Speculative Worlds: Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Story Writing

Got ideas for a science fiction or fantasy story but aren’t sure how to approach it? Have you wanted to try exploring these imaginative genres but need a push to get started? Looking for like-minded folks with whom to share work and explore ideas? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is the class for you. We’ll spend the first several weeks creating stories using prompts, exercises, and mentor texts, and then each participant will enjoy a supportive workshop critique of their original work in the final sessions. Participants will leave with a complete draft, feedback, and lots of sample stories and resources.

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    On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.
About the Instructor

Ty Phelps

Ty Phelps’ work has appeared in Blackbird,, Barstow and Grand, Streetlight, Zizzle, and elsewhere. He won the 2021 Nancy Ludmerer Fellowship for Flash Fiction, Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2019 Catherine and Joan Byrne Poetry Prize, and The Gravity of the Thing’s 2016 Six Word Story Contest. He holds an MA in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University where he served as VCU’s 2021-2022 Cabell First Novelist Award Fellow. He is the 2023-24 Writer in Residence at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.


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Speculative Worlds: Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Story Writing

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Class Details
September 10 - October 156:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Tue
Tuition: $205.00
Member Tuition: $184.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Ty Phelps
Level: All Levels