Learn The Craft Of Novel-Writing From Walter Jon Williams And Nancy Kress

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The Taos ToolBox Writers Workshop is taking applications for its "graduate level" writing classes, taught by Walter Jon Williams, Nancy Kress and guest-instructor Carrie Vaughn. But beware: It sounds like the instruction gets pretty intensive.


According to the workshop's home page, This Is Not A Game author Williams and Dogs author Kress assume you already know the basics of writing, and how to tie your shoes and stuff:

Taos Toolbox will be a "graduate" workshop designed to bring your science fiction and fantasy writing to the next level. If you've sold a few stories and then stalled out, or if you've been to Clarion or Odyssey and want to re-connect with the workshop community, this is the workshop for you!

This is not a workshop for beginners. We won't teach you correct manuscript format or what an adverb is and why you shouldn't use one, because we'll assume that you already know. We want to concentrate on giving talented, burgeoning writers the information necessary to become professionals within the science fiction and fantasy field.

Though short fiction will be enthusiastically received, there will be an emphasis at Taos Toolbox on the craft of the novel, with attention given to such vital topics as plotting, pacing, and selling full-length works.

Assuming they've solved the whole "Taos Hum" problem (probably caused by aliens rubbing their legs together), it sounds like a pretty great program for aspiring novelists. More details, and application materials, at the link. [Taos ToolBox]


Chris Braak

Those guys can go to hell. I'm never giving up my adverbs.