Feb. 3–5, 2017
Hilton Seattle Airport
Seattle, WA

Foolscap Writing Workshops

  • Track 1: Fiction (9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Track 2: Screenwriting (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Attendees are welcome to mix sessions from both tracks

To register for the Friday, Feb. 5, Foolscap Writing Workshops

  1. Purchase your Foolscap membership.
  2. Email workshop@foolscap.org and tell us which of the sessions listed below you want to attend.

Space in the sessions is limited; register soon.

Workshop Sessions

9:30 - 11 a.m. (Track 1: Fiction)

Planning a Book Series: Combat in the Land of Forgotten Details

Planning a book series is all about the details. Whether you are ready to start or have already started your series, this workshop is all about how to fight the RenamedCharacter, slay the ForgottenPlotLine, and defeat the PowerCreep. Come learn some hints and tricks of the trade to keep your series consistent and complete.
Instructor: Jennifer Brozek

Jennifer Brozek is a Hugo Award-nominated editor and an award-winning author. She has worked in the publishing industry since 2004. With the number of edited anthologies, novel sales, RPG books, and nonfiction books under her belt, Jennifer is often considered a Renaissance woman, but she prefers to be known as a wordslinger and optimist. Read more about her at www.jenniferbrozek.com or follow her on Twitter: @JenniferBrozek.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Track 1: Fiction)

Writing in (and about) a Diverse World

Participants should come prepared to write. We'll use our own experiences combined with prompts to portray genuine characters who are different from ourselves. We'll also acquire tools for both creating and critically examining the rich wealth of representation that can make our fiction feel true.
Instructor: Cory Skerry

Cory Skerry is a queer writer and illustrator whose work has appeared in multiple professional magazines and anthologies. When he's not writing impossible things or painting what he shouldn't, he serves as the Art Director for Nightmare Magazine and reads submissions for Tor.com. He's a graduate of both Viable Paradise and Clarion West, and he enjoys sharing his experiences with fellow writers.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Track 2: Screenwriting)

Introduction to Screenwriting

Is your dream to become a screenwriter? Do you brainstorm script ideas or start writing but do not know what to do next? This class is the perfect introduction to the fantastic world of writing a screenplay.  Designed for passionate screenwriters of every skill level and interest, this class gets your screenplay on track for success.
Instructor: John Lovett

A recent transplant from Hollywood, John Lovett has worked as a screenwriter, producer, and military advisor for the motion picture and television industries. He has had two movies produced from original screenplays and now teaches screenwriting at Bellevue College.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


If you want to bring a lunch, the workshop classrooms will be available for eating and chatting.

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Level Up as a Writer

This "kitchen sink" presentation will cover everything from beginning writer mistakes to advanced plotting techniques, and the common evolutionary stages many writers go through from aspiring writer to published pro. Whatever stage you are at, you will hopefully learn something to help you level up as a writer. With handouts! And exercises! But not the sweaty kind of exercises.
Instructor: Randy Henderson

Randy Henderson is an author, Writers of the Future grand prize winner, relapsed sarcasm addict, and Clarion West  graduate. His "dark and quirky" contemporary fantasy series from Tor (US) and Titan (UK) includes Finn Fancy Necromancy, and the sequel Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free (available Feb. 16). http://www.randy-henderson.com

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. (Track 2: Screenwriting)

Individual Critiques with John Lovett

Critiques are 20 minutes each. Once you have registered, you will be assigned a 20-minute critique slot and asked to send a properly formatted scene (no more than 15 pages) to John by Jan. 29 or to bring a properly formatted scene (no more than 5 pages) to the session.

To register for the Writers Workshop, buy your Foolscap membership and then email workshop@foolscap.org. Space is limited; register soon.

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