Armadillocon Writing Workshop Manuscripts Due Soon and Maybe Sooner…

by Rebecca Schwarz

Photo: Drew Coffman/Flickr

The workshop last year was nearly at capacity. Honestly, if I had my druthers I would love to coordinate an infinitely scaleable writing workshop, but alas we are bound by space and time i.e. the hotel’s undeniably solid walls and finite number of tables and chairs.

While we may not reach capacity (I don’t predict infinite growth being a regional convention/workshop after all), I will be cutting off enrollment at 70. If we do go beyond that vaulted number, I will initiate a waiting list. If that does come to pass, I’ll post more specifics about how that will work after the submission deadline.

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New Workshop Teacher

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is the latest addition to our Writers’ Workshop teaching faculty.

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Programming Second Wave

We’ve added several more Regional Guests who will be panelists at ArmadilloCon.

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Guest News

Dr. Moriba K. Jah, from the University of Texas Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, has agreed to be our Science Guest. His expertise is in space object detection, tracking, identification, and characterization, as well as spacecraft navigation.

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Programming News

We’ve posted the initial set of Regional Guests who will be panelists at ArmadilloCon.


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New Teacher for Writers’ Workshop

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is joining the faculty of our Writers’ Workshop.

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Art Show Update

Theresa Bayer, Michael Kucharski, and Jacob Walker will now be exhibiting in our Art Show.

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Writers’ Workshop Faculty Grows More


Urania Fung and Michelle Muenzler have joined the list of teachers for the ArmadilloCon Writers’ Workshop.

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Hugo Nominees at ArmadilloCon



Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has just announced finalists for the Hugo and John W. Campbell Awards. Nominees who will be appearing at ArmadilloCon 41 include
Rebecca Roanhorse, Martha Wells, John Picacio, and Sara Felix.

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Join me at the ArmadilloCon Cabin at Camp Nanowrimo this April

by Rebecca Schwarz

Do you have two thumbs and some writing to accomplish in April? I know I do. I did a traditional National Novel Writing Month YEARS ago and enjoyed it for what it was. While I did NOT get a viable novel out of it, I did love the camaraderie. And publicly stating – and tracking – my word-count goals over that month was productive. I’ve got a novel to finish this spring so when notification about April’s Camp Nano came around it felt like kismet.

April also happens to be a great time to generate material if you are considering signing up for the ArmadilloCon Writing Workshop. The deadline to submit a 5,000 (or less) word story is Friday, June 14. That means as of May 1, you would have a solid six weeks to revise and polish something for the workshop.

I like Nanowrimo because you can set whatever goals work for you. Sure, the standard template is 50,000 words in a month, but that is only a suggestion. I need about 25,000-30,000 more words to finish out my novel and I also want to get back to blogging, so I’m setting a goal of 35,000 words next month. That works out to about 1,450 words six days a week, which I know is doable for me. 1,000 daily words on the novel and the rest can go to blogging.

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