A list of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror writing workshops (updated December 27, 2019). Thanks @outseide, Navah Wolfe, Patrick Neilsen Hayden, Rebecca Stefoff, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Sarah Berner, Cat Rambo, John Appel, Patrice Sarath, Nino Cipri, Erin Brown Conroy, Grayson Morris, and Karen Junker for corrections and additions!
News about workshops can be found on this page at Locus.
Workshops for new, emerging, and established writers
Cascade Writing Workshops, Seattle, WA
Three days in July, plus one day workshops through the year
Clarion, San Diego, CA
Six weeks in 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
Locus Writer’s Workshop, Seattle, WA
Two days in June, bookending the Locus Awards weekend
Locus Master Classes, Oakland, CA
One-day classes are held throughout the year
Milford, Wales, UK
One week in September
Odyssey, Manchester, NH
Six weeks in the summer
Readerfest Writers’ Master Class, Tacoma, WA
Three days in July
Taos Toolbox, Taos, NM
Two weeks in June/July
I was at the first one (2007) and loved it
Viable Paradise, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
One week in October
Villa Diodati Workshop, various locations in Europe
Two five-day retreats each year, spring and fall
Runs courses and retreats (including a cruise!)
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
Offers month-long classes through the year
Online Writing Workshop for SFF
Online workshopping community
Offers an array of online classes.
Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers
Live and on-demand classes through the year. Scholarships available.
Writing the Other
One day seminars, on-demand master classes, and weekend intensives
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
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
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
Western Colorado University Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Concentration in Genre Fiction, Gunnison, CO
Fran Wilde is director
SF-related Masters of Arts
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Offers an MA in English with a concentration in SF and Fantasy
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, and/or manuscript critiques from established writers.
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.
What have I missed? Email or tweet me.