Sci-Fi/Fantasy Virtual Writing Workshop — July 5-9 (11am-12:30pm ET)


Back by popular demand! From monsters to centaurs, cars that fly to computers that cure disease, the sci-fi and fantasy genres allow writers and readers to dream big, carrying us into alternate universes that inspire us to think differently about our own. In this workshop, you’ll focus on key tools in a sci-fi/fantasy writer’s toolbox: worldbuilding, captivating characterization, dialogue that serves as a tether to our world and a portal to another, and more! Work towards the creation of a flash sci-fi or fantasy story that you can take with you into the (human) world after your time in camp, and connect with a professional fantasy author for real-time advice on how to make sci-fi and fantasy stories shine.

Meet the Workshop Facilitators below.

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Virtual Writing Workshop — July 5-9 (11am-12:30pm ET)

For young writers ages 13-19

During camp, you’ll engage in interactive writing activities, connect with peers around the world, and work together to grow your writing skills.

After camp, you’ll work independently (and asynchronously) on writing prompts and activities, guided by peer and expert review, at your own pace, for a total time commitment of about three to four hours per day.

About the Facilitators:

Liza Cochran headshot, virtual summer camp creative writing teacherLiza Cochran stewards the education vision at Write the World, working with community members to develop innovative writing curriculum and programming. A longtime educator and writer, Liza has designed and implemented writing curriculum in high schools, colleges, and community centers across the US, including the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Emerson College, and Grub Street Writing Center. Liza holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where she studied writing, education, and environmental science, and a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Emerson College, where she studied creative writing. You can find her work in the Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, and Fifth Wednesday Journal.


Anna Gibbs, virtual writing instructor, Sci Fi and Fantasy writing workshop for teensAs a Writing Advisor and Project Coordinator, Anna Gibbs wears many hats at Write the World, including providing one-on-one feedback in workshops and cultivating the site’s supportive community. She studied poetry and journalism at Harvard College, where she recently graduated with a B.A. in English. Since then, she has written for hospitals and environmental journals about medical research and climate change solutions. She started with Write the World in 2013 as a young writer and has since been involved in many different capacities, from site moderating to expert reviewing. Anna enjoys working with writers from around the world as they develop their craft.


Victoria McGloughlin Headshot, Teacher Assistant, Virtual Writing Workshops for TeensVictoria McGloughlin is a rising Junior at Smith College who is majoring in English with a focus in Creative Writing. She is also part of Smith’s poetry concentration. Victoria’s favorite poets are Ocean Vuong, Donika Kelley, and Camille Dungy.




Also, featuring Guest Speaker Becca Podos!

Becca Podos, Headshot, Guest Speaker, Sci-fi/Fantasy Camp Virtual Writing Workshop for Teens

Becca Podos is the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of YA novels, The Wise And The Wicked the latest. Her forthcoming books include the co-edited anthology Fools in Love (Running Press Kids, 2021), and From Dust, A Flame (Balzer + Bray, 2022). By day, she’s an agent at the Rees Literary Agency.




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