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Latest Project

Philip Athans will be starting a new online course with Writer's Digest University next month. Pulp Fiction is a four-week course where we'll each write a 6000-word short story in any pulp fiction genre: mystery/crime, science fiction, fantasy, romance, western, and more. Open to any writers looking to add a little excitement to their fiction! The first course is registering now and starts on June 18, 2015.

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Editorial Services

Now accepting projects from indie authors and small presses. Finished that book but need a fresh set of eyes? Ready to self-publish but need a copy edit? Athans & Associates can help you put your best foot forward whether you’re just putting out that one passion project or launching a new small press. Find out what a veteran editor can bring to your work, your career, and your peace of mind.

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New Release

On sale now the follow-up to The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, Writing Monsters: with advice for creating monsters in novels, short stories, film and TV, gaming, and anywhere things go bump in the night!

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I contributed a fantasy roleplaying adventure, Aftermath, for the upcoming Worldspinner fantasy map making tool, an amazing new worldbuilding resource!


Pulp Fiction Workshop

Write a 6000-word short story in any pulp fiction genre in this new online course from Writer's Digest University! Enrolling now.


Writing Scary

Join Philip Athans at the Chuckanut Writers Conference in Bellingham, WA Friday & Saturday June 26-27 for an in-depth lesson in scaring the pants off your readers!


Worldbuilding in SF & Fantasy

The popular online worldbuilding course is back by popular demand with a new course registering now!


"(Philip Athans) quickly got me up to speed on a complicated property about which I had previously known nothing. The popularity of the end result is at least as much to Phil's credit as my own. Throughout my experience with him, Phil's ability to see the bigger picture, see where my work could fit in, and see how best to improve and promote the brand never faltered."

—Mike Resnick, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction

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