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Writing Speculative Short Fiction: 4-Week Online Workshop Starts April 5th, 2021
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Writing Speculative Short Fiction: 4-Week Online Workshop Starts April 5th, 2021

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Class Starts Monday, April 5th, 2021

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**This Class is Open to All Writers**

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Led by Holly Lyn Walrath, whose speculative work has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and many more publications.

The world of speculative short fiction is a highly competitive but welcoming community where a new writer can make a start in their career.

In this workshop, we'll explore the fine art of writing short stories for genre markets, with an exploration of the main tropes of each genre from science fiction to fantasy to horror.

Picasso said, "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." This workshop dives into the rules of speculative fiction and how to break them while honing your writing for pro markets. 


Week 1: Tropes and Learning Your Genre 
Week 2: The First Page Promise: What Editors Expect 
Week 3: Worldbuilding, Setting, and Character-based Action
Week 4: Revision and Submitting to SFF Magazines


This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.

Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Holly and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.

You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Holly engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.


Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.


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.


This class meets weekly via Zoom.

  • Instructor: Holly Lyn Walrath

  • Starts April 5th, 2021

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.  

Instructor Holly Lyn Walrath is a freelance editor based out of Houston, Texas. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and Fireside Fiction, among others. Her book of poetry, Glimmerglass Girl, won the SFPA Elgin Award. She is the managing editor of Interstellar Flight Press, an indie press for underrepresented voices and genres. 

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