Are you interested in anime/manga and fantasy culture? Do you write science fiction or love to draw? Would you like to learn new coding skills? Then join the Octavia Project!

The Octavia Project Summer Institute is a free summer workshop program based in Brooklyn for young women and trans, nonbinary, and/or gender non-conforming youth ages 14-18 to bridge their love of science fiction, writing, art, and technology!

Our 5 week program runs from July 5 – August 4, 2022. We meet four days a week—Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays—from 12:30pm-4:30pm. Our 2022 Summer Institute will run in-person at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

An Octavia Project participant will finish the program armed with:

  • Strengthened skills in digital-media, art, and writing, as well as a greater confidence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
  • A collective of peer creatives sharing thoughts and ideas.
  • Access to a network of professional women, fellowships, and other leadership opportunities.
  • Publication in the Octavia Project zine.

Octavia Project participants are:

  • Young women and trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming youth who are 14 to 18 years old.
  • Brooklynites, or able to travel to Brooklyn on a daily basis.
  • Available to attend workshops 4 days a week, 12:30-4:30pm, July 5th-August 4th.
  • Into science fiction, fantasy, fan-fiction, art, writing, science, tech, gaming—or interested in learning more about these topics!

To apply:

  • Check back early in the new year to apply for Summer Institute 2023.
  • Share your name and contact info to receive our application link by email as soon as it opens.


Email us at enrollment [at]