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A Users Guide to Writers’ Workshops

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When do you need a workshop? How do you find one, or failing that, start one? And is a workshop a lifelong tool or something you might well grow out of? Many of us break into the field through fee-based writers' workshops, of which there are many, serving a variety of needs. Some published writers are still in the market for these workshops, to develop their skills or to pursue an advanced degree or both. But eventually the student-mentor model no longer serves our needs and we look to peer workshops. This panel brings together writers who have had experience with workshops at all levels, from the occasional gathering to formal teaching workshops and the proliferating MFA programs and on to longstanding local and national pro workshops.

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James Patrick Kelly

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I write novels, short stories, plays and a column for Asimov's. I know a lot about writers' workshops. A little about writing. Despite this, they let me teach Creative Writing at an MFA program. I used to podcast a lot and maybe should get back into it. I have extensive experience... Read More →

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Curtis Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes stories and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He's the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and has written for the Realm originals Ninth Step Station, Machina, and... Read More →
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Matthew Kressel

Full-stack developer, writer, Tyrell Corporation
Matthew Kressel is a three-time Nebula Award finalist and a World Fantasy Award finalist. His short fiction has appeared in many places, and his work has been translated into six languages. He is a full-stack developer, environmentalist, and cautious optimist. He co-hosts the Fantastic... Read More →
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Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty is a Hugo-award winning podcaster, a Hugo and Nebula award nominated writer, and co-editor of the first science fiction podcast, Escape Pod. She streams gaming and live podcasts on Twitch.
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Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for four Nebula awards, two Hugo Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. They include her Nebula/Andre Norton- and Compton Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor, 2015); its sequels, Cloudbound and Horizon; the double-starred... Read More →

Saturday May 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
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