This morning I saw that Boing Boing posted news about the Alpha SF Workshop for Teens — and it occurred to me that I’ve been remiss about announcing that I’ll be teaching at this writer’s workshop for young genre fans this year, alongside Tamora Pierce, Timothy Zahn, and the very cool Chris McKitterick. Application deadline is March 1st.
I will also be leading a Flash Fiction writing workshop at Context SF Convention in September. It was exceptionally cool to be the Horror Guest of Honor at Context last year; this year’s guest horror writer is Brian Keene, and other horror luminaries in attendance will include Tim Waggonner, Gary Braunbeck, and critic Paula Guran. Should be fun!
On a semi-related note: keep your eyes on the Odyssey SF/F Workshop and their podcast page…they will be podcasting an excerpt from my guest lecture in 2007 on Humor in Genre Writing. I highly recommend Odyssey for science fiction, fantasy or horror writers who want to take their work up a professional notch.
I’m also presently teaching a Horror Writing course as part of my undergraduate load at Seton Hill University and it’s going to be a lot of fun. The books I’m using, for those who want to give themselves a crash course in this stuff, include On Writing Horror, The Dark Descent, Night Shift, and Imaginative Writing. I’m sure I’ll post about it from time to time on my apologetically dry and academic weblog for teachers, Pedablogue.
By the way, if you already have a college degree and want to learn how to write a horror novel, be sure to consider Seton Hill University’s Master of the Arts program in Writing Popular Fiction. I’m on the faculty.
Whew, that’s a lot of horror learnin’! I love it, though. In fact, I’ll even be presenting a paper about the importance of teaching horror at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts held in Orlando this coming March. Hope to see some of you there.