Workshops will be announced as they are confirmed. Be sure to also check out this year's list of events and our science track.

Writing Workshops for Young Adults

The Crazy 8 Press Team (Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, Peter David, Russ Colchamiro, Michael Jan Friedman, Glenn Hauman) have developed short (1-hour) writing workshops aimed specifically at teenage aspiring writers. These workshops are open to all teens (12-19 years of age).

This year we will have two of these workshops, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The topics will be Plotting and Characterization. Further details will be announced soon.

Writing Historical Fiction

with Howard Weinstein, Richard White, and 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.)

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.)

Belly Dancing

with Jeanne Waverly

Come enjoy an hour of belly dance! The instructor 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!


with Heidi Thalman

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.

"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.

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

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Clocks

with Eta Hack

This workshop is free for teens (limit 10), $2 for adults (age 18+). Come update an IKEA clock into an impressive SciFi chronometer worthy of a lonely Time Lord.

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. (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.))

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.