Tenth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism 2016 will be held from Thursday 23 June to Saturday 25 June 2016.
Places are still available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that this event has been timed to coincide with the Science Fiction Research Association bringing its conference to Liverpool on 27-30 June.
We are pleased to announce that the venue will again be The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, founded by Charles II in 1675, and the home of the Prime Meridian.\
Price: £200; £150 for registered postgraduate students.
The Class Leaders for 2016 will be:
- Andrew Milner, literature Professor and author of Locating Science Fiction
- Maureen Kincaid Speller, critic and reviews editor of Strange Horizons
- Tade Thompson, writer of SF and general fiction and consultant psychiatrist
To apply please send a short (no more than 3,000 words) piece of critical writing (a blog entry, review, essay, or other piece), and a one page curriculum vitae, to email@example.com.
The SFF Masterclass involves three days studying texts supplied by three class leaders. It is a great way to broaden your critical perspectives, sharpen some critical tools, and to make contacts with other people writing on SF and Fantasy. The class leaders are drawn from professional writers, academics and fans, and this is a great opportunity to learn from people experienced in their craft.
Anyone interested in writing seriously about science fiction and/or fantasy, at whatever level they are in their careers, is welcome to attend. This includes not just critics and reviewers, but historians and other scholars. Those who have attended past Masterclasses are also welcome to apply.
Past students have found these events immensely beneficial, and often return. For some reports and endorsements from past students and class leaders, see the Facebook page for the Masterclass.