Writers Workshop

Our Special Workshop Guest for 2017 is Cat Rambo. 

FenCon and the Dallas Future Society are pleased to welcome author and editor Cat Rambo as Special Instructor for the 2017 Writers Workshop.

There are no more slots available for this year! Please check back after our convention for 2018 registration!

The 2017 Writers Workshop will cover topics including:

  • How to research markets, submit manuscripts, and interpret rejections
  • Social media basics
  • Rewriting and revising
  • How to make the most of a convention as a writer

Like our previous workshops, attendees will submit a work of fiction to be critiqued by Cat as well as fellow participants. As a bonus, Cat is offering us her First Pages Workshop. Participants can bring to the session the first 500 words of their second work of original fiction. Cat will "sight-read" the piece for the first time out loud and provide on-the- spot feedback on needed improvements. You'll come away from this year's FenCon Writers Workshop with TWO submissions critiqued by Cat! This is one of her most popular and useful offerings, plus those in the audience learn a lot as well.

Participants must electronically submit their own original, unpublished works of fiction (science fiction, fantasy, or horror) for critique. No erotica, please. Students will be required to participate in peer critiques of other participants' submissions.

  • The Writers Workshop registration period will end on July 8, 2017, or when all participant slots have been filled, whichever comes first.
  • This year the workshop is limited to 15 participants.
  • Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Any paid registrations received after the slots have been filled will be put on a waiting list in case of openings.
  • Each participant must be a paid attending member of FenCon XIII. Either a full Regular Membership or Friend of the Fen Membership meets this requirement. See the membership page for details.
  • There is a $40 registration fee for participating in the workshop in addition to the FenCon XIII membership fee. The fee must be paid at the time of registration.
  • Writers' Workshop sessions begin at 7pm on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the FenCon hotel and will continue through Sunday, September 25th. The Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sessions will start at 9am. Participation in all workshop sessions is highly encouraged. Please plan your personal schedules accordingly.
  • No auditing or monitoring of the sessions will be allowed. Only paid, registered participants will be allowed to attend the workshop sessions.
  • Each participant must submit their own original work of fiction via an electronic manuscript. Short stories are encouraged, but the beginnings of novels are okay. Submissions cannot exceed 5000 words. No shared-worlds or "fanfic" is allowed.
  • The deadline for submissions will be determined at a future date. Submissions received after the deadline will not be guaranteed to receive a critique.
  • Each participant will have access to a private online forum where they can ask questions, interact with each other prior to the workshop, and post their submissions and critiques.
  • Submissions will need to conform to standard manuscript format and be sent as *.doc attachments.
  • Other details will be provided to registered participants later in a private email.

    If you have any questions or comments about this workshop, e-mail workshop@fencon.org.