The 18th annual Alpha Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Workshop for Young Writers (ages 14 – 19) will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus in summer 2019.

Guest authors for Alpha 2019 will be announced soon. Applications will open on January 1 and close on March 17.

In 2018, Alpha’s guest authors were:

Tamora Pierce N. K. Jemisin Mary Robinette Kowal Maggie Stiefvater
Headshot of Tamora Pierce. Front view toward camera. Wearing a black sweater. Headshot of N. K. Jemisin. Side view towards camera. Wearing a red blouse and metal necklace. Photo by Laura Hanifin. Headshot of Mary Robinette Kowal. Front view facing camera. Wearing a white blouse and a sash. Photo of Maggie Stiefvater. Leaning against a brick wall, wearing a leather jacket and jeans.
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Each guest will spend two to three days at the workshop.

We’re looking for enthusiastic, talented young writers who have a strong interest in science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror. 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 China, Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand.

Learn about writing and publishing. Meet other teens who share your interests. Talk about short stories, novels, and films. Have your application story critiqued. Brainstorm new ideas, write a first draft, receive feedback, and rewrite. Attend readings by the authors. Give your own public reading. Learn about submitting for publication, and send off your story at our submission party.

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

Aerial shot of Alpha 2017 students on the UPG campus. The students are standing on the sidewalk in front of a brick building with sloping gray tiled roofs, which is surrounded by shrubs and trees.
By Michael Lincoln

Wondering what Alpha’s really like? Here’s what previous students have to say.

Alpha has been held near Pittsburgh every summer since 2002. Previous attendees have placed in the Dell Magazines Award and Writers of the Future contests, and have published their novels and short stories in markets such as Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Cicada, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Nature Futures, and Pseudopod.

Workshop tuition is $1200 and includes all workshop-related costs, including housing and meals, but does not include transportation to and from Pittsburgh. A limited pool of financial aid is available for students who cannot otherwise attend the workshop.

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