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Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all that the deadline to apply for the SCIAFA Writing Workshop is coming up on Friday, Feb 10th. The Writing Workshop is a wonderful opportunity to work with a professional to improve your writing and prepare for publication. Here again is the information about the workshop and the particulars for applying:

One of the main events sponsored by the IAFA Student Caucus is the SCIAFA Writing Workshop that takes place during ICFA. It is a chance for graduate students to share their written work with a professional in the field and receive invaluable feedback and advice as they work to improve their writing and shift from conference papers to publications. In the past, this workshop has been run by such people as Sherryl Vint, Ritch Calvin, and Brian Attebery. This year we are pleased to announce that the workshop will be run by Christine Mains.

Christine Mains has taught SF, Fantasy, and popular culture at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. She is a past Vice President of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and is currently an Associate Editor for Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. She has published on SF television and on the works of Patricia McKillip and Charles de Lint. She moonlights as a freelance editor of fiction and academic writing.

The workshop will focus on issues to consider when revising conference papers or dissertation chapters into articles that might be submitted to JFA or other journals. The workshop is capped at 10 participants. It will be held in the last time-slot of the conference: Saturday, March 25, from 4-5:30pm. To apply for the workshop, please submit a two-page writing sample and the following information no later than Friday, February 10.

-your name
-your preferred email address
-your institutional affiliation and adviser
-what stage you’re at in your program
-your dissertation or thesis topic (1-2 sentences)
-the issues or problems in your writing you’d most like to address (1-2 sentences)
-the title(s) of academic journals you’re most interested in submitting to

Submissions should be sent to

Prior to the workshop, participants will need to send their full paper submissions (~5000 words) no later than March 10. They will also need to bring two copies of the paper to the workshop for peer review.

Any questions may be addressed to both Christine Mains at and Amanda Rudd at

Amanda Rudd
PhD Candidate in English and American Literature
University of Houston