Early-bird Applications, Faculty, and Scholarships for VP 22 (2018)

Viable Paradise 22 (2018)

Sunday, October 21st - Friday, October 26th, 2018

Applications for Viable Paradise 22 (2018) are due to open in just a few short days: On January 1st, we invite writers to apply to this unique one-week workshop dedicated to writing and selling commercial science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

This year, we’re proud to make a number of announcements:

Early-bird Applications

Viable Paradise will be accepting applications from January 1 – June 1st – a two week shorter period than in past years. This year, we’re excited to offer a new Early-bird Application Fee that will apply from January 1 – January 31st. Here’s the full schedule of application fees:

  • January 1 – 31: $12.50 (USD)
  • February 1 – March 31: $25 (USD)
  • April 1 – May 15: $35 (USD)
  • May 16 – June 1: $50 (USD)

We hope that you’ll take advantage of our early-bird application period. For more information, and to apply when the application period opens, click here.

Faculty for VP 22 (2018)

A key part of what makes Viable Paradise unique is the broad range of experience, talent, and skill that our faculty bring to the island. This year, we’re proud to welcome the following eight instructors and three professionals-in-residence to work with this year’s students:

  • Instructors
    • Amal El-Mohtar
    • Max Gladstone
    • Steven Gould
    • Daryl Gregory
    • Scott Lynch
    • Teresa Nielsen Hayden
    • Nisi Shawl
    • Sherwood Smith
  • Writer-in-Residence: Elizabeth Bear
  • Writer-in-Residence: Laura J. Mixon
  • Editor-in-Residence: Patrick Nielsen Hayden

For more information about our faculty for VP 22 (2018), please click here.

Viable Paradise Writers-of-Color Scholarship

As we announced last month, Viable Paradise is proud to offer the inaugural Writers-of-Color Scholarship for the VP22 (2018) workshop.

Thanks to the generous support of the Viable Paradise community, we have successfully been able raise funds to expand our initial scholarship. Thanks to the community’s enthusiastic support, we are expanding the scholarship program to:

  • Sponsor half-tuitions for two students of color attending VP 22 (2018), and
  • Sponsor travel costs to and from the workshop for scholarship recipients.

For more information about the Writers-of-Color Scholarship and how to apply, please click here.

Viable Paradise Announces Writers-of-Color Scholarship

Martha’s Vineyard, MA / November 2, 2017
The science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres derive their strength from the full community of writers who tell their stories. The faculty and alumni of the Viable Paradise workshop believe that diverse voices need to be heard, and there are stories, styles of storytelling, and points of view the field has yet to fully promote. We want to help see that change and are proud to put our conviction into practice by offering the Viable Paradise Writers-of-Color Scholarship.

Photo of Martha's Vineyard Coastline

Photo credit: Sarah Goslee

Thanks to the generous support of the class and faculty of Viable Paradise 21, we are offering two half-tuition scholarships for students of color who will be attending the class of Viable Paradise 22 in 2018.

Here’s how the scholarship will work: When our application period opens on January 1, 2018, students who apply to VP22 will be able to simultaneously apply for the Writers-of-Color Scholarship. Once all applications have been reviewed, the workshop will randomly award half-tuition scholarships to two accepted students who have applied for the scholarship.

When we initially told the class of VP21 about our plans for this scholarship, they generously met our fundraising goal within forty-eight hours (because they are awesome). And with their support, the Viable Paradise board of directors is also announcing a stretch goal for our fundraising efforts:

Should we raise a total of $2,600 via our web site, we will not only award two half-tuition scholarships but also fully fund both scholarship students’ travel to and from the workshop on Martha’s Vineyard.

ETA (December 28, 2017): Thanks to the generous support of the Viable Paradise community, we have been able to expand the scholarship. We will now also sponsor scholarship students’ travel to and from the workshop on Martha’s Vineyard.