The Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, run by Mike Brotherton at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, is now accepting applications for their 2014 class. I attended Launch Pad last year and it was a highlight of my year. If you want to get a flavor for what Launch Pad is like, you can read about my experience there, or check out the article I wrote on my experience for Clarkesworld magazine.
If you are looking to improve your understanding of the universe, and use that understanding to improve your science fiction stories, consider Launch Pad. It is a crash course in astronomy, taught by real world astronomers, who also happen to be science fiction writers, so you get the best of both worlds. And while there is a lot of classroom lecture time, Launch Pad is very hands-on. You get to look through telescopes, visit a radio telescope, and even take a long morning hike. And nothing can compare to the bonding experience you get with 12 or 13 other writers who share your interest.
Launch Pad is accepting applications starting today. Consider applying. You’d be in good company. A lot of science fiction writers have attended Launch Pad over the last several years.