Lit Reactor Fantasy Writing Class

June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Neil Gaiman shared this, so I assume it’s legit: Intro to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction

The class is taught by Kat Howard, and the course description is:

Like any literary genre, the field of fantasy and science fiction has its own freedoms and conventions. In this four-week online writing course, Kat Howard will share important techniques for writing in the field of SFF. At the end of these four weeks, you will have a solid draft of a short story, or the beginning of a novel. More importantly, you will have an understanding of the expectations of the field, and the confidence to work within it.

While this is an introductory course, and so no prior experience writing Fantasy or Science Fiction is necessary, the material discussed is designed to be useful to an intermediate level writer who is looking to refine their skills.

The price tag? $400! Yikes.

I don’t recommend writing classes. Period. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Lit and took a few writing courses in college, and honestly, I think it’s a waste of money. I’m not disparaging Kat Howard or Lit Reactor or even those who find value in writing classes. I just think you can get the same results by reading novels in your chosen genre (and outside of it, too) and studying why they work. I’ve learned more from reading great books than I ever did from any of the half dozen writing classes I took. Heck, my final class actually set my writing back because it was taught by a pretentious professor who looked down on genre fiction entirely; his disdain for my work fed my self-doubt like Miracle-Gro. (His own literary “masterpieces” gathered dust on the college bookstore shelf.)

But while writing classes don’t work for me, your mileage may vary. Perhaps this will be the class that finally solidifies that idea you’ve had bouncing around in your head forever. Or maybe it will solve the problem that’s kept you from rewriting your first draft. At the very least, maybe you’ll make friends with your classmates and find a sort of online support group. (I found two great writing groups as a result of the classes I took.)

I’m just saying, you can buy a lot of books for $400…

 

 

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