It's in Chicago this year, WOOT! Hometown, baby. And I get to see many friends and fab writers, plus one of my editors at Night Shade. So. Excited.
Most importantly, Night Shade Books Writers are having a party Friday night. There'll be free drinks and freer fun so come on up to see us. Last year's party at World Fantasy was epic.
But they're also putting me to work, of course. Here's the schedule:
Thursday 6 pm The Short Story as Testing Ground
Discussing the role short stories has and will play in the genre of
science fiction and fantasy, from proving ground to promotions to the
merits of writing and reading short stories. We'll explore where the
genre is headed, whether its early popularity is enduring (is anyone
reading them anymore?) and the influence of contests and electronic
publishing on the genre. with Brad R. Torgersen, D.H. Aire, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Vylar Kaftan
Friday 9 am (yawn!) Creating Plots
Most writers have no problem getting halfway through a story, but a lot
of writers struggle to reach the end. Many lose their way in the "mushy
middle" or turn onto another path to find themselves at a climax that
belongs in another story. How can writers use structure to avoid
fizzling out or losing their way? with Diana Rowland, Jeanne Cavelos, Julia S. Mandala, Melinda Snodgrass, Valerie Estelle Frankel
Saturday 9 am (yawn!) So You Wanna Be A Writer
Join experienced pros and up-and-coming professionals to talk about the
business of writing and publishing. How did they get their start? What
advice do they have for newcomers? What's a realistic view of your
career arc? How is it best to start--novels or short stories? Hear
answers to these questions and many more. with Allen M. Steele, Eldon Thompson, J. Kathleen Cheney, Jason Hough
Sunday 12 pm There Will Be Blood - But How Much Is Too Much?
Violence permeates most every genre of writing. What are the keys to
creating deep and meaningful violence-themed Fantasy, Science Fiction
and Horror. And who are the writers who do it right? with Paul Dale Anderson, Richard Lee Byers, Tim Waggoner, Warren Hammond
I'm moderating the Short Story panel and the Wanna be a Writer panel, so I got to gets some questions together. The hard-hitting ones, going after What You Want To Know.
As you can see I'm with some heavy hitters in SF and Fantasy. Can't wait to hear what they all have to say!! I know quite a few of the writers; I'm friends with Warren Hammond of KOP fame, I know Eldon from a previous conference, and Jason Hough and I are agent litter mates.
Panels run an hour and a half. If you're there, feel free to come say hi!