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 Student-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

Earn a Professional Certificate in Creative Writing from Utah Valley University by Attending Futurescapes Workshops.

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

Apply Early – Seating is Limited & Highly Competitive

The 2020 Workshop Faculty

DongWon Song-Formatted

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. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror.

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 sometimes gets the inkling to read a great YA sci-fi or fantasy, particularly weird or slightly dark stories (à la The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater). Thanks to his time at JABberwocky, he also loves epic fantasy and science fiction, and although his focus is on middle grade and young adult, he won't say no to a great fantasy or sci-fi. He is also interested in pop culture non-fiction for authors with established platforms.

Ben Grange
Agent | L. Perkins Agency

Ally Condie is an author of young adult and middle grade fiction. Her novel Matched was a #1 New York Times and international bestseller, and spent over a year on the New York Times Bestseller List. The sequels (Crossed and Reached) are also New York Times bestsellers. Matched was chosen as one of YALSA's 2011 Teens' Top Ten and named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2010. All three books are available in 30+ languages.
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.`{`4`}`

Ally Condie
Author | Matched

Tricia Skinner is an author of romantic urban fantasy (represented by Fuse Literary co-founder Laurie McLean) and an Agent at Fuse Literary. She began her writing career as a business reporter and wrote for The Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle.

Raised in Detroit, Tricia graduated from the nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. She earned a masters degree from Southern Methodist University.

Tricia Skinner
Author | Angel Assassins

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.  

Beginning in 2020, Utah Valley University will offer a professional certificate in creative writing associated with the program.