IMPORTANT COVID UPDATE
The 2020 workshop has been rescheduled to September 5-18, 2021.
We are not accepting new applications at this time unless someone drops out. If a place opens, we’ll post the information here.
a two-week Master Class in Science Fiction and Fantasy
September 5-18, 2021
Walter Jon Williams
George R.R. Martin
and special lecturer
Taos Toolbox is a workshop designed to bring your science fiction and fantasy writing to the next level. If you’ve sold a few stories and then stalled out, or if you’ve been to Clarion or Odyssey and want to re-connect with the workshop community, this is the workshop for you!
Writers without workshop experience are also welcome.
George R.R. Martin has agreed once again to sponsor his Terran Award, providing full tuition for an applicant from a non-English-speaking country. For details, see below.
For an overview of the workshop, take a look at this video by E.M. Tippetts.
This is not a workshop for absolute beginners. We won’t teach you correct manuscript format or what an adverb is and why you shouldn’t use one, because we’ll assume that you already know. We want to concentrate on giving talented, burgeoning writers the information necessary to become professionals within the science fiction and fantasy field.
Though short fiction will be enthusiastically received, there will be an emphasis at Taos Toolbox on the craft of the novel, with attention given to such vital topics as plotting, pacing, and selling full-length works.
Students will have deluxe individual rooms in a lodge at Angel Fire, NM, where they can work on their craft amid the beautiful mountain scenery that inspired such diverse creative figures as DH Lawrence, Carl Jung, and Georgia O’Keefe.
From the Terran Award press release by George R.R. Martin:
When astronauts look down on Earth from orbit, they don’t see borders, national boundaries, or linguistic groups; they see one world, a gorgeous blue globe spinning in space, streaked with clouds. I don’t know if humanity will ever reach the stars (though I hope we will), but if we do, it won’t be Americans who get there. It won’t be the Chinese or the Russians or the British or the French or the Brazilians or the Kiwis or the South Africans or Indians or the folk of any other nation either. It will be humanity; in the language of the SF of my youth, it will be Terrans or Earthlings or Earthmen. The future belongs to all the peoples of the world.
With that in mind, I want to announce that I am sponsoring a new scholarship, to bring an aspiring SF writer from a non-English-speaking country to the Taos Toolbox, the graduate level writing workshop that Walter Jon Williams and Nancy Kress run every summer in the mountains of northern New Mexico. The TERRAN AWARD will be given annually, and will cover all tuition and fees to the Toolbox (but not meals or travel). Applicants will need to speak and write in English, but must be from from a country where English is not the primary language. WJW and the Toolbox staff will select the winner.
For details about how to apply, please read the application page.
Applications will be considered beginning December 1, 2019.
Mark the date on your calendar!