Thursday, June 30, 2016

Press Release: The Brainery Workshop Summer 2016 Registrations Now Open Including Science Fiction Fairy Tales

Press Release: The Brainery Workshop Summer 2016 Registrations Now Open

Press Contact: Jilly Dreadful, jillydreadful at

The Brainery Workshop, which hosts online creative writing classes focused exclusively on speculative fiction, is pleased to announce that Summer 2016 Workshop registration is now live. We're offering two classes this summer—Sci-Fi Fairy Tales and Short Fiction—as well as two Master Class Roundtable Sessions with John Joseph Adams and Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Workshops for Science Fiction Fairy Tales begin the week of July 3 and the workshops for Short Fiction begin the week of July 10. Class meeting times are based on student availability. Visit to learn more and sign up.

Workshop Details
Science Fiction Fairy Tales, taught by Jilly Dreadful, Ph.D., and Carina Bissett, is a hypoxic-style workshop designed to push students to challenge themselves as writers and to question the conventions and limits of what it means to remix fairy tales in modern ways. This is a generative writing workshop where students consider a different fairy tale and science theme pairing—such as Donkeyskin and biohacking—and remix it using experimental methods. Students will write (on average) 750-1500 words weekly, as well as discuss each other’s work.

Short Fiction, taught by Valerie Valdes, and Jerome Stueart, Ph.D., is a workshop designed for speculative fiction writers looking to produce submission-ready short fiction in the form of flash fiction, short stories or standalone novel excerpts. Participants will deepen their theory and practice through the discussion of course readings, a continually evolving feedback loop from the instructor and classmates, as well as the kind of accountability that a community of peers can provide. Writers work on three submissions during the program: two new and/or original works, up to 7500 words in length, a revision of one of the two previously submitted pieces.

Master Class Roundtable Sessions
Every writer enrolled in The Brainery will have the opportunity to attend 60 – 90 minute roundtable sessions and ask questions of special guests. All Master Classes are recorded and made available to students. This semester's speakers include:

John Joseph Adams, two-time Hugo Winner, is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the editor and publisher of the digital magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's novel, Signal to Noise, is a Locus finalist and Aurora nominee, and she has edited several anthologies, including Dead North and She Walks in Shadows, and Nightmare's POC Destroy Horror October 2016 issue.

About The Brainery

The Brainery is an online creative writing workshop focused exclusively on speculative fiction--magical realism, fantasy, science fiction, horror, weird tales, slipstream, steampunk, and the like--as an artistic discipline worthy of theory and practice. The courses offer an intense practicum in speculative fiction similar to a traditional graduate-level quality fiction workshop. Instruction concentrates on understanding and implementing writing craft, such as characterization, point of view, narrative structure, style, and voice, in the specific context of spec-fic.

All of the Brainery's courses are designed for new and early career writers. People who are ready to make writing a part of daily life, ready to give themselves permission to give their writing space and time to develop, and who have a desire to publish fiction in professional markets. Although classes are designed with a flexible schedule in mind, students are expected to commit to the same standards as expected of graduate-level creative writing courses, including: deadlines, feedback, and accountability.

Students participating in The Brainery must also be committed to a spirit of community development and support.


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