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Writers Boot Camp 2019

Writers Bootcamp 2019

January 25-27, 2019

Limited to 24 participants.
Submit your work early!

Writers Bootcamp 2019 Special Guest Instructor Peter Straub

Writers Bootcamp 2019
Special Guest Instructor

Peter Straub

“Peter Francis Straub (born March 2, 1943) is an American novelist and poet. His horror fiction has received numerous literary honors such as the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award, and International Horror Guild Award.”  Source: Wikipedia

Learn more about Peter and his life in his biography.

We are grateful to Peter for sharing his valuable time and knowledge with our students. Your writing skills will be honed by one of the very best in the business.  We hope you enjoy him as much as we do!

What Is The Writers Bootcamp?

At our one-of-a-kind Writers Bootcamp, 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 all 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.

We are currently scheduling ONE session that combines both SHORT FICTION and NOVEL and NON-FICTION. Any and all genres acceptable.

Here’s a sample of the works from graduates of past Writers Bootcamps!

More than 150 Bootcamp Graduates
have gone on to publish their novels
or short fiction & 3 have won
the Bram Stoker Award for
Superior Achievement!

Will you be next?

Past Writers Bootcamp Instructors

  • 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


January 25-27, 2019

Brookshire Suites
120 East Lombard Street,
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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Payment schedule:
$100 deposit when accepted
September 1st: $230
November 1st: $230
January 4th: $235

No refunds.

Accommodations are 2-room suites at a special convention/workshop rate.

Brookshire Suites

This past weekend I spent three days in Baltimore attending the first (2005) Writers Bootcamp 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.

It’s an intense writing workshop put on by Tom & Elizabeth Monteleone of Borderlands Press. About 4 months before the weekend, you, the grunt, submit your work, whether it’s a short story or the first 3 chapters of a novel. During those 4 months, all the grunts and the instructors (Tom, F. Paul Wilson, and Doug Winter) read the submissions, line edit them, and critique them. [Read more]

Meghan Arcuri, author and poet

Submission instructions

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 14pt font, double-spaced by filling out the form below.

If we select you the for the Bootcamp, y you will need to submit your material for the All-Day Saturday Round Table Workshop.

Your Novel / Short Fiction / Non-Fiction Book or Article should be:

  • 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 do accept Personal Checks or Postal Money Orders made payable to Borderlands Press. No Paypal or Credit Cards.

Questions may be sent to: [email protected]

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