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EGL 137 W — Reality Bites: Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Dec 7
Drop Deadline: Sep 27
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Lauren Kate
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 08/20/2018
Please Note: No class the week of November 19. Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 24—Dec 7
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 27
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Lauren Kate
Limit
17
Registration opens on 08/20/2018
Please Note: No class the week of November 19. Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fantasy and science fiction may promise escape, but the great works in these genres use imagined worlds to illuminate the reader’s own real experience. In science fiction and fantasy, the writer’s task is to balance “escape” and “connection” through inventive character development, plot construction, point of view, pacing, tone, and the element of surprise—the new world, or world-building, of the speculative story. For the first three weeks of the course, students will participate in writing exercises, approximately 750 words per week, to develop the rules of their imagined worlds. In the fourth week, when workshops begin, students may present either new material or material that develops out of the previous weeks’ exercises. We will read from The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, examining what the new worlds of writers like Catherynne M. Valente suggest about our old or real world and what tools writers like Garth Nix use to construct the strongest fictive world possible. This course is open to writers of all levels who are working on either short or longer fiction. By the end of the course, you will have a short story or a portion of a novel (up to 5,000 words) drafted, along with a clear plan for revision.

Lauren Kate, Author

Lauren Kate is the author of nine novels, including the Fallen series, the Teardrop series, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over thirty languages. The feature film of Fallen was released by Sony Pictures in 2017. She received an MA in creative writing from UC Davis and is a former acquiring editor at HarperCollins.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird (ISBN 0385480016)
(Required) Dominik Parisien, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (ISBN 1481456121)
(Required) Margo Lanagan, Tender Morsels (ISBN 0375843051)
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