Writing the Fantastic

WRITING X 413.4E

This course expands the study of science fiction and fantasy writing to include both short and novel-length fiction. Infusing a narrative with originality and fantastic literature's much-discussed "Sense of…

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What you can learn.

  • Learn to incorporate a “sense of wonder” in your work without losing clarity and heart
  • Combine imaginative content with emotionally powerful storytelling
  • Complete readings that deepen your knowledge of fantastic literature techniques
  • Develop and workshop an original work or excerpt of a longer project

About this course:

This course expands the study of science fiction and fantasy writing to include both short and novel-length fiction. Infusing a narrative with originality and fantastic literature's much-discussed "Sense of Wonder"--while at the same time preserving its clarity and heart--is a juggling act that can test a writer's skills to the utmost. Writing the Fantastic places emphasis on meeting this challenge by merging the otherworldly content of speculative fiction with humane, emotionally powerful storytelling. Through exercises and readings, students deepen their understanding of the speculative subgenres: alternate history, time-travel, horror, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, sociological science fiction, and hard science fiction. The course goal is to submit a short story or novel fragment to the class for review and then to utilize this workshop feedback to form and execute a revision plan.

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