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Short Story Writing 101
Tell your story by becoming a short story writer! This course focuses on the basics of short story writing. Begin writing here.
Nicole Givens Kurtz
Writing Screenplays Primer
This primer for writing screenplays is an excellent checklist that can serve as a reminder of things to remember or as a precursor to more intensive study. This course is suitable for writers in all genres.
L. Marie Wood
Using the Middle Ages in Speculative Fiction
Is there more to fantasy than elves and castles? Absolutely! Is medieval literature relevant to more than just High Fantasy? You bet! This class covers what the terms medieval and Middle Ages actually mean, addresses tropes, cliches, and misconceptions that hold writers back, and introduces primary sources that the student can mine for inspiration.
Sarah Joy Adams
The Basics of Research for Writers
This course teaches writers that there are dozens of research tools freely available to them with a library card. While academic libraries have more access limitations, writers who take this course will learn how to conduct searches in library catalogues, the differences in how information is catalogued and classified, how to maximize your search results to ensure the information retrieved is reliable, and ultimately, how to make your writing more believable.
Terror on the Screen
In this course you’ll learn how to take your original horror concept and create a terrifying screenplay using different components to build an effective horror story. We will cover the following: Creating the Cast – Who is the killer? Who are the victims? We start by building your cast of characters. Providing them with a background, personality and purpose, these are going to be the building blocks to your story. What Scares You – Fear is the essence of a good horror story. Here we work to compile a list of fears that work for your story. Get to know your fears and the evil that will expel this in your story. What’s it All About – We get into the plot and story structure of your horror tale. By creating a detailed outline of the story before getting into the script itself. You’ll be able to determine what works, what doesn’t and how to craft a strong ending. Building the Narrative – Screenplay come in two parts; the narrative and the dialogue. We first look at the narrative and how it differs from regular fiction story writing. What is necessary to include when it comes to description of events and action sequences. Building Dialogue – The dialogue in your screenplay keeps the story moving. In a horror story what is said can be just as frightening as the action itself. We will talk about how to achieve strong and believable dialogue. Using Tropes – Not all tropes are good and yet not all are bad either. We will look at some of the most used tropes in horror and see how your screenplay can benefit from them.
Marc L. Abbott
Introduction to Science Fiction
This course is designed to teach you what science fiction is, and identify and define its tropes (conceptual short cuts). This course will also introduce popular works according to the different science fiction eras, resources to aid in reading science fiction, prominent awards in the field of science fiction, as well as characterization, plot, and worldbuilding.
K. Ceres Wright
This course will introduce you to steampunk and provide an overview of multiculturalism in steampunk, how to write a scene, how to world build, and how to write a character.
This course will be an introduction on how to create a podcast from audio and visual, as well as how to create an audiobook. Great for authors who want to start a podcast or put their story into a novel form.
The Zombie Aesthetic: The Apathy of a Culture
A talk on how the proclivity for handheld devices, click-bait news, and misrepresentation stretches beyond generational and environment conditions and relates directly to the concept of zombiism.
L. Marie Wood
Who we are
The Speculative Fiction Academy strives to provide an environment where people interested in creating in the genre space can flourish.