We offer four writing workshops that take place in multiple sessions throughout the course of the convention.  Three are live, one is pre-recorded with live Q&A following (Playing the Short Game with Douglas Smith)

How to Critique
with Judy McCrosky

This workshop will teach you how to examine a piece of writing analytically, focus on both strengths and weaknesses, and make comments that are constructive.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Plotting an Amazing Story
with Amber Royer

Participants will learn to structure on both the scene and story level, and will work over the course of the weekend to outline a short story.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Writing Amazing Stories: Crafting the First Three Pages
with Richard Dean Starr

A round-table critique workshop focused on the first three pages of your short story or novel.

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Playing the Short Game #1: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction (Friday) & Playing the Short Game #2: You Sold a Story! Contracts, Editing, & Reality (Saturday)
With Douglas Smith

Critical advice on how to sell your short stories to professional markets and what to do after it’s published and the reviews start coming. 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Course Description & Instructor Biography