Writing, Pitching, and Submitting Genre Fiction


Writing, Pitching, and Submitting Genre Fiction

Learn how to move your original work of short-form genre fiction from inspiration to publication.

Meeting Times
  1. Thur, 2/29/2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. Thur, 3/7/2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. Thur, 3/14/2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  4. Thur, 3/21/2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  5. Thur, 3/28/2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  6. Thur, 4/11/2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  7. Thur, 4/18/2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thur, 2/29/2024 - Thur, 4/18/2024


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Writers' Studio and Online

Fiction, Publishing


Over the course of seven weeks, you'll generate ideas for an original piece of short-form genre fiction (mystery, horror, romance, historical, experimental, etc.) of 1,500-6,000 words, based on provided prompts. You'll workshop that piece to prepare it for being submitted for publication. You'll also learn about the contemporary marketplace for short genre fiction and how to select the best venues for your story.

Each of the first four weeks are dedicated to a different specific aspect of genre writing (worldbuilding, point of view, voice, writing within constraints, homage, and style). You'll read examples of each, engage in class discussions, and then write a short piece (800-1,200 words) with an emphasis on that week's central topic.

Week five will be a thorough discussion of the contemporary short fiction marketplace with regards to genre work specifically, best submission and querying practices, and lessons to take away from rejections. You'll research five potential marketplaces to which you could submit your work after completing the course.

Meanwhile, you'll complete your final assignment  choosing one of the initial four "mini-assignments" as a starting point, write a complete short story between 1,200 and 6,000 words long in your chosen genre. The last two weeks will focus on group critiques and workshopping those stories.


This class can be taken in person or via Zoom.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Luciano Marano

An award-winning writer and photographer, Luciano is the author of the werewolf novella trilogy "The Ambush Moon Cycle" and numerous works of short fiction that have appeared in anthologies such as Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, The Best New Weird Horror, Monsters, Movies & Mayhem (winner: Colorado Book Award), and Crash Code (nominee: Splatterpunk Award), Nightscript, Pseudopod, Chthonic Matter Quarterly, and Chilling Tales for Dark Nights. His written and photographic reporting has earned a number of industry accolades, and he was twice named a feature writer of the year by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. A U.S. Navy veteran originally from rural western Pennsylvania, he now lives near Seattle.

Rafe Posey

Rafe is the author of the novel "The Stars We Share" (Viking/Penguin, 2021) as well as numerous works of short fiction, which have appeared in journals such as Poydras Review, Empty Sink, Urbanite, and The Light Ekphrastic. He also worked as the fiction editor for Cobalt Review for several years, and as a guest editor for a [PANK] special issue. After teaching English, writing, and humanities at the University of Baltimore and, most recently, in a maximum-security prison in Maryland, Rafe now works as a bookseller on Bainbridge Island.

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