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Writing Workshops

5-Question Character Workshop

Whether you are about to join an RPG group or sitting down to write a novel, you need to know your character. Sometimes, it can be really easy to come up with the what of the character, but to miss important parts of the how, why, and who. Mike Jack Stoumbos will help you take any character concept, for any story or platform, and build them into a much deeper, fuller, more engaging character by exploring 5 Questions.


The Road to Wrimo: Setting Yourself up for NaNoWrimo Success

National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) occurs online every year in the month of November. You can find out more at their website https://nanowrimo.org/ NaNo participants are challenged to write 50,000 words of a fiction novel in 30 days.  This workshop with Mike Jack Stoumbos will take you through several aspects to consider when it comes to participating in NaNoWrimo: Defining your NaNoWriMo Goals, To Plot or Not, Time-Management and Schedule, Tips to Increase Writing Output and Cultivating Long-Term Discipline and Positive Mindset.  Pre-registration Recommended.


How to Say “Buy my ‘stuff’” without saying “Buy my stuff”

Patrick Dugan and Jim Nettles will work with participants to write, critique and practice three key pitches (tag line, elevator speech, and long sales.) 

Participation fee is $10. Max Students: 12, pre-registration recommended.


How to Ask a Publisher “Do you want to buy my book” without saying “Buy my book?”

Patrick Dugan and Jim Nettles will work with participants to fine tune a query.  Participants are asked to bring a query draft which the workshop will critique.  Participants will then rewrite their query for presentation. 

Participation fee is $10. Max Students: 12, pre-registration recommended.


Writing the First Lines Workshop

“In the hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.” Or “It was a pleasure to burn.” Both of these iconic first lines introduce the reader to the story.  In this workshop, Gail Martin will guide participants in the fine art of writing those first few words that capture a reader’s attention. Pre-registration Recommended.

Costuming Workshops / Demos

Basic Leatherworking 101

In this introduction to the craft, led by the designers at Ribbons and Rivets, participants will be guided through the steps to make their own personalized wrist cuff. Many of these same steps can be applied to much larger and more complicated projects later on. All tools and materials will be provided for this workshop, just bring a pair of hands.

Participation fee is $20.


Basic Armor Patterning

This primer for armor patterning, led by the designers at Ribbons and Rivets, will have participants making their own bracer pattern that can later be applied to other rigid mediums such as leather, thermoplastic, or EVA foam. Participants will leave with their own personalized pattern as well as knowledge about measurements, seam allowances, fasteners, and the pros and cons associated with different armor making mediums.


Body Paint 101 Workshop/Demo

Body Painting can add to your costume/cosplay but what does it take?  Accomplished Body Paint artist Daphne Reeder talks you through some of the most important things to know:  what type of paint to use? How to safely paint around your face? She will share other tips and tricks and answer questions.