Valerie is currently a member of the faculty at The Brainery. The Brainery Workshop is an online creative writing class focused exclusively on speculative fiction as an artistic discipline worthy of theory and practice. The writing participants are expected to produce includes, but is in no way limited to: magical realism, science fiction, horror, weird tales, slipstream, steampunk, and the like. As long as there’s a speculative fiction-y element, we’ll call it good.

This course is an intense practicum in speculative fiction writing and students can expect a traditional graduate-level fiction workshop, concentrating on understanding and implementing the various aspects of speculative fiction. These aspects include craft issues such as characterization, point of view, narrative structure, style, and voice. Although this class is designed with a flexible schedule in mind, students are expected to commit to the same standards as expected of graduate-level creative writing courses, including: deadlines, feedback, and accountability.

Master class roundtable sessions are TBA.

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“I often specifically seek her out for feedback on my own work because I value her opinions. Her communications are clear, appropriate to the setting, and friendly. Her sense of humor is respectful of others and good-natured. Her advice is the kind of honest that encourages others to keep writing.”
Jay Wolf, writer and submissions editor

“Valerie is the only editor I know who is harsher than me. She will take everything bad about your story out behind a barn, shoot it, and then brew you a nice hot cocoa while helping you through your grief. She will make you better.”
–Alex Switzky, writer and producer