Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT May 6 to May 7, 2023
Online via Zoom
Before creating plot and character, many writers of science fiction, fantasy, and innovative literary fiction spend hours exploring setting. And as we imagine languages, biospheres, cities, and citizens, we embed ourselves in them: our identities, politics, environment, fears, dreams, and current events. This workshop invites you to explore making this process truly creative. What are the imaginative possibilities we can give rise to with the fictional settings that we shape? Through generative prompts and expansive conversations, we’ll investigate critical utopian worldbuilding—writing settings that move past our own thorniest issues and unearth new problems to solve.
This short, intensive online course will cover two three-hour sessions. Each session will involve the following activities to keep your creative mind active while building a collaborative conversation:
- Timed Writing Prompts. Write for a set length of time in community with your classmates.
- Breakout Rooms. Meet your fellow participants, share your process, and optionally read from work you’ve written during the class.
- Class-Wide Discussions. Type out your thoughts in the Zoom chat on short example readings or big questions. We’ll compare and contrast ideas, and nominate a few people to talk.
Nat Mesnard teaches creative writing, interactive fiction and game making at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts, and helped found the indie publishing collective Scryptid Games. Nat has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Catapult, Cartridge Lit, Autostraddle, Bodega, Blackbird, Kenyon Review Online, The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. Two perfect-bound print tabletop roleplaying games “Business Wizards” and “Horseshoe Academy” are out now with 9th Level Games.
About this series
We strive to make our classes the most inviting and rewarding available, offering an intimate environment to study with award-winning, world-class writers. Each class is specially designed by the instructor, so whether you’re a fledgling writer or an MFA graduate polishing your novel, you’ll find a perfect fit here.
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Friday—Sunday March 31 to April 2, 2023
Crafting Unforgettable Characters with Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry$150
Friday—Sunday March 31 to April 2, 2023
Who Is You: Writing Second-Person Stories with Nat Mesnard$150
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Four Sessions Tuesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT April 4 to April 25, 2023
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Your Problems Are Your Solutions: Generative Revision Through Plot with Christopher M. Hood$495
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Making Time: A Generative Writing Workshop with Kate Milliken (Sold Out)$395
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World and Languages: Writing About Languages, Travels, and Immigration with Jenna Tang$295
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On Writing Grief: A Two-Day Bootcamp with Diane Zinna$150
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT April 22 to April 23, 2023
Everything Authentic Is Simultaneous: Time and Memory in Crime Fiction with William Boyle$395
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The Art of Teleportation: How to Write with a Strong Sense of Place with Laia Jufresa$150
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am EDT - 2:00 pm EDT April 29 to April 30, 2023
Henry James's The Golden Bowl with Sheridan Hay
Four Sessions Wednesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT May 3 to May 24, 2023
Mastering the Art of the Short Story with Madeline Stevens$495
Once a week Thursdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT May 4 to June 22, 2023
Writing Masquerade: The Supernatural and Folklore as Fantasy in Fiction with P. Djèlí Clark (Sold Out)$125
Saturday, 12:00 pm EDT - 4:30 pm EDT May 13, 2023