Online Class: MICE Quotient

June 11, 2023— 1:00pm Eastern to 3:00pm Eastern

Banner with the title of class Mice Quotient with Mary Robinette Kowal at June 11th at 1pm eastern


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In this workshop, we learn about the simple organizational structure of the MICE Quotient. Pretty much every story, fictional or nonfictional, can be explained through this fairly simple organizational structure. Together, we learn how to make this structure work for you when writing.

Classes will be taught via Zoom. Classwork will be uploaded to a shared Google Drive folder visible only to you and your classmates. The class will be divided between lecture and exercise. The class is capped at 50 students.

Class requirements: You need an interest in writing fiction, but you do not need to have written or published anything yet. You also must be able to use Zoom on a computer. (Note: You don’t need a web camera, although they’re useful, but you do need a working microphone, the internet and some speakers so you can hear us.)

Writing Workshop Grant: In each of my short fiction classes, I offer one or more seats for a person of color of a marginalized gender or sexuality, funded in part by my Patreon supporters. For this class, I have two chairs reserved. This includes, but is absolutely not limited to, women of color, trans or gay men of color, nonbinary people of color, and more. If you are uncertain whether you are eligible, don’t self reject: fill out the application! To apply, simply fill out this web form.


Q: What’s the accessibility like?

A: It’s primarily a spoken lecture, with written exercises. Please let me know what accommodations you need.

Q: What timezone is the class in?

A: The classes are in Eastern time, so make sure you do the math for your own time zone. Here is a Time Zone Calculator.

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