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A message from the ICON Winter 2014 Writers' Workshop Project Coordinator:

The first ICON Writers' Workshop has been a first on many levels.

It was the first event I have personally been in charge of. It was our first event whose function and content were purely educational. It was the first event organized and run entirely by ICON in a New York City venue.

I want to thank everyone responsible for making this happen:

  • Our instructors, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Laura Anne Gilman and Dr. Joan Digby, who came in and delivered a phenomenal experience.
  • Gotham Photo Company for providing the space to hold the Workshop, especially Vince Collura for making the arrangements and Jenni Long for helping us set up and staying with us the whole day.
  • The Workshop staff:
    • Heather and Vince, who researched and negotiated with prospective venues;
    • Bonnie, Jeanette and Carl, who contacted authors for availability and interest;
    • Carl yet again, who built and maintained the website and registration interface pretty much single-handedly;
    • Katrina and again Bonnie, who spread the word through both e-mail blasts and social networking;
    • Kim and Sean, who managed student registration, contacted all of the students when we needed to change venues, and then woke up at insane-o'clock in the morning to take the train into the city and sign everyone in;
    • Michael and Rivka, who got us the food that kept us going through the extra-long day;
    • Heather, Carl, and Michael all once more, for supporting both me and the Workshop at every wild and crazy turn.
  • ICON's Public Events Committee and Board of Directors, who took a chance on both me and the Workshop.
  • The staff of WeWork SoHo West, the shared space provider who operates 175 Varick Street, for their time, hospitality, and highly professional assistance, both getting into the space and set up, and throughout the day.
  • The instructors we contacted but did not end up not bringing in, for their interest and consideration; and we sincerely hope you're still interested for next time.
  • And most importantly, our students, who traveled from across Long Island and Connecticut to partake in our grand little experiment. It is for you that we do this. Without your interest and support, there would have been no Writers' Workshop, and there would be no ICON Science Fiction.

We have all learned a lot from this experience. We will take what we have learned and use it to improve the programs and opportunities we provide going forward, for future workshops, for I-CON and LI-CON, and for additional upcoming events.

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ICON Science Fiction, Inc. is a Volunteer-run, Non-Profit, Educational organization. None of us receives financial remuneration for our time We do a lot to bring you these events, and we'd like to do even more, but we could use help to do so. If you would like to help out, please contact us.

Contact Information:

  • The Writers' Workshop team can be reached at;
  • The Public Events Committee can be reached at; and
  • The I-CON team, or ICON as a whole, can be contacted at, by calling or faxing 631-382-8297, or by mail at PO Box 550, Stony Brook, NY 11790.

This first Writers' Workshop has been a great experience for all of us. I look forward to doing this again soon, with more authors, a larger class, and a location on Long Island. In the meantime, check back at and periodically for announcements, and I hope to see you at future ICON events.


David Goldstein
Project Coordinator
ICON Winter 2014 Writers' Workshop