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Writing Workshop at BSFS

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is proud to announce the beginning of writing workshops run by active and acclaimed professional writers in the genre of science fiction and fantasy.

You can read our full press release about the BSFS Writing Workshops here.

Please click here for a brief moment from the first workshop, with instructor Brenda Clough answering a question from the audience.

On June 15th, Morgan Keyes will lecture on, “The Business of Writing,” going in-depth on vital aspects of the industry such as traditional versus self-publishing, the necessity and value of agents, the synopsis, specific market concerns for genre writers, and so on. A detailed outline of the discussion is published below. [Times are approximate, as dialogue, questions, and answers are encouraged].

10:00  Introduction
Morgan Keyes and Mindy Klasky -- Our traditional and self-publishing background
Definition of terms -- Traditional publishing, self-publishing, vanity publishing
Overview of process
Short fiction vs. Novel-length fiction
Online resources for placing short fiction
Traditional publishing for novels
Completion of work in its entirety
Finding an agent
Finding a publisher
In-house editing process, resulting in published, distributed book
Self-publishing for novels
Completion of work in its entirety
Finding editors, artists, formatters, etc.
Publication process at Amazon, B&N, and others

10:45 5-minute break

10:50  Agents -- Good, Bad, and Otherwise
What does an agent do for an author?
When is an agent necessary?
How to find an agent
Query letter
How to leave an agent

11:35  Lunch

12:00  The synopsis -- a necessary evil
Required for agents and traditional publishing
Useful for self-publishing
What a synopsis is and isn't
Elements of a good synopsis
Character description
Plot description

12:45 Break

12:50 Self-publishing opportunities and pitfalls
Amazon KDP (and KDP Select)
B&N PubIt!
Other programs (Apple, Kobo, etc.)
Importance of marketing, publicity, and promotion

The cost to participate is $25, which includes lunch, and is due on June 8th (one week before the workshop), though seats will likely be full well before then. You can pay me (Alexander Harris) or Jonette Butler or Dale Arnold with cash or money order in person at most of the BSFS events since we attend most of them, or you can send it through PayPal to [masked]. Please send me an e-mail first before sending via PayPal.

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