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Workshops at Capclave
Capclave 2014 is pleased to once again host a number of interesting workshops. Space is still available. If you are interested, send an e-mail to our
 
Please note: The details of our workshops are mostly stable but, due to circumstances beyond our control, changes to the program can occur throughout the convention.
 
Friday 10:00 pmBethesdaAn Inside Look: Kinbaku the art of Japanese bondage (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Workshop Host: Lord Ramirez (M)
Kinbaku, also called Shibari is the traditional style of Japanese bondage. Ramirez will be covering its history and origins and its evolution from the battlefield to the bedroom. He will cover its traditional applications, as well as what it means to the Japanese both in times past and today. He will be demonstrating the art, and giving you the chance to ask questions and touch and even experience the ropes.

Must be 18 years or older
Duration: 2 Hours

Saturday 10:00 amBoardroomPlotting Workshop (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Workshop Host: Allen Wold (M)
What makes a story a story? How do you construct a viable plot from a bare (naked) idea? We'll start at the beginning, and by the end, you should have everything you need to know to plot your story.

Limited to 15 participants.
Duration: 2 hours

Saturday 12:00 pmBoardroomArea 52 Military Science Fiction - Getting it Right (Part 1) (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Workshop Hosts: Ron Garner (M), Janine Spendlove (M)
Two Marines teach you how to write realistic military scenes. The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees a brief introduction to military thought at the strategic, operational, and tactical level, an understanding of the types of weapons that are used in combat and how they are employed, and a feeling for the effects of combat on participants and non-participants. From this basis, we will engage attendees in a discussion designed to relate basic military theory, tactics, and weapons to speculative fiction and thus help attendees develop a more accurate depiction of warfare in their writing.

The Saturday session will cover the difference between Strategy/Operations/Tactics, including basic theories of military strategy (i.e. why/how states go to war), as well as planning factors and a discussion of these issues as they relate to speculative fiction. The Saturday session will also cover Tactics/Weapons including: (a) standard small unit tactics; (b) types of weapons systems (individual, crew-served, indirect fire, WMD); (c) the effects of warfare on combatants/non-combatants; and (d) discussion of these topics as they relate to speculative fiction.

The Sunday session will be a writing sample review and Q&A;in which each attendee prepares a military writing sample ahead of time, and we take volunteers to discuss a couple of them, reserving about 10-15 minutes at the end for Q&A;.

Limited to 15 participants

Saturday 2:00 pmBoardroomChildren's/Young Adults' Writer's Workshop (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Workshop Host: Pamela K. Kinney (M)
Today, when anyone, including children and teenagers, can become published in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and paranormal, any young adult can benefit from a workshop on the basics of writing. The participants will work on a short story and discuss the basics of editing. From ages 9 through 17.

Limited to 15 participants.
Duration: 2 hours

Saturday 4:00 pmBoardroomThe Power of Point of View (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Workshop Host: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford (M)
Most people have a very limited understanding of what point of view (POV) is and how it works. A deeper, more complex definition of POV makes for better, more effective writing. Join Meriah Crawford for a workshop that will review the many aspects of point of view in detail, followed by writing, workshopping, and general discussion. Handouts and chocolate for inspiration will be provided.

Limited to 15 participants
Duration: 2 Hours

Saturday 10:00 pmRockville/ PotomacFifty shades of truth: An inside look at the real world of BDSM (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Workshop Host: Lord Ramirez (M)
For many the success of Fifty Shades of Grey is a mystery, both to writers and those who actually participate in BDSM. Both sides have a vested interest in seeing it portrayed or at the very least written better. Ramirez has been active in the BDSM community for over twenty years and teaches BDSM classes and workshops all over the United States. He will give you a fascinating inside tour of BDSM. From its culture, to its popularity, and the age old question "Why do people do it?" In between demonstration and discussion, he and his partner will answer your questions about domination and submission, sadism and masochism, leather, and everything in between. You well even get the chance to see the tools of the trade up close. Ever wonder what a whip or flogger was actually like? Did you want to put one in your hand? Here is your chance to understand that world on a much more personal level, to enhance your writing, or just your understanding of a very misunderstood world.

Must be 18 years or older
Duration: 2 Hours

Sunday 10:00 amBoardroomArea 52 Military Science Fiction - Getting it Right (Part 2) (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Workshop Hosts: Ron Garner (M), Janine Spendlove (M)
Two Marines teach you how to write realistic military scenes. The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees a brief introduction to military thought at the strategic, operational, and tactical level, an understanding of the types of weapons that are used in combat and how they are employed, and a feeling for the effects of combat on participants and non-participants. From this basis, we will engage attendees in a discussion designed to relate basic military theory, tactics, and weapons to speculative fiction and thus help attendees develop a more accurate depiction of warfare in their writing.

The Saturday session will cover the difference between Strategy/Operations/Tactics, including basic theories of military strategy (i.e. why/how states go to war), as well as planning factors and a discussion of these issues as they relate to speculative fiction. The Saturday session will also cover Tactics/Weapons including: (a) standard small unit tactics; (b) types of weapons systems (individual, crew-served, indirect fire, WMD); (c) the effects of warfare on combatants/non-combatants; and (d) discussion of these topics as they relate to speculative fiction.

The Sunday session will be a writing sample review and Q&A;in which each attendee prepares a military writing sample ahead of time, and we take volunteers to discuss a couple of them, reserving about 10-15 minutes at the end for Q&A;.

Limited to 15 participants

Sunday 1:00 pmBoardroomPublic Speaking for Writers (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Workshop Host: David Keener (M)
David Keener, an experienced public speaker, conference organizer and writer, will lead a workshop on public speaking for writers. In today's publishing world, simply writing a story isn't enough - you also need to get up in front of an audience and promote yourself. In this workshop, you'll learn techniques to be a dynamic speaker. You'll learn how to apply these techniques to be an effective panelist at conventions, whether as a moderator or as a participant. You'll also learn to describe your fiction in succinct sound bites designed to intrigue potential readers.

You've seen it all done wrong - find out how to do it right.

Limited to 15 participants.
Duration: 2 hours

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