Workshop Information

Workshops will be announced as they are confirmed.

Special Effects Makeup Class

with Raven Stormbringer

This makeup class picks up where we left off with last year's. The class takes place on Friday starting at 10 AM and will focus on application for lending and the creation of a make-up effect using prosthetics and using straight makeup. We will cover the application of hair doing old age youthful and creature makeup. Students are encouraged to bring their own makeup kit appliances and accessories however the instructor will be providing materials that students can work with. The class will begin at 10 AM in Salon B and continues through 8 PM that evening. Observers are welcome and will be welcomed as models for the makeup artists.

Attendees for the Friday class must have at least a Friday convention membership. The fee for the workshop is $60 (in addition to the convention membership) and will be collected at the start of the class.

Henna and Glitter Body Art

Shirley Donahue of Arachne's Muse will present an overview of the history and culture of henna body art. There will be a demonstration of the art and a Q & A. Henna kits will be available for purchase at the workshop.


New This year! Learn how to do basic ball juggling at this small workshop, along with some more advanced tricks for those who already have the basics down.

Belly Dancing

Come enjoy an hour of belly dance!

Instructor Jeanne Waverly has been dancing for 15 years, teaching for 9 in the Egyptian Cabaret style. We'll learn some basic moves, put them together in a short choreography and just have fun.

Now get up and dance!

"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.

Stargazing by Local Amateur Astronomers

Do you enjoy star gazing (and not just the celebrity kind)? Then be sure to check out the Stargazing workshop on Friday and Saturday.

Shore Leave stargazing is brought to you by the Westminster Astronomical Society, the Harford County Astronomical Society, and the Howard County Astronomical League. These are local amateur astronomy groups promoting astronomy education and outreach in the community.

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).

Many young people attended the first round of Writing Workshops for Young Adults at Shore Leave 37. Here is what one of them had to say about the workshops:

My experience with the Teen Writer's Workshops was phenomenal. In school, the teachers were more focused on reading literary novels (such as "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "The Great Gatsby") and answering questions about the novels rather than doing research behind the novels and going into detail about the processes behind the writing styles for the particular time periods that the novels were written in. All of the authors that participated in the workshops were very kind and down-to-earth; if one needed advice on how to rework something in a piece they were writing, the author they were speaking to would try to help the person out as much as they could. I personally had spoken to Stephen Kozeniewski, one of the authors that came to Shore Leave 37, and he told me: "By coming to the workshops at Shore Leave, you are already getting a head-start than those who aren't." Today's young writers are the future of the writing world. Come to Shore Leave, get the knowledge you deserve, and have fun while you're doing it!

Details will be announced soon.

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.)

Participants in this year's All-Kinds-of-Writing Workshop are encouraged to read and print out this short handout, which will form the basis of the main workshop topic, ahead of time.

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.)