4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 26–28, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN

Writers' Workshop: Exploring Critique


NOTE: The workshop is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please send mail.

This year, 4th Street offers a critique workshop aimed at writers who have grown beyond beginner-level discussion and are serious about pursuing professional publication. Between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Friday the workshop will include a brief panel discussion on how to give and receive critique with a range of methods represented, from Clarion/Milford style to free-flowing discussion, including the pros and cons of different methods. The workshop will break up into small groups, each led by a panelist, for critique of the participants' own work. Each group will be run according to that panelist/leader's own preferred method. Participants should come out of the workshop with two things: professional and peer critiques of their own current projects, and a better understanding of how to give and receive critique.

Any story or excerpt of a longer work that fits under the general umbrella of speculative fiction is welcome, up to 5000 words. Because of the intense focus and amount of work involved, workshop registration is limited to 15 people. Register by March 1, 2015 to reserve your space! Once registered, participants will be sent workshop information regarding manuscript submission and other details.

Our panelists and group leaders are Max Gladstone, Arkady Martine, Beth Meacham, Skyler White, and Patricia Wrede. Participants will be assigned randomly to critique group leaders.

9:00 AMIntroduction and Ground Rules
9:15 AMPanel Discussion
10:30 AMBreak
10:45 AMFirst Manuscript Critique
NoonLunch
1:00 PMSecond Manuscript Critique
2:15 PMThird Manuscript Critique
3:30 PMWrap-up and Thanks


Max Gladstone has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia once, and twice nominated for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award.  Tor Books published Full Fathom Five, the third novel in Max's Craft Sequence (preceded by Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise) in July 2014.  Last First Snow, the next Craft Sequence novel, will hit shelves in July 2015.  Max's game Choice Of The Deathless was nominated for a 2013 XYZZY Award, and his short fiction has appeared on Tor.com and in Uncanny Magazine.

Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a Byzantine historian. Her work has appeared in Abyss & Apex Magazine, Ideomancer, Strange Horizons, and various academic journals. She was a student at Viable Paradise XVII.

Beth Meacham has been a science fiction and fantasy editor for more than 30 years.  She has worked for Ace Books, Berkeley, and Tor, where she was editor in chief from 1985 through 1989.  She now works from her home in Arizona as an Executive Editor for Tor.

Skyler White tells us, "I write angels and scientists and demons, faeries and revolutionaries, secret societies and sacred sex because I’m interested in the places where myth and modernity tangle. I’m mother and a rebel, a liberal living in Texas, an existentialist witch and a reluctant autobiographer who objects to writing about myself in third person. My debut novel, and Falling, Fly was named one of the top sci-fi/fantasy books of 2010 by Library Journal, Barnes & Noble’s Sci-Fi Blog, and Dear Author.  My follow-up, In Dreams Begin‘was accorded the same honor by Fantasy Literature. The Incrementalists, co-written with Steven Brust, landed a starred review from Booklist, and was one of Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy titles for Fall 2013.”

Pat Wrede grew up surrounded by books. After earning her M.B.A., she worked as a financial analyst while writing her first novel, Shadow Magic. She’s a founding member of the Interstate Writers’ Workshop, a.k.a. The Scribblies, and went full time as a writer in 1985. Her fiction series include Frontier Magic, Enchanted Forest, Regency Magic, and Lyra. Pat is also the author of Wrede On Writing and, with Pamela Dean, Points Of Departure (2015).