"Attending Futurescapes is the single most important thing I've done to improve my writing. The caliber of critiques paired with the people I met gave me the confidence and additional skills I needed to take my story on to the next phase."
"Futurescapes was my first writing workshop, and it was worth every penny! I got valuable professional feedback on my writing from the mentors during the arranged sessions. I even came away with a full manuscript request!"
"I had the first few pages of my manuscript reviewed by the award-winning Navah Wolfe, editor at Simon and Schuster, and NYT bestselling author Naomi Novik author of the Temeraire Series. The feedback I received from Navah and Naomi and also from my round-table group of fellow authors was both inspirational and deep in craft awareness. Before attending FutureScapes I had already made a number of professional sales, but this workshop organized by the incomparable Mary Robinette Kowal and Luke Peterson has taken my craft to a new level."
"Futurescapes was well thought out, well staffed and very well located. I had a truly productive time and received excellent input on my story as well as making some great new friends."
"Futurscapes has been an opportunity to build solid relationships in the publishing industry. Even more, it has been a chance to work on my writing in a friendly and professional environment. I couldn't recommend it enough."
Martha began her career at Richard Curtis Associates before founding Martha Millard Literary Agency in 1980. She joined Sterling Lord Literistic in 2015. She has worked with a wide variety of authors of both fiction and non-fiction and has a particular interest in well-written science fiction, and crossover fiction, representing many Hugo and Nebula and Shirley Jackson Award-winning authors, including William Gibson, Michael Swanwick, Allen Steele, Naomi Kritzer, Cadwell Turnbull and Elizabeth Hand among many others. YA titles she has represented include a National Book Award Finalist and Prinz Award-winner and a series by multi-British SF Award-winner Ian McDonald. Nothing makes her happier than working closely with an author to build a career, except possibly selling an author’s first book. She is a graduate of Drew University and is the mother of two daughters. She is a running enthusiast and has run the New York City Marathon and dozens of other races, from 5Ks to half-marathons.
Deidre Knight established The Knight Agency in 1996 after working in the film and television industry. In the past twenty-two years, she has built a dynamic, bestselling client list, placing more than a thousand titles in fiction categories including sf/fantasy, romance, suspense, women’s fiction, and mystery. Her recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, St. Martin’s, Simon and Schuster, and HarperCollins. Her clients have appeared on every major bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Wall Street Journal. She’s a New York Times bestselling author in her own right, having published twenty novels with houses such as Penguin Random House and St. Martin’s Press.
In 2016, Ali began acquiring and editing YA and middle-grade fiction for Tor Teen. She is especially interested in epic fantasy, supernatural horror, psychological thrillers, and stories that combine clever comedy and the paranormal. She's looking for provocative, atmospheric, and emotionally-authentic stories with a supernatural element. Ali is a fan of, ``whatever makes me laugh—crow’s feet for days over here—so I’d love to see anything told in a smart, funny voice. Bonus points for insightful social politics, underrepresented characters, and Pacific Northwest-like settings.``
Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author of 30 novels (The most recent is THE STONE IN THE SKULL, an epic fantasy from Tor) and over a hundred short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, writer Scott Lynch.
Scott Lynch is the New York Times & International bestselling author of the Gentlemen Bastards series. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the John W. Campbell Award, and is a winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Award from the British Fantasy Society. Lynch was born in 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to being a freelance writer for various role playing game companies he has done all the usual jobs writers put in their bios: dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager and short-order cook. His first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, was an international success and he now writes full-time.
Seth joined The Gernert Company in 2010 after beginning his career as an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. Born in Midland, Texas, he graduated from Princeton University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. His interests are wide-ranging, but in particular he's looking for the new voice, the original idea, the entirely breathtaking creative angle in both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son, and is the author of two books of YA fiction and three forthcoming picture books.
Navah Wolfe is a Hugo and Locus Award–nominated editor at Saga Press, where she has edited critically acclaimed novels such as Borderline by Mishell Baker, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss, and Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns. She is also the coeditor, along with Dominik Parisien, of Robots vs. Fairies and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Locus Awards, and contains a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning story. Her books have won the Tiptree Honor, and been finalists for the World Fantasy, Nebula and Stoker Awards. In 2017, Navah was selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s Rising Stars. Navah 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 Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Schneider Family Book Award. In her past life, she has 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. Find her on Twitter at @navahw
Thao Le is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency since 2011. She is currenlty looking for Young Adult, Middle Grade, Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and select Historical/Fantasy Romance.
In general, she loves beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook and tight plotting. She is actively seeking underrepresented voices (including, but not limited to, all ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental and physical health, and socioeconomic status) to her client list.
Thao’s recent sales include: NYT bestselling author Roshani Chokshi’s new YA trilogy The Gilded Wolves (Wednesday/St. Martin’s), NYT bestselling author Sandhya Menon’s From Twinkle, With Love (Simon Pulse), K.A. Reynolds’s middle grade debut The Land of Yesterday (Harper Children’s), Elle Katharine White’s sequel Dragonshadow (Harper Voyager).
Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the middle grade novels The Clockwork Three, Icefall, The Lost Kingdom, Infinity Ring Book 5: Cave of Wonders, and The Quantum League series, the Dark Gravity Sequence, and the Assassin’s Creed series, Last Descendants. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, the PEN Center USA award for Children’s Literature, and the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, and has been named to the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults lists.
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.
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.
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for two Nebula awards and a Hugo, and include her Andre Norton- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), and the novelette “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” (Tor.com Publishing 2016). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She holds an MFA in poetry, an MA in information design and information architecture, and writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, io9.com, and GeekMom.com. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at franwilde.net.