Spring 2015 Speculative Fiction Workshop Reading List

I posted this for some colleagues in the Creative Writing Pedagogy Facebook group. The books below are Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook, Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection, and Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014.

Happy to answer any questions in the comments.

Wk 1 – Tues 1/27/2015 Wonderbook 1-40, People of Sand & Slag (PDF) (Bacigalupi)
Wk 1 – Thurs 1/29/2015 Wonderbook 41-72, Cold Fires (PDF) (Rickert)

Wk 2- Tues 2/3/2015 Wonderbook 73-132, The Black Phone (PDF)(Hill)
Wk 2 – Thurs 2/5/2015 YBSF “Gray Wings” Bunker 140-147

Wk 3- Tues 2/10/2015 YBSF “The Best We Can” Vaughn 148-156
Wk 3 – Thurs 2/12/2015 Wonderbook, 133-176; Prompt A (write near-future SF based on story from Wired, Scientific American, Etc.)

Wk 4- Tues 2/17/2015 YBSF “The She-Wolf’s Hidden Grin” Swanwick 398-407
Wk 4 – Thurs 2/19/2015 YBSF “The Promise of Space” Kelly 626-633, Post Story #1 to MyCourses by 5:00 PM Tues 2/24

Wk 5- Tues 2/24/2015 Read/critique for SF Fiction Workshop #1
Wk 5 – Thurs 2/26/2015 Read/critique for SF Fiction Workshop #2

Wk 6- Tues 3/3/2015 Read/critique for SF Fiction Workshop #3
Wk 6 – Thurs 3/5/2015 Online “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” Heuvelt

Wk 7- Tues 3/10/2015 In-class writing prompts.
Wk 7 – Thurs 3/12/2015 Prompt B (retell a classic fairy tale, myth or legend adding a twist)

Wk 8- Tues 3/17/2015 Online “Selkie Stories are for Losers” Samatar
Wk 8 – Thurs 3/19/2015 Online “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” Headley

Wk 9- Tues 3/24/2015 SPRING BREAK
Wk 9 – Thurs 3/26/2015 SPRING BREAK

Wk 10- Tues 3/31/2015 Read/critique for Fantasy Workshop #1
Wk 10 – Thurs 4/2/2015 Read/critique for Fantasy Workshop #2

Wk 11- Tues 4/7/2015 Read/critique for Fantasy Workshop #3
Wk 11 – Thurs 4/9/2015 Wonderbook, 177-210, YBDF&H “A Collapse of Horses” Evenson 337-345

Wk 12- Tues 4/14/2015 YBDF&H “The Good Husband” Ballingrud, 61-84
Wk 12 – Thurs 4/16/2015 Prompt C (find an “everyday” horror)

Wk 13- Tues 4/21/2015 YBDF&H “Phosphorous” Schanoes, 160-178
Wk 13 – Thurs 4/23/2015 YBDF&H “Cuckoo” Slatter

Wk 14- Tues 4/28/2015 Horror Workshop #1
Wk 14 – Thurs 4/30/2015 Horror Workshop #2

Wk 15- Tues 5/5/2015 Horror Workshop #3
Wk 15 – Thurs 5/7/2015 Wonderbook 211-280 (revision)
Wk 16- Tues 5/12/2015 Submit final story

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