What is Launch Pad?
Launch Pad is a workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a “crash course” for the attendees in modern astronomy science through guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional telescopes. We generally cover all workshop expenses including meals and lodging, and often are able to also offer some travel assistance as well.
Launch Pad has in the past been supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation, Uwingu, and generous individual donors. In 2016, we are finishing our grant with the Space Telescope Science Institute, and picking up additional support from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Who is Launch Pad?
Launch Pad was created by science fiction author, astronomer, and University of Wyoming professor Mike Brotherton, PhD, and Jim Verley, PhD. Other regular instructors include Christian Ready, an astronomer whose work experience includes the Hubble Space Telescope and public astronomy talks, and Andria Schwortz, a graduate student of astronomy and science education at the University of Wyoming.
Who has attended Launch Pad?
Past attendees have included Campbell Award-winning authors Jay Lake and Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo and Nebula winners Nancy Kress, Robert J. Sawyer, Ann Leckie, and Hugo winner David D. Levine, science comedian Brian Malow, editor Ellen Datlow, and dozens of other talented and distinguished people. Any writers, editors, or other creative people who can benefit from the experience and put more and better quality astronomy in front of the largest and most diverse audiences are our ideal attendees.
How do I attend Launch Pad?
The next workshop will be held June 1-7, 2016, and we are now accepting applications through March 1.