Teaching SF: A Workshop for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents

Organized and Presented by AboutSF (University of Kansas).

On Monday, September 2, LoneStarCon 3 will host Teaching Science Fiction, a workshop for teachers, librarians, and parents on how to use science fiction as a teaching tool. The workshop provides a half-day seminar on developing a class on science fiction for primary or secondary students. The target audience for this course is educators interested in designing a class on SF, or who want to incorporate SF readings into existing classes. No prior knowledge of the genre is assumed, and general audiences are welcomed.

AboutSF's Teaching Science Fiction workshop covers what to teach, how to organize a class, and ways to promote the course. The workshop will answer all the questions teachers may have about this idea-oriented, forward-looking, student-stimulating body of speculative literature. Attendees receive handouts and CD-ROMs that contain additional helpful material.

Workshop speakers will include Worldcon Guest of Honor Dr. James Gunn, with additional speakers to be announced. The workshop is a collaborative effort, organized and presented by AboutSF, an organization based at the University of Kansas.

Workshop Logistics

The workshop will be held alongside LoneStarCon 3 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, running from 9 a.m. to around 2 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2013.

Worldcon members with attending memberships can attend the TeachingSF workshop at no additional cost, but must register in advance as space is limited. Teachers, librarians, and parents who are not Worldcon members will need to purchase a Day Admission for the day of the workshop. This admission provides access to the workshop as well as the main LoneStarCon 3 program and exhibits. MOnday Day Admissions are priced at $30 for adults and $20 for Young Adults (those aged 21 or under on the day of the workshop).

How to Register

For more details of the workshop program and information on how to register, please write to us at academic@LoneStarCon3.org.

About the Organizers

AboutSF (www.aboutsf.com) is a resource center for speculative literature, science fiction, and education. It is a joint project of the University of Kansas, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the Science Fiction Research Association, with generous support from Tor Books, The Heinlein Prize Trust, and several individual donors.