Science Fiction and Fantasy may transport a reader to a planet light-years away or deep inside the caves of a far-distant past. Whether extrapolating science into futuristic technology or conjuring new forms of magic, these genres imagine what might have been or what might be, opening the door to any possibility.
To write great science fiction or fantasy, you must splice together the skills of a fiction writer with the ability to make the imaginary seem true. In our courses, you will learn about the special needs of these genres, as well as such fiction craft elements as character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, voice, and theme. You will also learn how and where to market your work.
Whether you seek to write short stories or novels, we’ll show you how to craft tales that overwhelm with wonder.
Note: Our Science Fiction & Fantasy course includes all “speculative fiction”—an umbrella that includes the subgenres of Science Fiction (hard, alternate reality, cyberpunk, etc.) and Fantasy (high, urban, historical, etc.) as well as works of Horror. Currently the material skews toward Science Fiction, but most of the craft teaching applies equally to Fantasy and Horror, and students are welcome to work on Fantasy and Horror projects.