Introducing Our Building Better Worlds Writing Workshop

Workshop Description

This is a 10-week intensive writing workshop focused on the intersection of social justice and writing science fiction and fantasy. Participants will learn how to build and analyze their own fictional worlds and characters without causing harm to real-life groups of people.
When building worlds, writers must think about power structures and dynamics, races, cultures, hierarchies, access and control to resources, how myths or religions they use are still worshiped and practiced, and societal roles, among other things. In this workshop, writers will learn how to implement strategies to ensure that what they build doesn’t reinforce negative societal impacts.
We will delve into the real-life consequences of representation in fiction, the writer’s ethical responsibility, and the importance of intersectionality as it relates to science fiction and fantasy writing. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, videos, reading, writing exercises, and critiques, writers will put what they learn into immediate practice.
Participants must be at least 21 years of age.
This workshop is not worth college credit. Work will not be graded.
This workshop is appropriate for:
  • Writers of adult and young adult science fiction and fantasy prose from all backgrounds who already have some knowledge of the basics of writing characters, plot, and setting. 
  • Writers who have been writing or who have a current work in progress they would like to improve.
  • Writers who know the story/have an idea of what they want to write.
This workshop is not appropriate for:
  • Writers who are looking for ideas of what to write.
  • Beginning writers without basic knowledge of narrative structure, plot, characters, and worldbuilding.

Class Topics

  • The Ethics of Storytelling
  • Understanding Intersectionality
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • World & Character Building Without Harm
  • The Elements of Story
  • Translating Movie, TV, & Gaming Storytelling Techniques into Fiction Writing
  • Revising with a New Mindset
  • And more

Required Texts*

*Included in tuition

  • Steering the Craft: A 21st Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward
  • Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer


This workshop costs $500 ($50/class, also includes required texts). We accept credit cards, debit cards, cash, and checks.

For payment plans & more info, click the “Tuition” link below in the “Workshop Details” section. You will only pay tuition if you are accepted into the workshop.

Online Community

In addition to the live workshops and Google Hangouts, and additional reading and videos, participants will have access to an online community, including all course materials,  reading lists, additional writing exercises, resources, articles, and more. This will be an ongoing community writers can choose to be as active in as they wish, both during and after the workshop.

Class Schedule

  • This workshop will take place over the course of 10 weeks, beginning May 29 and ending July 30.
  • The workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:30PM. The last workshop will be held on Monday, July 30 from 7-9:30PM.
  • Minimum time commitment per week is 6-8 hours. Classes are 2.5 hours, and additional reading, coursework, videos, and critiquing will be about another 3-5 hours.
  • Outside of the actual class, there will be an optional one-hour Google Hangout once per week on Friday evenings from 5-6PM with the instructor and other possible guests for writers who have questions, want to solicit feedback or further discuss that week’s topic, or otherwise wish to participate in “office hours.”

About the Instructor

Candice Huber
Instructor & Book Shop Owner

Candice Huber is the owner of Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop and, besides being a bookseller, is also a publisher, podcaster, editor, blogger, book and board game reviewer and critic, and speculative fiction writer. Candice’s essays and reviews have been published in Nerdy But Flirty, The Mary Sue (both nerd feminist blogs), online literary journal violet windows, the Burlesque Press blog, and the Tubby & Coo’s blog, among others. Candice has also volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations and has been involved in community organizing. Candice deviates from the dominant paradigm in being nonbinary, pansexual, asexual, overweight, conditioned as a woman, short, non-neurotypical, a reader, and a practitioner of vocabulary, and in having an invisible disability.

Equality Statement

Tubby & Coo’s is dedicated to establishing a learning environment that promotes intersectionality. It is important that this is a safe workshop environment. All genders, sexual orientations, races, creeds, cultures, professions, faiths, and walks of life are honored, respected, and welcome here. This is a violence-free zone. WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR INTOLERANCE. Sexism, ableism, classism, faithism, racism, heterosexism, cissexism, and any other -isms will not be tolerated. No matter who you are or how you identify, you are safe with us.

Apply Today

Registration Period:
April 30 – May 20, 2018

This workshop will be capped at ten (10) participants. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the starting date of the workshop (Tuesday, May 29).

To apply, fill out the form to the right. There will be a waiting list if the class sells out completely.

We will be accepting applications through Saturday, May 12. If you submit at 12:01 am on Sunday, May 13, your application is late and will not be considered.