VP and Guest Blog Post

I’ve been concentrating on the anthology, but there are lots of other great writing-related news to report as well.



Early this week I learned that my application was accepted and I’ll be attending Viable Paradise 16 – a very prestigious speculative fiction workshop that takes place on Martha’s Vineyard each October. I applied and didn’t make it in last year, but was encouraged to try again. I did, and it worked out. VP is an opportunity to learn from some of the top writers and editors in the industry. This year’s instructors include TOR editors Patrick and Theresa Nielsen Hayden, Elizabeth Bear, Steven Brust and James McDonald among others. I’m thrilled to be attending and hope it will help advance my writing to the next level.

Speaking of workshops, much of that is about having other writers read and comment on your manuscript, which segues me nicely to the next bit of news.




A guest blog post I wrote for Penumbra Magazine was published today. It’s called Get The Most Out of Beta Reader Feedback. As you may have guessed from the title, it’s about cabbage farming. Seriously though, if critiquing interests you, you should also go read Jake Kerr’s excellent Eleven Rules On How To Get Great Critiques.

The cover above is from Penumbra’s Politics themed issue, which includes my story “Price of Allegiance” and is coming out in early July.

Finally, I’d like to bring your attention to an excellent blog post by Jeff Chapman who selected my flash story The Traveling Fair (published by Every Day Fiction) as his story of the week and dissected it with some thoughtful comments and interesting things to say. Thank you, Jeff!


3 Responses to VP and Guest Blog Post

  1. Hey from another VP 16er. Looking forward to meeting you in October 🙂

    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      Thanks, and I look forward to meeting you and the rest of the class as well!

  2. Jeff Chapman says:

    Congrats on the conference acceptance and the upcoming story in Penumbra, Alex. And thanks for plugging the review. I appreciate it.

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