February 16-18, 2020

The Workshop

Futurescapes Workshop of Utah Valley University, is an intensive, exclusive workshop, offering writers an unparalleled chance to work with top authors and agents in speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, fantasy, paranormal). Each participant will work with three workshop faculty mentors on the first 3,000 words of their manuscript, while receiving substantive feedback on the overall structure of their work in progress and query letters.

Small Critique Groups (7:1 Attendee-Faculty Ratio)

Detailed Feedback on Your Manuscript

Hours of One-on-One Time with Faculty Mentors

Substantive Feedback on the Overall Structure of Your Work in Progress

Hugo, Nebula, World-Fantasy Award & NYTimes Bestselling Authors, Agents & Editors

Highly Competitive – You Must Apply and Be Admitted to Attend

International – Attendees from As Far Away as Brisbane, Australia and Venice, Italy

Apply Early – Seating is Limited & Highly Competitive

The 2020 Workshop Faculty

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DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit and a product manager for the ebook startup, Zola Books and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the publishing program at Portland State University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

DongWon Song
Agent | Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
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Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for four Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and two Hugo Awards, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, its sequels Cloudbound, and Horizon, her 2019 debut Middle Grade novel Riverland, and the Nebula-, Hugo-, and Locus-nominated novelette The Jewel and Her Lapidary.

Fran Wilde
Author | Riverland
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A life-long reader and writer, Nephele Tempest works as a literary agent and heads up the Los Angeles office of The Knight Agency. She also writes as a freelancer and generally has a secret project in the works. Originally an east-coaster, she enjoys being able to go without a coat in January and not having to dig her car out of the snow, but she will always be a New Yorker at heart.

Nephele Tempest
Agent | The Knight Agency

Ben's tastes gravitate towards middle grade fiction, and he is particularly on the lookout for exceptional author-illustrators who write middle grade or young adult. He likes a great YA sci-fi or fantasy, particularly weird or slightly dark stories (à la The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater). He also loves epic fantasy and science fiction.

Ben Grange
Agent | L. Perkins Agency

Ally Condie's novel Matched was a #1 New York Times and international bestseller, and spent over a year on the New York Times Bestseller List. Condie is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Atlantia (a standalone novel published in 2014) and Summerlost (a middle grade novel published in 2016). Summerlost was a finalist for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.

Ally Condie
Author | Matched

Tricia Skinner is an agent at Fuse Literary representing adult, young adult and middle grade in all subgenres of science fiction, romance, and fantasy. Diversity in genre fiction is dear to her heart. Writers who identify with a marginalized community are strongly encouraged to query. On a personal note, Tricia is definitely Team Vader and her family includes two Great Danes.

Tricia Skinner
Agent | Fuse Literary
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New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells is best known for his horror series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER. His other novels include THE HOLLOW CITY, a supernatural thriller about schizophrenia, EXTREME MAKEOVER, and two young adult science fiction series: the post-apocalypse PARTIALS and the cyberpunk MIRADOR. He cohosts the Hugo-winning podcast Writing Excuses.

Dan Wells
Author | Partials, I Am Not A Serial Killer

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut duology and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She’s a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, the Nebula, and Locus awards. Her novel Calculating Stars is one of only eighteen novels to win the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards in a single year.

Mary Robinette Kowal
Author | Calculating Stars

Jennie Goloboy joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2017. Jennie is particularly looking for fun, innovative, diverse, and progressive science fiction and fantasy for adults. She thinks that one of the most important jobs of science fiction is to imagine a future we want to live in.

Jennie Goloboy
Agent | Donald Maass Literary Agency

Cost – Workshop*

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (October 11 – November 23):


Regular Registration: $540

Student Registration: $490

Alumni Registration: $460


REGULAR RATE (November 24):


Regular Registration: $740

Student Registration: $690

Alumni Registration: $660


Price includes workshop tuition and all meals. Rooms to be booked separately. 


Need-based scholarships (Full, Half, and Quarter Tuition) are available. Those wishing to apply for scholarships need only complete the appropriate portion of the application below.

Apply to Workshop

Applications open October 21, 2019. Workshop is highly competitive – Apply Early.

About Futurescapes

Futurescapes is a project of the Office of New Urban Mechanics at Utah Valley University. It began in 2016, with the leadership of Mary Robinette Kowal, as an effort to realize the future-facing vision of science fiction to imagine future solutions to pressing public problems such as climate change, crime, and accessibility.

Futurescapes trains new generations of  speculative fiction authors to respect the social imperative of this literature of ideas, to harness their vision to anticipate future social problems, to fund applied research into innovative approaches to public problems, and connect civic innovators and speculative imagineers.