About Alpha

The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers is truly one of a kind: an eleven-day residential writing workshop that trains teens from 14 to 19 years of age in the craft of writing genre fiction. Alpha has run every summer since 2002 in Pittsburgh, PA, and in that time, we’ve achieved some notable successes:

  • Many of our graduates have published in major markets, including Clarkesworld, Analog, Strange Horizons, Cicada, and more.
  • Nearly 200 teenage writers have learned the tools of the trade from established professionals, such as Tamora Pierce, Holly Black, Ellen Kushner, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, and many other wonderful authors and editors.
  • Alpha has introduced talented young SF/F/H authors to other people like themselves. If you love genre fiction, you probably know how hard it can be to find others who share your passion. Many first-time Alphans have never met anyone else who writes SF — until they reach Pittsburgh and are suddenly surrounded by 19 of their peers.

To donate now, please use the Paypal link below:

Our Scholarship Fund

We limit our tuition to the lowest possible level — a job made easier because Alpha’s entire ten-person on-campus staff volunteers their time! Even so, some students simply cannot afford the workshop fee. That’s where you can help.

We offer a limited number of need-based scholarships each year, and rather than raise this money by increasing the tuition burden on our other students, we rely on the science fiction community to help us out. Our goal is to make sure that no student has to miss out on Alpha for financial reasons. Can you help us raise $5,000 by contributing today?

Please send in your contribution through Paypal:

We would also like to recognize your generosity by printing your name on this website as an Alpha Angel, but if you’d prefer anonymity, please check the appropriate box on the form. Alpha has 501(c)(3) status, and contributions to the workshop are tax-deductible.

If you would prefer to help via check, please make it payable to “Alpha.” Please enclose a note, either on the cheque or as a separate enclosure, indicating that the cheque is a donation to the Alpha scholarship fund. Mail your donation to:

Alpha, the SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers
P.O. Box 3681
Pittsburgh, PA 15230-3681

Thanks so much for helping Alpha teach the craft of genre fiction! We can’t tell you how much Alpha appreciates your generosity.