The Odyssey Writing Workshop is a six-week workshop for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, offering developing writers intensive, professional critiques and lectures on the major elements of genre writing. This year’s workshop will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH from June 10th to July 19th. The early admission deadline is January 31st, and the regular admission deadline is April 8th. The workshop’s writer-in-residence will be award-winning author Nancy Holder; other lecturers will include authors Holly Black, Patricia Bray, Adam-Troy Castro, and Jack Ketchum, and editor Sheila Williams. Visit http://www.odysseyworkshop.org to learn more about the workshop requirements.
[Tip from Barbara at Odyssey]
Comic book author J.M. DeMatteis will be leading a writing workshop called “Imagination 101” the weekend of April 13-15 at Modern Myths in Northampton, MA.
Join master storyteller J.M. DeMatteis for a weekend exploring the realms of imagination, from the metaphysical to the practical. We’ll ponder the big questions…
~ Where do ideas come from?
~ What part does will play in the creative process?
~ Is the best writing actually an act of channeling?
~ Do we create the story or does the story create us?
…and tackle the day-to-day realities of a career writing superhero sagas, fantasy epics and animation:
~ What’s the difference between “Marvel style” and “full script”?
~ What’s the value of editors?
~ Are agents necessary?
~ How do you handle rejection without jumping out the nearest window?
Come prepared to listen—as JMD shares stories and insights gleaned from more than thirty years writing comics, television, film and novels—but be prepared to work: you’ll pitch ideas, dialogue artwork and help create a story from the ground up.
The cost of the class is $415.00. Pre-registration is required. Learn more at http://www.jmdematteis.com/2012/01/far-reaches-of-imagination.html and http://www.modern-myths.com/.
[Tip via Convention Scene]
Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge, MA is hosting a workshop for aspiring science fiction writers.
This is a 10-week writing course held on Sunday evenings, led by local veteran SF/F writers Jeffrey A. Carver and Craig Shaw Gardner. This popular workshop covers the fundamentals of storytelling and the important skills of workshopping, and is designed for writers eager to work hard to learn the craft. It also covers the basics of the writing business – from submitting work to professional markets, to looking for an agent, to exploring the world of indie publishing. Cost is $475 for the 10-week course, plus a few books (which will be 30% off at Pandemonium). Class starts October 2nd.
The class is limited to 12 students. For further details, visit http://www.starrigger.net/workshop.htm.
The Northeastern Writers’ Conference is an annual gathering held in Bristol, RI. This year’s conference will be held the weekend of July 21-24, 2011, and the guests of honor will be authors Sarah Langan and Jonathan Maberry, with artist guest of honor Steven Gilberts.
Necon is a small annual convention that draws authors and editors, artists and fans from around the country and is widely regarded as the best convention around (in fact, many of the authors who attend go to no other cons but this one!). Past guests include such luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Charles Grant, Craig Shaw Gardner, Alan Ryan, Les Daniels, Nancy Holder, John Coyne, Doug Winter, Steven Spruill, Tom Monteleone, Joe Lansdale, Ginjer Buchanan and Yvonne Navarro. The art show annually draws the top artists from around the country, such as Bernie Wrightson, Cortney Skinner, Pat Morrissey, Matt Costello, Jill Bauman, Bob Eggleton, Alan Clark, and many more. The dealers’ room boasts items ranging from $.25 paperbacks to expensive first editions.
Visit http://www.campnecon.com/ for more information.
The Odyssey Writing Workshop is a six-week workshop for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. This year’s workshop will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH from June 6th to July 15th, 2011. The early admission deadline is January 31st, and the regular admission deadline is April 8th. The workshop’s writer-in-residence will be award-winning author Gary A. Braunbeck; other lecturers will include authors Elizabeth Bear, Barry B. Longyear, Theodora Goss, and Christopher Golden, and editor John Joseph Adams. Visit http://www.odysseyworkshop.org to learn more about the workshop requirements.
[Tip from Susan from Odyssey]
The Ultimate Science Fiction Writing Workshop, a 10-week intensive course led by authors Jeffrey A. Carver and Craig Shaw Gardner, will run on Sunday evenings from October 3rd to December 12th (excepting Thanksgiving weekend) in Arlington, MA. The class will be limited to 12 members, and the deadline to apply is September 26th. See http://www.starrigger.net/workshop.htm for details.
[Tip from Pandemonium Books and Games]
The Grub Street writers’ workshop has announced a class that may be of interest to aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers:
Noted fiction editor, Stoker and International Horror Guild Award-winner, crime and SF writer Michael Marano will be offering a new class this fall on “Writing the Smart Page-Turner” at Grub Street, Inc., a non-profit creative writing center dedicated to nurturing writers and connecting readers with the wealth of writing talent in the Boston area. The class is geared for writers who work in all kinds of genres, from SF/Fantasy to Romance to Suspense/Thrillers to just about any other genre you can name, and is designed to help authors find their own distinct literary voice while working within those genres. Classes will also be dedicated to practical concerns, like finding the right publishing venues to send your work, and how to work with editors and agents. Details can be found here http://tinyurl.com/2ego4km.
The class begins September 16th and runs for 10 weeks. You can learn more at the link above and at http://www.grubstreet.org.
Odyssey is a six-week intensive writing workshop for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Led by book editor Jeanne Cavelos, the course features guest lectures from authors Elizabeth Hand, Gregory Frost, Alexander Jablokov, and Michael A. Arnzen and award-winning editor David G. Hartwell. The workshop also has an official writer-in-residence, Laura Anne Gilman. The workshop will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH June 7 through July 16. Note that applications must be received by April 8. Learn more at http://www.sff.net/odyssey/.
Viable Paradise, the annual science fiction writing workshop held on Martha’s Vineyard, is scheduled for October 3rd-8th, 2010. You must apply to attend the workshop; the submission period for is now open, and will close June 30th. Here’s more information:
Viable Paradise is a unique one-week residential workshop in writing and selling commercial science fiction and fantasy. The workshop is intimate, intense, and features extensive time spent with best-selling and award-winning authors and professional editors currently working in the field. VP concentrates on the art of writing fiction people want to read, and this concentration is reflected in post-workshop professional sales by our alumni.
For full details visit http://www.sff.net/Paradise/.
The Ultimate Science Fiction Writing Workshop is a 10-week writing course for adults led by authors Jeffrey A. Carver and Craig Shaw Gardner. The class will meet at Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA on Sunday evenings beginning October 11th. Registration is limited to 12 people. For details see http://www.starrigger.net/workshop.htm and http://community.livejournal.com/pandemonium_bks/225815.html.