THE SFF MASTERCLASS
The SFF Masterclass is a bi-annual, three-day event in science fiction criticism. It offers an intensive course in which students broaden their critical perspectives, sharpen their critical tools, and make contacts with other people working on and in sf and fantasy. The Class Leaders, consisting of leading figures from sf literature, criticism and academia, prepare sample texts for the students to closely scrutinise, and gain insights in both the writing and analysis of sf. The SFF also runs a Mini-Masterclass at Eastercon which acts as a taster for the main event.
To apply please send a short (no more than 3,000 words) piece of critical writing (a blog entry, review, essay, or other piece) and a one page curriculum vitae to the Masterclass Officer, Tony Keen (see Contacts). Past students are encouraged to apply although we will prioritise applications from those who have not previously attended. For details of the latest Masterclass, see our regular blog updates.
The previous Class Leaders have been:
2018 Nick Hubble, John Johnston, Stephanie Saulter
2017 No Masterclass
2016 Andrew Milner, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Tade Thompson
2015 Pat Cadigan, Nick Lowe, Graham Sleight
2014 Andy Duncan, Neal Easterbrook, K.V. Johansen
2013 No Masterclass
2012 M. John Harrison, Edward James, Kari Sperring
2011 Mark Bould, Claire Brialey, Paul McAuley
2010 Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Roz Kaveney, Liz Williams
2009 Joan Gordon, Paul Kincaid, Adam Roberts
2008 Wendy Pearson, Geoff Ryman, Gary K. Wolfe
2007 Andrew M. Butler, Joan Haran, Brian Stableford