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We Need YOU for the Writers Workshops!

Email Oz Whiston* at writers-workshop AT anticipationsf DOT ca

The Writers Workshops at Anticipation are small session workshops for either experienced or beginning writers based on manuscripts submitted in advance. These workshops provide Anticipation members the opportunity to have their manuscripts evaluated by selling writers and industry professionals who enjoy helping them grow as writers. Many of these professionals have taught at residency workshops, such as Clarion, or in creative writing programs.

Each session will ideally consist of submissions from three participants. The manuscripts will be circulated in advance to both the participants and the professionals. A workshop session lasting two hours will be a critique of all three submissions, or critique with directed instruction, at the discretion of the professionals in each session.

Due to the critical nature of this workshop, it is not recommended for anyone under 18 or anyone who is sensitive to criticism. Participants are strongly urged to attend a talk that will be given by Scott Edelman on Thursday at 5:00pm “How To Respond To A Critique Of Your Writing.” The talk is intended to prepare participants for the sort of discussion that occurs in workshop settings. Scott is a veteran of workshops, a Clarion alumnus, a published writer and professional editor.

All manuscripts must be submitted in advance, since there will be no on-the-spot reading for critiques. You will also need to be prepared to attend your session, which can be assigned on any day from Friday August 7 through Monday August 10 at the convention. Each session lasts two hours.

There is a nominal entry fee that covers workshop expenses. The fee is $20.00 plus $2.58 tax and will be payable through Anticipation’s PayPal. You pay the fee when you’re notified by email that your submission has been received and accepted. Payment secures your slot.

If you wish to have two stories workshopped, you may submit a request, but you must indicate which story is your first choice and the same fee will be charged for each submission. Two stories will be considered as two submissions, whether or not the combined word count is less than the maximum allowed.

1. All submissions will be electronic for Anticipation. The email address is writers-workshop AT anticipationsf DOT ca.

2. Fiction manuscripts may be either short stories or novel excerpts. Stories must be science fiction, fantasy, gothic/horror, or have a fantastic element of some kind.

3. Submissions may be French or English language. A few French-speaking professionals have volunteered to participate. Please contact the workshop as early as possible with requests for French language submissions.

4. Submissions may be non-fiction critical essays of genre work. Again, the number of slots for this type of work is limited. Please contact the workshop as soon as possible to indicate you wish to submit this type of manuscript .

5. Manuscript submissions may have up to 10,000 words, shorter lengths are encouraged. Manuscript format should conform to general professional submission standards. (The Writer's Digest Guide to Manuscript Formats, by Dian Dincin Buchman and Seli Groves, is one resource for this information.) Longer pieces or novels must also include a synopsis covering the entire plotline. The synopsis counts as part of the 10,000 words.

6. Your email is your cover letter. Include any previous sales and any workshops you may have attended. The cover email should also include your name, address, and phone number. Please include your attending membership number in your email. You can’t be assigned a space without an attending membership.

The deadline is now. Don’t delay. Write an email to reserve a spot. No submissions can be accepted after July 25th to allow for reading and assignments.

The following is an incomplete list of the moderators, writers, and experienced professionals who have agreed to give two hours of their time to the writing workshops.

* Laura Anne Gilman
* Richard Chwedyk
* P. C. Hodgell
* Nancy Kress
* David D. Levine
* John A. Pitts
* Karin Lowachee
* Eileen Gunn
* Jean Lorrah, Ph.D.
* Delia Sherman
* Tony Pi
* Lawrence Schoen
* Mike Shepherd Moscoe
* Colin Harvey
* Catherynne Valente
* Mindy Klasky
* Elizabeth Bear
* Jody Lynn Nye
* Mary Robinette Kowal
* Victoria Janssen
* Jay Lake
* Geoff Ryman
* Elissa Malcohn
* Larry Hodges

*Who is this Oz Whiston? I participated in these workshops at LAConIV and the story I workshopped was later sold to Analog. Ok, so it was up to me to listen and understand what the professionals had to say. But they provided the critical input that helped me edit my story to its final version.



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 14th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, Oz! What a great list of instructors.
Jul. 15th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
sweet barking cheese -- that's like the "who's who"

Jul. 15th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Hey, look who else is up this late? How about posting a link on your blog for me to this info? You have all those folks doing cool collaborations and some are writers and might be going to Worldcon. Say hello to Roswell and Gillian.
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Jul. 15th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
It's going to come out with the official Anticipation banner and with translation in the next day or so. I put this info up here now to get things rolling. I had an earlier post up there under my own name.

We'll be reposting and tweeting and pointing over there just as soon as the media folks get it up. Meanwhile, feel free to tell folks.

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Jul. 15th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Hi! I shall edit the post immediately! I hadn't personally assured you as one of my pros yet, but I'm thrilled to learn you're on board and ready! (So are other people.)
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Is this held annually? I can't make it all the way to Montreal this year, but I'd love to plan a trip out for the next conference.
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
No, it's not held annually. Conventions vary. Several do hold annual writers' workshops. Worldcon is in Australia next year and in Reno the year after. I don't know what the plans are for either, but if you plan to attend either one, it doesn't hurt to find their website and ask for a workshop. Early. It takes a certain amount of coordinating with the rest of the program.
Jul. 16th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
So if I were interested in this, should I submit the story as an attachment or in the body of the e-mail?

Thank you!
Jul. 16th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
It needs to be an attachment, but request your slot first. Ms. will be requested in the next week.

Jul. 16th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! Off to request a slot now!
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Jul. 16th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Oh my. Tough question. Everything is "in process." If it's a novel, the excerpt should be the best you can do and preferably at the beginning, just as you would send it to an agent or publisher. Since you're submitting a synopsis of the rest, technically, having a finished draft wouldn't be strictly necessary.

As for a short story that is under 10k, well, yes, I think the ending should be there. Is it a draft? Yes, probably.

There's a difference in critiquing novels and short stories. With a novel you're looking at a small piece. With a short story, novelette, you're looking at the completed story.

Jul. 20th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
I really want to do this, but Anticipation is closed to buying memberships at this time. So can I sign up without a membership number since I'll have to buy one at the door? Thanks.
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
email me.
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