Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Astronomy Workshop for SF Writers

From SFNovelists:


Launch Pad is a free, NASA-funded astronomy workshop for about a dozen writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a "crash course" for twelve attendees in modern astronomy for its attendees through lectures, discussions, activities, and observations through the University of Wyoming's two professional telescopes. The aim of the workshop is to promote more accurate astronomy in literature and media in order to educate the public and inspire future scientists.

This year's guest instructor is Jerry Oltion, amateur astronomer and science fiction author. Other lecturers include the founders/hosts of Launch Pad, University of Wyoming professor of astronomy and sf author Mike Brotherton and education specialist/astronomy instructor Jim Verley.

This year's workshop will be held from July 15-22, 2007. Lodging and some meals will be provided, and additional travel support may be available for exceptional and female/minority applicants. For more information, and to apply online, visit:


Please be encouraged to distribute this notice to any and all interested parties. While the workshop was originally conceived with science fiction writers in mind, we'd like to reach anyone who would benefit from more astronomical knowledge and produces work that reaches a broad audience


Mike Brotherton
Author of STAR DRAGON (Tor Books)
Astronomy: physics.uwyo.edu/~mbrother
Science Fiction/Blog: www.mikebrotherton.com

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