Ideas for SLF Courses and Workshops Wanted

Brainstorming help? Have you ever thought about taking a writing class?

So, one thing we’re trying to do at the SLF is offer more writing workshops and courses. It’s clear from how many submissions they receive at Clarion these days that there’s far more demand for instruction than there are workshops available, so I’d like to try to help address that.

We started off with Ted Schneider‘s Intro to Screenwriting, mostly because I’d taken his course with another org, and liked it so much, I wanted us to offer it — but one thing I’d like to do this year is start developing a more systematic approach.

(Ted’s offering Screenwriting for Writers for us in a few weeks, link in comments.)

To that end, I have two questions I’d love your help brainstorming:

– what kinds of online workshops / classes would you like to see the SLF offering? (Craft, business, other — anything writing-related is on the table, and it doesn’t have to be strictly fiction either…)

– I probably have time to do a few more weekend workshops in spring, and maybe a longer course in the summer — is there anything in particular you’d like me to teach? (I’m teaching a workshop today on Writing the Taboo, for example.)

We can always just start with the standard sorts of Intro to Fiction, Advanced Fiction, etc., but we have more freedom here than a university department would have (where they’d need to worry about coverage and progress towards a degree). So I’d like to take some time to think more widely.

Oh, and if you’re interested in teaching for us, feel free to let me know. We’re building out a roster of teachers; we’d be looking for people with significant publications, graduate study in the field, and/or prior teaching experience.


Picture is of a resin piece in progress — needs sanding to try to remove that seam line. But I do like how it’s sort of a mossy, golden world, feels appropriate for a speculative literature org. that may end up teaching a lot of world building. 🙂

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