Writers & Illustrators of the Future Blog

The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum for winners, judges, entrants and anyone interested in sharing information regarding the contests and the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future volumes. For more information you can also go to www.writersofthefuture.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

23rd Writers of the Future Workshop Started

The workshop for the Writers of the Future winners started yesterday. The writers are having a packed week ahead of them. Tim Powers and K.D. Wentworth are thrilled with the group that came together this year. Here is Tim addressing them and starting them off by having them read articles by L. Ron Hubbard and Algis Budrys on writing.

Next, K.D. is passing out various randomly picked objects which the winners must use to come up with a plot for a story they will write within 24 hours. Depending on how fast they can write, some of them might stay up into the wee hours to finish it, but that's up to them.

It seems like they are very happy with the objects they have received!

Here we have in the front row: Jeff Carlson, Kim Zimring, second row: Andrea Kail and Joseph Jordan, third row: Aliette deBoudard and Stephen Gaskell.

On the other side of the room are in the front row: Stephen Kotowych, Tony Pi, second row: Doug Texter and John Burridge, third row: Damon Kaswell and Edward Sevcik.

Stephen Kotowych was heard saying, ""My head is already full, and its only the first day!"

Final words from the workshop instructors to the winners, before they are sent off to the 24 hour story-telling marathon!

Stay tuned for more updates on the workshop in Pasadena, California.

Today all the illustrators arrived and we'll have news from them tomorrow.

Best, Joni


  • At August 21, 2007 at 11:56 PM , Blogger Abby said...

    24 hour story-telling marathon? That sounds scary!

  • At August 22, 2007 at 5:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    wow, would i like to be there!

    What I would really like to know, to any WOTF judges out there, is... is the judging process a formal tick against box thing; or, is it intuitive.

    By that I mean do judges score stories against character, plot, dialogue etc - total the points and select a high scoring story; or, do judges read whatever batch of stories they're given and just select one that really appeals to them?

    Also.. for any judges out there... do the judges just judge a final group of stories, leaving early 'cuts' to contest staff, or does at least one judge view every story.

    Some idea of how the story selection process works could really help my meta-preparations!!

  • At August 22, 2007 at 1:46 PM , Blogger Mike said...

    Hah! Aliette will blow the others away! 24 hours? we write 'em in 90 minutes.

    Mike Munsil
    Liberty Hall Writers

  • At August 23, 2007 at 8:24 AM , Anonymous Jenny Grant :-) said...

    Thanks so much for the pictures! It’s so exciting to get a glimpse of what the winners get to do!


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