Exterior of Stouffer Place Apartments
For 2024, Chris McKitterick once again offers his residential two-week workshop on speculative-fiction storytelling and "Repeat Offenders" advanced spec-fic writing workshop for alums. Kij Johnson and Barbara Webb also offer their Novel Architects Workshop and "Repeat Offenders" advanced workshop. These traditionally meet in the same building to encourage cross-pollination and larger community-building. We also offer a writing retreat for alums who've worked with us before.
This year marks the centenary of our mentor and friend, James Gunn, and we're likely to celebrate his life and the effect he had on the "Young Gunns."
This year we plan to again stay and work in the brand-new Stouffer Place Apartments on the University of Kansas campus. It's a dorm-style structure divided into full-featured apartments.
Stouffer Place accomodations come fully furnished. Living room furniture includes a couch, two accent chairs, coffee table, two end tables, entertainment stand, and four bar stools. The full kitchens have a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washer-dryer. Bedroom furniture varies slightly by number of apartment-mates.
Participants gather the day before critiquing begins, so plan to arrive on Sunday. If you wish to arrive early to settle in, please let us know so we can see if we arrange that with the Housing department. In addition to workshop sessions, you also have time for writing, recreation, socializing, and individual conferences. This workshop is very much a community-building event!
KU Housing recently gave us a tour of Stouffer Place Apartments - here follows a bunch of photos Chris took during our walkthrough of the building and the model apartment they showed us (yours will be similar but without the KU decor or TV - Chris will supply one for our group hangout space).
First up are the apartment layouts, followed by live photos:
Stouffer 2-bedroom apartment
Stouffer 2-bedroom corner apartment
Stouffer 4-bedroom apartment
View of the kitchen from the living room (with our tour guide and Kij)
Living room from the kitchen
Another living room shot
Washer-dryer near the kitchen
In a bedroom
Another bedroom shot
Bathroom in a bedroom
One of many common areas in Stouffer Place
Each building has a vending and ice area
One of many meeting areas in the building
A large meeting room with an industrial kitchen (we can request to use for large dinners)
An activities room in the building
An exercise room in the building
Layout plan of the first floor of Stouffer Apartments North building
As you can see, this place is made for us! No more shared bathrooms, no more living on cold cereal and paper plates, no more trips to the gym, and (for those who joined us before 2011) no more worrying about other occupants wandering in to our dorm gathering areas - each apartment has its own hangout space! Last year participants frequently made group dinners, saving a ton of money, too.
Stay tuned for more details about housing arrangements. As a college town in summer, Lawrence also boasts a number of AirBnB-style places, and we have worked out special prices at local hotels.
If you'd like to help future attendees, please consider making a donation!
Please complete your registration and make all payments before you arrive, unless you make special arrangements.
Meals, housing, and incidental costs rise the longer you stay, so plan appropriately.
Attendees have the opportunity to sign up for a special discount for the year-round series of upcoming Ad Astra Presents and Science into Fiction workshops, seminars, talks, and more especially designed for speculative-fiction writers and led by a variety of SF authors, editors, and scholars as well as professors and other experts in a variety of specialties to provide participants with deeper understanding of SF and the vast array of human expertise necessary to stay on top of the ever-accelerating change that shapes human civilization - and even what it means to be human. Join the Ad Astra community and reach for the stars!
Everyone enjoys equal access to our offerings, and we actively encourage students and scholars from diverse backgrounds to study. Click here to see our thoughts on diversity and inclusivity.
The Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) coordinates accommodations and services for eligible KU students. If you have a disability for which you wish to request accommodation and have not contacted the AAAC, please do so as soon as possible. Their office is located in 22 Strong Hall; their phone number is (785)864-4064 (V/TTY). Also please contact us privately about your needs in this course.
By car, Lawrence is at the intersection of US 59 and
The nearest major airport is Kansas City International (MCI), about 55 miles from Lawrence. Transportation to Lawrence from Kansas City International (MCI - the "M" is for "Mid-Continent") airport can be arranged through one of several airport transport services, including:
Google Maps centered on the KU Kansas Union.
For anyone who hasn't visited, Lawrence is wonderful, a lively small city in the Kaw River valley, filled with art, events, and activities. The location of the University of Kansas, Lawrence is situated about 40 miles from Kansas City and 20 miles from Topeka. Summers can be hot, but classrooms and housing are air-conditioned.
Among its many amenities, the University of Kansas contains a large science-fiction collection (including a number of single-author paper and manuscript collections, such as Theodore Sturgeon's) and other great reference collections; museums of natural history and art; and sports, theater, and lots more. Lawrence offers many excellent restaurants and shopping and recreational opportunities. Kansas City is less than an hour away. Nighttime opportunities include movies, dinner, live concerts, star-gazing sessions, and of course talk about writing and more.
The nearest major airport is Kansas City International (MCI), about 55 miles from
Lawrence. Transportation to Lawrence from Kansas City International can be
arranged through one of several airport shuttle services. By car, Lawrence is at
the intersection of U.S. 59 and
"Science into Fiction" Spec-Fic Writing Workshops:
Series 1: "The Higgs Boson in This Particular Universe"
Series 2: "Creativity and the Brain"
Series 3: "Writing in (and about) the Age of Artificial Intelligence"
Spring 2024 Series 4: "Six great stories and what makes them work: The science of SF writing"
Chris McKitterick's Spec-Fic Writing Workshop & Repeat Offenders Workshop
Kij Johnson & Barbara Webb's SF&F Novel Writing Workshops and Masterclasses