Education & Public Speaking

Educating authors via online writing courses and tutorials

and conferences and conventions

"Philip Athans is not only an insightful, illuminating advisor for publishers and writers, but he’s also an author of great skill whose work ranges from New York Times bestsellers to thoughtful, prescriptive texts on the writing craft. If you’re looking for someone who can help you shape and edit your fiction, or strategically and creatively craft characters, worlds, and brands that resonate with readers, Athans is your man." —Phil Sexton, former publisher, Writer’s Digest

One-on-one Coaching

I work one-on-one with authors at all experience levels across a range of genres and categories. From a couple hours of advice to long-term consultations including text edits and specific advice on your writing and your writing career, contact me and we can discuss where you are, where you want to go, and how I can help.



Access written or recorded lectures at your own pace, and submit writing assignments each week for review by Philip Athans. Additional material is added every weekday while the course runs and message boards help students communicate with the instructor and each other.

Starting January 9, 2020

Create imaginative, plausible worlds for fantasy and science fiction stories, novels, screenplays, and games in this newly revised and updated four-week course.

“Phil's feedback was encouraging, helpful and could easily be integrated into my work. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to fine-tune their worldbuilding skills!”

Starting February 6, 2020

This four-week course takes a deeper, more detailed dive into the art and craft of scaring the life out of your readers. Challenging writing assignments and enlightening (and frightening) reading will help take your horror writing to the next level.

Starting March 5, 2020

“…was a great course! Philip Athans is a great mentor, and was very encouraging and offered constructive and helpful feedback on my work.”

Each week we'll write 1500 words, keeping an eye on the lessons learned from pulp legend Lester Dent's Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot and other sources so that by the end of this four-week course everyone ends up with a complete 6000-word short story in any pulp genre: mystery/thriller, action/adventure, romance, western, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, and more.

Starting April 2, 2020

It’s no accident that Stephen King is one of the world’s best-selling authors. He knows what scares us—it isn’t just kids and clowns—and he knows how to use words to invoke that fear in the same way a horror movie director uses lighting and editing. In this two-week course we’ll look at each of those two vital elements: knowing what scares your readers, and knowing how to use words to bring that fear to life. We’ll look at examples from Stephen King’s writing to take a deep dive into both the why and the how of writing horror like a (Stephen) King.

Running a writer’s conference or science fiction or comic book convention?

Contact me for seminars like:

Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: Join former Wizards of the Coast senior managing editor and New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans for a spirited Q&A session for aspiring writers, with advice from his book, The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction (Adams Media, 2010). Learn:

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