Creative Writing Science Fiction

CRW4930 is a course on the writing of short, literary science fiction.  Although science fiction as a whole tends to exhibit certain generic patterns and honors certain conventions—Martians! Robots! Little green men!—writing literary sf means not succumbing to clichéd, formula-based writing that fails to pay attention to language and originality. Instead, writing literary sf entails learning to hone your creative craft all while paying heed to additional constraints. Class time is split between analyzing published work and workshopping student writing.

Still shot from Fiend without a Face (1958), a film based loosely on Amelia Reynold’s Long’s “The Thought Monster” (Weird Tales, 1930)  (aka what not to do when writing literary sf).

 

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