Unreal Genders with Nic Anstett

Wednesdays, May 15-June 6

Class Type: Reading Group

Registration Opens Soon

In this course, participants will examine how writers like Octavia Butler, Ursula K Le Guin, and Isabel Fall have used speculative, fantastic, and surreal fiction to challenge, twist, and reimagine gender as we know it.

This is a reading group. Designed for writers and readers alike, our reading groups analyze a single text or multiple texts. Classes meet once a week for live Zoom lectures to discuss the reading with the instructor. There may be optional writing and/or discussion prompts on the online discussion board, but there will not be instructor feedback on the exercises. Reading group sessions will be recorded.

More information coming soon!

About Nic Anstett:

Nic Anstett, a writer from Baltimore, MD, loves the bizarre, spectacular, and queer. She is a graduate from the University of Oregon’s MFA program and has attended workshops through the Clarion Foundation, Lambda Literary, and Tin House, where she was a 2021 scholar. Her fiction can be found in publications such as One Story, Witness Magazine, Passages North, and Lightspeed Magazine and has been nominated for anthologies like the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Nic has also written essays and articles for Autostraddle, Tor.com, and them. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories and a novel.


Live lectures will be held on Zoom Wednesday evenings from May 15th to June 5th. Schedule coming soon.


When can I register for this class?

Registration will open in early 2024 and close on May 8th, 2024, or when the class reaches its cap.

How does the class work?

This class meets weekly for live Zoom discussions  for the duration of the course. Students will share responses to the assignments for feedback from their fellow students and the instructor on Thinkific.

Is participation on the discussion board required?

We encourage all students to share work and to participate in discussions to get the most out of the experience.

Is there homework?

The class will include reading assignments, discussion questions, and writing exercises. The instructor will not be providing feedback on writing exercises.

How much time will the class take?

Live lessons run from an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half. Plan to spend about 2 hours a week on reading and written discussion questions.

How many students are in the class?

This class is capped at 50 students.

Can I take the class on my phone?

Yes, the class can be taken on a phone, but we recommend a computer or tablet to get the most out of the experience.

Do you offer financial aid or scholarships for this class?

Yes, we have a limited number of scholarships for the class. Instructions on how to apply for those will be released once the class opens for registration.

Discounts & Policies

Our online classes are designed to be safe spaces for all who participate. One Story will not tolerate hate speech, bullying, or harassment directed toward instructors or fellow students, and reserves the right to remove participants who engage in such behavior from our classes.

Patron Discount: In order to qualify for our patron discount, you must be a member of our patron circle at the time of registration. Patrons commit to annual donations and receive benefits that allow them to participate in our non-profit organization in more meaningful ways. Not all One Story subscribers or supporters are patrons. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a patron, you can do so here.

Refund Policy: Students can receive full refunds prior to Wednesday, May 8, and 50% refunds from May 9 through 14. Class payment is non-refundable on or after the class’s start date. For questions about the refund policy, or if you are unable to take the class after you have registered, please contact maribeth@one-story.com.

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