Writers' Workshops

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Writers' Workshops
John C. Bunnell
JCBunnell@sff.net


Once again, OryCon offers members the chance to participate in hands-on workshops where you and your writing can benefit from the wisdom of our professional guests.  These focused Clarion-style critique sessions can give you valuable insights on how to make your work more marketable as well as
improving your literary technique.

Participation is limited to registered members of Orycon 21, and as usual, we need your stories well ahead of the convention so that we can match and distribute manuscripts.  We need to receive submissions to this year's workshops by September 13, 1999.

We will accept submissions this year in two divisions.  Submissions should follow basic professional manuscript format (double spacing, non-proportional type, 1" margins, etc.).  Participants may submit only one (1) manuscript and participate in only one (1) division.  The number of workshop sessions in each division will depend on availability of space and critiquing professionals.

SHORT STORY:  Maximum length 30 manuscript pages (about 7500 words).
NOVEL: Maximum length 60 manuscript pages, consisting of 2-3 chapters and an outline/synopsis.

To submit, send one (1) copy of your manuscript to the address below. Submissions must be accompanied by a $10 fee to cover costs of photocopying and mailing.  Checks should be payable to OryCon 21.

John C. Bunnell
OryCon 21 Writers' Workshop
6663 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. #326
Portland, OR  97225-1403

Please also either complete and attach the form below, or supply the information requested on a separate sheet of paper.  Answering the questions for each division will help us place you in a workshop section and help our pro critiquers to give you the most appropriate possible advice.

Name
Address
City/State/ZIP
Phone #
E-mail Address (if available)
Badge # (if known)

SHORT STORY DIVISION:
Have you attended a convention writers' workshop before?
If Yes, about how many such workshops have you attended?
Have you had one or more short stories professionally published?
If Yes, about how many stories have you sold?

NOVEL DIVISION:
Have you completed a draft of the novel of which your submission is a part?
Have you completed any other novel-length manuscripts?
Have you submitted a novel manuscript to a professional publisher?
 

 

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Storyworks
John C. Bunnell
JCBunnell@sff.net
 

The StoryWorks program is aimed at our younger OryCon members - specifically, we're targeting young people of ages 10-15.  In part, it's an outgrowth of our writers' workshop offerings, but we want to make an effort to do something unique and distinctive for this audience.  Like the writers' workshops, StoryWorks gives you a chance to meet in small, individualized groups with other young people and with our professional guests.  But StoryWorks is also meant to be more open-ended, to accommodate the unique needs of pre-teen and teen-aged writers.  The two divisions we plan to offer
(depending on the response we get) will be:

"WHAT NOW?":
Are you stuck in the middle of a story?  Do you have an ending but no beginning?  A great character and nowhere to go?  Five pages of fantastic description and no plot?  This workshop is for you.   Submit up to twelve (12) manuscript pages (about 3000 words) of material, and our pro writers will help you figure out how to take what you have and create a solid story. Note that twelve pages is a maximum - if you only have five or six, that's fine, too.

"FINAL POLISH":
If you have a complete story ready to submit, this division is for you. Send us the manuscript (up to 12 pages, or about 3000 words); our pro writers will give it a careful reading and meet with you at the con to discuss what it needs to make it really sparkle.

You need to be a registered member of OryCon 21 to participate, and we need your submissions in hand by August 31, 1999 (but sooner is better; don't wait till the deadline!).  To submit material to StoryWorks, make sure that it's neatly typed or computer-printed (double spacing, non-proportional
type, 1" margins, etc.), enclose a payment of $5 to cover copying and mailing costs (checks should be made out to OryCon 21), and send it to:

John C. Bunnell
OryCon 21 -- StoryWorks
6663 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. #326
Portland, OR  97225-1403

Please include the following information with your submission, and be sure to mention which division you're interested in.  (One submission per person, please.)

Name
Address
City/State/ZIP
Phone #
E-mail Address (if available)
Badge # (if known)

Age (as of November 1, 1999)
Parent/Guardian Signature

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