We're excited to announce "Writing in (and about) the Age of Artificial Intelligence," third in our "Science into Fiction" series of speculative fiction writing workshops. Enrollment opens late August through October 20 (at the latest - might fill sooner).
Events kick off with a STEM-expert talk followed by a weekend of brainstorming and story development followed by six weeks of AdAstranaut write groups and check-ins as participants write a new piece. The workshop culminates in a weekend of critique sessions where we'll help make your story the best it can be.
For this cycle, we're adding a reading and discussion component to help participants develop a strong understanding of what AI is and how it might affect us in the years to come. Think of this as a combo science, technology, and society (STS) literature course combined with a writing workshop!
All activities are hybrid - we get together both in-person and online - and events take place on evenings and weekends to improve accessibility for those who cannot get away during weekdays or take time off.
Enrollment for the workshop is limited to 10 enrollees, though everyone is invited to participate in the online reading discussions. Registration is now live, though it's filling fast, so apply soon if you're ready for a deep-dive into AI and writing a story by December!
As always, generous supporters enable us to offer scholarships for those in need to attend our workshops and other courses. We are deeply grateful to the donors who help make our educational program available to worthy writers, educators, and scholars who might otherwise be unable to pursue their professional education - thank you!
We are privileged to announce that for Week Two of the Spec-Fic Workshop, plus both weeks of the advanced Repeat Offenders Workshop, experimental particle physicist and science-fiction expert Phil Baringer joins us as this year's Special Guest Instructor!
Kij Johnson and Barbara Webb's Novel Architects Workshop is now full, but their Repeat Offenders Workshop still has room, and they're taking applications for their upcoming masterclasses.
Enrollment for the Ad Astra Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop is limited to 6-10 participants, though for the "Repeat Offenders" Workshops we can usually make room for more. We can also reserve space for alums wishing to stay with the crew for a Writing Retreat, but let us know the dates you'd like to stay by June 4 so we can reserve you a place to stay (contact McKitterick at firstname.lastname@example.org after that date to see if there's still space). There's still room for more in all three, so apply soon!
If you'd like to attend McKitterick's Repeat Offenders and don't need housing, we can almost always make room right up until before we get started - KU Housing is the main reason for a deadline to apply for this alums-only workshop.
The Ad Astra crew will be at this year's ConQuesT science fiction convention in Kansas City to run the Benefit Auction all weekend. You can examine all the SFnal (and other) goodies at the Silent Auction Friday, Saturday, and early on Sunday, then come to the live auction on Sunday afternoon.
Proceeds support participants in Ad Astra programs, and help our mission to "Save the world through science fiction." So come say hi and maybe bid on some cool stuff. We'll be in the Dealer's Room staffing the tables.
Thanks to the SFWA Givers Fund Grant, the Kansas City Science Fiction & Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS), Farbeyond Books, attendees paying full-price tuition, and other generous supporters, we offer scholarships for those in need to attend our workshops and other courses.
The Ad Astra Institute is a registered not-for-profit educational and research organization, and we have applied for 501(c)3 classification, so your donation might also be tax-deductible. If you wish to support our activities by making a charitable donation to help others attend the workshops who might otherwise not be able to, or to otherwise support our educational outreach, contact director McKitterick (email@example.com). We can accept checks or Zelle, and PayPal.