Workshop Information

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

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

Have fun with a brief introduction to the art of bellydance! You'll learn some moves, listen to fun music, and generally celebrate an old tradition. Instructor Jeanne will be happy to use her fifteen years of experience to answer your questions as you go.

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.)