There was a time—less than a year ago, in fact—when I dreamed of joining the SFWA. Among writers of speculative fiction, the organization represents the gold standard, the elite story crafters whose work I’d long read and admired. For someone like me who’d yet to nab a professional sale, SFWA membership seemed unattainable. Well, here […]
When I was a very young teen writer, I read articles on the SFWA website as a reward for meeting my writing goals. SFWA was a source I trusted and admired; they were some magical conglomerate of that elusive creature, the pro writer. The mystical awe of my youth has transformed into earnest appreciation for […]
A few years ago I attended Viable Paradise, which is a one-week writer’s workshop taught by some of the most talented authors currently writing SF/F. The year I went Steven Gould (our current SFWA president) critiqued my story, in fact, which was wonderful but more than a little surreal. Another indelible memory from that experience […]
By Michael Damian Thomas
If you’ve never been to a book signing, you might not understand why you would wait in line to get a writer to scribble their name in a book. What’s the appeal?
I don’t remember exactly how long ago I joined SFWA. I do know that it was shortly after my stories were published in the early issues of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, so that puts it somewhere around 1990, so this would be approximately my 25th year as a member. Therefore, as SFWA is celebrating its […]
This year’s Campbell Conference (June 11-14) brings together teachers and scholars to discuss the current state of and future trends in science fiction education at their institutions, especially as it pertains to degree programs.
I’m a proud member of Science Fiction Writers of America. It costs me in the neighborhood of $100 a year in dues or so. And it’s more than worth it. When I was starting out, membership in SFWA was a huge goal, an indication that you had “made it”. Why? Because SFWA has publishing standards […]
When I was a teenager back in the 1990s, I regularly prowled through my mall B. Dalton. Back then, monthly publishing bulletins were set out on the store counter. The purple-banded bulletin for science fiction and fantasy is where I first learned about SFWA. I don’t remember what authors were mentioned in relation to it, […]
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America website has been selected by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the “101 Best Website for Writers.” A reminder: The SFWA Blog pays 6 cents/word for original material related to writing and/or science fiction or fantasy. Feel free to query or send articles (~1000 words or less) to […]
I set out to write science fiction and fantasy quite a number of years after having received one of the best gifts of my life. In fact, so many years had elapsed that I no longer thought much about this marvelous gift. No, I don’t mean the ability to create stories, but rather a more […]