Building a World: The Genre Fiction Workshop

Working on a sci-fi novel? Fantasy? Horror? Mystery? Thriller? Want to be sure you’re on the right track? Led by developmental fiction editor and literary horror/dystopian novelist Harrison Demchick (The Listeners), Building a World: The Genre Fiction Workshop is an opportunity to sit down with your fellow MWA members to analyze, critique, and improve those crucial first 4,000 words of your novel-in-progress. If you’re serious about making sure that the early chapters of your novel engage your readers–if you want your characters clear, your story engaging, and your world compelling and tangible–then this is the workshop for you.


Registration is required for this workshop. Space is limited.

Deadline for registration is July 4, 2017The deadline has been extended to July 9, 2017

Submission requirements for participation:

To register, Email the first 4000 words of your novel by July 4, 2017 to:

The submissions will be distributed to Harrison Demchick and the other registered participants to read before the workshop

Unregistered members can still come to the meeting.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:00 – 9:00


Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045


About the Speaker

Harrison DemchickHarrison Demchick came up in the world of small press publishing, working along the way on more than sixty published novels and memoirs, several of which have been optioned for film. An expert in manuscripts as diverse as science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, literary fiction, women’s fiction, young adult, middle grade, memoir, and everything in-between, Harrison is known for quite possibly the most detailed and informative editorial letters in the industry—if not the entire universe. Harrison is also an award-winning, twice-optioned screenwriter, an inaugural fellow of the Johns Hopkins University Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund, and the author of literary horror novel The Listeners (Bancroft Press, 2012). His first film, Ape Canyon, is currently in production. He’s accepting new clients in fiction and memoir at the Writer’s Ally (


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