Sneaking into Speculative Fiction

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Have you noticed a splash of magic or a hint of the surreal worming its way into your work? Join us for an introduction to science fiction, fantasy, and other ways of working with fantastical elements in fiction. This class does not center on warp drives or the clan structures of best-selling mythical empires. Instead, we’ll read and discuss an array of stories that demonstrate how authors are examining human lives and relationships through alternate realities. Works by women and POC will be highlighted. In each class we’ll discuss a published story and discuss its position in the realm of speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, supernatural, etc.). Participants will write to weekly prompts and have the opportunity to workshop up to 10 pages of a story/excerpt.

NO SET MEETING TIME: This workshop will take place over Moodle, which is an asynchronous forum based platform. The instructor will post a lesson and assignment every Monday, and participants have all week to log in and read the lessons/post assignments/comment on other classmates’ work. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, and fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Jellyfish Review, Booth, and Strange Horizons. She's the author of a novel, TreeVolution, a hybrid fiction/poetry collection, Circe's Bicycle, and a short story collection, Midnight at the Organporium. She received her M.F.A. from American University in 2019. More about her at:

Teaching Style: Tara's approach is open and discussion-based. Writing and reading are subjective, and everyone has different tastes. The point is to be able to clarify why you react a certain way to a work--what techniques are effective, or conversely, where are the opportunities to make the piece even stronger?


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