Kevin J. Anderson has more than 140 published books, 56 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and penned the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.
i write. i make up stuff. i adventure hard, so you don’t have to.
Each year, Rebecca and I put on the Superstars Writing Seminar (this year’s will be May 14–16 in Colorado Springs), an intensive three-day seminar on the business of writing and publishing, with Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, and Eric Flint, along with guest instructors. Now, we are also instructors for Sail to Success, another high-end writing workshop—and this one is aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean.
The first Sail to Success workshop took place in December 2012 aboard the Norwegian Sky ship, departing from Miami with stops in Freeport, Nassau, and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay. (Not a bad place to be in December!) We had a group of very impressive fellow instructors, including Toni Weisskopf (head of Baen Books), agent Eleanor Wood (Spectrum Literary Agency), and authors Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Jack Skillinstead, and Paul Cook. Next year’s faculty will also include Eric Flint.
The curriculum included business lectures, writing craft, intensive manuscript critiques, and a lot of networking. And did we mention it was on a cruise ship?
Next year’s Sail to Success has already been scheduled and is ready for early-bird signups. All-inclusive cruise and workshop (and meals) starts at $1395. For more information, see the Sail to Success website.
Mike Resnick and Toni Weisskopf
Nancy Kress in her critique session
Mike Resnick and Eleanor Wood
Toni Weisskopf critique session
Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, Mike Resnick
Full faculty Q&A
After hours networking (and beer!)