Workshops Information

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 all that jazz with all interested writers at their 2 hour workshop on Saturday. Since the basics of good writing and story-telling apply to many formats, the workshop will cover TV/movie scripts, novels, short stories, comics -- and non-fiction, too.

No matter what your age or experience, if you want to be a writer -- or want to be a better writer -- here's a chance to ask questions and chat about the craft and business of writing for fun and profit! (The workshop is free.)

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!) Sunday morning at 11 am. (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 on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Concierge. This workshop is limited to 20 people. There will be a sign-up list at the Convention Registration Desk. (The workshop is free.)

Advanced Writing Workshop

with Bob Jones

One word does not a story make...or does it?

This two hour writing seminar will help you see the possibility of story ideas everywhere and show you what to do about it.

There will be 15 minutes of discussion followed by 45 minutes of writing. Then you get to read what you've written so you can get immediate feedback.

The seminar is limited to 9 participants so please let us know that you want to be part of it now. (The workshop is free.)

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.)

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.