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Writer's Two Day Intensive Workshop

Best-selling science fiction and fantasy writer Jody Lynn Nye directs this two-day workshop sponsored by Dragon Con. Jody has more than 45 published books and over 160 short stories to her credit, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, John Ringo and Robert Asprin. She has taught at Columbia College Chicago and at numerous writing workshops for more than twenty years.
The aim of this workshop is to help aspiring writers to learn to practice their craft at a professional level. Students of every level are welcome, from beginners to those writers who are starting to sell their work. Among the subjects to be touched on during the two-day course are story structure, character development, world-building, narrative hook, research, description, collaboration, nonfiction, format, the business of writing, marketing and promotion.

Guest lecturers will speak during the course on topics involving their expertise. Among her past speakers are Toni Weisskopf, Publisher of Baen Books; Jim Minz, Chief Editor, Baen Books;  Kevin J. Anderson, publisher of WordFire Press and bestselling co-author of the Dune series; Rebecca Moesta, co-publisher and author of the Young Jedi Knights series; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of the Saint-Germain cycle; and Lynn Abbey, author and editor of Thieves’ World. The students are encouraged to ask questions after the experts' presentations.
The workshop will take place on Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, 2019, in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, from 9 AM to 5 PM. To sign up please visit the Dragon Con Store or contact the Dragon Con Office @ (404) 669-0773.
Each participant is asked to submit a manuscript to Jody of 2,000 to 7,000 words of a complet

ed short story or partial novel. Novels must also include a full synopsis. All manuscripts must be submitted in standard format, double-spaced in Courier or Times New Roman 12 point type, pages numbered in the upper right corner. No handwritten manuscripts will be accepted. Your cover letter must include your name, address, e-mail address and telephone number. Jody offers an individual written critique of your manuscript. If you wish your piece to be workshopped in class by Jody and your fellow students, an electronic copy is also required, to share with other students, e-mailed as an attachment to Jody Lynn Nye, once you are notified you have a place in the workshop.

Send the manuscripts by August 1, 2019, to:

  • Dragon Con
  • Attn:  2019 Writers' Workshop
  • PO Box 16459
  • Atlanta, GA 30321-0459

Space is limited to twenty participants, first-come, first-served. (Jody maintains a waiting list if anyone who has been accepted drops out.) Pre-registration is required. Cost is $250.00 per person + tax, for Dragon Con members or a $100 additional fee if not a member of Dragon Con ($350 + tax). Participants will need to bring pen and paper, laptop or voice recorder for taking notes, plus copies of their own work and critiques that they have made on their fellow participants' manuscripts. (If you bring an electronic device, you may need an extension cord.) No videos of the workshop are permitted.

If you have further questions, please write to Jody Lynn Nye at