Seminars & Workshops
Regardless of where you live, you may still participate in our online, synchronous learning courses, which are taught via a professional, conferencing platform utilized for this specific purpose.
Cycle I of our courses aims to introduce creative writing theory focused on speculative fiction, practical writing tools, ways of overcoming obstacles blocking you from moving forward with your story, tips for avoiding clichés and finding your own voice, as well as advice on navigating the publishing world. More than that, it will give you the opportunity to discover both classic and modern works of speculative fiction that could inspire you in unexpected ways. Take a look at our Cycle I syllabus, dealing with characters, worldbuilding and structuring speculative fiction plots.
Cycle I graduates may then move on to workshop-style courses that dig deeper into speculative fiction theory and allow students to receive detailed feedback on their work by the instructors as well as fellow students. Some of the subjects we cover in advanced cycles may be found here.
Our course syllabus begins at Cycle I, which is entirely self-contained. Theory taught during Cycle I is complete and focuses on characters, plot and speculative worldbuilding, while providing you with tools and short exercises to start writing or editing your work. Most of our students opt for moving on to more advanced cycles after that; there we revisit what we’ve already learned, going into more detail, we further expand our knowledge of speculative fiction, we acquire even more tools, and, most importantly, we get to work diligently on our personal projects.
The specifics of speculative fiction, how demanding it can be and how to prepare yourself for facing those demands.
How to construct believable, original settings that directly benefit the narrative.
Speculative Fiction Protagonists
How to create fleshed-out characters, both heroes and villains, for speculative fiction.
Clichés that Need to Die
One of the biggest issues with the genre and how to work around it, without losing the archetypal elements that attract readers to your narrative.
Plot & Movement
How to set up and move on with your plot without getting lost along the way.
The Secrets of Description
How to evoke tone, information and imagery without confusing or overwhelming the reader.
Points of View
Who narrates, how to choose the ideal main character and how to stay firmly in their head.
Inspiration, Research & Sources
Things you need before sitting down to write & how to use your environment to produce original stories, worlds and imagery.
How to write speculative short fiction, and where to submit it.
Evolution & Trends
New names, subgenres, trends and issues in speculative fiction.
Revising & Editing
Besides providing you with a theoretical how to, our course also offers targeted exercises, extensive examples drawn from both classic and modern speculative oeuvres, as well as editing and reviewing of the participants’ own work.
Time to Publish
Introduction to the publishing world, both in Greece and abroad. Advice, tools, names, where to publish and what to watch out for if you’re ready to share your work with the audience.
WORKSHOP-STYLE COURSES (Cycles II-V)
For those who keep up with our courses, we cover a vast variety of speculative fiction theory which includes, among others:
- Combat scenes and sex scenes
- Mystery plot
- Non-human protagonists
- Alternative plot structures
- Writing a great first paragraph
- Magic & Technology
- Writing a good outline
- In-depth POVs
- Neurobiology for writers
- New speculative genres
- Japanese narrative forms
- Uncovering and conveying theme
- 8, 5 and 3-point story arcs
- Editing and feedback
- Sensitive subjects, unconventional characters
- Peculiarities of horror
- Cover Letter & Agents
8 GENRES, 8 STORIES
Our bootcamp workshop is intended for those wishing for a true writing challenge, having completed at least two other cycles. We focus on and analyze a different subgenre of speculative fiction every time and, then, we write a short story in said genre, which we later discuss with the instructor and our peers. Genres included are fantasy, horror & science fiction, but also steampunk, mythpunk, urban fantasy, alternative history, magic realism, solarpunk etc. Our goal is to ascertain that, finishing this workshop, participants will have a number of completed short-stories in their arsenal, as well as a better idea of the entirety of speculative fiction’s range.