Science Fiction/Fantasy Story Weekend

April 13-15, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

Gather together with fourteen other writers in a beautiful riverfront resort for a weekend of science fiction and fantasy writing. From high fantasy sword and sorcery, to the dark realms of Twilight Zone-ish work, to elves, gnomes, and trolls of all imagination, each participant will write a complete short story in twenty-four hours.

All writers are welcome, from the beginner to the accomplished short story writer or novelist. The instructor will help anyone with plot, story structure, or character development. This is a fun way to get started in fantasy or science fiction, and a good way to meet other writers working in the same genre.

Tuition includes all instruction and sleeping accommodations. Meals are not included. However, most folks participate in a volunteer-coordinated potluck.

We will gather Friday evening after dinner (if you want – this is optional) and talk about science fiction and fantasy and the structure of short stories. And then. . . ready, set, write! The point is to write a complete science fiction or fantasy story by 7 pm on Saturday, when we will gather together to read our stories. The instructor is available to help you with your story, and to talk privately about your writing. We hold very casual classroom time during meals. Sunday morning we give light feedback/critiques on the stories we heard Saturday night. (Don’t be nervous—everything is first draft.)


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Science Fiction/Fantasy Story Weekend will be held at the McKenzie River Mountain Resort, Blue River, Oregon (43 miles East of Eugene). Attendance is limited to 15 participants, plus instructor.

Accommodations are in four lovely, 3-bedroom cabins. Each cabin has two rooms with one queen-size bed each and one room with twin beds. Cabins have full kitchens and baths, linens, and towels provided. Just bring your toiletries, writing materials, and your own drinks and snacks. There is a coffee pot in each cabin; if you’re a coffee drinker, you might want to bring your own coffee.

The weekend begins at 4pm Friday and goes until noon on Sunday.

COST: $215 Private Room/$185 Shared Room

PLEASE NOTE: meals are not provided. The cabins are equipped with full kitchens to bring your own meals. Several local restaurants are nearby. Most folks participate in the volunteer-coordinated potlucks for Saturday and Sunday meals.

Friday evening meal arrangements will be discussed before the weekend. Options include pot luck, bringing your own meal, or going to a local restaurant.

About the Instructor:

Nina Kiriki HoffmanOver the past thirty years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold adult and YA novels and more than 250 short stories. Her works have been finalists for the World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick, and Endeavour awards. Her first novel, The Thread that Binds the Bones, won a Stoker award in 1994, and her short story “Trophy Wives” won a Nebula Award in 2009.

Nina’s middle-school novel Thresholds, was published by Viking in August, 2010. Its sequel, Meeting, was published in August, 2011. Fairwood Press published Permeable Borders, a collection of Nina’s short stories, in 2012.

Nina does production work for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She teaches a short story writing class through her local community college, and she works with teen writers. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

For a list of Nina’s publications, click here.