Summer Craft Intensive: Gerardo Sámano Córdova


Editor's Note

Wielding the Craft of Genre to Power Our Fiction with Gerardo Sámano Córdova
Saturday, August 3rd
10 AM – 1 PM PST/ 1 PM – 4 PM EST

Why is a scary story so thrilling? A dinner-party mystery so satisfying? Or rom-coms so popular?

One thing (among many) that genre fiction writers know how to do is enchant us by building stories that move powerfully along. No wonder a great diversity of contemporary authors are diving into genre to give us deliciously complex stories while pushing the boundaries of what genre is and does.

In this craft intensive, we’ll explore genre techniques that will allow us to harness such power for our own stories, be they traditionally within a genre or not. We’ll discuss, pick apart, and play with a variety of horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and romance tropes and structures in order to build stories from scratch, get us out of a rut, or imagine new and exciting ways our writing can power up. Come on a journey through a handful of wonderfully effective engines upon which our stories will build, transform, and transgress.

We have one scholarship available for this intensive. Scholarships are conducted through a lottery. If you are interested in submitting your name, please fill out this form.

BIO: Gerardo Sámano Córdova is a writer and artist from Mexico City. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. His first novel, Monstrilio, about a boy who transforms into a monster, a monster who tries to be a man, and the people who love him in every form he takes, comes out March 2023. Gerardo has studied at Bread Loaf as a work/study scholar and at Tin House. His work has appeared in The Common, Ninth Letter, Passages North, Chicago Quarterly Review, and others. He’s also been known to draw little creatures.