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About Alpha

The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers is truly one of a kind: an 11-day residential writing workshop that trains teens from 14 to 19 years of age in the craft of writing genre fiction.

Fundraising Progress

Raised $7,065 towards the $7,000 target.


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$10: You’ll get the 2016 Alphanthology, a PDF anthology of flash fiction written, illustrated, and edited by Alpha alumni.
$20: You’ll get the 2015 Alphanthology, plus exclusive photos and stories from the workshop in July.
$50: All of the above, plus a personal signed thank-you note from our students.
$100: All of the above, plus an 8×10 print of an illustration from the Alphanthology.
$200: All of the above, plus you can name a character in next year’s Alphanthology after a person of your choice.
$500: All of the above, plus we’ll include your name in a special video thank-you to our donors (unless you wish to remain anonymous, of course).
$1200: Wow, you’re awesome! In addition to the above rewards, we’ll offer a full scholarship named after a person of your choice to a deserving Alpha student.
Other: Want to donate a different amount? No worries, we’ll round down and send you the thank-you gifts from the closest level.

Alpha has run every summer since 2002 in Pittsburgh, PA, and in that time, many of our students have found the workshop to be life-changing:

  • Many of our graduates have published in major markets, including Clarkesworld, Analog, Strange Horizons, Cicada, and in novels from major publishing houses.
  • 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. Whatever your passion, you probably know how hard it can be to find others who share your deepest interests. Many first-time Alphans have never met anyone who writes like they do — until they reach Pittsburgh and are suddenly surrounded by 19 of their peers.

Our Scholarship Fund

We limit our tuition to the lowest possible level — a job made easier because Alpha’s entire 10-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 a young writer attend Alpha by contributing today?

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 just include a note with your donation. 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 check or as a separate enclosure, indicating that the check 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.