideas and insights that I found really helpful and that I'm hoping to use in my writing. I can't point to just one specific thing. The class completely exceeded my expectations."

"I had high expectations from having taken a class with Amber before, and my expectations were certainly met and perhaps exceeded. This class provided so many stimulating ideas. Highly recommend."


This class will meet via Zoom.


Tuition is $75. You can pay for the course in full  or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Amber Sparks | Live via Zoom

  • Saturday, September 21st, 2024 from 10AM - 1PM CST

  • Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom

  • Tuition is $75.