By Don Lafferty | Writing

Jan 10

DATE/TIME: Begins Tuesday, February 12; 6:00 to 8:00 pm

 Nine 2-hour sessions meeting once per month, plus reserved monthly peer critique group, and a dedicated online group.

 FEE: $200.00

 FACULTY:  Jonathan Maberry, Keith R.A. DeCandido and Don Lafferty

 EXTRAS: Several top magazine and anthology editors will answer questions and provide advice to participants.

 LOCATION: The class will meet in the second floor food court in Wegmans in Warrington (it’s in the Valley Square shopping center on Route 611 immediately north of Route 132/Street Road).

 DESCRIPTION: This writing-intensive program will teach you how to craft a professional-quality story from concept to finished draft, revise it, identify viable markets, and send it out. We will also explore how to find markets for your work, including print, e-zines, and other venues. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of some of the top magazine and anthology editors in the business. Each participant will write, revise and submit one story per month for the six month run of the class.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM: Contact Jonathan via e-mail at to reserve your spot today.  If responding by e-mail include the name of the program in the subject line, and provide us with your contact information.

CHECK/MONEY ORDER: Payable to: Jonathan Maberry, PO Box 84, Southampton, PA 18966.   You can also opt to bring check, money order or cash to the first class (but please register first in order to hold your place).

CASH: During class only; please don’t send cash via mail



Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and freelancer for Marvel Comics. His novels include ASSASSIN’S CODE, FLESH & BONE, GHOST ROAD BLUES, Dust & Decay, Patient Zero, The Wolfman, and many others. Nonfiction books include ULTIMATE JUJUTSU, THE CRYPTOPEDIA, Zombie CSU, Wanted Undead or Alive, and others.  Jonathan’s award-winning teen novel, ROT & RUIN, is now in development for film.  He’s the editor/co-author of V-WARS, a vampire-themed anthology; and was a featured expert on The History Channel special ZOMBIES: A LIVING HISTORY. Since 1978 he’s sold more than 1200 magazine feature articles, 3000 columns, two plays, greeting cards, song lyrics, and poetry. Recent short stories include “Spellcaster 2.0” (Apple for the Creature, Ace Books, 2012), “Jack and Jill” (21st Century Dead, St. Martins Griffin,2012), “The Cobbler of Oz” (Oz Reimagined, 2013, 47North Publishing), ”The Death Song of Dwar Guntha” (Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, 2012, Simon & Schuster), “Pegleg and Paddy Save the World” (HISTORY IS DEAD, Permuted Press 2007), “Doctor Nine” (KILLERS, Swimming Kangaroo Press, 2008), “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost” (LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE 2, Bloodletting Books, 2008), “Zero Tolerance” (THE LIVING DEAD 2, Night Shade Books), “Flint and Steel” (GI JOE: COBRA WARS, 2011), “Saint John”(THE MONSTER’S CORNER, 2011, St. Martin’s), “The Wind Through the Fence” (an original e-story available for all e-readers), and many other stories.  He has three short story collections available from Blackstone Audio, including JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING TALES, HUNGRY TALES and TALES FROM THE FIRE ZONE.  Jonathan also contributed an original Joe Ledger story to the audio anthology LIAR LIAR (Blackstone Audio, 2013).  His essay, “Take Me To Your Leader” is included in the nonfiction book, TRIUMPH OF THE LIVING DEAD: Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen edited by James Lowder (BenBella Books/Smart Pop, 2011). His comics include CAPTAIN AMERICA: HAIL HYDRA, DOOMWAR, MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN and MARVEL UNIVERSE VS THE AVENGERS. He teaches the Experimental Writing for Teens class, is the founder of the Writers Coffeehouse, and co-founder of The Liars Club. Jonathan lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Sara and their dog, Rosie. Visit him online at and on Twitter (@jonathanmaberry) and Facebook.

Keith R.A. DeCandido sold his first short story in 1994 to The Ultimate Spider-Man, which launched an award-winning, best-selling fiction writing career that is highlighted by 45 novels, but also includes comic books, essays, blog entries, and, yes, short stories by the bushelful. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of sources: eight Star Trek anthologies, two Doctor Who anthologies, five Marvel Comics anthologies, two Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies, two Tales from the House Band anthologies, plus Apocalypse 13, Amazing Stories,, BattleTech: 25 Years of Art & Fiction, Circles in the Hair, Defending the Future 5: Best-Laid Plans, Did You Say Chicks?!, Dragon’s Lure, Furry Fantastic, The Further Adventures of Xena Warrior Princess, Hear Them Roar, Magic: The Gathering: Distant Planes, More Tales of Zorro, Murder by Magic, Pandora’s Closet, V-Wars, and Viral. He has two short story collections out in 2013: Tales from Dragon Precinct and Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. He has also edited a plethora of anthologies, among them Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction, Liar Liar, OtherWere: Stories of Transformation, The Ultimate Alien, The Ultimate Dragon, Urban Nightmares, Virtual Unrealities, the Star Trek anthologies No Limits, Tales of the Dominion War, and Tales from the Captain’s Table, and bunches of others. Among the authors whose short fiction he’s edited: Alfred Bester, Adam-Troy Castro, Greg Cox, Peter David, Diane Duane, Harlan Ellison, Michael Jan Friedman, Christopher Golden, Tanith Lee, Jonathan Maberry, David Mack, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, and many more. Find out less about Keith at his web site at

DON LAFFERTY lives and writes in his hometown of Philadelphia, where even Santa Claus has to look over his shoulder. He’s a member of the Liars Club, the Social Media Director of the Wild River Review, marketing director of the Inspired Word of New York City, and sits on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. His short fiction has been published in Needle Magazine, Crime Factory Magazine, Pennsylvania Game News, Outdoor Life, Positive Coaching Alliance, Highlights for Children, and numerous anthologies. Find out more at, or hunt him down on Twitter @donlafferty.


About the Author

I'm a father, a son, a grandfather, a brother, an ex-husband and a friend to many. I am born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia where I still live, work and play. My cup runneth over.