8-Week: Writing Apocalyptic Fiction


Zombies, robots, nuclear war, or nuclear zombie robot war. It can happen any number of ways: the apocalypse. Because of this, writers have taken this genre into a myriad of permutations. In this class, we'll discuss what defines this genre as well as what defies its boundaries. We'll read passages from various post-apocalyptic writers and address how you, as a writer, can experiment with the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic genre in order to make it new again in your own writing. By the end of the course, you can have produced a work of apocalyptic proportions to share with the class and continue working on beyond the 8 weeks.

Required Texts*: 

The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi 

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

The Only Ones, by Carola Dibbell

*Copies of these books are available to Lighthouse students at a 10% discount at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. Simply tell a Tattered Cover employee you are enrolled in a course at Lighthouse, and they will direct you to where the books are shelved.   

Note: The Water Knife is replacing The Passage, listed in the print catalog, as a text for this class.

Upcoming Sessions:
  • Spring 2017
    Instructor: Alexander Lumans, MFA
    Starts: 03/21/2017
    Time(s): 6:30 to 8:30 PM

    Cost: $310.00 members / $340.00 non-members
    Location: RM. 202 (John Steinbeck Room) - Lighthouse Writers Workshop
    1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206
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