4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 16–18, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN

Writers' Workshop: The Art of Critique

Friday June 16, 9 AM to 3 PM


Back by popular demand is this opportunity to learn the process of both giving and receiving critical commentary. Though participants work will be critiqued, that is a secondary benefit. There is an art to offering a critique without attacking and to receiving one without feeling attacked. Although criticize can mean to find fault with, the intent for 4th Street’s Workshop is better characterized as an important and useful evaluation.

  • Panelists: Beth Meacham, Skylar White, Max Gladstone, Arkady Martine
  • To allow sufficient time for exchange of materials, registration for the workshop will close Sunday, April 30, 2017.
  • Registration includes lunch.
  • Each participant will submit an example of their writing, 5000 words or less, which will be reviewed by two other participants.
  • Each participant will review two submissions.
  • Details for dates and submissions will be sent to those registered after registration is closed.

Registration for the workshop is closed.

9:00 AMWelcome
9:15 AMPanel
10:15 AMBreak
10:30 AMCritique Session 1
11:30Lunch
12:30 PMCritique Session 2
1:30 PMBreak
1:45 PMCritique Session 3
2:45 PMConclusion


Max Gladstone has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia and nominated twice for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award. His most recent project is the globetrotting urban fantasy serial Bookburners, available in ebook and audio from Serial Box, and in print from Saga Press.

Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a Byzantine historian. In both capacities she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and liminal spaces. She was a student at Viable Paradise XVII, grew up in New York City, and currently lives in Uppsala, Sweden. Her work has appeared in Apex Magazine, Ideomancer, Strange Horizons, and various academic journals.

Beth Meacham has written one novel with her husband Tappan King and a number of short stories on her own. She began work as a travel coordinator in New York after college, then worked at the Science Fiction Shop. She and her husband were regular reviewers for Baird Searles' and Martin Last's SF Review Monthly. She was an editorial assistant at Ace Books, then became an editor for Tor Books, where she rose to the position of editor-in-chief.

Skyler White is the author of two solo novels, and Falling, Fly and In Dreams Begin, and two co- written with Steven Brust, The Skill of Our Hands and The Incrementalists, which Booklist called “genius at work.” This rather pleased her as she’s been chasing after genius all her life —first the sweaty kind that might turn a word-nerd suburban chick into a swan. Then, because ballet left out language, into theater, then advertising, through the founding of a dogma-free prayer candle company, and onto reality TV. Along the way, she picked up two degrees (BA and MA), two children (Kaki and Egan), and two writing-related apps still in progress (TheNarrowShed and aMuseBoot). She teaches creative writing and does freelance ghostwriting. The chase continues.