"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."
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.
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.
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 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, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and Nature. Her novella The Jewel and Her Lapidary is available from Tor.com Publishing. She writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com.