Sample Workshop Schedule

Teaching Science Fiction: A Portable Workshop

AboutSF's Teaching Science Fiction: A Portable Workshop provides a day-long seminar on developing a class on science fiction for primary or secondary students. The target audience for this course is educators interested in designing a class on SF, or who want to incorporate SF readings into existing classes. No prior knowledge of the genre is assumed. General audiences are welcomed.

Previous Workshops -- Summer 2009

Thursday, August 6 -- Montreal, QC -- Anticipation (The 67th Annual World Science Fiction Convention)
There will be two tracks of presentations--French and English.
More information will be coming soon about instructors and panel topics. Full schedules will be posted soon.
Fee: Free to the general public
Location: Palais des Congres de Montreal
Time: 8 hours. Starts at 9 a.m.
Scheduled Presenters:Cathy Palmer-Lister, David-Glenn Anderson, Donna Young, Eric Choi, Jean-Pierre Normand, Julie Czerneda, Lindalee Stuckey, Lynn Cohen Koehler, Maaja Wentz, Sharon Rawlins and Susan Fichtelberg.

To sign up, please register in advance by emailing AboutSFWorkshop@gmail [dot] com for more information.

Thanks to David-Glenn Anderson, Catherine Asaro, Peter Eirich, Andy Love, Magi D. Shepley, and others who helped run the Portable Workshop at Balticon on Monday, May 25th!
See the flyer PDF flyer from the event.
Read the promotional letter for educators in the area.

A Sample Past Workshop:
Thursday, August 7 - Denver, CO -- Denvention 3 (The 66th Annual Worldcon)

AboutSF's Teaching Science Fiction workshop covers what to teach, how to organize a class, and ways to promote the course. The workshop will answer all the questions teachers may have about this idea-oriented, forward-looking, student-stimulating body of speculative literature. Attendees receive handouts and CD-ROMs that contain helpful material including:

  • sample course outlines
  • lesson plans and quizes
  • suggested reading lists
  • film clips
  • course approval recommendations

The workshop contains several sub-units designed to be taught together, although any one may be taught individually. The sub-units are each organized around a question: "Why should I teach science fiction?" "What science fiction should I teach?" "How do I teach science fiction?" and "What resources are available for teaching science fiction?" Contact the AboutSF Coordinator at for more information.

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