17 Science Fiction Writing Workshops to Help You Finish Your Story Image

Science Fiction, or “sci-fi,” is a genre of speculative fiction that typically embraces imaginative and futuristic concepts, such as advanced science and technology, time travel, futuristic settings, and imagined elements.

If you want to write the next E.T., you might consider enrolling in a course that will show you how to bring your fantastic ideas to the page.

Science Fiction Workshops

Here are 17 classes and workshops that will help sharpen your imagination and inspire you to finish your science fiction story.

If you want to learn more about how you can improve your writing skills, check out our list of the best writing workshops.

1. Writing a Science Fiction Novel for Beginners

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Discover how to develop an interesting science fiction plot with Writing a Science Fiction Novel for Beginners. Other topics include how to describe advanced technology, how to be precise, and when to be vague.

You’ll also get lifetime access to one hour of on-demand video and a certificate of completion.

Key topics include: 

  • How to develop an interesting science fiction plot
  • How to describe advanced technology
  • Learn how to be precise and when to be vague

Price: $39.99  

2. Worldbuilding: Create Great Fantasy Worlds

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This Worldbuilding course will show you how to create a planet profile that will bring your story to life. This is an excellent project for newbies in the literary world, those taking their first steps in writing fiction, and anyone who craves an insider’s view of fantasy writing.

Key topics include:

  • Story elements
  • Geography
  • History
  • Climate

Price: $15/month for a Skillshare subscription

3. How To Author a Best-Selling Science Fiction Novel and Movie

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How To Author a Best-Selling Science Fiction Novel and Movie will teach you how to create a sci-fi hit that can be brought to the silver screen.

This course focuses on the story, plotline, and adventure with 90 minutes of on-demand video, full lifetime access, and a certificate of completion.

Key topics include:

  • Science & Research
  • Preview
  • Know Your Background Science
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Producing   

Price: $19.99  

4. Write a Fantasy Adventure: Discover Mythology and Create Your Epic Tale

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Write a Fantasy Adventure is taught by Morgan Lindsay Nelson, a graphic novelist.

Gain new perspective on your favorite fantasy books such as Harry Potter and Divergent. You’ll also learn to use ancient mythology and hieroglyphics to inspire and expand your imagination.

Key topics include: 

  • Spark the idea for your own original fantasy world
  • Learn to write characters
  • Write the first 10 pages of your fantasy tale

Price: $15/month for a Skillshare subscription

5. How to Write Space Adventure (SF Sisters)

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How to Write Space Adventure will show you how to approach plot and characters in your sci-fi novel.

Master worldbuilding and write a story that creates a convincing perception of the future. Make your space novel a satisfying read through genre porting.

Key topics include:

  • Conceive, write, and perfect a Space Adventure novel
  • General Introduction to Science Fiction
  • General Introduction to Space Adventure  

Price: $89.99  

6. How to Write an Award-Winning SF Short Story

How to Write an Award-Winning SF short story will teach you new strategies and techniques for sci-fi writing.

You’ll also receive tips for joining and even winning short story writing competitions and awards for science fiction.

Key topics include: 

  • How to Conceive Your Story
  • The Story Framework
  • The Qualities of an Award-Winning Short Story
  • The Writing Process

Price: $79.99  

7. Writing a Fantasy Novel for Beginners

The course Writing a Fantasy Novel for Beginners will show you how to compose an in-depth, delightful fantasy novel that will keep your readers engaged.

Discover how to create better fantasy worlds, as well as establish a plot structure.

Key topics include:

  • Create better fantasy worlds
  • Establish a plot structure
  • Improve protagonists and antagonists
  • Add emotion to your novel   

Price: $15/month for a Skillshare subscription

8. How to Write Space Opera (SF Sisters)

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Conceive, write, and perfect a space opera novel with How to Write Space Opera.

Key topics include: 

  • World building and space opera fiction
  • Space opera characters and characterization
  • Plotting your space opera   

Price: $89.99  

9. FutureScapes Workshop

Receive detailed feedback on the first 100 pages of your manuscript with FutureScapes Workshop. Through hours of one-on-one time with faculty mentors, receive substantive feedback on the overall structure of your work in progress.

With only 15 seats available, enjoy an amazing retreat at an exclusive, modernized facility in Capitol Reef, Utah.

Every candidate will work with all three workshop faculty mentors on the first 100 pages or 25,000 words of their composition while benefitting from essential feedback.

Key topics include: 

  • Science fiction writing
  • Horror writing
  • Fantasy writing
  • Paranormal writing

Price: $1700  

10. Gotham Writers’ Workshop: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Gotham Writers’ Workshop has its own Science Fiction and Fantasy course, which also includes other speculative fiction. Covering a wide range of subgenres, it encompasses hard science fiction, alternate reality, cyberpunk, high fantasy, urban, historical, and even horror.

The course currently leans toward sci-fi, but most of the craft teaching applies equally to fantasy and horror.

Key topics include:  

  • Sci-fi writing
  • Fantasy writing
  • Horror writing

Price: $1745  

11. Milford

Before the Milford workshop even begins, participants are urged to submit their manuscripts via email. By doing so, people are given the chance to read it in advance, which reduces the workload during the workshop week. This workshop is set in Wales.

Constructive criticism is heavily promoted during the workshop when the group meets in a circle in a comfortable room. During these sessions, every member takes their turns of four minutes to give their evaluation of the work at hand.

Key topics include:

  • Constructive Critiquing
  • Book Marketing

Price: £646

12. Viable Paradise

Viable Paradise is a one-of-a-kind week-long residential workshop. It focuses not only in writing, but selling commercial science fiction and fantasy. The workshop analyzes the art of fiction writing which seriously considers what audiences want.

This workshop encourages a friendly and supportive learning atmosphere, set in Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.

Key topics include:   

  • One-on-one discussions
  • Group critiques
  • Q&As

Price: $1500  

13. Shared Worlds

An annual summer program, Shared Worlds is designed for teen writers interested in speculative fiction. During the workshop, students work in groups with a coordinator experienced in world-building where they design and build their own fantasy worlds.

Set in Wofford campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Shared Worlds is an unconventional writing camp that brings together 8th–12th grade students from all over the world. Participants work with critically acclaimed and bestselling fantasy and science fiction writers to imagine, build, and write their own stories.

Key topics include:  

  • World building
  • Write your own story

Price: $2400  

14. Online Writing Workshop for SFF

Participants of the Online Writing Workshop for SFF have made over 1,500 sales to print and online publications. Some have won numerous awards including the Hugo awards.

The workshop allows you to post a short story or novel chapter along with specific review requests and details. You’ll receive helpful feedback and also browse and review submissions yourself, depending on what your interests are.

Key topics include: 

  • Professional reviews
  • Constructive criticism with other members

Price: unpublished   

15. Hex Engines & Spell-Slingers: Write Steampunk/Weird Western

Steampunk and “weird western” are two subgenres of speculative fiction that you’ll explore with Hex Engines & Spell-Slingers.

Discover the basic mechanics to help you write in steampunk and weird western genres, and learn how to create the right historical texture.

Key topics include:

  • What is steampunk
  • Adhering to actual historical events

Price: $19  

16. To Space Opera and Beyond with Ann Leckie

Led by Anne Leckie, To Space Opera and Beyond discusses how to write space opera. The Hugo and Nebula Awards-winner walks you through space opera characteristics, as well as the process of writing a series.

This online class is self-paced, mixing text, video, and writing exercises. This gives you the tools you need to plan and write your own space opera from start to finish.

Key topics include: 

  • Space-opera conventions
  • Writing exercises

Price: $29  

17. North  Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop

The North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop focuses on writing speculative fiction for publication. Free and open to the public, monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at the Hurst Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Hurst, Texas.

All you need to do is attend and participate in monthly meetings, and also be willing to learn from feedback.

Key topics include:

  • Write speculative fiction
  • Write to be published in today’s market
  • Constructive criticism with other members

Price: Free

Learn from the Experts

There are no better teachers than those who came before you—so take advantage of their knowledge by signing up for any of these science fiction writing workshops.

If you’re a writer on a budget, you might also want to check out some free online writing courses.

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Joana Regulacion

Joana Regulacion is a proud wife, mother, and furparent. Joana enjoys researching about different topics to write blogs for TCK and sees it as a way to learn and discover new things. She still occasionally conducts lectures for aspiring teachers who are reviewing for the Licensure Examination for Teachers, but enjoys working from home to be closer with her family