Alpha is pleased to announce that Ellen Kushner will teach for two days at the 2011 workshop.

Ms. Kushner’s first novel, Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, was hailed as the progenitor of the “Mannerpunk” (or “Fantasy of Manners”) school of urban fantasy. Her second novel, Thomas the Rhymer, won both the 1991 World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award. With Delia Sherman she co-wrote The Fall of the Kings. Her most recent novel, The Privilege of the Sword, was nominated for an eclectic range of honors, from New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, to the Nebula and Tiptree Awards (nominee), and won the Locus Award. Her work has been translated into many languages, including Japanese, French, German, Latvian and Finnish.

Ms. Kushner will be joining authors Tamora Pierce and David Levine, as well as one other guest author, who will be announced shortly.