Writer Education: Workshops

The following is a list of workshops that can help speculative fiction writers gain an education in the business. If you know of other workshops to add to the list, please let me know.

Invitation Only Beginner Workshops

Center for the Study of Science Fiction
–two-week workshop experiences, one on SF writing in general, and one on the art of the novel.
–instructors include Christopher McKitterick, Bradley Denton, and James Gunn
–Kij Johnson leads the novel workshop

Science Fiction Writer’s Workshop
Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel Writers Workshop
–there is an additional week option of a follow-up workshop for previous students who are repeating the SF/F Novel Writers Workshop

Clarion Writing Workshops
–the Clarion workshops are six week experiences that focus on short story

Clarion Writing Workshop at University of California–San Diego
Clarion West in Seattle, Washington
Clarion Writing Workshop South (currently on hiatus)

Odyssey Writing Workshop
–a six-week experience headed by an editor.
–See Gerald Warfield’s article on Odyssey!

Viable Paradise
–one-week intensive workshop experience

Open to Anyone
–these workshops take all comers.

David Wolverton’s Writing Workshops
–a variety of workshop types of varying lengths.

Free Expressions Workshops
–a variety of workshops are offered, as well as editing services, including:
–Donald Maass Seminars, including The Fire in Fiction and Writing the Breakout Novel
–Custom editing services, including house calls and editing weekends

Nick Mamatas’ class on Commercial Fiction
–for those of you in the Bay Area

Superstars Writing Conference
–although this conference is open, it is designed for career writers

Journeyman Workshops
–these workshops usually require some sort of prerequisite, such as participation in a previous workshop of a certain type.

Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch Workshops
–designed for professional writers trying to sell.

Breakout Novel Intensive Graduates can participate in a one-week workshop “The Fine Art of the Rewrite” workshop.

Milford Writers Conference welcomes multi-published writers and relative newcomers.

Paradise Lost is a movable weekend conference for graduates of Viable Paradise.

Taos Toolbox is a two-week master class for graduates of a beginning workshop, or those who have that quality of writing. See the application process for more details.

Uncle Orson’s Writing Class and Literary Boot Camp
–while the writing class is open to all writers, the boot camp is open to professional writers only, and there is an application process

Villa Diodati Workshop
–a home for English-language writers of fantasy and science fiction in Europe. Need to have professional publication, semi-pro publication in critical mass, or participation in a professional level workshop.