What Are Some Good Summer Writing Programs for Aspiring Science Fiction Writers?


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Good summer writing programs for aspiring science fiction writers include Clarion, Clarion West and Odyssey. Alpha is a summer writing program exclusively for aspiring science fiction writers in their teens.

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Clarion is a summer writing program for science fiction writers that was founded in 1968 and has been held at the University of California, San Diego since 2007. This six-week program focuses on the fundamentals of writing science fiction and fantasy. Clarion selects those who have potential to have highly successful writing careers to participate in the program. Clarion West is an off-shoot of Clarion that takes place in Seattle, Washington. There is also a Clarion South in Australia.

Odyssey is an intensive six-week summer writing program that is held annually in Manchester, New Hampshire. According to the program's website, it is considered one of the best workshops in the world for fantasy, science fiction and horror writers. The Odyssey writing workshop is intended both for writers who are nearing publication and those who have been published but want to improve their craft.

The Alpha Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Workshop for Young Writers is held every summer at the University of Pittsburgh's Greenburg Campus. This program is specifically for teens ages 14 to 19. Attendees come from all over the world, including New Zealand, Australia and China.

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