About Us

Altered Fluid is a speculative fiction writers’ group based in Manhattan. We’re as nice a bunch of people adrift in our own imaginations as you’re likely to find anywhere. We have been meeting since 2001 to workshop our members’ short and long works of science fiction, horror, fantasy and slipstream.

We’re currently ten (or so) regular members plus a few members who have moved away but continue to participate remotely.

Our members have been finalists for and/or won nearly every major award in speculative fiction, including the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Campbell Award, and many others, and we have no intentions of stopping anytime soon. World domination is our ultimate goal. That, or regularly dressing up in period costume. (See below.)

At Alaya Dawn Johnson's book release party for her novel MOONSHINE, May 7, 2010. From left Matthew Kressel, Devin Poore, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Paul Berger, Mercurio D. Rivera

At Alaya Dawn Johnson’s book release party for her novel MOONSHINE, May 7, 2010. From left Matthew Kressel, Devin Poore, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Paul Berger, Mercurio D. Rivera

The group’s founders first met in a writing class at the New School University taught by sci-fi author Terry Bisson, and decided to continue meeting in the same format after course ended. We were all just starting out at the time, but several of us have made professional sales and garnered other acclaim in the last few years. We’ve had a bit of turnover as life events took people out of the area, but all of us have found this group a powerful resource for advancing our writing and learning about the industry.

We use the Clarion Writers Workshop style of critiquing, which means each reader takes a turn making comments and suggestions, and the writer isn’t allowed to speak until the open discussion at the end. The group will spend 30-60 minutes analyzing a story. We occasionally invite instructors and well-known writers and editors to join a session.

Currently, we are not seeking new members.

4 Comments

  1. You can give all the critiques and “constructive” advice you want to the writer, and the story might still not get published, or the book (if it gets published) might get a negative review.

    I don’t see what makes you guyd such authorities on writing advice. I just know that if a has a good character with an interesting conflict, and the scenes hve action, and the characters are DOING things instead of mulling over their lives, then you will some good writing. I’m not sure if see that in Alt. Fl. work.

  2. Well, I’m pretty sure the Altered Fluid members know how to spell. I’ve certainly seen THAT in their work…

  3. My favorite thing to do is to post judgmental reviews on the “About” pages of writers groups of which I am not a member

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