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Eighth SFF Criticism Masterclass

The Eighth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism will be held from Monday 11 August 2014 to Wednesday 13 August, immediately before Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention. 
The SFF Masterclass involves three days studying texts supplied by three class leaders.  It is a great way to broaden your critical perspectives, sharpen some critical tools, and to make contacts with other people writing on SF and Fantasy.  The class leaders are drawn from professional writers, academics and fans, and this is a great opportunity to learn from people experienced in their craft.
We are pleased to announce that the venue will be the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, founded by Charles II in 1675, and the home of the Prime Meridian. This is across the Thames from the Excel site where Loncon3 will take place. Price: £200
The tutors for 2014 will be: 
Andy Duncan, Professor of English at Frostburg State University, Frostburg MD, winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Award and two World Fantasy Awards, and winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novelette. 
Neil Easterbrook, Professor of English at the Texas Christian University, and a prolific reviewer and critic, whose monograph on China Miéville is due to be published in 2014. 
K.V. Johansen, a Canadian writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children’s fiction, who has also published three books on the history of children’s fantasy. Her adult novel Blackdog was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award in 2012. 
Please apply to Send a short piece of critical writing, and a one page cv


[Seventh SF Criticism Masterclass 2013]

This Masterclass was not held due to insufficient numbers.

Class leaders:

Nick Lowe (author of the long running, Mutant Popcorn)
Graham Sleight (Editor of Foundation, and managing editor for the Hugo Award Winning Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)
Catherynne M. Valente, author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and participant in the Hugo Award winning Squeecast.

This Masterclass would have been held the 2nd thru 4th July 2013 at The University of Liverpool.


Sixth SF Criticism Masterclass 2012

Class Leaders:

Edward James
M. John Harrison
Kari Sperring

This was held from 22nd-24th June 2012 at Middlesex University, London (off site).


Fifth SF Criticism Masterclass 2011

Class Leaders:
Claire Brialey
Mark Bould
Paul McAuley

This was held from 1st-3rd July 2011 at Middlesex University, London (the Hendon Campus).


Fourth SF Criticism Masterclass 2010

Class Leaders:
Istvan Csicsery-Ronay
Roz Kaveney
Liz Williams

This was held from 11th June to 13th June 2010 at Middlesex University, London (the Hendon Campus).


Third SF Criticism Masterclass 2009

Class Leaders:
Joan Gordon
Adam Roberts
Paul Kincaid

Held at University of Liverpool over June 10th, 11th and 12th, 2009.

The Third Science Fiction Masterclass was held in conjunction with the University of Liverpool, allowing those with a serious interest in sf criticism to exchange ideas with leading figures in the field, and also to use the SFF Collection.

Second SF Criticism Masterclass 2008

Class Leaders:
Wendy Pearson
Geoff Ryman
Gary K. Wolfe

Held in London.

First SF Criticism Masterclass 2007

Class Leaders:
Andrew M. Butler
Joan Haran
Brian Stableford

Held at University of Liverpool.