2023 Summer Workshops
Elizabeth Hand, a genre fiction cult favorite, teaches a writing workshop open to teens aged 15-18 who are interested in fantasy, science fiction, noir, suspense, fantasy, supernatural, horror, time travel, dystopian worlds and mainstream fiction. We will read and respond to each other’s work, and we’ll also do in-class exercises and flash fiction. Open to all. No writing experience necessary.
Please note: Due to the special reduced price for teens, no other discounts apply.
Elizabeth Hand is the multiple-award-winning author of fifteen genre-spanning novels and five collections of short fiction. Her work has received the World Fantasy Award (four times), Nebula Award (twice), Shirley Jackson Award (thrice), International Horror Guild Award (three times), the Mythopoeic Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, among others, and several of her books have been New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. Her recent, critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes” [Katherine Dunn] — Generation Loss, Available Dark, Hard Light and forthcoming The Book of Lamps and Banners — have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith and are being developed for a TV series. She's also written YA, and a popular series of Star Wars books for middle grade children
With Paul Witcover, Hand created DC Comic’s early 1990s cult series Anima, whose riot grrl superheroine dealt with homeless teenagers, drug abuse, the AIDS epidemic and racial violence, and featured DC Comics’ first openly gay teenager (the series also once guest-starred Conan O’Brien). Her 1999 play “The Have-Nots” was a finalist in London’s Fringe Theater Festival and went on to play at the Battersea Arts Center. She has written numerous novelizations of films, including Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, and a popular series. She is a longtime critic and book reviewer whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, Boston Review, among many others, and writes a regular column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She also teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Hand's books and short fiction have been translated into numerous languages and have been optioned for film and television. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London, and has just completed a true crime novel set in 1915 Chicago, inspired by outsider artist Henry Darger.