Stranger Horizons

A Speculative Fiction Workshop for folks who want to create otherworldly realities.


So you’ve got a huge imagination…

Maybe you dream of writing the next sci-fi or fantasy classic. Or maybe you’ve always loved stories with a supernatural or unusual twist, but have never been sure where to start your own. Or maybe you just want to have some fun escaping into another world for a while.

In this workshop we’ll use the umbrella term of “speculative fiction” to explore the boundaries of this hugely popular type of fiction, whether it’s far-flung planets and high-fantasy, or worlds that look a lot like our own (but with that all important twist).

Bring us your strange ideas and we’ll work together to form them into whole worlds, full of story, characters, and intrigue.

Here’s how it works:

For eight weeks we’ll gather at the Firefly studio to dive deep into the world of speculative fiction. This workshop is for folks with vague or partly-formed story ideas who want to get busy writing. We’ll use a series of fun and thought-provoking exercises to build believable-but-amazing worlds, strong characters, and engaging plots. We’ll share work as we create it, and each participant will also have the chance to bring in one longer piece in for deeper feedback.

This workshop is ideal for people who:

  • Want to let their imaginations run wilder and wilder.

  • Have a vague or partly-realized idea for their stories.

  • Are motivated by the idea of a community of like-minded fiction writers.

  • Are ready to work hard, both in class and at home between classes.

  • Love a good homemade cookie.

You can expect to leave the workshop with:

  • Lots of new writing.

  • A renewed or brand new love of speculative fiction.

  • A ton of ideas for exploring your own “stranger horizons.”

  • Creative courage.

  • A sense of what’s next in your journey into speculative fiction.

This workshop won’t give you:

  • Critique or competition. We’re all about the love.

  • Strict rules or guidelines on what speculative fiction is or should look like. This class celebrates the vast scope of wild and wonderful worlds that can exist in this genre.

  • A completed manuscript

  • Feedback on already-completed work. (Check out Manuscript Services for that, and ask for Ailsa.)




We’re not running Stranger Horizons this season. Our next dates will be announced a couple months before the class begins. Pop in your email below for a nudge when pre-registration begins for this specific workshop, or join our mailing list to keep up to date on all things Firefly.


The total fee for the in-house class is $525 +HST. When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $200 +HST deposit to confirm your spot, the balance of $325 +HST will be due one week later. You’ll also have the option of breaking your balance into four monthly credit card payments of $81.25 +HST. There’s no extra fee for this service; we just like being able to offer it.

We don’t want money to be a barrier to participation for our classes, but we know it can be. This is especially true for people facing marginalization. We have a small scholarship fund available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis for anyone who needs it. Please let us know in your registration form if you’d like to apply. On the other hand if you’re able to contribute to our scholarship fund, click here.

To see our financial and cancellation policies, click here.


Ready to take the leap?

We’re not sure when we’ll be bringing this back, but we hope soon! When we do, you can get a nudge when early registration begins by submitting your email below. Alternately, join our mailing list to keep up to date on all things Firefly.


Your answer is probably on this page.

Looking for more options?

Take a peek at our other in-house workshops, or coaching services, or our monthly writers care package.

What people are saying:


After a couple years of almost joining workshops, seeing speculative fiction pop up as an option was all I needed to make the jump. Stranger Horizons was such a delightful way to explore all the weird and wonderful inside us all. Ailsa fostered a community with such a sense of joy, and a playfulness that let us each discover our own systems of magic.

Savannah Snook
Writer, Aspiring Magic-Maker