The Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction & the Speculative Imagination holds numerous workshops throughout the year, covering various aspects of writing science fiction and fantasy. These are great opportunities to study with key Ad Astra personnel and receive hyper-focused feedback. 

This page presents Ad Astra sponsored workshops, as well as those from affiliates. A resource page dedicated to highlighted workshops and events from others in our space is forthcoming.




Celebrated science fiction and fantasy author Kij Johnson will lead a developmental workshop for writers of short science fiction and fantasy. This weeklong event will be held in person in Lawrence, KS, June 13 through June 17. The workshop will be small, with no more than six individuals admitting. Workshop hours will be 1-4 each afternoon.

Areas of Focus:

The scope of the workshop will be determined by the attendees in the weeks before the workshop starts, but may include:

  • classic workshopping of completed stories
  • developmental discussions for early-stage stories and ideas
  • writing or reading assignments
  • discussions and talks


Attendees will be responsible for securing their own housing. Lawrence is a charming town with great restaurants, about an hour from the Kansas City airport. Professor Johnson’s home will be used as collective working space social clubhouse in the hours before and after class.


$800 payable on acceptance. A scholarship may be available.

To Apply:

Send an email to 

Subject line: 2022 Short Story Workshop Please include your name, contact information, a paragraph or two about yourself and your writing, an email address of phone number for a personal reference who is not a family member, and a 2-3 page sample of your writing.

Deadline for applying: 

April 15, 2022. Professor Johnson aims to make her decisions by 4/22, and will then send further information to attendees.


Kij Johnson’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story Developmental Workshop

  • In person, June 13-17, 2022 | Lawrence KS


Are you working on – or thinking about – a science fiction or fantasy novel you want to write? Novel Architects Kij Johnson and Barbara J. Webb can show you how to build it. Together, they have eighteen years’ experience teaching writers how to plan and build SF/F novels, helping everyone from experienced professional novelists like R. F. Kuang and Tina Connolly to talented new writers just getting their start.

Areas of Focus:

The Fantasy and Science Fiction Novel Master Class is a single intensive week online: fifteen hours of talks and discussion directed toward helping you design and detail your best novel. By the end of the class, you’ll have been presented with the tools necessary to create a novel: the specific requirements of the form and genre as well as novel-focused discussions of character, worldbuilding and immersion strategies, plot and structure, and BB.

This master class is not a workshop, but five sessions that include advice specific to your projects:

Day One: What we do and how. Planners, pantsers, and blueprints.

Day Two: Plots and structure.

Day Three: World building.

Day Four: Characters and interactions.

Day Five: Problem-solving your book before it starts.

For more personalized support, Kij and Barbara offer substantial discounts on their Personal Blueprinting sessions for attendees of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Novel Master Class.


Cost: $800 (half due on acceptance, half before the workshop starts)

To Apply:

Send an email to: AND

Subject line: 2022 Master Class

Please provide your name, contact information, a paragraph or two about yourself and your writing, and a one- or two-paragraph synopsis or discussion of the book you are interested in writing. If you don’t have a specific book in mind, let us know that. 

Deadline for applying: 

July 21, 2022


Novel Architects Master Class for Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels

  • Aug. 1 through Aug. 5 | Online