Looking to level up your short fiction game? The Brainery Online Writer’s Workshop has a course in short fiction starting up this week!

The short fiction workshop will be taught by Valerie Valdes and K. Tempest Bradford, and is dedicated to crafting short speculative fiction through a collaborative, workshop experience with a bunch of other writers. Ken Liu and Amal El-Mohtar will also be guest speakers in a couple of master roundtable sessions.

The Brainery provides the framework for speculative fiction writers looking to produce submission-ready short fiction (this may be in the form of flash fiction, short stories or standalone novel excerpts). Participants will deepen their theory and practice of spec-fic through the discussion of course readings, a continually evolving feedback loop from me and their peers, as well as the kind of accountability that a community of peers can provide. At the end of the course, we will work on cover letters, as well as target publications for writers to submit the work produced during The Brainery Workshop.


There’s a handful of slots left for the Short Fiction workshop, which starts September 28th. Registration closes on Monday, and the 12 week course will cost $415.

As a note of disclosure, K. Tempest Bradford is an io9 contributor.