Here’s my schedule for Worldcon programming! I think in particular that the alternate history panel and the short story writing panel are going to be amazing. And a full hour for reading! That is going to ROCK.
Things They Never Tell You about Getting Published for the First Time
Friday 11:00 – 12:00
What should you look for in a short story contract? What might you hear about your story from readers and reviewers? What should you be doing in terms of social media? Does getting published once help you get published again? Bring your own questions about publishing in the early part of your career.
Moshe Feder (M), Vylar Kaftan, David Liss, Michael J. Martinez, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
“What If” Moments in History
Friday 14:00 – 15:00
How would things have turned out if Charlemagne died as a young man held hostage by the Turks? What if Henry Wallace succeeded FDR instead of Truman, and made a different decision about using nukes on Japan in WWII? What if Pizarro’s quest to conquer the Inca failed (as it should have!). What’s your favorite turning point?
Vylar Kaftan (M), Jo Walton, Harry Turtledove, David Liss
Reading: Vylar Kaftan
Friday 17:00 – 18:00
[I haven't decided what to read yet, but I promise it'll be worth your time.]
How to Write a Short Story
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00
A Q&A session. You can ask pros all your questions about how to write short stories–including plot, characters, themes. Learn techniques to improve your writing.
Vylar Kaftan (M), Michael Swanwick, Cat Rambo, James Patrick Kelly
Gender in SF
Saturday 12:00 – 13:00
How has SF influenced and reflected the changes in gender and gender roles over the past half century? As we look back to the work of writers such as Ursula LeGuin and Joanna Russ in the sixties and seventies, what can we say about their impact and that of their heirs today?
Vylar Kaftan (M), Jonathan Oliver, Eileen Gunn, Tili Sokolov, Lezli Robyn
How to Scare Your Reader
Saturday 14:00 – 15:00
What techniques can you use to write dark fiction? How do you scare the pants off your reader while keep them turning the pages?
Vylar Kaftan (M), John Hornor Jacobs, Amanda Downum, Alastair Reynolds, M. L. Brennan
Autographing: Lois McMaster Bujold, Vylar Kaftan, Nancy Kress, Leigh Perry
Sunday 11:00 – 12:00
Kaffeeklatsch: Vylar Kaftan
Sunday 16:00 – 17:00
[Come ask me things about writing and publishing. Sign up in advance, or just drop by and see if there's space!]