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Intermediate Speculative Fiction Workshop

Every year, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association honors the best work in speculative fiction at the Nebula Awards. In this class, we will focus on developing our own short fiction by critically reading the six Nebula finalists in the short story category. Each week, we will examine a different story through the lens of a focused literary element. Weekly topics will include story structure, setting and worldbuilding, point of view, character development, and dialogue. We will end each class with a writing prompt based on that week’s story and craft element. By the end of this class, you will have examined techniques of some of the best writers of short speculative fiction and applied those skills to further develop your own writing practice.

Instructor: Johnny Caputo is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) and his speculative fiction has appeared in Mithila Review, Cast of Wonders, Allegory, and other venues. He is also the writer of the webcomic The Ballad of Lumber Jackson. He teaches writing courses at Cleveland State University and other institutions. When not writing, he spends his time wandering the woods around Cleveland, Ohio. Find him online at or on twitter @gojohnnycap.


Details: Intermediate Speculative Fiction Workshop meets Thursdays March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, and April 18 from 6:30-8:30pm in person at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107.

Prerequisites: One intro-level writing class of any genre

Genre: Fiction

Level: Intermediate

Format: Generative workshop with writing in class and outside of class and group sharing.

Location: This class takes place in person at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with another generative fiction writing workshop or a feedback course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

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

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