Strange Horizons Workshops 2004

The SH fiction workshops are what we consider intermediate-level workshops, designed for fiction authors who have started publishing fiction in pro-level markets, and who are interested in developing their craft further in the company of individuals at a similar level of proficiency. The discussion will be on a generally literary level, focusing on how to make the stories better as stories, regardless of genres. Many of the participants will be workshopping speculative fiction, but not necessarily all.

The SH Workshops were started in 2002, primarily as a means for helping our fiction authors advance in their writing. As such, spaces are reserved for authors we have already published in fiction; any additional spaces left over are awarded through a call-for-entries process. The workshops are held bicoastally, in Oregon and New Jersey, in 2002, 2003; in 2004, we will only be doing one in Oregon. We hope to find a new East Coast venue for 2005.

Read an editorial (with photos) about our 2002 workshops to learn more.

2004 Photos and Recollections:

Workshop photo

Jason Erik Lundberg's journal entry.

Mark Teppo's landscape photos and journal entry.

Dawn Burnell's journal entry.

Diana Sherman's journal entry and photos.

Brenda Cooper's photos.

Mary Anne's Oregon photos.

Oregon Workshop

The following information pertains to the completed 2004 Oregon workshop; check back in February for 2005 information.

Dates: Thursday July 8 - Monday July 12

Location: Oregon Writers' Colony House

Editor: Mary Anne Mohanraj

Guest Editor: Jay Lake, Polyphony

Cost: $125 (need-based scholarships may be available; inquire if interested) Please note: There are additional costs for the Oregon location; since it's on the coast, we'll need to coordinate ride-sharing from the airport, approximately $25/person. Also note that Thursday evening and Monday morning are essentially travel time; dinner and breakfast will be provided, but no organized activities will occur. The workshop will take place Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

Size: 10 spaces total

Logistics: Yummy meals for the three-day weekend will be provided (cooked by your editor). Beds are available, along with very worn out bedding; you'll need to bring your own towels. There is no internet access (or regular telephone) at the house; it's designed for a retreat. Some people will have erratic cell phone coverage.

Schedule: Will include critique of one story each, by the group, plus focused discussion of advanced craft points, such as POV, style, theme, etc. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the guest editor(s) over dinner. There will be three blocks of open writing time (also good walk-on-the-beach-time), in addition to the scheduled critiquing and craft discussions. Nothing formal is planned for Thursday evening or Monday morning.

New Jersey Workshop

The 2004 New Jersey workshop was cancelled; check back in February for 2005 information.

Further Questions: Send e-mail to Mary Anne Mohanraj at

Editor Bios:

Mary Anne Mohanraj is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah, specializing in post-colonial literature and creative writing. She is the author of several books, including Torn Shapes of Desire, Aqua Erotica (ed.), and The Best of Strange Horizons (ed.). Her most recent publications include "A Gentle Man" (Harpur Palate). Mohanraj founded and served as editor-in-chief from 2000-2003 for Strange Horizons, a Hugo-nominated speculative fiction magazine. She currently serves as a referee for Foundation, The International Review of Science Fiction, and as Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation. She served as a juror for the Tiptree Award in 2003, given for science fiction and fantasy which explores and expands our ideas of gender. Mohanraj has recently received a Neff fellowship in English, a Steffenson-Canon fellowship in the Humanities, and the Scowcroft Prize for Fiction. She lives in Chicago and is currently finishing her dissertation, Bodies in Motion, an exploration of sexuality, marriage, and Sri Lankan/American immigrant concerns.

Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon with his family and their books. He is currently a nominee for the John W. Campbell, Jr. Award for Best New Writer, and his story "Into the Gardens of Sweet Night" is on the Hugo ballot for Best Novelette. In 2004 he will have dozens of stories in numerous markets, including Asimov's, Leviathan 4, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and Realms of Fantasy. His collection Greetings From Lake Wu was a Locus Recommended Book for 2003. He is a fiction editor at Wheatland Press, working on the Polyphony anthology series with Deborah Layne and All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories with David Moles. Polyphony 2 was also a Locus Recommended Book for 2003. Personal editing and non-fiction projects include TEL : Stories and essays for the Internet Review of Science Fiction and The Encyclopedia of Themes in Science Fiction.

Kelly Link is the editor of the anthology Trampoline. Her debut collection, Stranger Things Happen, was a Firecracker nominee, a Village Voice Favorite Book and a Salon Book of the Year. Stories from the collection have won the Nebula, the James Tiptree Jr., and the World Fantasy Awards. Kelly is currently working on a new collection of stories.

Gavin J. Grant's fiction has appeared in The Third Alternative, Strange Horizons, JPPN, and Scifiction. He co-curates the KGB Fantastic Fiction Reading Series and reviews for BookPage and Xerography Debt.

Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link run Small Beer Press and edit and publishes the 'zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. They also edit the fantasy section of The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (St. Martin's). They live in Northampton, MA.