Blue Pencil Café

Looking for some feedback on your work, but don’t know who to ask?

The Blue Pencil Café is your chance to get personal critique from a publishing professional on a few pages of one of your stories. For fifteen minutes, you get the undivided attention of a pro, and it’s a great way to bring your writing to the next level!

When you register for the conference, you choose among available presenters for a brief critique of your work. Appointments are based on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early for best choice. There is no additional charge for this service, and sessions are one-on-one.

[Additional appointments may be available. Volunteers at registration on-site will continue to book available appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.]

Your appointment will take place during panel times. Make sure to leave enough time to arrive five minutes early for your appointment.

Bring a maximum of three pages of your best work (double-spaced). You will have fifteen minutes to chat about your work, or to ask questions about the toughest writing issues you and/or your story is facing. Your Blue Pencil appointment is a wonderful opportunity to have a writing professional look at your work and give personalized feedback.

(You must be registered as an attendee of Can-Con to make an appointment to meet with an author. If you have not registered yet, you can do so at

Here are this year’s Blue Pencil Critiquers:

  • Alexandra Renwick – short story writer and poet
  • Diane Walton – managing editor of On Spec Magazine
  • Ed Willett – award-winning author of sci-fi, fantasy & nonfiction for all ages
  • Linda Poitevin – award-winning romance & fantasy author
  • Mark Shainblum – Award-winning writer and editor of SF, fantasy and comics
  • Gregory A. Wilson – spec fic author, creative writing professor

Advanced sign-up is closed. Sign-up will be available at Registration for remaining spaces.

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