Writers’ Workshop

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How to Enroll

Submission Guidelines

What Happens When You Enroll




The ArmadilloCon Writers' Workshop has become a major event for aspiring SF/F writers. It meets before the convention on Friday morning at 9am and runs until about 4:30pm. Workshop curriculum is designed for beginning and intermediate students. Workshop participants are given the opportunity to have their work critiqued by major professional editors and/or writers. The workshop will cover craft, markets, the dos and don'ts of preparing your work for professional publication, and more. Discussions range from the basics of style to plot, theme, character, and setting. Within the breakout session, students receive an in-depth critique of their work from both instructors and peers. At the workshop, students receive a personal, in-depth critique of their work from instructors and peers, utilizing the Milford style. This roundtable style critique session is invaluable for learning what works, what doesn't, and how to edit your work.

How to Enroll

Sorry, registration is now closed. But this is what you would normally have to do:

Pay the $79.50 fee, which includes the full ArmadilloCon membership.


  • Your original, unpublished work of science fiction, fantasy, or horror fiction, maximum length 5,000 words. Please see the Manuscript Submission Guidelines, below!
  • The signed, filled out Permission Slip.

Manuscript Deadline: June 20, 2015, 11:59 pm


We must have received all three elements (registration, manuscript, permission slip) before you are officially enrolled in the workshop! If you have not received a confirmation email within five days of your sending everything in, please contact the Coordinators.


Only one submission, only your own work, only NON-PUBLISHED work, and only science fiction, fantasy or horror, please!

Submission Guidelines

Send your electronic manuscript in WORD DOCUMENT (*.doc) or RICH TEXT (*.rtf) in proper manuscript format to armadilloconwritersworkshop@gmail.com .

  • MAXIMUM LENGTH IS 5,000 WORDS. The word count limit is FIRM. No exceptions. Manuscripts longer than the maximum length will be shortened at the ArmadilloCon 36 offices without notice.
  • You may send either a short story or the FIRST CHAPTER of a novel. Short stories are preferred due to the limited time frame. Regardless of your normal working length, a short story will better highlight your talents as a writer in this setting.
  • If sending a complete short story, make sure you write The End on the last page; otherwise, indicate that the story continues after the first 5,000 words.
  • If the first chapter of a novel, indicate on the first page that it is chapter one. This will ensure that the pros will be able to evaluate each manuscript properly.
  • Please do not use pen names on workshop submissions as it causes confusion.

Please note the Coordinators will only view the manuscript after you have bought a membership payment and the permission slip has been received.

Permission Slip

You will also need to provide us with permission to distribute your story to the other workshoppers. Please fill out the electronic permission slip before emailing your manuscript.

If you cannot view the Permission Slip, please contact the Webmaster.

What Happens When You Enroll

About two weeks before the workshop you will receive an email packet with the manuscripts of the other students in your group along with other materials concerning the workshop, the schedule, and other information. Review and critique the manuscripts in your group before the workshop meets. You will not have time to do so once the workshop begins. You are required to read and critique all student manuscripts sent to you in your workshop packet.


If, due to unforeseen circumstances, you are forced to miss the workshop on Friday, July 24, we will mail your manuscript and the critiques we can gather to you. No refunds will be given once manuscripts are released to the pros. You will also be responsible for getting your feedback to the other students in your assigned group.


More instructors will be added as they confirm.

Ken Liu (Writer Guest of Honor)

L. Timmel Duchamp (Editor Guest)

Stina Leicht (Toastmaster)

Marshall Ryan Maresca (Writers' Workshop, Head)

James Morrow (Special Guest)

Steven Brust

Katherine Catmull

Derek Johnson

Rebecca Schwarz

Martin Wagner

Martha Wells

Skyler White


Do you have any questions about the Writers' Workshop? Please e-mail the Coordinator at armadilloconwritersworkshop@gmail.com.

See you July 24th!

Marshall Ryan Maresca

Workshop Coordinator

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