A couple of years ago, I got to attend a really magnificent writer’s workshop: the Launchpad Astronomy Workshop, held each year in Wyoming. One of its supporters has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support the program.

Doug Farren is an author and long-time attendee, and he’s launched an IndieGoGo campaign to keep the program running. As a disclaimer, I attended the program a couple of years ago.

Launchpad was founded by Mike Brotherton, a science fiction author and astronomer, and is designed to give science fiction authors a leg up when it comes to understanding the science that they’re using. Too often, science is misused in books, television and films, something that Neil deGrasse Tyson is fond of pointing out. The workshop is an intensive, five day series of classes that covers a considerable amount of information.

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Farren’s campaign can be found here, and he’s looking to raise $5000, which will help offset transportation, room and board costs for the 2016 workshop.

Image credit: Andrew Liptak

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