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Places still left for science fiction Masterclass

mars 5, 2010

I just received the following from Farah Mendlesohn of the British Science Fiction Foundation:

Places are stil available for the Science Fiction Foundation Criticism Masterclass for 2010

Class Leaders:

  • Istvan Csicsery-Ronay
  • Roz Kaveney
  • Justina Robson

The Science Fiction Foundation (SFF) will be holding the fourth annual Masterclass in sf criticism in 2010.

Dates: 11th June to 13th June 2010

Location: Middlesex University, London (the Hendon Campus, nearest underground, Hendon).

Delegate costs will be £180 per person, excluding accommodation.
Accommodation: students are asked to find their own accommodation, but help is available from the administrator (farah.sf@gmail.com)

Applicants should write to Farah Mendlesohn at farah.sf@gmail.com. Applicants will be asked to provide a CV and writing sample; these will be assessed by an Applications Committee consisting of Farah Mendlesohn, Paul Kincaid, Adam Roberts.


I have attended the past two years’ masterclasses, one in London, one in Liverpool, both very exciting. Not only do you get to talk sf and fantasy (yes, fantasy is also included, somewhat depending on the teachers) on a theoretical level; you get to know some great people from all over the place. The only thing that stops me from attending this year is the fact that I’m supposed to finish up my thesis at the same time.

The basic idea is that you get reading lists from the teachers, and do the reading before the masterclass takes place. Trust me, you need to do the reading in advance. It took a couple of days but most of it – heck, you cannot be interested in everything – was really interesting and I got to read some stuff I had so far missed or hadn’t had time for. And the discussions just contributed to the greatness of the texts.

It is not a course for those of you who dislike theory, however. Again depending on the teachers, some texts are pretty theoretical and challenging. On the other hand, no examination, so do your best and ask questions. Oh, and it should be noted that the writing sample (in English) should not be fiction but some sort of criticism, but they have at least in the past accepted blog posts, and reviews have been fine. If you’re uncertain, check with Farah.

If you are at all interested in the theoretical side of fantasy and sf, take this chance to have a great time.

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