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Online Crafting Fantastic and Imaginative Worlds

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Description
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
System Requirements: To take a Writers Studio online class you will need:
  • A computer with a high-speed Internet connection
  • An e-mail account
  • Upon registration, you will receive information on how to access the online classroom via email.
Class Delivery: You will be invited to join your online class via email. Assignments, exercises, and critiques are all posted in the online classroom. Additionally, the weekly chat occurs within this classroom, and a transcript of the chat is saved there as well.
Teacher: Richard Leis

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this writing class:

Masters of speculative fiction and poetry (including science fiction, fantasy, and horror) use narrative techniques like persona narrators, point of view, mood, and tone as well as worldbuilding to craft fantastic and imaginative worlds that parallel, reflect, and critique our own real world. Imagining utopias, dystopias, dinosaurs, aliens, monsters, magical beings, sentient cities and starships to speculate about past and future possibilities inspires us to transform our present for the better.

This 6-week workshop is open to writers at all levels who are interested in writing speculative fiction and poetry. Every week, students will look at narrative techniques used in classic and contemporary short stories, novels, and poems by poets and writers such as Beth Cato, N.K. Jemisin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Nnedi Okorafor, Alyssa Wong, Neil Gaiman, and Ray Bradbury. Students will then practice these techniques in their own speculative pieces with practical, hands-on exercises based on the readings. These exercises will help students define WHO is telling their story, How the story is being told, Where and When the story takes place, What details are important, and Why their story needs to be told.

Students will share their fiction or poetry with their classmates and the instructor in a dedicated online classroom and can expect helpful and encouraging written feedback in return, using The Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing. Students will have the opportunity to join a weekly hour-long text chat with the instructor where they can find additional support and join conversations about narrative techniques and favorite speculative genres.


Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   

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Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

In accordance with NY state law, all tuition except $50 is refundable if cancellation is made at least one week before the first class meets. The $50 is applicable to a future class. Students eligible for applying the $50 to a future class must register by phone and mention the credit at the time of registration.

All tuition except $100 is refundable if cancellation is made less than one week before the first class meets. All tuition except $100 is refundable if cancellation is made by 5:00 pm on the fifth business day after the first class meets. If the class meets Mondays, cancellation must be made by 5:00 pm on the Monday following the first class. No refunds will be granted afterwards.

All classes and dates are subject to change and cancellation. The Writers Studio cannot be responsible for providing refunds or offering makeup sessions for classes missed as a result of students' illnesses, emergencies or events beyond the students' control. Please be advised that classes may go a little later or end a little earlier than the hours designated on the website. We make every effort to honor these designated times, but there is some variability.

Occasionally, a class may be canceled due to extreme weather conditions or other acts of God. We will make every effort to offer makeup sessions when it is possible, but no refunds will be granted in any case.

The Writers Studio reserves the right to deny service to anyone.

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Founded in 1987 by Philip Schultz, The Writers Studio welcomes beginning and experienced fiction writers and poets to ongoing writing workshops designed to help them discover and nurture their own voices. Hailed by The New York Times as "the most personal of the programs," The Writers Studio is founded...

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