Online: Writing Speculative Fiction

Eugen Bacon

5 to 11 July 2023, online

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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Right now, we live in a dystopian world. Perhaps it’s no surprise that speculative fiction is growing in recognition. Fiction can be a figment of your imagination, or a creative response to the world around you. This online speculative fiction workshop will invite you to speculate, to reach with your mind towards the infinite boundary, and to craft literary fiction that indulges in conjectural thought.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. This interactive online course has limited places. Book early to avoid missing out. 

This one-week online workshop explores fundamentals of writing speculative fiction across ‘genres’ of fantasy, science fiction, horror and the paranormal and cross-genre writing. It includes writing exercises and the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Familiarity with the basics of speculative fiction, including definitions, worldbuilding, and elements of the fantastical, science or ‘the alternate’, fear, revulsion or spook.
  2. Confidence to creatively explore a range of techniques and styles in unfamiliar genres, including genre bending.
  3. The production of work that reflects in-depth understanding of speculative fiction.

Participant Requirements

Participants must be familiar with the art of writing fiction in some form of creative writing, including the short story or novel, with a basic understanding of writing a beginning, middle and end, writing characters and setting. This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in or already writing speculative fiction.

Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

You do not need to log into the course at a specific time and there are no live meetings. You will receive an email with an invitation link to join the online classroom by 10am on the day the course starts.

Please expect to spend a minimum of six hours on the course, noting that the amount of time needed to read, respond to discussions, write, revise and critique will vary from person to person.

  • You can complete the lesson material in your own time.
  • There will be assignments which have deadlines. To be guaranteed tutor feedback, you will need to complete the assignments by the deadline.

You can find out more about the course by reading our frequently asked questions.  If you have any questions, please contact us.


‘Video introductions were great to establish a sense of connection with Eugen. Eugen’s engagement with discussions was also valued, insightful and built a sense of connection. … I would definitely take a course with her again.’ – Andrew, 2022

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