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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.

Writers’ Workshop open to applications for WisCon 40

Writers’ Workshop

Hey authors — yeah, I mean you there with the manuscript of original fiction. Do you know about the WisCon Writers’ Workshop?

Here’s the short version: The WisCon Writers’ Workshop is an opportunity to share your work with a small but dedicated critique group. You and your group members will be led by a pro writer who will also offer feedback.

Here’s the slightly longer version: The WisCon Writers’ Workshop is a unique opportunity to be grouped with other folks who are working in a similar genre and also take it seriously. No one is going to argue with you about the validity of space opera here. Every writing pro is there to coach their group through the critique process and also to provide valuable feedback on the work.

Workshops are currently designed for fiction. Our complete submission requirements (so hot right now) are on our website. We are always happy to offer the potential of a special section of the Workshop for teen writers if there’s sufficient interest. We also offer a section of the workshop for poetry. Please see the link for more information.

This year’s pros include writers like Chesya Burke and Karen Healey and more.

And what, you might ask, is the cost of attending this magical Workshop? It’s free with the cost of your WisCon registration.

So please be sure to submit your manuscripts by April 15, and join us at 9am on Friday, May 27.

WisCon Workshops

  • contact:  workshop@wiscon.net
  • Deadline to suggest a special session: March 1
  • Deadline for critique session application:  April 25

WisCon is a great place to take some time to focus on your writing, art, and other post-apocalypse skills with our WisCon Workshops sessions. With a schedule beginning before the convention starts, you can even take advantage without missing any panels. And all workshops are open to any registered member of the convention.

Have an idea for a session you’d like to see as part of the Workshops?  Email us at the address at the top of the page at any time!

Critique sessions

The critique sessions, offered on Friday morning before WisCon officially begins, focus on review of original fiction — ranging from short stories to novels — in a collegial, small group environment of only four people. Participants submit their material (details below) to the workshop coordinator ahead of the convention. The coordinator sorts everyone into groups facilitated by an established writer or editor currently active in the field. Each member of the group gets a copy of all submitted material and writes a critique to present during the session. The groups meet for about two hours to discuss everyone’s work under the guidance of the workshop facilitator. Each participant leaves the session with the notes and critiques on their manuscript from all their fellow workshoppers.

We announce our slate of workshop facilitators each spring so that you can request a specific session when you send in your submission. Keep an eye on our blog for the announcement!

Submission instructions as well as critique resources are found on our critique sessions submission guidelines page.

Special sessions

We also strive to offer a variety of special workshop sessions. Sometimes these sessions follow the same workshop format as our critique sessions but with a special focus on a certain area — poetry, for example, or romance/erotica. Other times, these sessions move away from the critique format to present material in a different way or to cover more ground — we’ve had special sections about comics and video games that covered the overall process. We are also proud to offer workshops that address skills that range from life drawing to handspinning. As with our regular sessions, all special sessions are led by established facilitators currently working or practicing in their area.

Special sessions tend to change every year depending upon availability of workshop facilitators, and they may have unique submission requirements. We announce our slate of special sessions, facilitators, and submission details each spring. Keep an eye on our blog for the announcement!

Are you interested in leading a special session? We would love to hear from you! Please contact our WisCon Workshops coordinator at the email address at the top of the page. It’s best if we hear from you by February 28 so that we can finalize our sections well in advance of the convention.

Interested in writing workshops for teens? When we’re able to offer those, they’re coordinated through Teen Programming. Please visit that page to check for more information!