Salam Award Writers Workshop 2023

The inaugural Salam Award Writers Workshop will be held March 6-10, 2023 in Lahore, Pakistan. Elizabeth Hand and MaryAnne Mohanraj are the lead instructors. There will be a Clarion/Milford style workshop, lectures on craft, guest sessions from members of the Salam Award board, and a sightseeing tour.
Since 2017, The Salam Award has honored the best Pakistani and Pakistani-diaspora writing in the SFF genre. This workshop will exclusively focus on
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Summer Workshops

Taos Toolbox

The Taos Toolbox master class in writing science fiction and fantasy, delayed for two years by COVID-19, took place June 12-25, 2022. Because its normal site at Angel Fire NM was under threat by a massive forest fire, the workshop was moved to the Sonesta ES in Albuquerque. Taos Toolbox hopes to return to Angel Fire next year.

Launch Pad

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2023 Odyssey Workshop Online Classes

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced the instructors for its online classes in 2023.

Gregory Ashe will teach “Angled Dialogue: Crafting Authentic-Sounding Dialogue to Convey Information, Escalate Conflict, and Advance Character-Driven Stories” from January 5 – February 2, 2023.

Barbara Ashford will teach “One Brick at a Time: Crafting Compelling Scenes” from January 3-31, 2023.

Scott H. Andrews will teach “Emotional Truth: Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate to ...Read More

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Summer Workshops

The Alpha Workshop for Young Writers was held on the campus of University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg from July 20-31, 2022.

The 2022 Clarion Workshop took place on June 19 – July 30, 2022, on the University of California at San Diego campus.

This report and more like it in the September 2022 issue of Locus.

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Aspen Words Announces New SF/F Writing Workshop

Aspen Words, a longstanding literary program of the Aspen Institute, has announced the addition of a new Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing Workshop, led by author Fonda Lee, expanding their current workshop offerings into genre literature.

The workshop is sponsored by the General Motors’ Future Fiction Collective, which “aims to decolonize the sci-fi/fantasy genre by increasing the diversity of authors and readers in STEM based literature.” They will provide 10 scholarships for writers ...Read More

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SCBWI Free Workshop for Writers of Color

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has organized a free workshop “geared towards writers of colour” called Need To Know: Knowing Your Power as an Author of Colour. “This workshop is aimed to help you break down the processes of being published so you know where your power lies.” The event is scheduled for January 15, 2022 and will take place virtually. Workshop leaders are Patrice Lawrence ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshop Online Classes

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced the instructors for its online classes in 2022.

Gregory Ashe will teach “Scene & Sequel: How to Generate Character-Driven Momentum, Control Pacing, and Write a Page-Turning Story” from January 6 – February 3, 2022; Barbara Ashford will teach “Getting the Big Picture: The Key to Revising Your Novel” from January 4 – February 15, 2022; and Scott H. Andrews will teach “Emotional Truth: Making ...Read More

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2021 Odyssey Writing Workshop Applications Open

The 2021 Odyssey writing workshop is accepting applications until April 1, 2021. The six-week workshop will be held June 1 – July 7, 2021, though exactly where and how is yet to be determined:

If the world has returned to a post-COVID state of near normality, it will be held as usual on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. If social distancing is still neces­sary but ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshops Going Virtual

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced that its summer 2021 classes will be held online. The six-week course is normally held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH, though the 2020 session was also held online due to COVID concerns. Odyssey director Jeanne Cavelos said,

Odyssey brings together adult students of all ages from across the globe. Many may not have the opportunity to be vaccinated by summer. If one ...Read More

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Alvaro Zinos-Amaro Reviews Pocket Workshop: Essays on Living as a Writer, Edited by Tod McCoy & M. Huw Evans

Pocket Workshop: Essays on Living as a Writer, Tod McCoy & M. Huw Evans, eds. (Hy­dra House 978-0997951073, $17.95, 196pp, pb) February 2021.

Gathered here are 28 essays (six reprints, 22 originals) by instructors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, intended, as Tod McCoy explains in his foreword, as “a way to give back to a community who may not be able to attend the workshop by delivering thoughts ...Read More

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Clarion West Offers Free Online Workshops

Clarion West is offering free writing workshops for teens and adults on a first come, first served basis. The classes and writing sprints will run from March 30 – April 24, 2020. Instructors include K. Tempest Bradford, Marie Brennan, Tobias Buckell, Curtis Chen, Andy Duncan, Eileen Gunn, Elizabeth Hand, James Patrick Kelly, Fonda Lee, Henry Lien, Seanan McGuire, Ian Muneshwar, Brooks Peck, Laurie Penny, Erin Roberts, Nisi Shawl, James Sutter, ...Read More

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2020 Odyssey Writing Workshop Scholarships

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced several scholarships available for students attending in 2020, ranging in size from several hundred dollars to over $4,000. Scholarship applications and information queries should be made by contacting director Jeanne Cavelos. Scholarships include the Miskatonic Scholarship funded by George R.R. Martin for writers of Lovecraftian cosmic horror; the Walter & Kattie Metcalf Singing Spider Scholarship for novelists (applicants must submit a novel excerpt as ...Read More

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Locus Bay Area Writers Workshop: Writing Master Class with Ellen Klages, March 2020

DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19, THE MARCH 2020 LOCUS WRITING MASTER CLASS WITH ELLEN KLAGES HAS BEEN CANCELED. STAY HEALTHY! Locus Magazine HQ Preservation ParkDowntown Oakland (near the 12th St BART)

“Whenever I start to read a new story by the incomparable Ellen Klages, I feel as if I’m on the edge of my seat in the front row of the theater: keen-eyed and determined, this time, to ...Read More

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Locus Bay Area Writers Workshop: Writing Master Class with Annalee Newitz November 2019

November 16, 2019Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.At Locus Magazine HQPreservation Park, downtown Oakland(near the 12th St BART) $150.00

A revolution is happening in speculative fiction, and Annalee Newitz is leading the vanguard.” —Wil Wheaton

TURN YOUR OBSESSIVE RESEARCH INTO AMAZING WORLDBUILDING

In this class, Annalee will give you the tools to build another world. They’ll talk about how to create believable, nuanced cultures, environments, and geographies ...Read More

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Locus Writers Workshop 2019 with Connie Willis & Amal El-Mohtar

Join Connie Willis and Amal El-Mohtar for a two-day intensive writing workshop held in Seattle this June. Early registration is open! Further details, including session topics, will emerge later down the line. The workshops will bookend the Locus Awards weekend. Friday, June 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

$265

SESSION ONE: AMAL EL-MOHTAR: USING POETRY TO WRITE PROSE

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2019 Odyssey Workshop Scholarships

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced several scholarships available for students attending in 2019. Scholarship applications and information queries should be made by contacting director Jeanne Cavelos.

The Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin, covers full tuition, textbook, and housing. It will be awarded to a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. Martin said, “What we want are nightmares new and resonant and profound, cosmic terrors that will ...Read More

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2019 Odyssey Writing Workshop

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced instructors and dates for its 2019 summer session. Guest lecturers are Scott H. Andrews, Joshua Bilmes, Holly Black, Neil Clarke, Sara King, Nisi Shawl, Fran Wilde, and Paul Witcover. The workshop will be held June 3 – July 12, 2019 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH.

Early action application deadline for “those who, if admitted, need several months to arrange their affairs” is ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshop Announces Online Instructors

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced the instructors for its online Winter 2019 classes: Barbara Ashford will teach “Getting the Big Picture: The Key to Revising Your Novel” from January 2 – February 13, 2019; Lucy A. Snyder will teach “Riveting Descriptions: Bringing Your Story to Life in the Reader’s Mind” from January 3-31, 2019; and Scott H. Andrews will teach “Emotional Truth: Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate ...Read More

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Photo Story: Alpha Workshop 2018

The Alpha workshop for young writers was held July 25 – August 5, 2018 in Greensburg PA.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We rely on reader donations to keep the magazine and site going, and would like to keep the site paywall free, but WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT to continue quality coverage of the science fiction and ...Read More

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Photo Story: CSSF YA Novel Writing Workshop

Tina Connolly taught a YA-novel writing workshop at the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, held June 24-29, 2018.

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Locus Writers Workshop 2018 with Connie Willis & Yoon Ha Lee

Join award-winning authors Connie Willis and Yoon Ha Lee for a two-day intensive writing workshop held in Seattle this June. The workshops will bookend the Locus Awards weekend. Friday, June 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

$255 DAY ONE: YOON HA LEE: “DESIGN-A-WORLD: MAKING UNIQUE WORLDS FROM START TO FINISH”

Worldbuilding means different things to many people, whether it’s starting ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshop Scholarships

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced several scholarships available for students attending in 2018.

The Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin, covers full tuition, textbook, and housing costs. It will be awarded to a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. The winner will be selected by a panel of three judges.

The Parasite Publications Character Awards, funded by Sara King, will provide three scholarships in the amounts of ...Read More

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Blinks: Ansible; The New Yorker does SF; Sheehan on Powers; Dillon obit; Paul Krugman; online horror workshop; China Miéville; Ben Bova

» David Langford’s Ansible 299

» The New Yorker’s June 4 & 11 science fiction issue table of contents – the ‘Sci-Fi’ section includes Bradbury, Le Guin, Miéville, Atwood, Russell, and Gibson

» Washington Post: Bill Sheehan reviews Tim Powers’ Hide Me Among the Graves

» NY Times’ Leo Dillon obit, with a slideshow

» Wired: Economist Paul Krugman Is a Hard-Core Science Fiction Fan

» LitReactor is hosting an ...Read More

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Blinks: Quebec writers workshop, Dirda on Saler, Marcus on Ahmed, Gibson, Brave New World turns 80

» Quebec Writers’ Federation is offering an 8-week Workshop on writing fantasy and science fiction stories, led by Claude Lalumière

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews Michael Saler’s As If

» Seattle Post Intelligencer: Richard Marcus reviews Saladin Ahmed’s Throne Of The Crescent Moon

» LA Times: William Gibson talks to Wired

» Huffington Post: Brave New World Turns 80 ...Read More

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Blinks: NYT and LAT reviews; Best of year lists; World SF Blog; Odyssey Workshop

» LA Times: David L. Ulin reviews Don DeLillo’s The Angel Esmeralda; Nick Owchar reviews Atwood’s In Other Worlds; and Michael Hiltzik explains the copyright controversy over Philip K. Dick’s “Adjustment Team”

» NY Times: Christopher Buckley reviews Charles J. Shields’ book about Kurt Vonnegut; Robert Christgau reviews Jonathan Lethem’s The Ecstasy of Influence

» NY Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2011 include titles by DeLillo, King, Duncan, ...Read More

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Writing Workshop Applications Open

The application period for the six-week Clarion writing workshop is open from December 1, 2010 through March 1, 2011. The six-week workshop will be held June 26 through August 6, 2011, at the University of California, San Diego. Scheduled instructors include Nina Kiriki Hoffman, John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, David Anthony Durham, John Kessel, and Kij Johnson. For more information, visit the Clarion application information page.

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2023 Clarion Applications Open

Applications for Clarion’s six-week summer workshop are open now through March 1, 2023.

The workshop will be held June 25 – August 5, 2023 in San Diego CA, and the instructors are Andy Duncan, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Anjali Sachdeva, and Rae Carson & Charles Coleman Finlay. Jac Jemc is faculty director.

The application fee is $55 until February 15. From February 16 to March 1, the fee is ...Read More

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2022 World Fantasy Convention Report

The 48th World Fantasy Convention was held as a hybrid event November 3-6, 2022, with the Hyatt Regency hosting the in-person portion in New Orleans, that destination Louisiana city so renowned for its cuisine, music, and atmosphere. Guests of honor were Ginjer Buchanan, Victor LaValle, and Jo Walton, with Iris Compiet as artist guest of honor, Andrei Codrescu and Brandon O’Brien as special guests, Nisi Shawl as featured guest, plus ...Read More

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Look! Up In the Sky!: Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg discuss Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Wakanda Forever follows the events of the original Black Panther as well as some of the other Marvel titles, but importantly, it also follows the real-life event of Chadwick Boseman’s death – the actor who played Black Panther/T’Challa. The opening of the film is a tribute to Boseman, as well as the way he embodied the title character. Making effective use of silence, sound, imagery, and the raw emotions of ...Read More

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Clarion West Seeks New Home

The Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle WA is looking for new facilities:

Clarion West has a long history of partnering with universities and organizations in the Seattle area to house the Six-Week Workshop. As we’ve honed in on what our students need for their workshop experience and focused on affordability, equity, and accessibility, the number of potential partners has narrowed. Even before the pandemic, we couldn’t secure a long-term ...Read More

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The Sanitation Worker is a Hero in Your Neighborhood: Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss Samaritan

Today’s major-brand superheroes have an onscreen lineage going back at least to the ’40s, including iconic serials starring Superman, Batman, and Captain America. But Marvel and DC aren’t the only cinematic superhuman universes. During the great superhero revival of the 1980s, wedged between memorable Christopher Reeves films Superman and Superman II, came 1981 television series The Greatest American Hero. Standing alongside the tradition of filmmakers and TV showrunners ...Read More

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