The Brainery Workshop

The Brainery Workshop is an online creative writing class focused exclusively on speculative fiction as an artistic discipline worthy of theory and practice. The writing participants are expected to produce includes, but is in no way limited to: magical realism, science fiction, horror, weird tales, slipstream, steampunk, and the like. As long as there’s a speculative fiction-y element, we’ll call it good.

The courses are an intense practicum in speculative fiction writing and students can expect a traditional graduate-level fiction workshop, concentrating on understanding and implementing the various aspects of speculative fiction. These aspects include craft issues such as characterization, point of view, narrative structure, style, and voice. Although this class is designed with a flexible schedule in mind, students are expected to commit to the same standards as expected of graduate-level creative writing courses, including: deadlines, feedback, and accountability.

Classes begin next week, with sessions offered on different days depending on the course selected.


Novel Workshop – with Dr. Dreadful:
Guest speaker: Chuck Wendig

Short Fiction – with Dr. Dreadful:
Guest speakers: John Chu and Michi Trota

Short Fiction – with Valerie Valdes:
Guest speakers: John Chu and Michi Trota

Speculative Fiction Writing for Young Adult Writers (ages 14-18) – with Lara McKusky:
Guest speakers: TBA

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