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Want to learn how to jump-start your podcast or build a tense horror narrative? RoberCon offers workshops where you can connect with other creators and get the tools you need to take your craft to the next level.

This year we’re offering writing and podcasting workshops throughout the convention.


Poetry Among the Stars – Jennifer Crow 

Saturday, 10AM

Learn more about writing speculative poetry from a writer who’s been selling poems to scifi, fantasy and horror markets for over 25 years. Bring a poem to share, or work on something new!


Young Writers Workshop – Paul D. Smith 

Saturday, 12PM

This workshop is aimed for young people between the ages of 10 to 18 who have an interest in writing fiction. During our time together, we will discuss the basics of writing, including plot, theme, characters and point of view. Attendees will walk away with some writing prompts to help get the creativity flowing. 


Raising the Stakes – Nancy Holzner

Saturday, 2PM

Want to keep readers on the edge of their seats? Make the stakes high—and then keep raising them. While saving a planet or fighting off demon hordes may seem like the highest stakes possible, such situations are just a starting point. Through tips and exercises, this workshop will help you create high stakes readers care about.


It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Atmosphere in Fiction – Nancy Holzner 

Sunday, 10AM

Atmosphere creates a mood that draws readers into your story. Whether cramped quarters on a spaceship, a sun-dappled forest, or an abandoned farmhouse, atmosphere adds emotional power to a setting. In this workshop, we’ll apply emotional filtering techniques to setting to get your readers in the mood for whatever happens next.


Podcasting 101 – Ocho Duro Parlay Hour

Sunday, 11AM

Learn how to get your start as a podcaster from the experienced team of the talk show Ocho Duro Parlay Hour. 


The Art of Fear: How Authors Create Dread and Suspense – C.W. Briar 

Sunday, 12PM

We’ll dissect story scenes and explore the tools used to put readers on the edge of their seats. 


Finding Your Voice: Voice and Point-of-View in Fiction – David B. Coe

Sunday, 2PM