Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome

    • Introduction to the Course

    • Platform Orientation

    • Zoom Link: Live Lectures

    • AutoCrit Community Link

    • Opening Survey

    • Course Calendar Download

  • 2

    Chapter 1: Reality Re-Imagined

    • What You'll Find this Chapter

    • Introduction

    • Why Sci-Fi?

    • Inspiration from Science

    • World Building Exercise

    • Scientific Concepts Worth Exploring

    • Worldbuilding from Science Questionnaire

    • Chapter 1 Quiz

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Planning

    • What You'll Find this Chapter

    • Planning

    • Know Your Story

    • Know Your Characters

    • Practical Worldbuilding

    • Option Lock vs. Time Lock

    • Foreshadowing

    • Planning Exercise

    • Seven Point Story Structure

    • Live Lecture #1 - Monday, April 18th

    • Live Event: Dissecting Frankenstein - Wednesday, April 20th (6pm Eastern)

    • REPLAY - Live Lecture #1

    • REPLAY - AutoCrit Demo: Dissecting Frankenstein

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Characters Times Infinity

    • What You'll Find this Chapter

    • Characters Times Infinity

    • Protagonists

    • Antagonists

    • Non-Human Characters

    • Dialogue Exercise

    • Character Creator Worksheet

    • Non-Human Worksheet

    • Live Lecture #2 - Monday, April 25th

    • Character Website Resources

    • Live Lecture #2 - REPLAY

  • 5

    Chapter 4: Sci-Fi with Style

    • What You'll Find this Chapter

    • Sci-fi with Style

    • Point of View

    • Managing Tension

    • Escalation

    • Sensory Shocks

    • Mood and Atmosphere

    • Getting Gory

    • Impactful Prose

    • Description Exercise

    • Live Lecture #3 - Monday, May 2nd

    • Lecture #3 - REPLAY

  • 6

    Chapter 5: Writing Unforgettable Scenes

    • What You'll Find this Chapter

    • Introduction

    • Scenes 101

    • Scene Flexibility

    • Opening Scenes

    • Middle Scenes

    • Ending

    • Rhythm Exercise

    • Live Lecture #4 - Monday, May 9th

    • Scenes Disassembled

    • Live Lecture #4 - REPLAY

  • 7

    Chapter 6 - Writing Hacks and Cheat Codes

    • What You'll Find in this Chapter

    • Introduction

    • Humor

    • Get Brutal

    • Don't Peak Early

    • Mystery Remains

    • Revealing the World

    • Suffer the Innocents

    • Punch from Behind

    • Take Care of Yourself

    • Writing Prompts

    • Closing

    • Live Closing Celebration - Friday, May 13th (6PM)

    • Closing Survey

  • 8

    Resource Downloads

    • Worldbuilding from Science Questionnaire

    • Scientific Concepts Worth Exploring

    • Character Creator Worksheet

    • Non-Human Worksheet

    • Writing Prompts

    • Scenes Disassembled