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Hex Engines & Spell-Slingers: Write Steampunk/Weird Western

Learn how to create engaging, innovative, and creative stories and novels in two of the hottest subgenres around!

Steampunk and weird western are subgenres of speculative fiction. What are their components and how do you go about writing in them? What makes steampunk "punk" and weird western "weird"? How do you create the right historical texture? How closely do you have to adhere to actual historical events? What basic mechanics should you know in order to write in either genre?

Join prolific story writer Cat Rambo as she teaches you some of the basics of writing steampunk and weird western in a combination of video, text, and writing exercises designed to entertain and instuct. This class is based on the live version taught by Rambo.


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).


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