About our Con
Note: The workshop is now closed to submissions.
One-Day Writers Workshop
For Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Fiction
When: Friday, August 16, 2002
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Omni SouthPark Hotel,
IH 35 and Ben White Blvd,
Teachers: Jennifer Evans, Robin Hobb, Rick Klaw,
Alexis Glynn Latner, Jonathan Lyons, C. J. Mills, Patrice Sarath,
James Stoddard, & Wendy Wheeler
Cost: $50 for workshop, critique,
Friday lunch, and 3-day pass
to ArmadilloCon 24
Deadline: Submit manuscripts
by July 19, 2002
Send $50 check payable to "ArmadilloCon 24" along with your manuscript to:
FACT / Writers Workshop
PO Box 27277
Austin TX 78755
Get your unpublished original work of science fiction/fantasy/horror fiction in front of a pro! Sign up for the ArmadilloCon24 writers workshop! Get invaluable critique and feedback from at least one pro writer or editor, plus small-group critiques from fellow attendees. Includes group sessions and panels or presentations throughout the about the craft and profession of writing. All at a terrific reasonable cost of only $50. You also get a lunch the day of the workshop, and admission to all three days of the convention!
Submit your original work of science fiction, fantasy, or horror fiction along with a $50 check to the ArmadilloCon24 office postmarked no later than July 19, 2002. (Only one submission, only your own work, and only fiction, please!) It can be a short story, or the first chapter(s) of a novel, but maximum length is 5000 words. Manuscripts longer than the maximum will be shortened at the ArmadilloCon24 offices. Format your manuscript professionally -- print double-spaced on one side of a letter-sized white sheet of paper, using 12-point Courier or Times typeface, and indicate new paragraphs with a 5-space tab (not an extra line). Most writing books and many on-line sources describe what professional formatting looks like if you have questions.
With the work you submit, you will also need to provide us with permission to photocopy your story for distribution to the other workshoppers. You can add a sentence to the first page, or include a separate page, that says: "For the purposes of the ArmadilloCon24 writers workshop only, I hereby give permission to the representatives of ArmadilloCon24 to photocopy my original work of fiction entitled _____ ." And then sign the release.
You will receive the manuscripts of the other students in your group about two weeks before the workshop for you to review and critique ahead of time. The bulk of the workshop time will be taken up by breaking into smaller groups for in-depth critiques of your manuscripts. The balance of the workshop will include lectures, discussions, writers' exercises, handouts, etc. from the pro writers/editors.
Below are biographies for the workshop's teachers:
- Jennifer Evans, a
founding member of the Writers League of
Texas, member of the SlugTribe, co-coordinator of the DilloCon
Writers Workshop and other writerly events, has published fiction
in Asimov’s, 50 Crafty Cat Stories, etc. and is shopping her
modern fantasy novel, Schmooks, to several editors.
- Robin Hobb
is a prolific writer under her own name and as
Megan Lindholm. She’s the author of
The Farseer trilogy
(Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest) and
The Liveship Traders series
(Ship of Magic, Mad Ship, and Ship of Destiny)
and is now at work on more books in the Tawny
Man series. As Lindholm, she published
Wizard of the Pigeons,
Wolf's Brother, The
Reindeer People, Cloven Hooves, Alien Earth, and many more.
Her short fiction has appeared in
Asimov’s, Space & Time, and several theme anthologies, and
she has been a finalist for both a Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon award.
- Rick Klaw was the co-founder and managing editor of MOJO Press, where he
worked with the likes of Joe R. Lansdale, Michael Moorcock, and many
others. Currently Klaw is the fiction editor for
RevolutionSF , and writes the
popular column "Geeks With Books"
for SFSite. His work has appeared in
Weird Business, The
Big Book of the Weird Wild West, Gangland, Michael Moorcock's Multiverse,
SFWeekly, and other venues.
- Alexis Glynn Latner
has published over a dozen pieces of
short fiction in Analog and other publications, and has appeared
in theme anthologies such as the Bending the Landscape series.
She's at work on two SF novels, and also does horror and science
- Jonathan Lyons,
winner of a Wordweaver Award for Literary
Excellence, was also a nominee for a Dream Realm Award, a
Spectrum Award, and a Frankfurt Award. His novel Burn is "SF
Noir" that combines science fiction novels and classic detective
fiction. He's also published short stories, essays, and hyperfiction.
- C.J. Mills has six published books, and one under construction. She's
the author of the "Winter World" SF series (Winter World, Brander's Book, Kit's
Book, Egil's Book, Zjhanne's Book, etc.), and was also nominated for
the Golden Spur Award by the Western Writers Association for her first
book, a hardcover novel of "general fiction." C.J. splits her year between
homes in Austin and in Minnesota.
- Patrice Sarath, a multiple DilloCon workshop alumna, has now
graduated to the ranks of a teaching pro, with several professional sales
to her credit. Her stories have appeared or will appear in such
publications as: Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery
Magazine, and in theme anthologies such as Such a Pretty Face, and
Beyond the Rose. She also hangs out with virtual writers groups such as
Critters, and gets face-to-face with the notorious SF/F/H group in Austin,
- James Stoddard,
author of The High House and The False House,
has had fiction published in F&SF, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s
Fantasy Magazine, Amazing Stories, and others. He's also a past
winner of the Compton Crook Award for best fantasy by a new
novelist, and was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award.
- Wendy Wheeler,
co-coordinator of the DilloCon Writers
Workshop, has had fiction selected for The Year's Best Fantasy &
Horror (ed. Datlow/Windling), and short stories in Analog,
Aboriginal SF, Gorezone and other magazines. She's been published
in theme anthologies such as Snow White Blood Red, Silver Birch
Blood Moon, and the Crafters series (Ace Books). She also writes
screenplays and teaches fiction classes for the University of Texas.
Hope to see you August 16th!
--Wendy Wheeler and Jennifer Evans, for the ArmadilloCon24 Writers Workshop.
Cancellations: If you miss the workshop on Friday, August 16, we will mail your manuscript and the critiques we can gather to you. No refunds once manuscripts are mailed to the pros.
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