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The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers is truly one of a kind: an 11-day residential writing workshop that trains teens from 14 to 19 years of age in the craft of writing genre fiction.

Alpha has run every summer since 2002 in Pittsburgh, PA, and in that time, many of our students have found the workshop to be life-changing:

  • Many of our graduates have published in major markets, including Clarkesworld, Analog, Strange Horizons, and Cicada, as well as novels from major publishing houses.
  • Nearly 200 teenage writers have learned the tools of the trade from established professionals, such as Tamora Pierce, Malinda Lo, N.K. Jemisin, Mark Oshiro, Daniel Jóse Older, Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Ellen Kushner, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, and many other wonderful authors and editors.
  • Alpha has introduced talented young SF/F/H authors to other people like themselves. Whatever your passion, you probably know how hard it can be to find others who share your deepest interests. Many first-time Alphans have never met anyone who writes like they do — until they reach Pittsburgh and are suddenly surrounded by 19 of their peers.

Our goal is to put Alpha within reach for as many students as possible, regardless of financial need. Toward that end, we keep our budget lean, a job made easier because Alpha’s entire staff volunteers their time. Donations like yours help us fund need-based scholarships and cover increases in workshop expenses without raising the cost of tuition. Can you help keep Alpha going – and keep it open to all – by contributing today?

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We would like to recognize your generosity by printing your name on this website as an Alpha Angel, but if you’d prefer anonymity, please just include a note with your donation. Alpha has 501(c)(3) status as part of Parsec, and contributions to the workshop are tax-deductible.

If you would prefer to help via check, please make it payable to “Alpha.” Please enclose a note, either on the check or as a separate enclosure, indicating that the check is a donation to the Alpha scholarship fund. Mail your donation to:

Alpha, the SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers
P.O. Box 3681
Pittsburgh, PA 15230-3681

Thanks so much for helping Alpha teach the craft of genre fiction! We can’t tell you how much Alpha appreciates your generosity.