January 8th, 2014

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For young writers everywhere

The Alpha Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Workshop for Young Writers (ages 14 – 19) will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus on July 25 – August 3, 2014. Students from all over the world will get to spend ten days working with professional authors, Tobias S. Buckell, Bruce Coville, Tamora Pierce, and Rachel Swirsky.

From their website:

Learn about writing and publishing. Meet other teens who share your interest in writing speculative fiction. Talk about short stories, novels, and films. Have your submission story critiqued. Brainstorm new story ideas, write a first draft, receive feedback, and rewrite. Attend readings by the authors. Do a public reading. Learn about submitting for publication, and send off your story at our manuscript mailing party.
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2014 will be Alpha’s thirteenth year. Previous attendees have placed in the Dell Magazines Award and Writers of the Future contests, and have sold stories to Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Cicada, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Nature Futures, Pseudopod and more.

The tuition is $1100 and includes all workshop-related costs, but does not include transportation to and from Pittsburgh. Limited scholarships are available for students in need of financial aid.

To get more information and to apply, go to their website: http://alpha.spellcaster.org/ (Deadline is March 2, 2014.)