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, creative writing, art, science, and technology!

Our 5-week program runs July 5 – August 3. We meet four days a week—Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays—from 12-4pm. Our 2023 Summer Institute will run in-person at Pratt Institute in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Please note that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required for participation in our 2023 Summer Institute.

An Octavia Project participant will finish the program with:

  • Strengthened skills in digital-media, art, and writing, as well as a greater confidence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
  • A community of creative peers sharing thoughts and ideas.
  • Access to a network of professional authors, architects, city planners, artists & more, as well as 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 from July 5 – August 3.
  • Into science fiction, fantasy, fan-fiction, art, writing, science, tech, gaming—or interested in learning more about these topics!

To apply:

  • Complete an online application.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
  • Look out for an email from Octavia Project—we will follow up with you in 2-3 weeks.


Email us at enrollment [at]

Download and share our Summer Institute flyer!