Intense Creative Writing - SciFi Collab Lab

Program Details

SciFi Collab Lab is a one-week, intensive creative writing experience.  Campers will explore the key aspects of writing science fiction and fantasy stories through a combination of exercises, craft talks, and directed readings.  Elements such as plot, character, voice, and setting will all be considered.  Working together to come up with new worlds and new characters to inhabit them, campers will write short stories that will be published in a magazine they can take home at the end of the sessions.

Grades: 9-12

Age Group: 14-18

All camp sessions take place on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University from 9 am until 4 pm.

  • Camper drop-off, pick-up and daily classes are located in the Culture and Society building.
  • Campers should bring snacks, drinks and lunch each day to camp.

Staff and Faculty


BeckaBecka Mara McKay is the founder of the SciFi Collab Lab.  She earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington and an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa, where she also received a PhD in comparative literature. Her first book of poems, A Meteorologist in the Promised Land, was published by Shearsman Books in 2010. She has published three translations of fiction from the Hebrew: Laundry (Autumn Hill Books, 2008), Blue Has No South (Clockroot, 2010), and Lunar Savings Time (Clockroot, 2011). She has received awards and grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and the American Literary Translators Association, and a Witter Byner Poetry Translation Residency. In 2006 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, ACM, Third Coast, The Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Rhino, Natural Bridge, Rattapallax, and elsewhere.


The faculty consists of University faculty and graduate students (* subject to change).

chris 2Christopher Notarnicola is a student at Florida Atlantic University where he teaches English Composition and studies Creative Writing with a focus on Fiction. His work has been featured in North American Review, NoiseMedium, and SmokeLong Quarterly.

Kira 2Kira Geiger is an MFA student at Florida Atlantic University, where she has taught English Composition to undergraduate students for three years. Her creative work has been featured in a number of literary magazines, including NoiseMedium, Fish Food Magazine, and tiny poetry: macropoetics.