Alpha is a science fiction/fantasy/horror writing workshop for young people aged 14-19, held at University of Pittsburgh's Greensburg Campus from July 13-22 (it leads up to the annual Pittsburgh science fiction convention, Confluence, which runs July 22-24). This year's instructors include Tamora Pierce, David Levine and Ellen Kushner (I've taught a workshop with Ellen before and she's fab, as, I'm sure, are David and Tamora). Tuition is $995, and the application deadline is March 1.
Learn about writing and publishing. Meet other teens who share your interest in writing speculative fiction. Talk about short stories, novels, and films. Have your submission story critiqued. Brainstorm new story ideas, write a first draft, receive feedback, and rewrite. Attend readings by the authors. Do a public reading. Learn about submitting for publication, and send off your story at our manuscript mailing party...
The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers
Finally, at the conclusion of the workshop, attend Confluence, Pittsburgh's annual, literature-based convention, where you will have the opportunity to attend panels and readings, and interact with other fans, authors, editors, musicians, artists, agents, and scientists.
2011 will be Alpha's tenth year. Previous attendees have placed in the Dell Magazines Award and Writers of the Future contests, and have sold stories to Boys' Life, Realms of Fantasy, Fantasy Magazine, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Fantastic Stories, Corpse Blossoms, Aberrant Dreams, and Fantastical Visions. (Read more about Alpha graduates' publications and awards.)
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