Science Fiction & Fantasy II — Syllabus

The Basics, Again: Why SFF?, Reviewing—character, dialogue, conflict, plot, setting, description, style/voice. Things to avoid. Generating story ideas.

Theme & Multi-Genreism: Reflecting the present through speculative fiction. Writing on the personal side. Understanding your beliefs. Dealing with theme. Exploring multi-genreism.

Characterization: Your narrator. What makes your characters tick. Backstory. Using yourself. Making characters sound distinctive. Techniques for building and developing characters. Villains and anti-heroes.

Advanced World-Building: Understanding the details. How characters perceive the world. The depth of your world. Originality. Verisimilitude.

The Tightly Strung Wire: Expectations. Foreshadowing. Tension. Suspense. Misdirection.

Advanced Plot: Basic plotting concerns. Various plot structures. Narrative triage.

Pacing: Micro pacing. Macro pacing. Assessing a scene's components.

Humor: Interweaving humor. Humor techniques—juxtaposition, exaggeration, extreme situations, wordplay. Funny characters. A comic voice.

Breaking the Rules: Sentence rule-breaking. Narrative rule breaking.

The Final Gloss: Getting the work in shiny shape. What editors looks for. Middle-itis. Controlling the inner critic. Where to go from here.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.