Orycon 29 workshop submissions closed

Orycon 29 informal critique open until Sept 26 2007

OryCon 29 Writer's Workshop

Orycon 30 workshop submissions open August 1, 2008

Have you ever thought about what a professional in the writing field might think of your short story or novel? Have you sent out a manuscript and then wondered if the first reader or editor is thrilled, or yawning, or something in between? Wonder no more. This is a great opportunity to listen to friendly but frank Clarion-style critiques of your work by pros and peers in small group sessions.

What is the critique like? The story or novel portion submissions are divided into group sessions. The work is then distributed to group members (and only group members) in advance of the convention so they can read and critique them at their leisure. During the convention the small groups meet in a closed room. The author listens quietly while the other members in the group express their opinions about his/her work one at a time. During this time the author refrains from commenting. At the end of the formal part of the critique we sometimes offer a Q&A, brainstorming session or both if time allows. Then we move on to the next author in the group until all the work has been discussed. Groups will include 2-3 submitting authors and 2 pros.

Depending on your disposition the critiques can be difficult, exhilarating, or both. They are always enlightening.

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This year we will also try to have open reading and critique sessions at OryCon. The concept is that there will be a pro to moderate and comment, and that anyone can sit in and listen and comment and/or sign up to read their work aloud and have comments made on that work. There is no cost for this, but the comments will necessarily be briefer than if you attend the full workshop. Flash fiction, short shorts, or excerpts from short stories, novellas, novellettes and novels are all welcome. Bring your work to the convention. We'll find a time and place, and let's see what happens. Sign up sheets will not be available until the beginning of the session at the convention. First come, first heard.

For more information or to volunteer for the writer's workshop or the open read and critique please contact Kami at kamila@easystreet.net.


SF, fantasy, horror and related- or sub-genres

Submit your best work to the workshop just as you would submit your best work to an editor. Often a piece has problems that the author doesn't know how to fix, and this is a good venue to explore solutions to those problems.

On the other hand this is not a good venue in which to present problems that you already know are there, know how to fix and haven't gotten around to eliminating. Critique time is precious and goes by very quickly. It's best spent on problems that are unknown or difficult for you to solve rather than the problems you already know how to take care of.

Short stories

Novel portions

Maximum 7500 words
Standard manuscript format
Include a one page cover letter
Electronic submissions preferred (Word or .rtf format)

Maximum 7500 words--highly recommended that you submit the first 7500 words

Standard short story manuscript format (no need to submit as a standard novel submission with a separate title page.)

Include a 500 word synopsis and a one page cover letter

Electronic submissions preferred (Word or .rtf format)

Cover letter suggestions

Novel synopsis suggestions

Start with a single short paragraph overview of the main character and their main opening conflict. If there are several main characters, focus on the most important one when possible. Follow the character overview with a lively and heavily simplified description of the plot. Include the ending. End the synopsis with an emotional overview or describe the themes.

This is by no means the only way to write a synopsis, but it is a good place to start. I highly recommend that you write the synopsis before you polish your novel portion for submission to the workshop--a well-written synopsis often reveals hidden themes and clears foggy plots. A great synopsis will create new ideas and tighten your work. You may find your synopsis will focus your editing and improve your work before you've even submitted it to the workshop.

Standard manuscript format:

Please, no borders, images, illustrations, graphs or tables, html insertions, etc.

An example may be illustrative.

Questions? Need help formatting your manuscript? Do you have qualms, concerns, quibbles or suggestions? Are you panic-stricken at the thought of writing a synopsis or do you break out into a cold sweat when you think about total strangers saying something bad about your baby? Please don't hesitate to contact Kamila Miller aka Kami at kamila@easystreet.net for information, resources, and all good things related to the writer's workshop.

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