Class Starts Thursday, July 7th, 2022
Class will meet weekly via Zoom (Thursdays, 3PM PST - 5PM PST) and also have an online classroom in Wet Ink.
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Led by Ploi Pirapokin, Nonfiction Editor at Newfound Journal, and the Co-Editor of The Greenest Gecko: An Anthology of New Asian Fantasy forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. Her work is featured and forthcoming in Tor.com, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Gulf Stream Magazine, The Offing and more.
“Tell stories filled with facts. Make people touch and taste and know. Make people feel! Feel! Feel! Feel!” -Octavia Butler, from the Estate of Octavia E. Butler/The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
In this generative 6-week workshop, we’ll write and discuss speculative short stories that are also political, historical, theoretical, ideological, and philosophical. We’ll explore the personal implications that the execution of the speculative element would have on individuals, rooted in our diverse identities, backgrounds, and cultures.
Students will leave with a completed short story ready to submit to publications, a better understanding of their own voice and style, genre tropes, and character-based actions.
We’ll meet weekly on Zoom for two-hours to workshop our stories based on collaborative prompts, share excerpts, writing processes, and strategies, and also learn from each other’s differences. This is a writing-intensive workshop that will also ask you to reflect on your aesthetics as a writer. In addition to Zoom, there will also be a dynamic classroom environment in Wet Ink.
- Students will learn how to generate speculative short stories from real-world experiences based on real-world power struggles.
- Students will leave with a better understanding of plot, structure, and voice.
- Students will workshop altogether, guided by in-class prompts in a collaborative space.
- Students will leave with a complete short story at 5,000 words max.
- Students will have a clearer and stronger sense of their writing sensibilities.
SELECTED COURSE TEXTS:
- NK Jemisin’s “The Ones Who Stay and Fight”
- Phenderson Djeli Clark’s “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington”
- Tananarive Due’s “Patient Zero”
- JY Yang’s “Auspicium Melioris Aevi”
- Brenda Peynado’s “To Have and To Hold”
- Senaa Ahmad’s “The Glow-In-The-Dark Girls”.
We'll also read stories from Ken Liu, Ted Chiang, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Sameem Siddiqui, and Isabel Yap. Craft essays will come from Matthew Salesses, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nisi Shawl, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
By the end of the class, you will have the tools you need and polished work ready for publishing.
STUDENTS LOVE PLOI:
"I have learned so much from Ploi Pirapokin’s speculative fiction workshop and have enjoyed it immensely! I don’t want it to end—not only because I’m enjoying the learning and the community of writers, but also because I’m just excited about writing again! Each week, Ploi guides us by sharing expertly curated and inspiring content on the craft of speculative fiction, plus readings of some of the best. She provides personal feedback on our responses to her weekly exercises and our workshop pieces, which I’ve found so helpful and instructive. Ploi’s approach makes me feel comfortable to dive right in and try new approaches I never have before. Since starting this workshop, I’ve had multiple ideas for new short stories and have begun writing them. Thank you, Ploi, for sharing your time and talent with writers." -Brittany G.
"Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher!! Your class was such a bright spot of the week, and the conversations were always so engaging and thought provoking. Thank you for believing in us as writers! I got so much out of your workshop and all the advice, and the way you took us seriously as writers and artists, and how you pushed us to embrace how we organically tell stories, helped me take myself more seriously and is advice I’ll take with me for a long time!”
“Ms. Pirapokin’s content in the course itself was outstanding. She provided a series of texts and video presentations illustrative of the material we were studying. She made herself available not only to me, but also to all the students in the class. Her kindness radiated from her and she was very attentive to all our needs.”
“Here's the crux of the matter: by the end of the course, I was so impressed by how much of herself Ploi had put into the course that it made me work all the harder to complete assignments and do my best. That our course was concluding around election time made it difficult for everyone, but Ploi's sincerity and focus helped pull us across the finish line. You should be very happy to have such a dedicated, erudite and honest teacher on your roster.”
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class meets weekly via Zoom and also uses our online classroom in Wet Ink. Ploi will get you all the details after you enroll. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!
Instructor: Ploi Pirapokin
Class size limited to 10 writers
Class Starts Thursday, July 7th, 2022
Course is fully ONLINE.
Instructor Ploi Pirapokin is the Nonfiction Editor at Newfound Journal, and the Co-Editor of The Greenest Gecko: An Anthology of New Asian Fantasy forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. Her work is featured and forthcoming in Tor.com, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Gulf Stream Magazine, The Offing and more. She has received grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Capacity Fund, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi, Kundiman and others. A graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, she also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She currently teaches at the Writers Program at UCLA Extension, the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, Catapult, and the University of Hong Kong. She can be found on www.ppirapokin.com.