Enrollment and Registration
Workshop enrollment is 8-9 attendees. The novel workshop always has more applicants than available spots, so not everyone gets in. Kij is interested in
putting together a group of writers who are talented and will mesh productively and positively. It's imperative that people work well together.
Applicants for admission must contact Kij Johnson (email@example.com) between February 15
and March 15 to be considered for the first wave of acceptances. Be sure you:
Include "2020 Novel Workshop" in your subject line.
Describe your experience with workshops, if any.
Talk about your goals as a writer generally and for this workshop in specific.
Describe the project you wish to work on, either in the synopsis/outline you submit to the workshop, or a shorter document.
Include 5-10 sample pages of your novel at the end of your email. (Don't attach documents if you can help it.) If you do not have pages of the novel,
you can apply using other fiction writing, but ask first!
You may be asked for additional information. The first wave of acceptances
will be notified by March
payment for housing and tuition will be
due within 30 days of acceptance.
If you are accepted,
we'll contact you with registration instructions.
Your registration is not complete until you send your payment.
Your packet of materials for the workshop is due May
15. This packet can be electronic and will include:
A 5-20 page synopsis, outline, or scene breakdown. This should be your best effort at describing the novel. This is not a pitch; it is the functional
tool you are using to write the book.
The first three chapters or 15-30 pages of the novel.
Whatever additional materials are essential to the reader's understanding of your goal.
Participants often exchange full manuscripts during or after the Workshop, so be prepared to share more if you find interested readers!
"Repeat Offenders" Novel Writer's Workshop
7 - 20, 2020
Return to the scene of the crime to reinforce the lessons from your last workshop, and reconnect with other alums.
Kij again offers an informal two-week workshop for people who have attended
one of her novel workshops before this. Repeat Offenders is basically a
chance to work with similarly trained writers on whatever project is
underway, fishbowling and discussing as needed. This year,
Kij will be gone for part of RO, so Kevin McNeil will be hosting in her absence, with an occasional Barbara Webb boost.
To apply to Repeat Offenders, contact Kij at firstname.lastname@example.org by April
3. Be sure you:
Include "2020 Repeat Offenders" in your subject line.
Describe the project you're working on and what's blocking you.
Note: This date is for the Repeat Offenders workshop only; the deadline for the regular novel workshop is much earlier.
Our official dorm housing
will likely be similar to the first-floor lounge in
Rieger Scholarship Hall
at 1323 Ohio Street,
located near the Kansas Student Union, Oread Hotel, and downtown Lawrence. We
have the full building to ourselves, including study nooks, a grand piano, tons
of SF and writing-related books, a dining area (with an ice machine, a
refrigerator, kettles, coffee machines, and so forth), and a movie-watching
lounge stocked with hundreds of films.
Rooms share a bathroom, either with an adjacent room or down the hall (3 stalls and showers/bath per 6 rooms), and have a sink and counter space for a
microwave or other small kitchen equipment. Other building amenities include a lovely wraparound porch with seating (including a chair-swing or two),
basketball court, refrigerator, coffee and tea equipment, and many private study areas.
We are conveniently located just down the hill from the KU
Student Union and a few blocks' walk from lovely downtown Lawrence. Be sure to let
us know if you have special needs.
Housing does not include meals, but these are available in the nearby Kansas Union and a
variety of wonderful nearby restaurants, and Lawrence offers at least one fine
micro-brewery. Check out
or Yelp's Lawrence page for a
list of many of the local eating establishments.
We head downtown most evenings for group dinners with all those interested!
The default housing arrangement is now a single room with a shared bath for each attendee. Some double rooms may be available for people who request them, but
we will not be able to find roommates for you.
Housing cannot accommodate check-ins earlier than the Sunday before the
Workshop begins or beyond the Saturday after.
Logistical information collected over the years is available on the
LiveJournal blog page.
The SF Novel Writing Workshop of 2005
Standing: Chuck Marsters, Larry Taylor,
Erick King, Leonid Korogodski.
Sitting: Maria Zannini, Robert Hamm, Kij Johnson, Lane Robins.
Housing costs have gone up dramatically, but we do not
wish to pass on the increase. If you'd like to help future attendees, please consider
making a tax-deductible donation! Click the button
below to give using a credit card, or write a check made out to CSSF and mail it or bring it
with you. Thanks!
Because of new procedures change how the University makes housing available
to summer programs, we have changed our rate structure, with a single flat
rate that includes tuition, administrative costs, and housing, payable
within a short time after acceptance (details in your acceptance letter).
Please inform us as soon as possible if you have a roommate; we cannot find
room-shares for you.
This year, we begin offering variable rates for our summer workshops:
Listed below is the cost for those who can afford full price
(and who wish to help support those who cannot). Thanks to the
Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction and generous supporters, we now offer
rate-reduction scholarships for those in need, ranging from
$100-$400 discount (several available) to a full
scholarship (1-2 attendees). In
order to be considered for a rate reduction or full scholarship, you must request it when applying.
Full-price cost to attend this year:
with Kij Johnson
- tuition, administrative fees, and single room with shared bathroom (13
tuition, administrative fees, and shared room (13 nights), per person: $1525
tuition and administrative fees without housing (for locals, or if you
make arrangements to stay elsewhere): $1300
Novel Repeat Offenders
with Kij Johnson and Barbara Webb
tuition and single room with shared bathroom: $1400
tuition and shared room, per person: $1225
tuition and administrative fees without housing (for locals, or if
you make arrangements to stay elsewhere): $1000
Offenders with Kij Johnson
- tuition, administrative fees, and single room with shared bathroom: $2700
- tuition, administrative fees, and shared room, per
- tuition and administrative fees without housing (for
locals, or if you make arrangements to stay elsewhere): $1900
Make payments payable
to University of Kansas.
Meals and incidental costs rise the longer you stay, of course, so plan
Thanks to a generous friend of the Center, a limited number of scholarships are available for
outstanding writers and KU graduate students in
financial need. To be considered, you must request it and explain your need in
Diversity and Disability
Everyone enjoys equal access to the Gunn Center's offerings, and we actively
encourage students and scholars from diverse backgrounds to study with us.
All courses offered by Gunn Center faculty are also available to be taken
not-for-credit for professionalization purposes by community members (if space
Click here to see the Center's Diversity Statement.
The Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) coordinates accommodations and services for eligible KU students. If you have a disability for which you wish to request accommodation and have not contacted the AAAC, please do so as soon as possible. Their office is located in 22 Strong Hall; their phone number is
(785)864-4064 (V/TTY). Also please contact us privately about your needs in this
Transportation from Airport to Lawrence
By car, Lawrence is at the intersection of U.S. 59 and I-70 (Kansas Turnpike). The west interchange is
closer to campus. Lawrence can also be reached along the lovely Kansas Highway 10.
The nearest major airport is Kansas City International (MCI), about 55 miles
from Lawrence. Transportation to Lawrence from Kansas City International can be
arranged through one of several airport shuttle services.
Many transport services offer rides between the Kansas City International
(MCI - the "M" is for "Mid-Continent") airport and Lawrence, including:
- Better Alternative Transportation Services (BATS): 24/7 door-to-door service; individual rates.
- SDM Transportation: 24/7 door-to-door service; offers airport shuttles or luxury cars with individual rates.
- Jayhawk Taxi: 24/7 door-to-door service; fixed rate to the airport for 1-2 passengers.
- Super Shuttles: 24/7 door-to-door service; group rates; group discount code: S6Q2W.
- Five Guys Shuttle: 24/7 door-to-door service; rates per van, not per person.
- Here 2 There Shuttle:
24/7 door-to-door service, airport shuttle, and reservations for special events. Can hold up to 10 passengers at once. Call or text 785-380-8879 or email
- KCI Express Shuttle
offers pickup and delivery right to our dorm or your hotel for only $5 more than the
normal rate. Phone Reservations: (816)645-1815. After 8:00 PM CST (816)372-1556.
- Ground Transportation Services is a local Lawrence business
that provides 24/7 taxi service within Lawrence, and the surrounding areas. They also operate daily door-to-door shuttle service from Lawrence to the Kansas City Airport. (888)467-3729 or
(785)838-4500. See a schedule here.
- Uber and
also operate in the area.
- Reserve well in advance of your trip to confirm pricing and availability.
- The Kansas City International Airport's official airport code is MCI -
"Mid-Continent International Airport."
- This list is for your information only. KU
and the Gunn Center are not affiliated with these services, and some attendees
had problems with others, so do your research.
Here's a cropped map of the University of Kansas (click the image to see it
in full-screen size):
Here's a map showing where KU is located in Eastern Kansas:
Kansas Union map (in .pdf
routes and maps.
Google Maps centered on the KU Kansas Union.
Lawrence in the Summer
For anyone who hasn't visited, Lawrence is wonderful,
a lively small city in the Kaw River valley, filled with art, events, and activities.
The location of the University of Kansas, Lawrence is situated about 40 miles from Kansas City and 20 miles from Topeka.
Summers can be hot, but classrooms and housing are air-conditioned.
Among its many amenities, the University of Kansas contains
science-fiction collection (including a number of single-author paper and
manuscript collections, such as Theodore
Sturgeon's) and other great reference collections; museums of natural
history and art; and sports, theater, and lots more. Lawrence offers many excellent
restaurants and shopping and recreational opportunities. Kansas City is less
than an hour away. Nighttime opportunities include movies, dinner, live concerts,
star-gazing sessions, and of course talk about writing and more.
The nearest major airport is Kansas City International (MCI), about 55 miles from
Lawrence. Transportation to Lawrence from Kansas City International can be
arranged through one of several airport shuttle services. By car, Lawrence is at
the intersection of U.S. 59 and I-70 (Kansas Turnpike) or K-10. The I-70 West
Lawrence interchange is
closer to campus. Lawrence can also be reached along the lovely Kansas Highway 10.
Find out all about Lawrence -
its history, stores, museums, observatories, and SFnal activities - here.