Paradise Lost II

UPDATED: 05 – 14 – 2012

Paradise Lost II is here.

I have pulled the schedule down to avoid confusion with the onsite schedule of events.

A writing retreat & seminar for Viable Paradise graduates & staff

May 17th – 20th
San Antonio, Texas

2012 Writer/Editors in Residence

We are sad to announce that Mary Robinette Kowal has an unexpected conflict this year for Paradise Lost 2. The Nebulas are being hosted the same weekend as she is the vice-president of SFWA it made perfect sense that they took precedent. She was kind enough to help us find another resident pro.

It is my great pleasure to announce that John Joseph Adams will be joining us this year as our first editor in residence.

John  has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes &–is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Brave New Worlds,Wastelands, The Living DeadThe Living Dead 2By Blood We Live,FederationsThe Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the WizardIn 2011, he was a finalist for two Hugo Awards and two World Fantasy Awards. He is also the editor of Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Magazine, and is the co-host of io9′s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams. John will be joined by his wife, writer Christie Yant.


Back by popular demand! Jay Lake will once more be dishing out wisdom and professional acumen.

Jay Lake has been described as one of the rising stars of the science fiction and fantasy genre. Since first appearing on the scene in late 2001, he has seen over 240 short stories published, along with seven novels out, and three more forthcoming over the next few years. His work has received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and significant recognition within the science fiction and fantasy field. He has won two of the most prestigious awards in science fiction and been nominated for numerous others.

Guest Lecturer:

Steven Brust has agreed to join us as the 2012 guest lecturer.  This is an outstanding opportunity for Paradise Lost participants. Our guest lecturer spot is often a local writer but when Steven said he would love to come spend the weekend with us, how could we say no?

Steven Karl Zoltán Brust (born November 23, 1955) is an American fantasy and science fiction author of Hungarian descent. He was a member of the writers’ group The Scribblies, which included Emma BullPamela DeanWill ShetterlyNate BucklinKara Dalkey, and Patricia Wrede; he also belongs to the Pre-Joycean Fellowship. He is best known for his novels about the assassin Vlad Taltos.

Who can attend

Taos Toolbox & Viable paradise graduates, instructors and staff are invited to attend. Spouses or partners are also welcome; however they may not attend small group sessions or critiques. They are welcome to participate during lectures, free time, meals and social activities. Paradise Lost is not appropriate for children to attend, as there will be no planned age appropriate activities.

Event cost

Seminar participant (Max 16 participants): $249.00

Social-participant for spouses & partners: $99.00

Cancellation: In the event you cannot attend a full refund will be provided until February 15th 2012.

This event is a not-for-profit venture.

Fees are used to defer operating costs, meeting space, and expenses for the writers in residence.

Writing submissions for critique

  • Small group critiques will be hosted by one of the writers in residence
  • Writing submissions will be critiqued by all members in small group (Ideally a group of 4 plus the WIR)
  • Submissions should be in in RTF format and no more than 5k words
  • Submissions must be sent to by March 20th
  • Submissions which are provided after March 20th are not subject to critique by the writer in residence hosting your critique group
  • Critique format will follow that used at Viable Paradise. Please be considerate and be prepared to offer feedback to your fellow students by reading materials provided prior to sessions

More Information

The legal stuff: Paradise Lost is an event sponsored by Viable Paradise graduates for graduates and staff and is in no way officially associated with or endorsed by Viable Paradise or the Martha’s Vineyard Science Fiction Association (MVSFA). We are however, BIG FANs!

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