Speculative fiction writing workshops – a list

A list of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror writing workshops (updated February 16, 2018). Thanks @outseideNavah WolfePatrick Neilsen Hayden, Rebecca StefoffJennifer Marie Brissett, Sarah Berner, and Nino Cipri for corrections and additions!

Workshops for new writers

Clarion, San Diego, CA
Six weeks in June-August

Clarion West, Seattle, WA
Six weeks June-August

FutureScapes Workshop, Sundance, CO
Three days in April

Gotham Writers’ Workshop, New York, NY
Ten week classes, online and in-person

Gunn Centre SF & Fantasy Novel Writers Workshop, Lawrence, KS
Two weeks in June

Gunn Centre Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop, Lawrence, KS
Two weeks in June

Gunn Centre Young Adult Novel Writing Workshop, Lawrence, KS
Two weeks in June

Milford, Wales, UK
One week in September

Odyssey, Manchester, NH
Six weeks June-August

Taos Toolbox, Taos, NM
Two weeks in June/July
I was at the inaugural workshop, 2007, with my heroes Connie Willis and Walter Jon Williams

Viable Paradise, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
One week in October

Villa Diodati Workshop, various locations in Europe
One week in the summer

Workshops for youth

Alpha, Pittsburgh, PA
Only for people aged 14-19
Two weeks in July/August

Shared Worlds, Spartanburg, SC
Only for teens
Two weeks in July

Online workshops

Odyssey Online
Offers month-long classes through the year

Online Writing Workshop for SFF
Online workshopping community

UCLA Extension Program Online
Offers a certificate program in fiction writing. My wife Alyx teaches Speculative Fiction writing here.

Post-secondary studies

Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, University of Kansas
Offers courses in Speculative Fiction Studies (also MFA and PhD, see below)

UCLA Extension Program
Offers a certificate program in fiction writing

MFA programs

I’ll only list the MFA programs that are specifically friendly to speculative fiction. This list is surely not complete. More info at Michael Underwood’s blog.

Graduate Program in Creative Writing, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
MFA and PhD programs – Faculty includes Kij Johnson

Creative Writing MA, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Faculty includes Helen Marshall

Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing, Portland, ME
Low residency
Faculty includes James Patrick Kelly, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand

Temple University MFA in Creative Writing, Pittsburgh, PA
Samuel R. Delany is on the faculty

NC State MFA in Creative Writing, Raleigh, NC
John Kessel is on the faculty

Seton Hill MFA, Writing Popular Fiction, Greensburg, PA
Lucy A. Snyder is on the faculty

SF-related Masters of Arts

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Offers an MA in English with a concentration in SF and Fantasy

Other workshops

Many established writers are passionate about paying it forward. Check out the websites of your favorite authors. Chances are good they sometimes teach.

Many Science Fiction conventions offer workshops, master classes, lectures, or manuscript critiques from established writers.

Clarion West (Seattle, WA) holds one-day workshops throughout the year.

Locus runs several workshops (there doesn’t seem to be a dedicated page for them). A two-day workshop is held during the Locus Awards in June (usually taught by the wonderful Connie Willis). Don’t miss this March 2018 one day workshop with Nancy Kress.

The Writing Excuses podcast runs courses and retreats.

LitReactor offers an array of online classes.

The Surrey International Writer’s Conference embraces all genres. It’s a superb professional development conference that offers access to editors, agents, and superstar authors. I was there in 2012 and had the time of my life.

What have I missed? Email or tweet me.