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Literary Techniques for Genre Writers

How to Use Literary Techniques to Take Your Work to the Next Level

Often writers want to take their writing to the next level. While they've mastered the basics of plot, character, and setting, they're ready to start looking at the language level and working to make their stories stand out from the rest of the herd and start moving from personalized rejection letters to actual acceptances.

This class alternates information and examples with writing exercises designed to introduce and strengthen your work with techniques to use such as foreshadowing, alliteration, rhythmic device, allusion, etc, in writing genre fiction. Included is discussion of when, how, and where to use such techniques, examples of genre stories using them, pitfalls to avoid, and suggested reading.

You will emerge from the class with a greater understanding of how to use literary techniques, new insight into several possible techniques, and a number of word lumps produced through in-class writing exercises that you may find can be developed into stories.



Your Instructor


Cat Rambo
Cat Rambo

A teacher for over three decades at institutions including the Johns Hopkins University, Clarion West, and Indiana University, Cat Rambo is engaging, personable, and supportive, providing insight, encouragement, and inspiration to students who want to pursue writing and publishing speculative fiction.

Her credentials include a MA in writing from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, where she studied with John Barth and the Clarion West Writers Workshop and the Clarion West workshop, where she studied with Octavia Butler, L. Timmel DuChamp, Andy Duncan, Gordon van Gelder, Michael Swanwick, and Connie Willis. She has been nominated for the Compton Crook Award for First Novel, as well as Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and is the former editor of Fantasy Magazine. Her own work includes over 200 short stories, several novels, a cookbook, a guidebook to Baltimore, and Creating an Online Presence for Writers. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).


Class Curriculum


  Literary Devices
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  Using a Literary Device In a Story
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  Final Thoughts
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This is the class that produced Rachel Swirksy's Hugo-winning flash piece, “If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love."

Not only do I feel like I isolated some important bridges between literary and genre fiction, I also feel like I came away with a treasure trove of secrets and information pertaining to real life career, time management, and market considerations. I came away feeling deviously lucky — like a lotto winner. -Camille Griep

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