Workshop Staff

Stay tuned for updates on who will be present at the 2020 workshop!


Catherine Krahe’s fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Nature Futures, and Daily Science Fiction. She is a Senior Fiction Editor at Strange Horizons. She recently received a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Iowa and plans to save the world by telling stories and planting trees.


Seth Dickinson is the author of The Traitor Baru Cormorant and The Monster Baru Cormorant, as well as much of the lore for Bungie Studios’ far-future epic Destiny. If he were an animal, he would be a cockatoo.

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Rachel Halpern is a graduate of Alpha (’07/’08) and the Stonecoast MFA program. She writes children’s books for work and sci-fi/fantasy in her free time. Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless SkiesDaily Science Fiction, and Liminal Stories. She likes strange magic, smart monsters, and satisfying stories.


Lara Elena Donnelly is the author of the vintage-glam spy thriller trilogy The Amberlough Dossier, as well as short fiction and poetry appearing in venues including UncannyNightmareStrange Horizons, and Escape Pod. Lara is a graduate of the Alpha and Clarion workshops, and has taught at the Catapult Workshops and the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.


Patrick J. Ropp is an alumnus of the Clarion UCSD workshop, has a Master of Science in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon University, and works as a cybersecurity engineer in Pittsburgh. He likes cactuses, cats, and the things dredged up from the lightless depths.


Tiera Greene is a graduate of Alpha (2012/2013) and the VONA workshop (2015/2016). She studied German and Spanish at the University of Georgia, and received a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Old Dominion University. She writes primarily fantasy, and her work has appeared in Strange Horizons. She currently works as a study abroad advisor in Boise, Idaho.


Ray Stevens is a graduate of Alpha (2010/2011) and Bennington College, and is currently pursuing a degree in library science. She writes science fiction and fantasy, and has been published in Mothership Zeta and The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018. When not at Alpha, she works in higher education in southern Vermont.

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AJ Lucy is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies the eggs of tiny fish. Someday she hopes to teach scientific researchers to write up their findings in a way that is pleasant to read. Her fiction can be found under the name Allison Jamieson-Lucy in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons.


Julie Holderman is an Alpha grad (’03/’04) who grew up telling stories in the frozen wastelands of Minnesotan suburbia. Over the past few years, she served as primary coordinating author on Tortall: A Spy’s Guide, a collection of in-character documents set in the bestselling Tortall universe by Tamora Pierce (available now via Random House Children’s Books). She spends her free time herding cats, watching ten-year-old scifi shows, and caring entirely too much about fictional people.

Malina Suity is a graduate of Alpha (‘05/’06) and an administrative coordinator working and living in various hills north of Pittsburgh. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a dual B.A. in English and Medieval Studies, and received a Master’s degree in Public History from the University of West Florida. She writes short speculative fiction and plots unwieldy fantasy novels.