Alpha is a 20-student, 10-day intensive science fiction and fantasy writing workshop for teenagers from 14-19, run on principles similar to those at the Clarion workshops. It looks like a hell of an experience, the kind of thing I’d have given an arm to attend when I was a teenager
– this year’s instructors are Tamora Pierce, Timothy Zahn, Michael A.
Arnzen and Christopher McKitterick. The submission deadline is March 1.
I wrote my first unpublished science fiction novel in high school, and have produced a couple more on my own and through National Write a Novel Month since then. That writing led directly to my running a play-by-email Star Trek RPG/fan-fiction writers group, and the experience running that group gave me the very specific skills that led to being chosen editor of this very blog. So I can only highly recommend anything that gets young people writing genre fiction. If you’re a parent in the Pittsburgh area with a kid at the right age, I say check it out. Link to the Alpha Workshop.