Writing the Other Worldly: A Speculative Fiction Novel Writing Course with Sara Knudson

    Monday, July 12, 2021 until Monday, August 9, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Sara Knudson
    Online workshop is limited to 15 registrants
    Live video chat takes place Wednesdays, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

    Course Description
    In this course, writers interested in fantasy, science fiction, or other speculative fiction genres will lay the groundwork and foundation for writing their novel. Whether you have a fantastical idea you’ve been sitting on for a while or a manuscript you’ve started but are feeling unsure how to continue, this course is a great place to jump into the deep waters and set sail into the unknown. 

    In this online class, writers will translate their story from their heads to the page, develop a sustainable writing practice, and come away with a plan for completing their story. In five weeks, writers will gain a deeper understanding of a SFF/speculative novel’s most important elements through brief readings, video lectures, and discussion posts with peers. Writers will have the opportunity to discuss their work-in-progress with other students, refine their worlds, engage in small workshops, and write scenes from prompts geared to move their characters forward.  

    Focus topics may include: making the “unreal” setting feel real, character development or character arcs, implementing style and tone in each scene, as well as practical skills for staying motivated to the last chapter. This is a generative writing course intended to encourage writers to explore, clarify, and move their stories forward. 

    By the end of the five weeks, writers should come away with at least twenty pages of new material, a general idea of their novel’s trajectory or scope, a deeper understanding of their story’s world, and tools they can use to continue moving forward to the end. 

    Who Should Take This Class?
    Writers who want to start their fantasy, scifi, or speculative fiction novel, and writers who have written part of a first draft and want guidance on how to finish.

    Your Instructor
    Sara Knudson is a fiction writer based out of California. She was an assistant writing teacher for The Writing Institute’s High School Writing & Theatre week in Summer 2020 and is the April 2021 guest fiction editor for Breadcrumbs magazine. She received her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2020 and is currently finishing up her science fiction novel. Her short work has appeared in Breadcrumbs magazine, Grimm Tales Journal, and Calaveras Station.       


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.