Monday, July 25, 2016

Pulp Fiction

In our first session we'll go through that master “formula" and what it takes to write fun, fast-
paced, entertaining fiction. Then each week we'll write another 1500 words, keeping an eye on the lessons of Lester Dent and others, so that by the end of our four-week session everyone ends up with a complete 6000-word pulp short story in any pulp genre: mystery/thriller, action/adventure, romance, western, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, and more. We'll workshop those stories as we go and explore more of the history of the American pulp magazine and the pulp fiction tradition along the way.

With optional feedback from the rest of the students, this course includes a full edit of your story by Philip Athans, who is the former senior managing editor for TSR/Wizards of the Coast, and the best-selling author ofAnnihilation and a dozen other books including The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction and Writing Monsters.