Two Free Short Story Workshops

SpecFicNZ would like to announce Two Free Short Story Workshops offered in conjunction with ConTeXT, New Zealand’s 32nd Annual National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention being held 3rd to 6th June 2011 in Auckland.

The workshops are:

Hands-on Critique: Whipping a Short Story into Shape

In this 90-minute workshop taught by Ripley Patton, President of SpecFicNZ and SJV winner for Best Short Story, participants will need to come with a finished short story in hand (or on laptop) to use in the various exercises. Ripley will help you whip your short story into shape in seven key areas, and teach you the ins-and-outs of handling constructive criticism. The first three people to sign up for this workshop will receive a free short story critique via e-mail before the con from Ripley. There is a limit of 10 people for the workshop, so first in first served. Workshop is being held Saturday, June 4th, 10-11.30am at ConTeXT.

The Business of Short Story Writing

Taught by Grant Stone, two-time SJV winner for Best Short Story, this workshop gives short story writing advice – covering what editors are looking for, how to make submissions, the specific problems New Zealanders experience being so far away from the US and Europe – difficulty in getting to (many) cons, cultural differences that can make a story fall flat in other countries, and more. This hour long workshop will be held on Saturday, June 4th, from 12-1pm at ConTeXT.

Each workshop stands alone, but they complement each other very nicely.

Although the workshops are free, one must be a registered attendee of the Con to take a workshop. Con registration for the entire weekend or individual days is available HERE.

We hope to see you there.

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