26-28 Sept 2014
Columbus, Ohio

Context Writing Workshops

updated 6 July, 2014


The workshops listed on this page require an additional fee to properly compensate the instructors for their time and preparation; however, there will also be plenty of writing-related panels included at no extra charge with your convention registration.

Friday Workshops

Maurice BroaddusMaurice Broaddus: Building Your Brand
(Friday, September 26th, 3pm-5pm)
You're not just selling books -- you're selling your writing persona and your platform. Learn how to share your platform by gaining online followers without selling your soul to the devil. Maurice Broaddus gives real data on what has helped him gain readers.  $20, 2 hours.

SpellbentLucy A. Snyder: Writing Urban Fantasy and Supernatural Horror
(Friday, September 26th, 3pm-5pm)
Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lucy A. Snyder will discuss the cross-genre nature of urban fantasy and the differences between it and its sister genre, supernatural horror. She'll discuss market considerations and lead students in story-building and brainstorming exercises. $20, 2 hours.

Gary A BraunbeckGary A. Braunbeck: Reading Your Work Aloud
(Friday, September 26th, 5pm-8pm)
Join Bram Stoker Award-winning author and former professional actor Gary A. Braunbeck for an engaging workshop on performing your work aloud. Participants will have a chance to practice their reading skills in advance of our Friday Night Flash Fiction Contest. $30, 3 hours.

Diana BotsfordDiana Botsford: Screenwriting Techniques That Help Every Writer
(Friday, September 26th, 5pm-8pm)
Join award-winning screenwriter and instructor Diana Botsford for an intensive 3-hour introduction into screenwriting techniques that can be used by any fiction writer. Through discussion and hands-on exercises, you'll gain an understanding of how these techniques can help you develop your plots, characters and themes. $30, 3 hours.

On Friday evening after the workshops, we will be holding our Flash Fiction Contest (with prizes!) along with a Critique Partner Speed Matching session for writers who are seeking in-person or online manuscript critique partners or groups.

Saturday Workshops

Diana BotsfordDiana Botsford: Self-Editing, Revisions, & Rewriting
(Saturday, September 27th, 10am-1pm)
Many writers dread revisions and rewrites like nothing else. This workshop will help you get an action plan for tackling that re-write of your novel, story, or any other piece of prose fiction. $30, 3 hours.

Jonathan MaberryJonathan Maberry: Kick-Ass Fight Scenes
(Saturday, September 27th, 10am-1pm)
Action scenes are difficult to write.  Writers must find the perfect balance between description, dialogue, inner dialogue and character emotions.  And we all know action scenes in movies and on TV shows are unrealistic at best and often impossible without the aid of special effects.  Join New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry for this workshop, which will cover all aspects of the fight scene for horror and fantasy writers. $30, 3 hours.

Jennifer BrozekJennifer Brozek: Anthology Editing Workshop
(Saturday, September 27th, 2pm-4pm)
Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication and Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions, Jennifer Brozek has edited ten anthologies and has more in production. Her workshop will give you useful tips on recruiting authors, finding funding, and all the other aspects of editing your own anthology. $20, 2 hours.

Gary A BraunbeckGary A. Braunbeck: Point of View
(Saturday, September 27th, 2pm-4pm)
This workshop led by author Gary Braunbeck will address all the aspects of character point of view. You'll learn how to choose the best POV for your story or novel, how to establish it, how to transition from one view to another smoothly, and how to avoid embarrassing screw-ups. $20, 2 hours.

Jonathan MaberryJonathan Maberry: Writing For Young Adults
(Saturday, September 27th, 4pm-6pm)
Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin young adult series has won multiple awards and accolades. Join him for this workshop in which he'll share advice and techniques for writing your own YA fiction. $20, 2 hours.

Tim WaggonerTim Waggoner: Writing Cover Letters and Synopses
(Saturday, September 27th, 4pm-6pm)
You've finished your novel, and now you have to send it out to editors and agents. Your submission package will be crucial in selling your book. Join prolific author Tim Waggoner as he shows you how to craft an effective cover letter and novel synopsis. $20, 2 hours.

Diana BotsfordDiana Botsford: Crafting the Compelling Plot
(Saturday, September 27th, 7pm-10pm)
Popular fiction genres such as science fiction, fantasy, and horror are driven by their plots. Instructor Diana Botsford gives you tips and techniques for making sure your plot turns your story or novel into a real page-turner. $30, 3 hours.

Gary A BraunbeckGary A. Braunbeck: Advanced Short Story Writing
(Saturday, September 27th, 7pm-10pm)
Join Bram Stoker Award- and International Horror Guild Award-winning author Gary A. Braunbeck for an intensive 3-hour session on advanced short story writing. This workshop is intended for those who have already begun making short story sales but who want to address the common story flaws that hinder writers from getting regular acceptance in professional markets. $50, 3 hours.

Sunday Workshops

Jennifer BrozekJennifer Brozek: Outlining Novels
(Sunday, September 28th, 10am-noon)
Some authors enjoy writing novels with no destination in mind; others get lost and frustrated if they start their novel's journey without a map. This workshop is here to help you create a map for your unwritten (or partly-written) novel. Led by author/editor Jennifer Brozek, this workshop will address all the aspects of mapping out a novel -- creating an outline -- before you begin it. $20, 2 hours.

Brady AllenBrady Allen: Writing Great Openings
(Sunday, September 28th, 10am-noon)
The first page, the first paragraph, even the first sentence of your story or novel is crucial for gaining your reader's interest. Creative writing instructor/author Brady Allen will help you create great openings for your prose. $20, 2 hours.

Gary A BraunbeckGary A. Braunbeck: Characterization Through Dialogue
(Sunday, September 28th, 1pm-4pm)
Characters are at the heart of stories; dialogue helps define characters and drives plot tension. In this workshop you'll learn to develop characters, consider word choice, and define their voice through dialogue.  The workshop will present essential tips to improve dialogue and explore how to write dialogue that rings true, deepens character, creates conflict, and more.   $30, 3 hours.

Nicole CushingNicole Cushing: Discovery Writing
(Sunday, September 28th, 1pm-3pm)
Many writing classes assume an orientation toward the "architect" writer who outlines ahead of time. This workshop will focus on the needs of the "seat of the pants" or discovery writer and will be divided into three sections. Section I: Getting Started (How does one even begin without a structure? Visceral image? Crude plot idea? What are the alternatives?) Section II: Staying on Course (How do you move forward without a map or guide?) Section III: Revision for the discovery writer. This workshop will include specific discovery writing tips for short stories, novellas, and novels. $20, 2 hours.

Linda RobertsonLinda Robertson: Writing the Fantasy Series
(Sunday, September 28th, 3pm-5pm)
Linda Robertson (author of the Persephone Alcmedi series for Pocket/Juno Books) will help you explore the pieces that come together to create an urban fantasy, high fantasy, or epic fantasy series. You'll be involved in activities that explain and define the basic parts of a fantasy novel, get you thinking in depth about your own projects, and help you generate and refine new ideas for your books. $20, 2 hours.

What is Context?

Context is a friendly convention focused on speculative fiction literature and related games, comics and films.

If you enjoy science fiction, fantasy, or horror, you'll find plenty to entertain you at this convention.

Who Will Be There?

Our 2014 GoHs include Jonathan Maberry and Betsy Mitchell; there will be many other guests.

When/ Where Is It?

Context will be held September 26-28, 2014 in Worthington, Ohio, at the Holiday Inn.

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