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Fantasy & SF: Write Your Ambitious Novel

8-Weeks • with Robert Redick • Intermediate / Some Experience

  • Starts Oct 1
  • 495 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots

Class Description

Is there a novel you’re dreaming about? One you desperately want to write, but are also wary of, knowing what a mountain you’ll have to climb? That feeling is where brilliant stories begin. This is a class for fantasy & SF writers, but we’ll take the broadest possible definition of both. We’ll also emphasize literary craft—not at the expense of wonder or excitement, but also not subordinated to them. Whether you’ve just started or are on your third draft, you belong with us. At the same time, for reasons of accessibility, I’ll be asking students to share their work from the beginning (not from Chapter 51). The core of the workshop involves in-class reading of our work and respectful, focused responses, supplemented by exercises and in-class writing time. Take-home work will be quite limited—your job is to write—but not zero. While there won’t be any required outside reading of one another’s work, I’ll gladly assist with peer-to-peer arrangements. Level: Writers should have some experience with either workshopping and giving/receiving feedback and/or with their own writing and revision. While this is not a traditional workshop with written feedback given, there will be in-class reading and discussion of participants' work. Group Size: This class is smaller than average and limited to 8 writers! ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Robert V.S. Redick is the author of two epic fantasy series: The Fire Sacraments and The Chathrand Voyage Quartet. He is a former professor in the Stonecoast and University of Nevada Reno MFA programs, Hampshire College, and Clark University, and has taught for many years with the Shared Worlds Summer Writing Program. His stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Puerto del Sol, and various anthologies, including Dreams For a Broken World (2023). He was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel, the Booknest Award for Best Novel, and the Thomas Dunn/AWP award for Best Novel. He holds an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop TEN DAYS OR MORE before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at

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