Workshops

But you’ll feel alive! Alive!

Take a little break, meet some folks, learn a lot

Thanks for your interest in our workshops – a truly great experience for fans to get up close and personal with our guests and pros to get hands on experience in a number of areas.  At this time, all presales have ended so we can prepare for the show.  All available classes will be open for onsite registration just prior to each workshop.  Please check the app for the most updated information on time and location.  Please note, only cash is accepted onsite.

Acting Workshop with Kenneth Feinberg

Ken Feinberg is the founder and director of CSA Film Academy for young actors. Feinberg founded Creative Studios of Atlanta in 2005 after years of being an actor, director, and teacher in Los Angeles. He is best known for portraying memorable characters on such series as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and Star Trek Enterprise as well as the award winning director of Sony Pictures family Christmas movie Santa’s Boot Camp. Some of Feinberg’s former students include: Storm Reid (currently starring in Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time,) William J. Harrison (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Kyla Drew (Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn), and Erika Bierman (The Hunger Games movies).

Science Fiction Acting Workshop ages 16+

Set your phasers to stun! Science fiction (or sci-fi) is a genre that uses fictional science-based depictions, such as time travel, wizards and warriors, alien worlds, extrasensory perception, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, interstellar travel or other technologies. Acting in these environments are often fun, yet difficult because actors must make the technical language roll off their tongues with ease as if it’s every day jargon. In this workshop, beginning and experienced actors will get the chance to learn about Sci-Fi acting and become a committed, fantastical, futuristic, scenery-chomping thespian! By Grabthar’s Hammer, the Force will be with you!

Important Information:

  • Day & Time: Friday, 8/30/19, 1pm-4pm
  • Where: Hyatt Vinings Room
  • Dragon Con members receive a $100 discount off the $220 fee
  • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2019
  • 20 participates
  • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership

Character Design Workshop with Tom Bancroft

This is an intensive 2.5-hour workshop where former Disney animator/ TV and feature film character designer and writer/illustrator of the bestselling “Creating Characters with Personality” Tom Bancroft will give you practical art instruction on how to design a character. Starting with drawing and design basics you will learn how to thoughtfully design a character using shape language and move into more advanced principles of posing and expressions. You will end with designing a character of your own and Bancroft will also do draw-overs on as many of your designs as possible to show ways to strengthen your character. This class is for anyone that wants to create characters for film, TV, comic books, comic strips, or video games. Supplies for drawing will be included.

About Tom Bancroft:

Bancroft has animated on 10 feature films and 5 animated shorts including the Disney feature films: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Tarzan, and Mulan (where he was the designer and lead animator of “Mushu” the dragon). He has also illustrated over 50 children’s books, designed posters for Disney Theatrical, storyboarded for film and TV, drawn comics for Disney, DC, and Marvel, and has authored the two bestselling books on character design: Creating Characters with Personality and Character Mentor.

Important Information:

  • Fee includes Supplies
  • Class Takes place on Friday, 2:30-5pm, Hilton 313-314
  • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership
  • Dragon Con members receive a $100 discount off the $165 fee
  • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2019

Character Posing & Expressions Workshop with Tom Bancroft

Once you have a character you have designed, the real challenge is to bring them to life with posing and expressions that are clear, have the right emotion and help tell the story you want to tell. Learn how to do this from author and Disney animator Tom Bancroft.

* Taking Character Design on Friday is suggested for those wanting to take part in Character Posing and Expressions.

About Tom Bancroft:

Bancroft has animated on 10 feature films and 5 animated shorts including the Disney feature films: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Tarzan, and Mulan (where he was the designer and lead animator of “Mushu” the dragon). He has also illustrated over 50 children’s books, designed posters for Disney Theatrical, storyboarded for film and TV, drawn comics for Disney, DC, and Marvel, and has authored the two bestselling books on character design: Creating Characters with Personality and Character Mentor.

Important Information:

  • Fee includes Supplies
  • Day & Time: Saturday, 8/31/19, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Where: Hilton 313-314
  • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership
  • Dragon Con members receive a $100 discount off the $165 fee
  • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2019

Grab the Gauntlet: How to Write Good Genre TV for Everybody with Emily Andras

Have you ever wanted to write sci-fi or fantasy for television? Now is the time, particularly if you have a unique take or diverse voice! In this interactive Master Class, Emily Andras will detail how to start script-writing, get hired into a TV Writers Room, and develop a killer pitch to sell your own show.  She’ll explain what makes a ‘hot’ genre series in 2019 and dish on navigating networks, producers, and building a fandom, while sticking to your vision and challenging the system from the inside out.

Fun and frank, this writing workshop is inclusive for writing amateurs to serious professionals, all are welcome.

Important Information:

  • Day & Time: Friday, August 30th, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Where: Hilton 309-312
  • Class size is limited to 75 people, and pre-registration is required.
  • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership
  • Dragon Con members receive a $100 discount off the $225 fee
  • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2019

Practical Self-Defense with Keith R.A. DeCandido

Second-degree black belt Keith R.A. DeCandido gives a guide to some basic
self-defense techniques that can be useful in difficult situations. No previous martial arts training required. Recommend that attendees wear comfortable street clothes and shoes.

This is a free workshop, so come on by and check us out!

Important Information:

  • When: Friday, August 31st, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Where: Hilton 404-405

Tai Chi Workshop

“Tai Chi is a powerful healing art, a moving meditation, and a non-contact martial art all in one. Once you learn Tai Chi and Chi Kung, you can practice these ancient Chinese healing art forms anywhere, anytime, and for the rest of your life. “When I discovered Tai Chi, I found an exercise that satisfied my physical, mental and spiritual needs equally. After 30 years of practice, I feel Tai Chi contains within its structure, principles that are key to unlocking our greatest potentials.” Erin Gray

Erin Gray’s one hour workshop will be an introduction to the theory and practice behind Chi Kung and Tai Chi. The first half of the class will include 8 simple Chi Kung exercises, combining breath and gentle movements. Chi Kung, the art of energy, is also the foundation behind Tai Chi. These Chi Kung movements will open and balance the channels of energy running throughout your body and improve the function of your organs. In the second half of the class you will learn the principles behind Tai Chi, and the first five movements of the Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Core form as taught to me by Grandmaster Dr. Carl Totten at the Taoist Institute. . Much like Yoga, Tai Chi calms your mind, enlivens your spirit, and strengthens and relaxes your entire body. Unifying mind, body, and spirit through the practice of Tai Chi develops your awareness, and awakens your true nature which brings peace, balance, and happiness into your life.

“Scientific studies show that Tai Chi helps chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, & diabetes. It also improves balance, prevents falls, & reduces stress,” says Dr. Paul Lam.

Please wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in and be prepared to be either barefoot, wearing socks or flat shoes. If you have foot problems and have to wear your tennis shoes and inner supports, that’s fine.

Important Information:

  • All three classes cover the same material. If you would like to attend multiple sessions, please purchase each session individually
  • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership
  • Dragon Con members receive a $100 discount off the $120 fee
  • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2019
  • Workshop sizes are limited to 25 and pre-registration is required

The schedule is as follows:

  • Fri – 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Sat – 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Sun – 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Voice Acting: Master Class

Dream of a career in voice over for original animation, anime & video games? Voice actors Dino Andrade (World of Warcraft, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dishonored 2) and Greg Houser (Evangelion, One Piece, Tales of Vesperia) present a fun, full-participation, two-day immersive, voice over master class that covers it all!

Over two days you will learn the VO acting techniques you must know to make it in original animation, Anime, or video games!

Thursday – Part One

  • Voice Over Fundamentals
  • How to Create Different Character Voices
  • Visualization techniques that Make Characters & Scenes Come Alive
  • Original Animation Acting Techniques & Styles
  • Video Games Acting Techniques & Styles

Friday – Part Two

  • Anime Dubbing Acting Techniques & Styles
  • Creating Great Villains
  • Audition Techniques
  • Course Concludes with a Casting Session & Table Read of an Authentic Production Script

Whether participants have lots of acting experience or none at all, everyone is guaranteed to have a blast at this interactive, fun, informative and enlightening peek into the REAL world of Voice Over!

Your Instructors:

Actor & Animation Voice Over Teacher Dino Andrade

Voice actor Dino Andrade is probably best known to video game fans as The Scarecrow fromBatman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham Underworld.  Dino is also known as the voice behind Professor Putricide, Mimiron, High Tinkerer Mekkatorque, The Mad Bomber, The Death Knight Gnomes, and more from World of Warcraft & Hearthstone!

Additionally, Andrade has lent his voice to such high-profile properties as Dishonored 2, Prey, Star Trek Online, Goldie & Bear, Sophia The 1st, Shimmer and Shine, Call of Duty, Dungeons & Dragons: neverwinter, Brutal Legend, Guitar Hero, Pocket God, and Nerf-N-Strike. Anime/gamer fans know him for his starring roles as Kenshin in Sengoku Basara and Ragou in Tales of Verperia, as well as his guest appearances in Hellsing Ultimate and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

Online Dino recently starred as Dutch the Dog on Get My Goat for the Dreamworks TV YouTube Channel.  On television, Dino has provided sound-a-likes for both the short-lived CBS series $h*! My Dad Says and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Dino has also been heard in both radio and television campaigns for Kellog’s Rice Krispies as the iconic voice of Pop of Snap, Crackle and Pop fame!

Voice Actor Greg Houser

Greg is proof that anyone from any background can become a voice actor. He originally joined the voice acting ranks through his background in IT and Engineering (no, seriously).  Earning advanced degrees from Pennsylvania State University and studying drama with the Walnut St. Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, and the People’s Improv Theatre.

Without ever leaving his native Philadelphia, Greg has had a fun career behind the mic for over 18 years providing vocal talent for companies such as American Express, Dupont, Lockheed Martin, CBS, Honda of America, Virgin Mobile, Petsmart, and both the MBA & NBA. In the anime world, he’s had the privilege to be cannon fodder for titles such as Evangelion, Ikki Tousen, One Piece, Shiki, and Tales of Vesperia. (alongside Dino Andrade).

The need to relocate to Hollywood (and/or any of those other entertainment centers of the world) for a career in voice over is rule #1. Greg is living proof that rules are made to be broken!

Important Information:

Who wants to be a Hero…and a Villain?! (A two-day voice over masterclass workshop for animation & video games. Presented by Voice Actors Dino Andrade & Greg Houser)

  • Dates:
    • Part One – Thursday Aug 30th
    • Part Two – Friday Aug 31st
  • Time:
    • 9AM – 1PM (morning class)
    • 3PM – 7PM (afternoon class)
  • Cost:
    • Non Member: $180.00
    • DC Member: $80.00

Writer's Hourly Workshops

The seminars cover everything from the very basics and writing in a franchise universe, up through plotting and characterization, and even cover presenting your manuscript and strategies for success in the age of digital publishing. Why hope for success when you can learn from working writers and guarantee it?

When you are checking out, you need to provide the following for the person attending the workshop(s) ordered.

Full Legal Name (First and last name will do.)

Address (If it is different from the Ship To address)

E-mail Address

Important:
– Fee includes All eighteen seminars listed below.
– Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership.
– Dragon Con members receive a $100 discount off the $240 fee.
– No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2019.

Space is limited for each workshop. First-come, first-served.

For more information, please contact the Dragon Con Office, 404-669-0773 during office hours, Monday thru Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm EST. Or email dragoncon (at) dragoncon (dot) org.

Friday Seminars

Friday, August 30

10:00 AM Foundations of Success

New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will help you organize yourself so you have a head start on success when you sit down to begin your writing career. He will cover everything from how to plan projects, how to make time for writing and the plethora of mistakes writers make which hold them back from becoming the best writers they can be.

11:30 AM Urban Fantasy Remixes: Fairytales, Folklore, and You

How do you take an age old tale and make it new? You change the setting or change the ending. You think outside the box. What if Mount Olympus is a mega-corporation and the gods are the executive staff? What if Freddie Mercury was a siren and that’s how we all know Bohemian Rhapsody by heart? This workshop will show you how to take elements from fairytales and folklore and use them to make new stories or to add depth and color to existing fictional universes.

1:00 PM Build and Break a Character or Two

In an interactive seminar, New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will work you through the rigors of creating realistic characters and show you how to make them grow within a story. He’ll share many of the advanced techniques he uses for creating characters of depth, intrigue and humanity, who manage to grow in realistic but seldom predictable ways. You’ll learn how to create the sort of characters that can carry whole sagas and keep readers locked in and waiting for each new book’s release.

2:30 PM 101 Ideas In an Hour

Ever wonder where writers get their ideas? Join New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn Timothy Zahn as he guides you and your fellow workshop attendees on the path to creating characters, aliens, magic systems, and societies that you can use as jump-off points for literally hundreds of stories, novels, and even multi-book sagas.

4:00 PM Winning with Serial Fiction

E-readers and increased time demands have shifted how many readers consume stories. Shorter fiction (flash fiction through novellas) is more manageable for writers and readers, quicker to publication and often more profitable than longer works. New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole has written in many series, and produced works of all lengths. He’ll show you how to plot a series, provide some basic structures to use and point out ways that your shorter fiction can create a new audience for your longer-form fiction.

5:30 PM Getting It Right

Bestselling author Tim Powers will engage in a wide ranging discussion about writing, touching on plotting, character creation and the subtle art of conveying details and surroundings in your stories without seeming to pause to get that accomplished. Included will be time for questions, so you can enlist the aid of a master of modern fiction in unraveling the mysteries of getting your stories right.

Saturday Seminars

10:00 AM Like, Love and Lust

We’ve said it over and over again – it is essential that all stories have some form of romance in them. The percentage of the story depends on your plot, but writing it is not as easy at it seems. Join novelist Alison Richards to learn the basics of how to build different kinds of relationships between characters, and the dos and don’ts on writing those passionate love scenes.

11:30 AM Freelancing 101

Want to know how to pitch an editor? What do you do when you finally get your assignment? What should the document you turn in look like? How do you invoice them once they publish the piece? We all want to freelance, but sometimes getting paid to write seems like a bridge too far. Bryan Young, a professional freelancer and writer, will take you through the steps from meeting editors to pitch all the way to getting paid.

1:00 PM 21 Days To A Novel

New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents his three week program for preparing yourself to write a novel. This set of 21 exercises is broken down to give you everything from character creation to world building, practical plotting devices, dialogue development and character voice creation tools. This program is a practical, kick-in-the-pants place to start your career.

2:30 PM What Women Bring to the Fight

Join Janine K. Spendlove (author of War of the Seasons, Star Wars: Inbrief, etc) as she discusses how women have been historically involved in combat, the role/place of women in the future tactics and strategies of the military (spoiler alert: everything & everywhere!), and how to apply all this to your speculative fiction writing.

4:00 PM Crafting a Short Story

Telling a complete story in 7,500 words or less is easy when you create the key points in advance. This workshop will examine the fundamentals of a short story, such as: plot, point of view, setting, character, dialogue, resolution etc. Participants leave with the complete foundation for a short story of any genre, as well as the knowledge of how to find a market for their work. Presented by Chantelle Aimée Osman, author, freelance editor, and owner of A Twist of Karma Entertainment, LLC.

5:30 PM Plotting

New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole unravels the mysteries of creating compelling plots. A novel is a huge undertaking, written over weeks or months, and the plot has to hold it all together. From creating an outline to maintaining flexibility, this seminar gives you the insider knowledge that will separate you from all of your peers.

Sunday Seminars

10:00 AM Finding The Story

New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole takes you through a series of exercises that will let you build a story from the barest spark through twists and turns. He’ll give you several story recipes and show you how you can work from them to create delightfully complex and engrossing stories.

11:30 AM 50 Editing Mistakes Authors Make

Join Chantelle Aimée Osman as she covers the best methods for approaching editing your work. We’ll go over the top mistakes that editors find and correct in author’s manuscripts, from grammar to dialogue, giving you the edge of a polished final product. Chantelle will also discuss the uses of freelance editors in perfecting your manuscript.

1:00 PM Writing Believable Action Scenes

There’s more to an action scene beyond shooting, brawling, and starfighter fights. This workshop will focus on the anatomy of an action scene, what elements go into the choreography, and why it’s important to know all the weapons and their uses that your characters may have access to. Novelist Alison Richards will take you through the intricacies of producing compelling action. How does your action scene move plot along? Does it materially impact the character arcs and how does it affect the story emotionally?

2:30 PM Perfecting Your Pitch and Query Letter (novels & screenplays – interactive)

Learn how to write (and deliver) the perfect elevator pitch. Most authors know how to write—until it comes to writing about themselves. We’ll go over the key points in both in-person and in-writing pitches and how to make yourself and your work attractive from the word go. Presented by Chantelle Aimée Osman, author, freelance editor, and owner of A Twist of Karma Entertainment, LLC.

4:00 PM The Art of Extrapolation

Join Janine K. Spendlove (author of War of the Seasons, Star Wars: Inbrief, etc) as she discusses how to research and apply current cutting edge open source technologies in your futuristic writings. Doing your research is one thing, but Janine will teach you how to weaponize it to create believable futures with realistic consequences.

5:30 PM Making The Next Draft The Best

New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole gives you a tool kit which will allow you to break down your novel, diagnose issues and substantially improve your next draft. He’ll cover the basics from how to know if you want to do one more draft, on through how to produce and package your book for sale. If you think your book isn’t quite there yet, or if you want to make sure everything is working the way it should, this seminar will provide you with techniques to answers to all your questions.

Important Information:

Cost for ALL seminars:

  • $140 + tax (member price)
  • $240 + tax (non member price)

Cost for individual seminars:

  • $8 + tax (member price)
  • $108 + tax (non member price)

Writer's Two-Day Intensive Workshop

Thank you for your interest, but this workshop is full.

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.

Each participant is asked to submit a manuscript to Jody of 2,000 to 7,000 words of a completed 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.

Manuscripts must be submitted by August 1, 2019, to:

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

Important Information:

  • Day & Time: Thursday, August 29th and Friday, August 30th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Where: Hyatt Kennesaw 
  • Class size is limited to 20 people, and pre-registration is required.  Jody maintains a waiting list if anyone who has been accepted drops out.
  • Fee does not include a Dragon Con Membership
  • Dragon Con members receive a $100 discount off the $350 fee
  • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2019
  • 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 jodynye@yahoo.com

Writing Killer Openings

Where: Hyatt Marietta Room
When: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Thursday, August, 29th or 10:00am – 12:30pm Friday, August 30th

To be a successful author, you must ‘hook’ your audience, make them want to read the next sentence, paragraph, page, etc. Lee Martindale, author, editor, and publisher, will help you develop that ‘Killer Opening’ with live exercises and a professional critique.

Important Information:

  • Cost: $25
  • No refunds for the workshop will be granted after August 1st, 2019.
  • Space is limited to 20 for each workshop. First-come, first-served.

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