Workshop Information

Be sure to also check out this year's list of events and our science track.

Special Effects Makeup Class

For the first time at a fan run convention, a full hands on Special effects makeup class will be held at Shore Leave! The class will be presented by Raven Stormbringer (aka "Doc Frankenfield"). This is an opportunity to learn all about makeup, stage, cosplay and special effects. If you think you want to pursue a career in makeup, want to up your Cosplay or really want to learn the inside deal, this is the course for you! Please bring your own makeup; sculpting and molding supplies will be provided. Makeup supplies will be available for purchase at the program.

At the end of the workshop, all the makeup designs will be unveiled to a live audience in the Valley Ballroom at 6:00pm, right before Sci Fi Squares.

The cost for this workshop is $50 to participate, or $30 for those wishing to observe or be models. Please pay Raven at the event and register in advance via Ravenefx-AT-gmail-DOT-com.

Henna and Glitter Body Art

Shirley Donahue is the owner and main henna artist for Arachne's Muse. Henna has been her passion for more than 15 years and her business for 4 years. She is completely self taught, and because of this her style is inspired by many henna traditions, as well as other body art traditions from around the world. She believes henna transcends boundaries and can be used in many forms of expression, from sacred to silly. She has also branched out into glitter body art. Not satisfied with stencils, she creates glitter body art with the same freehand methods that she uses for henna body art. She delights in the opportunities that colorful glitter provides and thinks it can be just as gorgeous and sophisticated as traditional henna art.. As an artist, she is constantly striving to improve and expand her skills. She is passionate about this journey and excited to share her art with you.

"Make It and Take It" Model Building Workshop

with The Collective

The Collective's Make-it and Take-it workshop is back!

The Collective will provide model kits for you to build with the help of members of their group. They are offering a selection of science fiction models at a cost of $20 each. These kits are snap-together, easy to assemble and suitable for modelers of all ages.

Also during the workshop, they will discuss Advanced Modeling techniques for the more experienced modelers. There is no cost for the Advanced Modeling discussion panel.

Register at their table in the dealers room during the convention.

Belly Dancing

Sitting is the new smoking, so get up and move!

Instructor Jeanne Waverly will lead you in a fun introduction to the art of belly dance. You'll learn some moves, listen to fun music, and generally celebrate an old tradition. Jeanne has fifteen years of experience and will answer all your questions.

Now get up and dance!

Annual Shore Leave All-Kinds-of-Writing Workshop

with Howard Weinstein, Bob Greenberger, Dave Galanter, Bob Jones & Kelly Meding

Our writing workshop team has about a century's worth of professional editing and writing experience between them! They'll be sharing the fruits and frustrations of the writing life with all interested writers at their 2-hour workshop on Saturday. The basics of good writing and story-telling apply to many media, so they'll cover scripts, novels, short stories, comics -- and non-fiction, too. No matter your age or experience, if you want to be a writer -- or be a better writer -- here's your chance to ask questions and chat about the craft and business of writing for fun and profit! (Pre- registration not required; the workshop is free.)

Thrones to Mad Men: Writing Historical Fiction

with Howard Weinstein, Richard C. White & Steve Wilson

Want to write historical fiction? Learn better ways to make the past come alive in this 90-minute session. (Pre-registration not required; the workshop is free.)

Doggie Parenting

with Howard Weinstein

Learn all about dog training and behavior from Howard Weinstein, experienced trainer and the author of "Puppy Kisses are Good for the Soul" (and yes, these techniques work on spouses and children, too!) (The workshop is free.))

Basic Self-Defense Workshop

with Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith, who has a black belt in Karate, will conduct a self-defense workshop. This workshop is limited to 20 people. There will be a sign-up list at the Convention Registration Desk. (The workshop is free.)

Writing Workshops for Young Adults

The Crazy 8 Team (Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, Peter David, Russ Colchamiro, Michael Jan Friedman, Glenn Hauman) have developed a series of five short (1-hour) writing workshops aimed specifically at teenage aspiring writers. These will be scheduled throughout the convention weekend. Any teen attending all of them will receive a certificate and the chance to get a story professionally critiqued by these authors. These workshops are open to all teens (12-19 years of age).

Stargazing by Local Amateur Astronomers

Weather permitting, the stargazers will meet again on the tennis courts on Friday and Saturday evening from 9pm to 11pm. (Read more.)