Sci-Fi Fantasy Weekend with Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Adventure forth into amazing new worlds for this year’s Sci-Fi Fantasy Weekend with Nina Kiriki Hoffman!
Registration closes April 9

Gather together with fifteen other writers for a weekend of science fiction and fantasy writing. From high fantasy sword and sorcery, to the dark realms of Twilight Zone-ish work, to elves, gnomes, and trolls of all imagination, you’ll write a complete short story over one weekend.

April 11-14, 2024
In Person at Yachats, OR

Registration deadline April 4.

Private Room (queen/full) $650
Shared Room (2 queens) $550 Shared Room (3 twins) $450
Workshop only $200
(staying offsite–you’ll need to book your own room!)

SCHOLARSHIP COUPONS: We have a limited number of $50 and $100 scholarship coupons available to bring the price down a bit. Please email bewriting@wordcrafters.org for details

This is in an in-person event. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend. For retreats a negative day-of COVID test will also be required.

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All writers are welcome, from the beginner to the accomplished short story writer or novelist.

Instructor and accomplished short story writer, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, will be there to help with plot, story structure, or character development. This is a fun way to get started in short story writing, and a fantastic way to meet other writers working in the same genre.

Tuition includes all instruction and a plethora of inspiration and supplies.

We will get together Friday night after dinner to talk about creating creatures and worlds fantastical and futuristic along with the structure of short stories. And then. . . ready, set, write! The point is to write a complete science fiction or fantasy story by 7 pm on Saturday, when we gather together to read our stories.

Nina Kiriki Hoffman will be available to help you with your story and talk privately about your writing. We hold very casual class time during meals. Sunday morning we give light feedback/critiques on the stories we heard Saturday night. (Don’t be nervous—everything is first draft.)


Sci-Fi Fantasy Weekend will be held will be held in person at our lodge in Yachats, OR. Attendance is limited to 16 participants, plus instructor.


  • 4 pm – Arrival and settle in
  • 6 pm – Dinner on your own–We often head out to a restaurant as a group for dinner


Morning and afternoon are free-time to settle in, do some writing, walk on the beach, eat chocolate!

  • 6 pm – Dinner and cocktail hour–potluck style
  • 7 pm – Gather around the campfire to talk about science fiction and fantasy stories, story structure, magical writing inspiration
  • 8 pm – Start Writing! You have until 7 pm on Saturday eve to write
  • You are welcome to write on your own until we gather again at 7 pm Saturday eve.


You are welcome to write on your own until we gather again at 7 pm.

We will gather for potluck meals and informal instruction discussion (totally optional to attend) at:

  • 9 am – Breakfast
  • 1 pm – Lunch
  • 6 pm – Dinner
  • Nina will be available for questions and story help throughout the day

7 pm til the Witching Hour – Gather around the fire to share stories!


  • 8 am – Breakfast and coffee and chocolate and conversation
  • 9 am to Noon – Moderated story advice session

While we will arrive on Thursday, the official event begins at 6 pm Friday, April 12, 2024 and goes until noon on Sunday, April 14.

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