It was a delight to be asked to develop an online course for literary journal Kill Your Darlings on how to write long-form speculative fiction: sci-fi, the fantastical and the supernatural. I have written and published my own spec fic, and have also acquired, edited and published speculative works in my day job. I have always read, and loved, speculative fiction, from popular, plot-driven works to the more literary and genre-bending. I tried to really think about what makes a speculative novel work when I was developing this course. And, of course, it’s some of the same elements that make other genres work, too. But spec fic has a unique ability to imagine possibilities, and push boundaries. Overall, I tried to develop a course that would be educational, fun, and inspiring. Here’s the official blurb:
Join acclaimed author and publisher Angela Meyer in this unique online writing course all about long-form speculative fiction.
All fiction ‘speculates’, but the genres explored in this course – the science fictional, the fantastical and the supernatural – go beyond current or concrete reality. From Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid’s Tale through to recent Australian novels such as Terra Nullius, speculative fiction can be a powerful genre for examining big ideas.
This course encourages students to figure out what they would like to speculate on, and suggests avenues and techniques for exploring these ideas. We study world-building, creating genuine characters, layering in themes, and generating compelling plots free of holes. We examine speculative novels in a range of forms and literary styles so students may find their own voice, their own approach. Beyond the course, students will feel inspired, excited and confident to create their own speculative works.
The course is designed to take you 6-8 hours to complete, but can be accomplished in short stages, or at your convenience.
For more information, including how to sign up for this course, please click here.