Writers Boot Camp 2017-05-26T14:34:09+00:00

“This past weekend I spent three days in Baltimore attending the first (2005) Writers Boot Camp put on by Borderlands Press. My evaluation of that experience? If you are serious about your writing and have the opportunity to go next year, don’t miss out. IT WAS THAT GOOD.”

                                                                         — Joe Nassise, Past President, The Horror Writers Association

Here’s a Blog Entry from a recent Boot Camp Grad:






Date:   January 26–28, 2018towson-university-marriott-250x134
Place:Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel
10 West Burke Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

We also have an installment plan.

$100 deposit when accepted / September 1st: $230 / November 1st: $230 / January 4th: $235

Accommodations are 2-room suites at a Special convention/workshop rate. We are currently scheduling ONE session that combines both SHORT FICTION and NOVEL and NON-FICTION. Any and all genres acceptable.

LIMITED to 20 Participants.

More than 120 Boot Camp Graduates have gone on to publish their novels or short fiction—and three have won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement.

Here’s just a sample of our graduates’ books:

grunts published work

You will be expected to log in many hours of intensive analysis and criticism from your peers and the three guest instructors who will be guiding you through all the major elements of writing fiction. You will be required to read (in advance) the submissions of your fellow workshop participants. (ALL OF THEM)

Your weekend will comprise of :

  • an eye-opening exercise
  • a writing assignment
  • lecture (not a lot)
  • round table critiques (definitely a lot)
  • analysis by the instructors
  • Q&A panel discussion
  • readings (of your work)
  • Special Guest Speaker
  • and maybe more . . .

Think you’ve heard enough?

In addition, you will receive a general understanding of the state of modern publishing—that is where and to whom to submit your material, the real deal on editors and agents, the characteristics of the genres, the perception of the difference between mainstream and literary fiction, and even a few words on marketing and publicity. Have your questions ready.

You will learn all the basic elements of writing and the processes needed to finish your manuscript and have it ready for submission to the market place. But more importantly you will get the much needed FEEDBACK that is often the missing factor which contributes to the success (or failure) of many writers.

Each instructor has a specific area he will be emphasizing. If you’ve never experienced a piece of writing deconstructed (especially your own) and analyzed in a high-intensity workshop setting, be prepared to learn things about you, your writing, and your ability to tell a good story.

You will discover this workshop is primarily concerned with analysis and criticism—

That is, learning how to give it out, and more importantly,

how to take it, and apply it to your own work.

Professional writers learn early on the ability to receive and implement critical feedback is the most important element contributing to the improvement of their craft. When writers learn to EDIT their own work with a critical eye, they discover the ultimate key to their success.

Here is a list of some of previous instructors: (all AWARD Winners AND professionals!)

Gary Braunbeck

Mort Castle

Ginjer Buchanan, Sr. Editor, Berkley Putnam

Richard Chizmar, Sr. Editor, Cemetery Dance

Douglas Clegg

John Douglas, Sr. Editor Avon Books, William Morrow

Brian Keene–World Horror Convention Grand Master

Jack Ketchum–Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Elizabeth Massie

David Morrell

Jaime Levine, Sr. Editor, Grand Central Publishing

Thomas F. Monteleone–Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Melissa Singer, Sr. Editor, Tor Books

Thomas Tessier

Peter Straub–Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Chet Williamson

F. Paul Wilson–Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Douglas E. Winter

As Noted Previously: You will be expected to critique your peers. This is the time when you must be honest, thorough, and unbiased. The round-table discussion format of this workshop depends upon each writer participating to the fullest extent. We cannot emphasize this enough.

You MUST submit a sample of your work to qualify.

Submit first 30 pages of your novel or non-fiction book, or a short story (or article) of no more than 25 pages, formatted to 14 point font / double-spaced by filling out the form below.

If we select you the for the Boot Camp: you will need to submit your material for the All-Day Saturday Round Table Workshop.

Novel / Short Fiction / Non-Fiction Book or Article

  • No more than 30 pages
  • 14 point, double spaced
  • Name/Title/Page Number on every page.
  • (for novel or non-fiction book) Synopsis or Chapter Outline of remainder
  • (for novel) Brief, but encompassing bios of major and secondary characters
  • $100.00 deposit required upon acceptance to hold your spot.

NO Refunds — payment plans are available.

We accept Personal Checks or Postal Money Orders

No Paypal or Credit Cards

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