I’ve been asked to pass on this news by the inestimable Farah Mendlesohn – there’s a new venue for the 2008 SFF Masterclass in science fiction criticism.
To quote from Farah’s email:
SFF Masterclass: June 20th, 21st, and 22nd 2008
Class Leaders: Wendy Pearson, Geoff Ryman, Gary K. Wolfe.
The aim of the Masterclass is to provide those who have a serious interest in sf criticism with the opportunity to exchange ideas with leading figures in the field, and also to use the SFF Collection.
The Masterclass will take place in Seven Sisters, London. Each full day of the Masterclass will consist of morning and evening classes, with afternoons free to prepare.
Applicants must provide a short CV of either: academic credentials, essay/book publications, reviews and writing sample (this may be from a blog); all of these will be valued equally as we are looking for a mixture of experiences and approaches.
Applications will be assessed by an Applications Committee consisting of Paul Kincaid, Andy Sawyer and Jenny Wolmark.
Completed applications must be received by 31st January 2008.
Due to the cancellation of the Science Fiction Research Association’s conference in Dublin we have decided to relocate the Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass to the UK. As the University of Liverpool archive will still be closed for refurbishment in the summer of 2008 we have decided to relocate the Masterclass to London, specifically to Seven Sisters where the James/Mendlesohn collection of critical works will be available, and will be supplemented by a visit to the famous Clute Cellar.
Dates: 20-22nd June 2008
Times: 9-7pm each day.
Venue: Kitap Evi Café and Bookshop on Tottenham High Street (underground to Seven Sisters and then a bus—numbers will be provided—, three stops north drops you outside the café).
[The Kitap Evi Café is a Turkish café which is also a bookshop, highly committed to education and with a book lined, large, airy upstairs room which they use regularly for meetings for evening classes. Downstairs there is internet access, and fabulous food suitable for omnivores, vegans, vegetarians, celiacs and the lactose intolerant. Prices range from £2.50 for soup or mezze, to around £7 for an entrée.
Please note: this venue is not wheelchair accessible for which we apologise profusely. Our regular, Liverpool venue is accessible, but the need to relocate the masterclass and keep the rates down has left us with very few options.]
Evening venue: 23 Ranelagh Road for drinks, chat and general book perusal.
Accommodation: we will make details of hotels in the area available, but we are also actively seeking cheaper accommodation.
Masterclass Fees: £170
As some of you may remember, I went to the inaugural Masterclass earlier this year … and despite some people thinking I was being uncritical (only kidding, Jonathan), I really would recommend it to anyone who wants to get their teeth into the more serious end of lit-crit as applied to genre work.
It’s also a great opportunity to meet people in the field with a similar close-focus interest to yourself, which can be harder to achieve in the social hustle and bustle of a full-blown con. Plus, the chance to check out the legendary Clute Cellar … that’s got to be worth the price of admission alone!
I was going to skip it this time, ironically enough because of the location, but this move makes it a more viable option. That is, if they’ll have me back a second time … 🙂