Viable Paradise: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop

What is Viable Paradise?


What is Viable Paradise? It's the workshop you've been searching for.

It's not six weeks; it's not a few hours. It's a commitment, but not one so large it's overwhelming, nor so small it leaves you feeling dissatisfied. One week, professional instructors, a beautiful writing-conducive location—and you.

Students Said

"The mix of instructors (drawn from the ranks of professional writers and editors) provided the sessions with an extremely valuable double perspective. We couldn't help but learn a great deal about the challenge of writing and the realities of the publishing industry. ...The instructors went out of their way to offer as much advice and encouragement as they could."

—William G. Hopkins, '98

"When I considered going to Viable Paradise, I thought it would be a good experience, but I didn't expect too much. I've seen and heard a lot over the years. How much more could there be? More than I could have ever imagined... I couldn't believe it. I still can't, I guess. It seems like a dream of how a workshop should be."

—Glenn R. Sixbury, '99

"Major kudos for creating such an intensely personal and supportive environment. You're a fantastic group of folks. I had great fun hanging out with you all and feeding off the creative energy generated by you and my fellow students. Real Life is ever so much duller."

—Stephen Dorato, '00

Present and past instructors include: Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, James. D. Macdonald, Debra Doyle, Steven Gould, Laura J. Mixon, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Elizabeth Moon, Maureen McHugh, and James Patrick Kelly.

Along with one-on-one critiques with instructors, there are student group critiques and daily focused lectures on specific aspects of writing. Everything is offered in an informal and supportive environment.

Also contributing to the rewarding experience is the workshop's location on Martha's Vineyard. An island off the coast of Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard is one of the most beautiful places in the world. In early fall—when the workshop takes place—the leaves have begun to turn, but the air is still warm. It's the best possible time of year to be there.

Add it all up, and you'll discover that paradise truly is viable.

Reports From Past Students

Erin Cashier Denton (VP V)

Scott Janssens (VP V)

Lisa Silverthorne (VP V)

Older reports from VP II, III, and IV: Greg van Eekhout, Glenn R. Sixbury, Kate Salter, Bill Hopkins, and Tonya Price


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