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"Borrowing from Other Genres" ONLINE with Erika T. Wurth

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11/4/2020 From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

What better way to hone your craft than to explore the best of other genres? 

Whether you’re writing realism, literary fiction, science-fiction or fantasy, speculative or a thriller, it’s important to know how to imaginatively build the world your characters will inhabit. This class will teach you to take the best from each genre, and use those conventions, or skill sets, in yours. We’ll discuss what writers do best in different genres, what you can take away from each, and how this applies to language, form, structure and characterization. In the thriller, structure is king, and there’s much to be said for looking at a tried-and-true form. In science-fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction, the imagination that goes into building imaginary worlds is something to take away. In realism or post-modern fiction, because these have been the literary forms, writers in these genres are often masters at dialogue, inner-monologue, complex characterization, deviation from the formula in terms of form, and attention to language. We’ll look at examples from each, so that you'll be able to to take the strengths of every genre to what you’re working on. 

  • You're writing fiction in any genre.
  • You find it difficult to finish a piece. 
  • You're interested in exploring the craft techniques that go into writing specific genres.


Erika T. Wurth’s publications include two novels, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and You Who Enter Here, two collections of poetry, and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. A writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Buzzfeed, Boulevard, Lithub, The Writer’s Chronicle, Bitch, Waxwing, and The Kenyon Review. She will be faculty at Breadloaf in 2020, is a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop Scholar, attended the Tin House Summer Workshop, and has been chose as a narrative artist for the Meow Wolf Denver Installation. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee, and was raised outside of Denver, where she lives with her partner, stepchildren, and two incredibly fluffy dogs.





$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, November 4. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time. 

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


Once you register for the class, you'll receive an email with detailed instructions. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can't attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE.

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