General Information on Workshops:
Thinking about taking a creative writing class? Check out these articles --

  1. How to be Class Conscious by Tim Waggoner

  2. The Write Class by Steven Piziks

  3. Writers' Workshops by James Patrick Kelly

  4. Compare summer Science Fiction & Fantasy workshops in The Family of Summer SF Workshops by Trent Walters


Speculative Fiction Writing Workshops -Teens:

  1. Alpha, the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Workshop for Young Writers  ages 14-19 runs for ten days every July in the Pittsburgh area in conjunction with Pittsburgh's science fiction convention Confluence.

  1. Shared Worlds a summer creative writing experience where students gather to create and write in a shared world. For 8th - 12th graders at Wofford College.


Speculative Fiction Writing Workshops - Adults:
Although these workshops are for adults, many have been successfully attended by older teens.

  1. Clarion  is a six week summer intensive workshop at the University of California at San Diego.
    From 1972-2006, Clarion was at Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI.

  2. Clarion South in Australia

  3. Clarion West  similar to Clarion, is a six week summer intensive workshop in Seattle, WA.

  4. Odyssey  is a six week summer intensive workshop in New Hampshire.

  5. Oregon Coast Professional Fiction Writers Workshop

  6. Uncle Orson's Boot Camp  Week long writing workshop offered by Orson Scott Card in June in Virginia. Details usually appear in January or February on his website

  7. Viable Paradise: Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers' Workshop  on Martha's Vineyard, MA, one week in October

  8. Writer's Workshop  is a two week workshop at the  Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas

In addition, several conventions offer short writing workshops including

  1. Wiscon Writers' Workshop

  2. Context Writing Workshops


Summer Writing Programs for Teens:

  1. California State Summer School of the Arts

  2. Centauri Summer Arts Camp  - Niagara, Canada

  3. Converse College Young Writers Summer Workshop - Spartanburg, SC

  4. Duke Creative Writers' Workshop  - for grades 10 & 11; Durham, North Carolina

  5. Duke Young Writers Camp  for grades 6-11; Durham, North Carolina

  6. Interlochen Center for the Arts

  7. Iowa Young Writers' Studio

  8. Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop  at Denison University; Granville, Ohio

  9. Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop at Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

  10. New England Young Writers' Conference for students from New England and New York

  11. New York State Summer Young Writers Institute

  12. National Book Foundation's Summer Camp

  13. Sewanee Young Writers Conference  Sewanee, TN

  14. Writers Workshop at Susquehanna University

  15. Thinking & Writing: Workshops  Great Barrington, MA; Portland, OR; Lake Forest, IL

  16. The University of Virginia's Young Writers Workshop Charlottesville, VA

  17. Young Writers Workshop at North Carolina State University

  18. TeenInk lists a large number of summer program including many in writing in their classified ads section.

Resources for Teen Writers

interested in science fiction, fantasy, and horror


This site is hosted by writer David Barr Kirtley. David is the co-host of the Geek’s Guide

to the Galaxy podcast and teaches each summer at the Alpha teen sf writers workshop.