The Conference

The Futurescapes Writers’ Workshop at Sundance Resort offers writers the chance to work with top science fiction and fantasy (SF) authors, editors, and agents. Each participant will be paired with two faculty members (usually an author and either an editor or an agent).

With a student to faculty ratio of 5-to-1, and the chance for close mentorship over three days in one of the country’s most beautiful settings, the Futurescapes Workshop offers an unparalleled opportunity to aspiring authors.

Mark Gottlieb

Mark Gottlieb attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s Chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on in Overall Deals and other categories.

Mark Gottlieb
Agent | Trident Media Group

Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while three of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award: “Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo for short story that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies.

Mary Robinette Kowal
Author | Glamourist Series, Ghost Talkers

Jessica grew up in the suburbs of New York City, spent five years in New Orleans getting her B.A. and M.A., and then returned to New York, where she works as an Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She works on a list that includes novels and picture books by Walter Dean Myers and Neil Gaiman; books for all ages by Kwame Alexander; middle grade and YA novels by Sally J. Pla, Darcy Miller, Fred Aceves, Amy Giles, Lindsey Klingele, Elizabeth Byrne; and more.

Jessica MacLeish
Editor | HarperCollins
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Naomi Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and did graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide.

Her first novel, His Majesty’s Dragon, was published in 2006 and has been translated into 23 languages. She has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. The fourth volume of the Temeraire series, Empire of Ivory, published in September 2007, was a New York Times bestseller along with all subsequent installments in the series.

Naomi Novik
Author | Temeraire Series, Uprooted

Daniel Polansky was born in Baltimore in 1984. His first book, Low Town, was released in 2011, winning the Prix Imaginales against stiff competition. Two sequels followed, Tomorrow, The Killing (2012) and She Who Waits (2013). His follow up series, The Empty Throne, began with Those Above (2015) and concluded with Those Below (2016). His novella, The Builders, was nominated for the 2016 Hugo award. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Daniel Polansky
Author | The Builders
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DongWon Song has worked in the publishing industry for the past ten years, as an agent, an editor, and a digital bookseller. He is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction, fantasy, YA, science, food, and pop-culture. He also likes making things out of wood. He lives in Portland, Oregon where it does not rain nearly as much as people say.

DongWon Song
Agent | Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
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Nephele Tempest joined The Knight Agency in January, 2005, opening the Los Angeles office. As an agent, she works with a number of talented writers, assisting them to hone their skills and build their careers. Nephele belongs to the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She is currently seeking works in the following genres: literary/commercial fiction, women's fiction, fantasy, science fiction, single-title romance – including contemporary, historical, paranormal and suspense – historical fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction.

Nephele Tempest
Agent | The Knight Agency
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Fran Wilde’s work includes the Andre Norton-, and Compton Crook Award-winning and Nebula-nominated novel Updraft (2015), its sequel Cloudbound (2016), and Horizon (2017). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and Nature. Her novella The Jewel and Her Lapidary is available from Publishing. She writes for publications including The Washington Post,, Clarkesworld,, and

Fran Wilde
Author | Bone Universe Series
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Navah Wolfe is an editor at Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s science fiction and fantasy imprint, where she has edited critically–acclaimed novels such as Borderline by Mishell Baker, Persona by Genevieve Valentine, The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier, and A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin. She is also the co–editor, along with Dominik Parisien, of The Starlit Wood, an anthology of cross–genre fairy tale retellings, released in October 2016 from Saga Press. She was previously an editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where she worked on many bestselling books, including some that have won awards such as the Printz Honor, the Pura Belpré Award, the Pen/Faulkner Award, the Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She has previously worked as a bookseller, a rock climbing wall manager, and a veterinary intern at a zoo. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two tiny humans, and one editorial cat. She can be found on Twitter at @navahw.

Navah Wolfe
Editor | Saga Press (Simon & Schuster)

Workshop Details


Participants in the workshop follow a rigorous schedule. Orientation begins early afternoon on Monday (Apr. 24th) followed by your small Critique Group A session and then a cocktail reception that evening.
Tuesday morning, after breakfast, you will meet with your Critique Group B. After lunch, participants will have a couple of hours of free time (participants are encouraged to revise between critique group sessions). In the afternoon you will have your second session with Group A followed by dinner and more time to revise.
Wednesday morning you will have your final meeting with Group B. After a brief closing session the workshop will conclude. Assuming sufficient interest, individual critiques will occur afterward for those who have signed up and been selected.

Date & Location

Held April 24-26, 2017 at Sundance Resort in Utah.

Our Authors

Have variously been nominated for or won the Hugo, Campbell, Compton Crook, Norton, Locus, and Nebula Awards.

Our Editors & Agents

Their clients have included some of the leading names of the field, including Neil Gaiman, Genevieve Valentine, Nalini Singh, Greg Bear, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.


Early Bird: $495-$595
Regular: $625 – $925
See below for details.


Early Bird Registration (Jan. 3 – Feb. 28):
Shared Room (dorm style with one or more other participants) $595
Private Room $745
Local (No Room Provided) $495


Regular Rate (March 1 – March 24):
Shared Room $745
Private Room $995
Local (No Room Provided) $645
Price includes tuition, two-night room stay (if applicable) at Sundance Resort, and all meals except dinner on Monday. If you are bringing a spouse, partner or friend, they can participate in meals and programs for a registration price of $195.

Register for Workshop

To apply to participate in the conference please click below and fill out the form. The workshop is highly selective. As such, you must submit the first 1,500 words of the manuscript you wish to workshop. Understand that only those with completed manuscripts should apply to participate in the workshop.
Your applications will be reviewed and you will receive notice of your admission status within 72 hours. Understand that this is a small workshop with a low enrollment cap. Seats will fill quickly. The deadline to apply is March 24, 2017, though enrollment may close before then if the enrollment cap is reached.

Click below to apply.

Writing Contest

Futurescapes also hosts a writing contest each year. The topic and rules will be officially announced at the end of February. The contest has no entry fee and offers $2,000 for first place.