Two things inspired this week’s post. First, my daughter has been accepted to a private art college here in Seattle, and we’re all very excited. Now we’re off, like all parents of college-bound students who are not independently wealthy (and no, I am not independently wealthy), scrounging around for scholarships, grants, charity, loose change, empty pop bottles . . . anything that will help pay for what, at the end of four years, may total very nearly $200,000.

The second thing is that I’m getting ready to do a seminar, based on The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, at Emerald City Comicon on March 30. The last time I did this event was at WonderCon in San Francisco last year, and it got a great response. The whole college thing made me think of a question from an aspiring SF/F author at WonderCon, paraphrased: “Do I need to go to college?” I might just get that question again in a couple weeks.

What was my answer?

No, but you should…


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Editor and author Philip Athans offers hands on advice for authors of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and fiction in general in this collection of 58 revised and expanded essays from the first five years of his long-running weekly blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook.


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Philip Athans is the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and a dozen other books including The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Writing Monsters. His blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook, ( is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans.
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