2014 Science Fiction Summer Institute
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Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop
Learn how to write SF that sells. Since 1985.
Using the short-story form, this annual two-week residential writing workshop
has helped writers who have just begun to publish or who need the final bit of insight or skill
understand how to master the elements that create great stories that editors
want and readers love. Become part of the writing community: Author and CSSF Director Christopher McKitterick leads the workshop, guest authors (for 2013
Duncan and James Gunn) join the discussion, and you
can build long-lasting bonds with other writers. Can be taken for professionalization or for graduate credit as ENGL 757.
SF/F Novel Writer's Workshop
Offered June 1–13, 2014
Learn how to transform your book idea into a successful project. Since 2004.
Award-winning author Kij
Johnson leads this annual two-week residential
writing workshop, during which attendees
generate the best possible chapters and an outline for a writer's submission
packet, learn what's necessary to complete or revise the novel with an eye
toward publication, and build long-lasting bonds with other members of the writing community.
Connect with other SF authors, scholars, editors, and fans while celebrating
the best SF of the year. In an intimate setting, discuss topics relevant to the
human condition and the science-fiction field. Since 1979.
The Campbell Conference is the core of our annual summer program and features intelligent and informed discussion as well as readings, signings, and talks by a variety
of important SF authors, editors, and scholars. It is the venue for presenting the
John W. Campbell Memorial
Award for the best science-fiction novel of the year, the
Theodore Sturgeon Memorial
Award for the best short science fiction of the year, and the
Lifeboat to the Stars Award. This event is one of the genre's best-kept secrets!
"Repeat Offenders" Novel Writer's Workshop
Offered June 15-27,
Return to the scene of the crime to reinforce the lessons from your last
workshop, and reconnect with other alums. Since 2010.
This annual follow-up workshop to Kij
Johnson's annual two-week residential
writing workshop is offered to alums of that
"Intensive Institute on
the Teaching of Science Fiction:
The SF Novel"
Offered June 16–27, 2014
Become fluent in SF by becoming familiar with some of the most-influential works
that shaped the genre. Since 1975.
This annual two-week intensive course that
alternates between the SF short story and the SF novel. For 2014, we study the SF novel;
in 2015, we will study the SF short story. Can be taken for
professionalization, or for KU credit as
ENGL 506 (undergraduate) or ENGL 790 (graduate).
(overlaps the Workshops, the Institute, or both)
Get away from mundane life to a place where your only job is to write. Since
The annual Writer's Retreat is offered for
a two-week (or four-week) period corresponding to the
SF/F Workshops and
SF Institute. Your stay corresponds to either the
Writing Workshops or the SF Institute dates - or both. We limit enrollment to 12 due to
space concerns, so be sure to let us know that you're interested sooner rather
and Request Forms
To attend some or all of our CSSF Summer activities or to enroll in a regular
course not-for-credit, complete
this electronic form.