Futurescapes Capitol Reef

October 14-17, 2019

The Workshop

Futurescapes Capitol Reef 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 all three workshop faculty mentors on the first 100 pages (25,000 words) of their manuscript, while receiving substantive feedback on the overall feedback of their work in progress.

Small Critique Groups (5:1 Student-Faculty Ratio)

Detailed Feedback on the First 100 Pages of Your Manuscript

Hours of One-on-One Time with Faculty Mentors

Substantive Feedback on the Overall Structure of Your Work in Progress

An Amazing Retreat at an Exclusive, Modern Facility Set Against one of the World’s Most Beautiful, Rugged Terrains

Highly Selective – Only 15 Seats Available

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

Apply Early – Seating is Limited & Highly Competitive

The 2019 Workshop Faculty

Thao Le

Thao represents Children’s and Young Adult across genres and in the adult realm is looking for romantic leaning Fantasy and Light Science Fiction.

In YA and Middle Grade, she's especially drawn to stories about family and friendships from the POV of diverse protagonists. She’s a fan of young characters who are passionate about the arts, sports, STEM, activism, and geeky fandoms. She adores stories with a touch of magic and whimsy, and is a fan of mythology and fairytales.

In the Adult SFF realm, she’s a fan of character driven contemporary fantasy, near future science fiction, and romantic space operas. She is particularly excited about stories with fresh twists to common genre tropes, such as what Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway does with portal fantasy. Some of her favorite authors are: Diane Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman, Robin McKinley, Naomi Novik, and Juliet Marillier.

Thao Le
Agent | Dijkstra Literary Agency
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Christian McKay Heidicker reads and writes and drinks tea. Between his demon-hunting cat and his fiddling, red-headed girlfriend, he feels completely protected from evil spirits. Christian is the author of Scary Stories for Young Foxes, Cure for the Common Universe and Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower - shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award. cmheidicker.com

Christian Heidicker
Author | Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower

Kathryn is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Burning Glass series.
Kathryn's love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her, in his own words, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird while they listened to the film score. Enchanted, she began her own attempts at storytelling, which usually led to home video productions featuring her younger sister as the maid, while Kathryn retained the role of the glamorous movie star or princess.

In high school, she focused on acting and won first place in monologues at a prestigious statewide Shakespearean competition. She went on to study acting in college and at The Oxford School of Drama in England. (All that character analysis transferred nicely to writing!)

The writing bug bit her when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her older brother. She found an old stash of short stories, and the inspiration for her first novel struck. She's been writing ever since.

Kathryn Purdie
Author | Burning Glass Series

Cost – Workshop*



REGULAR RATE (June 16 – Aug 18):


Price includes workshop tuition, all mini-workshop presentations and all meals (and shuttle service to and from Salt Lake Airport, if applicable).


25% Discount for Futurescapes Alumni
10% Discount if you have attended a writing workshop in the past 12 months or are a student.
*Receipt or other evidence required in most cases. Discount applies to applicable registration rate ONLY, discount WILL NOT be applied to workshop add-ons.


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 May 2, 2019. Workshop is highly competitive. Apply early. Admissions on rolling basis.