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Gazing into the Looking Glass: An Exploration into Speculative Fiction 

This 6-week workshop will empower us to gaze into the looking glass of inspiration to discover what moves us. We will also think deeply about how our superpowers--our life experiences, perspectives, and areas of expertise--can shape and inform our writing. Speculative fiction will be the backdrop to our exploration. We'll examine craft and generate new speculative fiction of own through weekly writing prompts and sharing our works in progress.
The goal is that we find the courage to embrace our unique perspectives to craft work that is true to our authentic selves.

Instructor: Antoinette M. Wiley is a writer, editor, writing coach, and foodie based in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BA and MA in Creative Writing from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. Antoinette’s work has appeared in Antioch Magazine, Common Thread, Renaissance II: Poetry Anthology, and elsewhere. Her passion includes empowering writers to embrace their unique perspective, as well as striving to provide a supportive and nurturing workshop environment. Antoinette is currently working on a speculative short story collection that takes place in a reimagined Cleveland, Ohio.


Gazing into the Looking Glass: An Exploration into Speculative Fiction with Antoinette M. Wiley takes place Tuesdays April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, and May 9 from 6-8pm remotely online via Zoom.

Genre: Fiction

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Format: Craft and generative workshop with writing outside of class.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative nonfiction workshop, a feedback course, or a publishing course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 1.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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