VCON 42 WRITERS WORKSHOPS (2017) NOW OPEN TO APPLICATIONS!

PARTICIPANT STATUS: Novel workshop (4 positions) currently has ( 2 ) positions open.

Also, the Saturday short story workshop (4 positions) currently has ( 3 ) positions open (this workshop restricted to teenagers).

And the Sunday short story workshop (4 positions) currently has ( 0 ) positions open (full up already).

Possibility of a fourth workshop (devoted to short stories) exists, depending on demand.

 

HOW TO REGISTER FOR WRITERS WORKSHOP?

Contact the moderator R. Graeme Cameron at < writersworkshops [at] vcon [dot] ca >

Be sure to register with the workshop before you submit your manuscript.

And be sure to read the submission requirements FAQ below.

 

WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?

A short science fiction or fantasy story 3,000 words or less in length, or the first 3,000 words of the opening chapter of a science fiction or fantasy novel.

Must be original fiction and not based on any TV show, movie or other copyrighted material. What we want is original fiction with original characters & background entirely your own creation.

You may submit something you have already written – as opposed to writing something new for this workshop — as long as it has not yet been published.

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT?

Send a word document attachment via email to < writersworkshops [at] vcon [dot] ca >

Be sure to include “Workshop Submission” in the subject title of the email.

Be sure to have registered for the workshop before you submit anything.

 

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?

Submit by September 1st, 2016, or earlier if at all possible.

Why September 1st? All manuscripts will then be distributed to relevant participants by email. Professional writers require a minimum of one month to critique your manuscript because their own writing schedule has absolute priority. They might not be able to fit you in if time is pressing.

Consequently if your manuscript isn’t ready by September 1st you will be dropped and the first person on the waiting list will be asked to send their manuscript in immediately.

 

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT?

No more than 3,000 words in length, double-spaced, preferably Times Roman point size 12. Must be in MS word document format.

Title page must begin halfway down with title and your name above start of text.

Each page must be numbered, with title and your name in header at top.

 

HOW MANY WORKSHOPS?

Three, or one each day. Each workshop session lasts 3 hours. Includes breaks with free coffee, tea & munchies (though donations are appreciated to help cover costs).

 

WHEN?

Friday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. – (Novel Writing)

Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. – (Short Story Writing)

Sunday 10:00am to 1:00 pm. – (Short Story Writing)

 

WHERE WILL THE WORKSHOPS BE HELD?

In a boardroom at VCON equipped with a suitably large table.
Check the map.

 

HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS IN EACH SESSION?

Three professional writers & four participants per session, plus moderator.

 

WHO CAN SUBMIT?

Anyone who is a paid up member of VCON. You may send your story in first, but you must have purchased your membership before the workshop takes place.

 

DO I NEED TO BUY A FULL 3 DAY MEMBERSHIP?

No, a one day membership for the same day as the workshop will do but you must let the moderator R. Graeme Cameron at:

< writersworkshops [at] vcon [dot] ca >

know which day you will be attending so he can attempt slot your submission into that day’s workshop.

Bear in mind only the Friday workshop is devoted to novel writing. If you can’t get into the novel workshop because it is full, you can’t be placed in to one of the other two workshops unless you submit a short story.

Placement is based on a first come first serve basis. There are no guarantees.

Accepted participants will receive via e-mail copies of the submissions they are to critique, an information package on how to critique, and a critiquing schedule for their session.

 

WHO ARE THE PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ATTENDING?

Last year included Linda Demeulemeester, Eileen Kernaghan, Marcie Tentchoff, Russ Crossley, Rita Crossley, Casey J. Wolf, Rhea Rose, and Carlos Lozano. Awaiting their confirmation for this year.

Our Author Guest of Honour (not yet chosen) will be invited to participate in the novel writing workshop.

 

HOW DOES THE WORKSHOP WORK?

Your submission will first be critiqued by the other participants, then by the professional writers. Five minute time limits apply. You will not be permitted to comment until after you have been critiqued by everyone else.

Note that you will be expected to critique the submissions of the other three participants in your session.

Often you learn as much or more about the art of writing from the critiques you give than from the critiques you receive.

 

HOW MUCH WILL THE WORKSHOPS COST?

Nothing, apart from the VCON 36 membership fee. Participants are expected to print out their own paper copies and once someone has been critiqued, to give them the copy of their manuscript back with critique notes added.