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CSSF Writers Workshop

Just one month left to apply for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction's summer Science Fiction Writers Workshop!

This summer, the fine author and fellow Young Gunn (that is, former Gunn student) Brad Denton joins us for Week Two of the Workshop, and James Gunn joins us for lunch, some workshopping (he's stepping back a bit), and random chats, and Kij Johnson will be there running her SF/F/H Novel Writer's Workshop during the same time. Days are filled with workshopping, nights with writing and dinner out in beautiful downtown Lawrence and movies and discussions late into the night. For ten years, this was my summer vacation, when I fell in love with this town and the Center, and when Jim became my SFnal Dad. Oh, and we'll workshop stories, discuss what works and doesn't in writing, analyze how to make it in today's publishing world, and talk about being human in the future. Don't miss it!

When: June 26 - July 8
Where: Lawrence, Kansas
Final deadline to apply: June 1
Cost: $500
Housing: Templin Hall, conveniently the same dorm where we meet

Campbell Conference

Right after both workshops and before the Intensive Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction (available for credit or not) is the Campbell Conference and Awards Ceremony, honoring our Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award winners plus SF in general. It's a fabulous event and a great wrap for the Workshops (and kickoff for the Institute). We're firming up plans now, and we'll soon add a few more special guests. If you'll be in the area - or not! - plan to be here!

Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede Movie

Speaking of Brad and his awesomeness, the new indie movie based on his Campbell Award-winning novel, Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede is now in production! If you'd like to read this book but don't have the cash for a rare, out-of-print copy, Brad also offers it for free download on his site. Here's the teaser trailer:

KaCSFFS Writers Workshop

If you don't have two weeks but want to talk spec-fic writing with Robin Wayne Bailey, Rob Chilson, and me, come on over to the KaCSFFS Writers Workshop at the at The Writers Place.

When: Saturday, May 21, at 6:00pm
Where: 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri
What's included: Finger foods, tea, and coffee
Cost: Free to dues-paid KaCSFFS members, $30 to the public - everyone is welcome!


Lemme know! Hope to see you at one of these events.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 2nd, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Ah, I remember that little discussion circle in the lounge! Thanks for bringing back a memory with that visual clue.

I also remember some great barbeque downtown.
May. 2nd, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Jim, the workshoppers really appreciated your comments, ideas, and insight into the publishing world. And what a fine talk you gave on Sunday!

May. 2nd, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
I would love to come to the workshop for people who have been there already (the name escapes me at the moment) but I can't get the time off work this year. Maybe next year? I'll miss you guys!!! If you ever need good PR, just let me know :P
May. 3rd, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
For sure, you ought to be a Repeat Offender next year! By all means, spread the word to those you think would be a good fit.
May. 3rd, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
That workshop looks excellent. I feel like I'm at the right stage for it too ("writers who have just begun to publish or who need that final bit of insight or skill to become a published writer"). Unfortunately I don't have the time or $$ this year but maybe I will apply next year.
May. 4th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Good to hear it sounds good for you. Stay in touch for next year!
May. 4th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! will do :):)
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