FenCon XVI - September 20-22, 2019 | Writers Workshop
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Writers Workshop


Thank you to Martha Wells and all of our workshop participants for another outstanding  year!

Below are last year's details. We hope to have details for next year available in early 2019.

Registration opened Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM. You must have a FenCon membership in order to participate.

Like our previous workshops, attendees will submit a work of fiction to be critiqued by Martha as well as fellow participants. You will have an opportunity to submit the start of a SECOND work for Martha's critique as part of a First Page presentation. Martha will "sight-read" the piece for the first time out loud and provide on-the-spot feedback on needed improvements.

Participants must electronically submit their own original, unpublished works of fiction (science fiction, fantasy, or horror) for critique.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 15, 2018, 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 XV. 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 7 pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the FenCon hotel and will continue through Sunday, September 23rd. The Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sessions will start at 9 am. 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 4000 words. No shared-worlds or "fanfic" is allowed.
  • The deadline for submissions will be Sunday, August 19th. Submissions received after the deadline will not be guaranteed to receive a critique.
  • Each participant will have access to a online forum in a private Facebook group where they can ask questions, interact with each other prior to the workshop, and post their submissions and critiques. Therefore, membership in Facebook is a requirement! You can always drop out of Facebook after the workshop ends, although many of our students choose to continue interacting with one another outside of the private group.
  • Submissions must conform to standard manuscript format and be sent as a Word *.doc.

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