Got Accepted into a Pretty Prestigious Writer’s Workshop with Peter Straub as an Instructor.

I’ve been considering attending a writer’s workshop for quite a while, as a way to get out of hermitage, out of my own head and hone some of my skills.  Looked at a lot of them, and couldn’t make it work–dates, length of time, cost, etc.  Then a couple of weeks ago I saw something for the Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp.

Now, if you don’t know Borderlands Press, it’s run by the fantastic author Thomas F. Monteleone, writer of many books and author of the great M.A.F.I.A. column in Cemetery Dance.  Anyway, Monteleone’s been around the block a time or two and has a reputation as a discerning editor as well.

So, this looked pretty interesting.  3 days.  OK, I could do that.  January.  Sounds doable. Cost sounds…


The guest instructor is who?

Peter Fucking Straub!

OK, calm…calm…must….remain…calm.  Discuss with Deb, make sure this is doable…YES!

Thanks, Mrs. Taff.

Now, assemble my entry.  Yeah, you can’t just pay and get it in.  You’ve got to submit a 30-page sample and be accepted.


Success!  I heard from Tom yesterday accepting me into the Boot Camp.

I will finally meet Peter Straub in person.

Oh, yeah, and hone my writing skills, yadda-yadda-yadda.


About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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