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JOU8000

Course
JOU8000
Course Title
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

Description

Enter the world of speculative fiction and learn to structure, polish and prepare your science fiction and fantasy (SF & F) ideas and writings for publication. This course is designed for writers at all stages of development, who have a keen interest in writing science fiction or fantasy stories, under the guidance of a seasoned SF & F author. In class, you will learn how critiques (both giving and taking) are an essential part of any successful writing process. Students will first work on structuring their stories, learning and using the building blocks of all fiction writing, and then submit finished stories to the class and instructor for constructive criticism, feedback and refinement during the latter sessions of the class.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course each student should have:

  •  A short story ready for submission to an outside market
  •  A first chapter or novel outline that is persuasive, if the project is a viable book length

Content

1. Session 1

Overview of course

Students introduce themselves to class

Discussion of SF&F and the challenges unique to each

The building blocks of fiction

-Plot

-Conflict

-Characters

2. Session 2

The first major building materials of plot

-Narrative

-Plot structure

-Point of View

-How to make your worlds and characters plausible

3. Session 3

The last three basic building materials of plot

-Rising action

-Climax

-Resolution

4. Session 4

Critique in class of submitted work

Discussions of writing challenges encountered

5. Session 5

Critique in class of submitted work

Discussions of writing challenges encountered

6. Session 6

Critique in class of submitted work

Discussions of writing challenges encountered

7. Session 7

Critique in class of submitted work

Discussions of writing challenges encountered

8. Session 8

Where do we go from here? Markets to submit to, discussions of working with agents and the current nature of the marketplace for your work. How do you get published now that you have something to say?

Prerequisites

Email and access to a printer.

Students must be able to print stories they are submitting for a critique and stories they are critiquing.

Students will need to communicate with the instructor by email.

Method of Instruction

  • Lecture, class discussions and critiques

Evaluation

Class participation and attendance

Taking part in the critique; both by submission and discussion of others work