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February 5, 2008

Posted by Jim Macdonald at 03:39 PM * 16 comments

I’m to help with a weekend writing workshop at I-con this year.

Authors’ Workshop

The Author’s track is proud to offer you a chance to have your work critiqued by professionals. Coordinator Terry McGarry, James Macdonald, Debra Doyle and Ann VanderMeer will analyze your short story in two ninety minute sessions during I-CON 27. Participation is strictly limited to five writers. Fantasy or science fiction stories must be submitted by email only, in MS Word format, double spaced, with a maximum length of 5000 words. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2008. NOTE: you must be available both Saturday and Sunday to participate in the workshop.

Please send to with the words “Writer’s Workshop” in the subject header. Participant confirmation will be sent by March 5, 2008. Submission implies your permission to provide your story to all workshop participants.

Comments on Peccavi:
#1 ::: Andrhia ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 03:59 PM:

Oh, heavens, now the competition is going to be much too fierce. :)

#2 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 04:18 PM:

::must beat Serge to the good pun::

I didn't realize I-con was in India*.

What? Peccavi means "I have Sind", no?

*Although technically Sind is now in Pakistan.

#3 ::: iain ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 04:56 PM:


Charles Napier beat you to that one by 165 years. His was a double pun: he'd acted against orders in conquering the province.

#4 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 05:16 PM:

Ginger #2:

'Peccavi, I've Scinde! wrote Lord Napier so proud.
More briefly sent Dalhousie, Vovi, I've Oudh.'

#5 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 05:20 PM:

Damn! Ginger beat me by two minutes!

#6 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 05:23 PM:

Ginger @ 2... TexAnne @ 5... whippersnapper upstarts.

#7 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 05:47 PM:

I-Con 27? Yoiks. I was Treasurer when I-Con was in the middle single digits.

#8 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 06:14 PM:

Iain, #3: I know, it was presumptuous of me not to reference Napier, for that is exactly where I liberated that pun -- and I can't tell you how many years I've waited to use it. I've forgotten.

TexAnne: next one's all yours. ;-)

Serge: :-D

#9 ::: Suzanne ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 10:26 PM:

The temptation to apply would be overwhelming if not for the extreme likelihood that I'll be barely able to get out of my own house by early April, much less to NY.

I heard Terry McGarry speak once and she impressed the crap out of me -- I think I learned more in that one panel than in all other con panels attended combined. And, y'know, you and Doyle aren't slouches either (-: Have a great time!

#10 ::: B. Durbin ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 11:10 PM:

I once entered a short-story contest and won. I think the best part was when I got back my story submission and somebody had written "B-" on the top.

I don't know if that was supposed to be an author designation, but I like to think that was somebody's evaluation of the story quality... and that a B minus story was the best that they had received.

Sometimes I am easily amused.

#11 ::: Suzanne ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2008, 11:27 PM:

#10 B. Durbin: I won a short story contest once and the prize was a fluorescent green toilet seat. A letter grade sounds like a better deal!

(Okay, the point of the contest had been to write the worst, most offensive story you could, so I suppose I got what I deserved. Damn, but I wish I still had a copy of that story!)

#12 ::: Susan ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2008, 12:02 AM:

The Author’s track

...seems to need some help from the proofreaders track.

#13 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2008, 12:08 AM:

I've edited Terry McGarry, and she surely knows her stuff. Go if you can.

Jim doesn't need my endorsement. He's just plain famous.

#14 ::: iain ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2008, 06:48 AM:

Ginger @8,

Apparently Napier didn't actually say it. The magazine Punch put the words in his mouth in a cartoon. Snopes has something on this here, and for those with access to JStor there's a serious academic paper on the subject here.

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