Potlatch 22: February 1-3, 2013


Writer's Workshop

The Foolscap/Potlatch writer's workshop is open to all speculative fiction writers, regardless of experience. It's a place to get feedback on your writing, learn important writing lessons, and decide what you need to work on next.

The workshop will be held on Friday, with a two-hour critique session beginning at 9:00, a morning seminar, a lunch break, and two afternoon seminars, finishing by 4:00 which is, not coincidentally, when regular convention programming begins.

You can sign up for critique, seminars, or both, but you must sign up in advance to participate. Workshop space is limited.

The critique session consists of a small group of participants and a pro writer. Each participant submits a story or novel excerpt in advance, then reads and makes notes on the other participants' submissions before the convention. At the con, the participants and writer deliver their critiques on each story in a round-robin Clarion West style. To sign up for the critique session, send a short story or novel excerpt of up to 7,500 words to workshop@potlatch-sf.org before January 10, 2013. Stories should be sent as an attached .doc or .rtf file in standard manuscript format (see http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html). If you send a novel excerpt, please also include a one-page summary of the entire novel. While your story does not have to be fantasy or science fiction, you will find you will get the most out of the workshop with a story in one of those genres.

Each seminar is a 60- or 90-minute session with a pro writer and up to 15 participants focused on an area of writing craft such as character, setting, or plot. These sessions will be interactive; bring something you can write with (paper and pen, laptop computer, or clay tablet, according to your own distinctive style -- be aware, though, that no power outlets are available in the seminar room). You can sign up for one, two, or all three sessions by emailing writersworkshop@foolscapcon.org before January 25, 2013. Session leaders and topics will be announced soon.