The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers (ages 14 – 19) will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus July 23-August 2, 2015.

E-mail admissions decisions for the 2015 workshop have been sent. If you completed the application process and have not received an admissions decision please use the contact form and let us know immediately.

We’re looking for enthusiastic, talented young writers who have a strong interest in science fiction, fantasy and/or horror and a passion for writing. Students from anywhere in the world are welcome. In the past, students have attended Alpha from Canada, the United Kingdom, all over the United States, and even as far away as New Zealand.

Come spend eleven days working with professional authors, each of whom will spend 2-3 days at the workshop:

  • Tamora Pierce
  • Ellen Kushner
  • Delia Sherman
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson

(Read more about Alpha’s author guests.)

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.

(Read what previous students have to say about the workshop.)

Alpha has been held in Pittsburgh every summer since 2002. Previous attendees have placed in the Dell Magazines Award and Writers of the Future contests, and have sold stories to Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Cicada, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Nature Futures, Pseudopod and more. (Read more about Alpha graduates’ publications and awards.)

Workshop tuition is $1200 and includes all workshop-related costs, but does not include transportation to and from Pittsburgh. A limited pool of scholarship funding is available for students in need of financial aid.

The workshop is small, with a maximum of 20 participants. Admission is based solely on the strength of the application story.

Application deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Alpha is a part of the non-profit, 501(c)(3), literary, charitable organization Parsec, Pittsburgh’s premier speculative fiction organization.