Constructing the Short Story

This four-week workshop will lead you through the construction of a short story, from conception to revision, with the goal of having a potentially publishable piece to submit to literary journals or genre fiction magazines by the end of the class. Students will read two short stories per week, develop a story of their own through exercises and drafting, critique one another’s first draft, and then submit a revised piece at the beginning of the fourth week.   This is an asynchronous course. Students can log in any time throughout the week to complete assignments and give and receive feedback.

Writers Beyond Robots: Sci-Fi, Visual Storytelling and Virtual Reality

This five-week workshop will look at the legacy of Sci-Fi and myth-building that promote agency over automation. As we study the craft involved in creating thoughtful text for new media forms, including virtual reality (VR), we’ll use visceral language as a model for designing new narratives. This course leads you through the creation of your own short story, poetry collection, or virtual reality script by the end of the class. Students will read and respond to a selection of short stories, poems, VR storyboards and visual stories each week, and will develop an original piece of their own by the fifth week, to share for critique in a friendly, supportive environment. This class prepares writers exploring new media with skills that let us see where our creative voice can help shape emerging technology, leading with our imagination and insights as creative writers no robot can replicate.   

– Week 1: Intro: Sci-Fi Legacy Survey, Hero’s Journey & Myths
– Week 2: UX Design & Empathy Engines
– Week 3: Poetic Language & Visual Storytelling
– Week 4: Immersive Story Design: Visceral Cues, Identity & Agency
– Week 5: Writing for Virtual Reality: World-building

* Last class date is after a 2-week gap because of July 4th holiday 

Constructing the Short Story

This four-week workshop will lead you through the construction of a short story, from conception to revision, with the goal of having a potentially publishable piece to submit to literary journals or genre fiction magazines by the end of the class. Students will read two short stories per week, develop a story of their own through exercises and drafting, critique one another’s first draft, and then submit a revised piece at the beginning of the fourth week. Course starts on a Monday but students can log in any time throughout the week to complete assignments and give and receive feedback.

Writers Beyond Robots: Classic Sci-Fi Meets Modern Tech

Writers Beyond Robots: Writing in the Age of AI and Virtual Reality

What defines meaningful human communication in an age of AI? Is it agency over automation, empathy over disconnection? Now, we have artificial intelligence prompting people how to write to reach certain audiences. AI can compose poetry and art, make music, and paint pictures. With all this in mind, there’s still no substitute for the ingenuity and wit of a human writer, and for the craft involved in creating thoughtful text for new media forms, including virtual reality.

What defines us is what sets us apart from the machines – even as we build them?  It’s these traits that will become increasingly important for writers as we embrace new technologies and ways of approaching everything from problem-solving to creative expression.

This workshop looks back at the legacy of sci-fi classics that anticipate the dawn of this age of “Robot-Meets-Human,” and focuses on ways to approach the future of creative writing in new media. In the Age of AI, what makes us human becomes all the more essential, critical to our communication, creativity and true consequence.

We’ll blend in new immersive media story design and mindfulness in this hyper-real session that steps through the looking glass into wonderlands and dreamscapes. The discussions and inclusion of classic texts in the sci-fi genre animate engaging writing sessions, and many new forms of written media are incorporated into this course.

– Week 1: Survey of Sci-Fi Legacy
– Week 2: UX Design & Empathy Engines
– Week 3: Digital Media & Visual Storytelling
– Week 4: Immersive Story Design: Visceral Cues, Identity & Agency
– Week 5: Writing for VR & AR

April 13-May 11 | Mondays | 6-8:00pm PDT (GMT -7) | Online

April 14-May 12 | Tuesdays | 8-9:30am CET | Online