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Workshops at Capclave
Capclave 2017 is pleased to once again host a number of interesting workshops.

The workshops are available to any member of Capclave and do not have an additional cost beyond the normal membership. However, seating at the workshops is limited. See the individual descriptions for details. Approximately 1/3 of the seats are available to be requested prior to Capclave, on a first request, first filled basis. If you are interested, send an e-mail to our workshop coordinator. IMPORTANT: The two exceptions to this are the Alan Wold workshops (Plotting & Writing). These workshops can only be signed-up for at Capclave. No prior sign-ups will be accepted.

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.
Saturday 10:00 amSenecaPlotting Workshop (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Allen L. 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 25 participants. No late arrivals.
BoardroomEnvironmental Storytelling (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Meg Eden (M)
The popular saying goes: "A picture's worth a thousand words." With the rapid developments in technology, our storytelling is changing to not just be on the page, but through movies, television, and video games--highly visual mediums. Through the power of images, we can convey a whole narrative in a short space. Think about how games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Gone Home use environmental storytelling to give us pieces of characters' lives. In this workshop, we'll discuss examples of games that tell stories through objects, and go into our own writing exercises inspired by video games. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 12:00 pmSenecaWriting the Military Workshop (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner, Janine Spendlove
Science fiction and fantasy stories have the ability to transport readers to new worlds and immerse them in new experiences. Losing themselves in the flow of the story, readers become something outside of, something more than, themselves, if only for a little bit of time. But this trance can be broken when the author has not paid attention to the all-important details. This is as true of military engagements in science fiction and fantasy as it is of any other element...perhaps even more so. In order to suspend belief enough to buy into the story, the reader needs to feel like the rules within the universe the author is creating, and the general rules of existence the reader already knows to be true, are consistent. Join U.S. Marine officers and writers Ronald T. Garner and Janine K. Spendlove as they discuss methods for incorporating military actions into science fiction and fantasy in a way that will help readers fully engage in your story. Limited to 15 people.
BoardroomBook Design 101 (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (M)
Are you an aspiring publisher? Or perhaps an author considering going it on your own? This Q&A workshop, run by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, will get you started on what you need to know to design and produce books in both print and ebook that can stand up beneath industry scrutiny. We will cover the basic elements of design and review examples of titles that both meet and fall short of the industry benchmark. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their own books for a brief review and recommendation session at the end of the workshop. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 2:00 pmSenecaBuild A Space Battle Workshop (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: David Keener
So you want to include a titanic space battle in your military SF novel or your galaxy-spanning space opera. But...who's fighting? Why are they fighting? You'd like to make the battle realistic...but what tactics and strategies make sense? In this workshop, you'll learn by doing as we collaboratively build an epic space battle. Limited to 20 people.
BoardroomWriting Workshop (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Michael A. Ventrella, Allen L. Wold (M), Darcy Wold
Allen Wold will lead a panel of authors in a hands on workshop. Learn many skills as you work on a short story. All you need is a pen and paper. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 4:00 pmSenecaReading Aloud for Writers (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Jim Freund (M)
Jim Freund, host of the long-running "Hour of the Wolf" broadcast radio program as well as Lightspeed Magazine's podcast, provides practical advice and feedback on how to read your work aloud - whether for a podcast, radio audience, audiobook, or in front of a live audience. Limited to 15 people.
BoardroomMicro Fiction Workshop (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Dustin Blottenberger, Deidre Dykes (M), Brigitte Winter
Micro Fiction, a subset of flash fiction, are stories of 300 words or less. Learn how these word count restrictions force writers to boil stories down to their most powerful core elements. You will create micro fiction pieces through a series of exercises, learn about exciting markets for tiny stories and discuss how micro fiction can be a useful tool for deepening your writing skills. Limited to 15 people.
Sunday 11:00 amSuite 1209Writing Workshop (Follow-up) (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Michael A. Ventrella, Allen L. Wold (M), Darcy Wold
A one hour follow-up session.

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