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

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 21—Dec 4
Drop Deadline: Sep 24
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Lauren Kate
Limit: 20
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class the week of November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Sep 21—Dec 4
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 24
3 Units
Fees
$910
Instructor(s):
Lauren Kate
Limit
20
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class the week of November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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 complete writing exercises, approximately seven hundred fifty 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. By the end of the course, you will have a short story or a portion of a novel (up to five thousand words) drafted, along with a clear plan for revision.

This course is open to writers of all levels who are working on either short or longer fiction.

Lauren Kate, Author

Lauren Kate is the author of nine novels, including The Orphan’s Song, the Fallen series, the Teardrop series, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have sold over ten million copies worldwide and have been translated into over thirty languages. The feature film Fallen was released in the US 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: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (ISBN 978-0385480017)
(Required) Madeline Miller, Circe (ISBN 9780316556347)
(Required) ed. Dominik Parisien, The Starlit Wood (ISBN 9781481456135)
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