From Manga (Astroboy!) to Philip K. Dick (The Man in the High Castle!), speculative fiction gathers stories from many corners of the writing universe. Speculative fiction includes any work that uses fantasy, science fiction, horror, science fantasy, superhero, and the supernatural.

This is a workshop for writers with at least one chapter or story in progress. The class will discuss shared work in a supportive manner. The goal is to bring it closer to a work that can be published and enjoyed by a wider audience. Some of the basics of craft will be covered, including setting (world building), dialogue, conflict, the use of time (flashbacks, parallel timelines, etc), and in particular, character development. We will read either a story collection or a novel together in order to provide common ground for discussion.


  • This class will be held in BARN's Great Room located on the upper level just past the front desk.
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Please click here to read more.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple application before you register.

    Bio: Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction, essays and creative nonfiction, including recent works in science fiction and fantasy anthologies. An Island Treasure in the Arts, she has extensive experience teaching at the MFA level, as well as in all-age classrooms. Kathleen’s books include Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist, Spirits of the Ordinary, The Flower in the Skull, Treasures in Heaven, The Desert Remembers My Name, and The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island.

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