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VCON Writer's Workshop wants you

10/08/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The Convention Committee of VCON, The Vancouver Area Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Gaming Convention, invites writers and prospective writers to submit their original Science Fiction/Fantasy manuscripts this month for the Writer's Workshop.

The optional (CDN$15 fee) workshop is a three-hour session with a group of professional writers, all of whom have read your manuscript in advance.

The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2004, as per the postmark on the submission.

Participants receive, in advance, copies of manuscripts from the others in your group. Manuscripts will be critiqued by both pros and participants, and all participants are expected to attend their assigned workshop(s). Please include a note with the submission advising available if you won't be at VCON the entire weekend.

Coffee, juice and goodies will be included, in a private boardroom. Short stories, novel chapters with a page of background info, SF/fantasy poetry, and scripts for stage or screen are eligible. Limit: one manuscript (up to 6,000 words) or several poems per person.

Send your manuscript (with name, address, phone number and E-mail address on the first page) in the format appropriate to the genre (with numbered pages) plus a cheque for the CDN$15.00/US$11.25 fee, in a 9" x 12" envelope with adequate postage, to:

VCON 29 Writers' Workshop, #109-8460 Jellicoe Street, Vancouver BC, V5S 4S8, Canada

The Writers' Workshop is open only to (full weekend) preregistered members of VCON 29. If you'd like to sign up for both at the same time, enclose with your manuscript a completed membership form plus two cheques: the cheque for your con membership (made out to "VCON 29"), and the cheque for the workshop costs (made out to "Fran Skene.")

For More Information: phone Fran at 604-433-8817 or E-mail: (after removing SPAM from the address).

VCON 29, the latest in a seris of VCONs stretching back to 1971, is a general interest science fiction convention. VCON is scheduled for October 8-10, 2004 (Canadian Thanksgiving/US Columbus Day weekend), at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel, in Burnaby, BC, adjacent to Vancouver.

Convention memberships cost CDN$40 or US$30 until September 15th, at which time preregistration ends and memberships increase to CDN$50 at the door. Memberships may be purchased by cheque when sent with the registration form obtained from the website, mailed to #209-2166 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6K 2A4, Canada, or may be purchased in person at Back Alley Wineworks, #4-1238 Davie Street, Vancouver BC.

For more information, visit the convention website at

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