Hello, all! I wanted to let you know that my fiction workshops are starting up again in October. (CLICK HERE FOR AVAILABLE DAYS AND TIMES.) This is a safe and productive writing and critiquing environment where tales of the macabre and even Lovecraftian are most welcome (as are all other flavors of fiction).
“Sean Hoade’s Fiction Time Workshop has been an educational and rewarding experience. Sean’s expertise at both writing and workshop facilitation, together with superb classmates, have made it a treasure. Enthusiastically recommended.” — Sean I., Salt Lake City
This is an Iowa-Writer’s-Workshop–style graduate-level fiction workshop. It is being held in Las Vegas but anyone from anywhere can take part through live videoconferencing by Google Hangouts. The videoconferencing has turned out to be a HUGE hit with writers from across the country.
This round of workshops will start the week of October 12 and end the week of January 25. (There will be no meeting the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s) will take place at these times, followed by the number of open spaces (UPDATED 9 a.m. PT, on Monday, 9/14):
TUESDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Eastern , 3:30–5:30 Pacific
Videoconferencing workshop (you can be anywhere in the world, even Vegas)
I just opened this one, so there are five (5) available spaces. Outside the 177° heat of the Vegas Valley? Then this one’s for you! (We need at least four  participants to make this workshop happen, so please contact me right away if you’d like to join.)
TUESDAY NIGHT, 9–11:00 p.m. ET, 6–8:00 p.m. PT
There are thee (3) spaces open. Get on in here and get writing! Let me know.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT, 9–11:00 p.m. ET, 6–8:00 p.m. PT
Las Vegas–area workshop (in person and now in COLOR!)
There is one (1) available space. Please contact me immediamente if you want it!
THURSDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING, 6:30–8:30 p.m. ET, 3:30–5:30 p.m. PT
Las Vegas–area workshop ALL SPACES FILLED!
This one is full, but please drop me a line if this is the only one you could make, and there might be room for one (1) more participant.
THURSDAY NIGHT, 9–11:00 p.m. ET, 6–8:00 p.m. PT
Las Vegas–area workshop, but this is no gamble! (Get it? GET IT?!?)
There are three (3) available spaces. Please contact me as soon as possible if you’d like to join this workshop. It shall be mighty!
The workshops that are filled were the only ones being offered this past time, and almost everyone re-enrolled (thus the filled-up-ness). Any of them would be happy to provide a testimonial to the utter AWESOMENESS that is the Fiction Time Workshop.
“This workshop has been an amazing way to connect with like-minded writers and work together to improve our craft. Under Sean’s guidance, each workshop session is engaging, enjoyable, and, most importantly, productive. If you’re looking to be a better writer—no matter your level— Fiction Time is NOW.” — Gordon W., NYC
We will be writing and peer-critiquing stories each week, plus discussing a different well-known story for hints and tips. Interspersed will be nuggets of wisdom from not only my own self, but from any participant who has tricks, tips, or interesting trivia to share. The workshops have a nice, loose feel very conducive to creative work.
Sean Hoade’s Fiction Time workshop has been an invaluable asset to me as I strive to improve my craft. A professional facilitator, Sean promotes an environment that is both fun and educational for beginners and more advanced writers alike. If you’re looking for a serious workshop with serious results, this is the place.” — Rebecca A., Salt Lake City
The fee is $130, just $10/wk. You can’t even get ONE BOOK for a course of this quality for that much in a college class! (I know, because I taught workshops at University for almost 10 years.)
If you might like to discuss being a part of this workshop, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I taught creative writing at the University of Alabama for almost 10 years and have 5 novels and 1 short story collection out and 2 more under contract with a major publisher. I’ve also been a part of multiple anthologies. So I gots the cred. Um, yo.
“Sean Hoade’s fiction time workshop has been extremely beneficial. With his educational background, and ability to facilitate these active groups, Sean has made me feel comfortable enough to submit work that I haven’t submitted in years. Additionally I have learned so much that I’ve been able to take work that was once stale and give it a fresh new polish. This workshop is not for those who don’t want to put in the effort, but if you don’t mind hard work, the potential reward is great.” — L. Ray, Las Vegas
Any spooky or Lovecraftian work on which an author works me on with edits is GUARANTEED consideration for publication on Shoggoth.net, where I am the Acquisitions Poobah. (We take only one-time print rights and offer revenue-sharing for audio rights to your short stories.)
Please contact me ASAP if you be interested! Let’s get your work written, discussed, polished, and out there for the world to read.
“This workshop has helped me learn far beyond just writing skills. Correct submission parameters, help with mechanics and structure in a creatively charged environment has made this class, and Mr. Hoade, my go to place for writing questions. You will not be disappointed if you take it!” — Sarah Walker, Oregon
“Sean Hoade’s Fiction Time Workshop is an excellent tool for any serious writer looking to up his or her game. Sean gives insightful lessons on the craft of writing and the peer feedback is invaluable.” — John H., Ohio
I look forward to hearing from you and workshopping your writing in the most effective way EVAR DESIGNED, EVAR.