WisCon 40 Writers’ Workshop — Announcing the leaders for our critique-based workshops

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Writers’ Workshop

This year the WisCon 40 Writers’ Workshop is so very proud to announce the following authors and editors who will serve as group leaders for our traditional, critique-based workshops:

Aren’t sure if the critique-based workshop sections are for you? Check out more information (and then sign up by the deadline of April 25th) on our Workshop page! Or check out our other offerings via the blog’s Writers’ Workshop tag!

Aren’t sure who some of our group leaders are? Check out their websites (linked above) and their bios below.

To sign up for a workshop section:

  • Email workshop@wiscon.net
  • Attach your 10k-or-less manuscript (instructions are on the main Writers’ Workshop page)
  • If you have a preference for a workshop leader, please indicate whom
  • Email by April 25 (11:59pm Central Time)!!

If you have any questions, email workshop@wiscon.net ASAP!

Each section is capped at four (4!) participants and is first come, first served!

Our illustrious workshop leaders

Chesya Burke has written and published nearly a hundred fiction pieces and articles within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, noir and horror. Her story collection, “Let’s Play White,” is being taught in universities around the country. In addition, Burke wrote several articles for the African American National Biography in 2008, and Burke’s debut novel, The Strange Crimes of Little Africa, garnered critical praise from writers such as Tananarive Due and Kiese Laymon. Poet Nikki Giovanni compared her writing to that of Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison.

Burke’s thesis was on the comic book character Storm from the X-Men, and her comic, “Shiv,” is scheduled to debut in 2017.

Burke is currently pursuing her PhD in English at University of Florida. She’s Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Charis Books and More, one of the oldest feminist bookstores in the country, and she is co-editor of the upcoming anthology “Hidden Youth.”

Karen Healey writes young adult science fiction and fantasy, including the “When We Wake” duology, The Shattering, and the short stories “Careful Magic” and “Mrs Beeton’s Book Of Magickal Management.” She traces the start of her professional career to the WisCon Writers’ Workshop. She likes sundresses, spies, and women who save the world.

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.

David J. Schwartz writes novels, short stories, and essays. His novel Superpowers was nominated for a Nebula Award. His work has appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Asimov’s, The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Paper Cities, and Twenty Epics. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Delia Sherman writes short stories and novels for adults and young readers. Her most recent short stories have appeared in Jonathan Strahan’s “Under My Hat” and on Tor.com. Her collection of short stories, “Young Woman in a Garden,” was published by Small Beer Press. A middle-grade novel, The Evil Wizard Smallbone, will come out this September from Candlewick Press. She has taught many writing workshops, including Clarion, the Hollins University Program in Children’s Literature, and previous Odysseys. She has also worked in a bookstore and as a contributing editor for Tor Books. She lives in New York City with her wife, Ellen Kushner, and many books, most of which at least one of them has read.

Brit Mandelo is a writer, critic, and editor whose primary fields of interest are speculative fiction and queer literature, especially when the two coincide. They have two books out, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction and We Wuz Pushed: On Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-telling, and in the past have edited for publications like Strange Horizons Magazine. Other work has been featured in magazines such as Stone Telling, Clarkesworld, Apex, and Ideomancer. They also write regularly for Tor.com and have several long-running column series there, including Queering SFF, a mix of criticism, editorials, and reviews on QUILTBAG speculative fiction.