Summer Camps

2020 Summer Camps

Registration for Villa Maria’s 2020 Summer Camps is now open! All camps will be held virtually via Zoom this year, but maintain the same level of educational fun as always.

Fantasy Fiction
July 20-23, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to write fantasy, science fiction, horror, paranormal romance, superhero tales -Speculative Fiction? Published author, librarian and Goddard College MFAW Susan Abel-Smith will lead you through the process, from finding your story to getting it ready for publication. Through the completion of online modules, asynchronous lessons and writing prompts, and detailed feedback from your instructor you will devise strange new worlds, fill them with magical characters and get a crystal clear driving story to make the most of them. Modules will include World Building, Outlining your Novel or story, character creation, conflict and tension, effective plotting, and finishing the draft. We will have a brief overview of the history of speculative fiction with examples.
The Speculative Fiction Workshop is designed to supplement the Creative Writing and Literature department’s course offerings.

Materials needed: all readings and exercises will be provided, bring any work in progress you would like feedback on.  You will need a computer with internet connection and ability to use meeting software, Zoom is preferred. You may want to bring a notebook and writing implement to take notes, and a flash drive to save your work. We will be submitting in Microsoft Word during class, with Word for final submissions. MLA format, double spaced with point Times New Roman preferred for final submissions.

New writers: If you are starting from scratch you can follow one of two paths: A new short story of  5,000 words developed, workshopped and clarified with feedback, or the basis for a longer work: A detailed outline to finish your project, plot organizers, character breakdowns and profiles, setting organizer, and a minimum of ten pages of workshopped project.

Instructor: Susan Abel-Smith, Resource Librarian

Author, librarian and writing teacher Susan Abel-Smith, MLS, MFAW has been writing and publishing speculative fiction for more than twenty years, with novels, short stories, novellas and a few film scripts to her credit.

Camp Costs


Camps Per Household Price Per Camp
1 $250
2 $475
3 $700
4 $900


Contact Lisa Kraska
Phone: 716-896-0700
Email: [email protected]

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