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North America: New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Juneau, Honolulu
South America: Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Bogota
Europe: London, Athens, Paris, Helsinki, Tallinn, Moscow
Africa: Tunis, Johannesburg, Cairo, Addis Ababa
Asia: Kamchatka, Kolkata, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Jakarta, Manila, Amman
Australia/Pacific: Sydney, Perth, Auckland

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Saturday, May 16
 

12:00am CDT

Real Aliens: Using Hard Science to Design Alien Planets and Ecosystems
We are fascinated by alien planets and alien societies, but these stories can feel flat when they lack authenticity and plausibility. How do you get authenticity when writing about something that hasn't yet been discovered? C. L. Kagmi discusses how to use basic principles of astronomy and biology to build plausible alien planets, characters, and ecosystems, and create more immersive sensory detail for the reader who's traversing your alien worlds.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Levijoki

Clare Levijoki

C. L. Kagmi is a freelance writer and author of stories which have appeared in Compelling Science Fiction, Crash Philosophy, Writers of the Future, and an upcoming anthology from Baen Books. She holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, and loves applying her training... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 12:00am - 1:00am CDT
Aramis Stream

12:00am CDT

Writing Craft Chat (Saturday)
A place to mingle with other con-goers who are busy writing. Share process tips, compare works in progress, and maybe even get a few words in on a writing sprint.

Saturday May 16, 2020 12:00am - 4:30am CDT
Felton Stream

12:00am CDT

Art Craft Chat (Saturday)
A place to mingle with other con-goers who are visual artists. Compare styles and processes, discuss creative influences, and share your own experiences.

Saturday May 16, 2020 12:00am - 5:00am CDT
Constance Stream

1:00am CDT

One Doesn't Simply Translate in a Vacuum
We will discuss the trope of the solitary translator and the benefits (and difficulties) of translation as a collaborative process.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Andy Dudak

Andy Dudak

My fiction is featured in Jonathan Strahan’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and two volumes of Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. My stories have appeared in Analog, Apex, Clarkesworld, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and in Science... Read More →
avatar for Judith Huang

Judith Huang

Author, Translator
Judith Huang (錫影) is an Australian-based Singaporean multimedia creator, poet, author, sometime-journalist, failed-academic, literary & SFF translator, composer, musician, educator, serial-arts-collective-founder, Web 1.0 entrepreneur and aspiring-VR-creator @ www.judithhuan... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 1:00am - 2:00am CDT
Aramis Stream

2:00am CDT

Vida Cruz - Reading
Vida Cruz's fiction can be found or is forthcoming on Strange Horizons, Podcastle, Expanded Horizons, Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, and various anthologies. She has been longlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award. A Clarion graduate and Tiptree fellow, she self-published an illustrated fantasy short story collection, "Beyond the Line of Trees" in August 2019. She lives in Manila with her family and ten dogs.

Speakers
avatar for Vida Cruz

Vida Cruz

Vida Cruz is a Filipina fantasy and science fiction writer, editor, artist, and tarot reader. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming from Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Expanded Horizons, and various anthologies. She is a 2018 Tiptree Fellow and in 2019, she published... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 2:00am - 3:00am CDT
Milady Stream

4:00am CDT

Phoenix Alexander - Reading
Phoenix Alexander is the Science Fiction Collections Librarian at the University of Liverpool, Special Collections and Archives. He manages the largest collection of catalogued science fiction in Europe, including the archive of the Science Fiction Foundation.

A scholar and writer of science fiction himself, his work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Safundi: the Journal of South African and American Studies, and Science Fiction Studies.

Speakers
avatar for Phoenix Alexander

Phoenix Alexander

Science Fiction Collections Librarian, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool
I'm a queer, Greek-Cypriot writer and scholar of science fiction, fantasy and horror. I hold a Ph.D. in English and African American Studies from Yale University and am currently the Science Fiction Collections Librarian at the University of Liverpool, where I steward the largest... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am CDT
Richeliu Stream

7:00am CDT

Brandon Ketchum - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with Brandon Ketchum.

Brandon Ketchum is a speculative fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA who enjoys putting a weird spin or strange vibe into every story, dark or light.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Ketchum

Brandon Ketchum

Brandon Ketchum is a speculative fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA who enjoys putting a weird spin or strange vibe into every story, dark or light.


Saturday May 16, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Constance Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
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8:00am CDT

David D. Levine - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with David D. Levine.

David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016), sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Tor 2017), and Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Tor 2018), and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.

Speakers

Saturday May 16, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Felton Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
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8:00am CDT

Aimee Ogden - Reading
Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Analog, Fireside, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and with Bennett North, she co-edits Translunar Travelers Lounge. Her novellas "Local Star" and "Sun-daughters, Sea-daughters" will be out in 2020 and 2021 from Interstellar Flight Press and Tor.com respectively.

Speakers
avatar for Aimee Ogden

Aimee Ogden

Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Fireside, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her novellas "Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Constance Stream

8:00am CDT

Scott Johnson - Reading
Scott A. Johnson is the author of ten novels, three true ghost guides, a chapbook, and a short story collection, as well as hundreds of articles about writing and about the paranormal. To find out more about him and his work, visit his website at http://www.creepylittlebastard.com

Speakers
avatar for Scott A. Johnson

Scott A. Johnson

Author, Creepy Little Bastard
Scott A. Johnson is the author of ten novels, three true ghost guides, a chapbook, and a short story collection, as well as hundreds of articles about writing and about the paranormal. To find out more about him and his work, visit his website at http://www.creepylittlebastard.co... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Milady Stream

9:00am CDT

Ken Liu - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with Ken Liu.

Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other countries.
Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty, in which engineers play the role of wizards. His debut collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, has been published in more than a dozen languages. A second collection, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, followed. He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker.
He has been involved in multiple media adaptations of his work. The most recent projects include “The Message,” under development by 21 Laps and FilmNation Entertainment; “Good Hunting,” adapted as an episode in season one of Netflix’s breakout adult animated series Love, Death + Robots; and AMC’s Pantheon, which Craig Silverstein will executive produce, adapted from an interconnected series of short stories by Liu. “The Hidden Girl” and The Grace of Kings have also been optioned for development.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Liu worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. He frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, the mathematics of origami, and other subjects of his expertise.

Liu lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
https://kenliu.name) is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other countries.Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Milady Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction, Translation, Guest of Honor
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9:00am CDT

Editing as and with a Self-Published Author
How to find an editor to work with, how to establish the relationship, and what authors can't see in their own work.

Moderators
NH

Nick Hembery

UK-based freelance editor and proofreader.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... Read More →
avatar for L.S. Johnson

L.S. Johnson

Attendee
L.S. Johnson lives in Northern California, where she feeds her cats by working in a library. She is the author of the Chase & Daniels series of gothic novellas and over 40 short stories. Her first collection, Vacui Magia, won the North Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the... Read More →
avatar for Kelley Frodel

Kelley Frodel

Kelley Frodel is an editor with a background in creative writing. She provides copyediting and proofreading for traditional publishers, as well as substantive editing for self-publishing authors. Her favorite part of editing is exploring the in-depth worlds writers create and building... Read More →
avatar for Premee Mohamed

Premee Mohamed

Attendee
Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of speculative fiction novels 'Beneath the Rising' (2020), 'A Broken Darkness' (2021), and novellas 'These Lifeless Things' (2021), 'And What Can We Offer You... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Athos Stream

9:00am CDT

Essential Episodes
Tune in to catch the info and inspo. Accomplished authors discuss what makes a great podcast, which podcasts have shaped them professional and creatively, what it's like to be featured on a podcast, and the best ways to connect through podcast communities.

Moderators
avatar for Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo

Attendee, SFWA
Cat Rambo has published 200+ short stories. In 2021 her book publications are fantasy novel Exiles of Tabat (May, Wordfire Press), anthology The Reinvented Heart, coedited with Jennifer Brozek (July, Arc Manor), and space opera, You Sexy Thing (September, Tor Macmillan).

Speakers
avatar for TJ Berry

TJ Berry

Novelist & Screenwriter
TJ Berry has been a political blogger, bakery owner, and spent a disastrous two weeks working in a razor blade factory. She now writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Los Angeles with considerably fewer on-the-job injuries. Author of Space Unicorn Blues and Five Unicorn... Read More →
avatar for Dan Stout

Dan Stout

Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes noir with a twist of magic and a disco chaser. Dan's stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post and Nature. He is the author of The Carter Archives, a series of noir fantasy novels from DAW Books. To say... Read More →
avatar for J.R.H. Lawless

J.R.H. Lawless

SF Author and Space Lawyer, J.R.H. Lawless
J.R.H. Lawless is a bestselling SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on their experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Aramis Stream

9:00am CDT

Writing Games with Branching Plots
One game can tell many different stories, depending on the player's choices. How, as a writer, do you make all those stories satisfying - without letting your script become unmanageably complicated?

Speakers
TC

Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield's space-opera computer game I, Cyborg was published by Choice of Games, and her fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her PhD is in computational linguistics. CNN once called her a "Klingon scholar".


Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Porthos Stream

9:00am CDT

Brandon Ketchum - Critique Workshop
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


A "First Pages" writing critique session with Brandon Ketchum. Attendees can share the first page of either a novel or a short story for critique during the workshop.

Brandon Ketchum is a speculative fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA who enjoys putting a weird spin or strange vibe into every story, dark or light.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Ketchum

Brandon Ketchum

Brandon Ketchum is a speculative fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA who enjoys putting a weird spin or strange vibe into every story, dark or light.


Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Felton Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Critique Session
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9:00am CDT

The Anatomy and Physiology of Emotion
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


This class explores what happens physiologically in response to emotion and the types of external stimulation that causes emotions. Many times, emotions are revealed in writing as the end product—a clenching of fists, a waterfall of tears. But emotion is the result of a progression of chemical processes that produce a buildup of feelings and physical changes along the way. And many human emotions are the result of years of conditioning that may start even before birth. Not only are these changes helpful to know in constructing your characters’ emotional reactions, but it’s also important to your readers’ responses. Craft a visceral journey through your manuscript by learning where emotions come from, which ones are similar (you may be surprised!), and which ones are polar opposites.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Della'Zanna, MFA

Jennifer Della'Zanna, MFA

Freelance writer, editor, educator, speaker
I love to combine history, mythology, fantasy and romance in my fiction. My undergraduate degree is in History, German and Ancient Greek, and I hold an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. My husband and I had a Medieval wedding at a castle in central Pennsylvania... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Constance Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Seminar
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10:00am CDT

Benjamin C. Kinney - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with Ben Kinney.

Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and two-time Hugo finalist as assistant editor of the science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and elsewhere. You can learn more at benjaminckinney.com or follow him on Twitter @BenCKinney.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney

Attendee, Escape Pod
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and assistant editor (submissions editor) of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. His short stories have appeared in many excellent magazines including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can read more... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Felton Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction, Podcasting
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10:00am CDT

Secrets of the Short Form
Doesn't everyone just write and worry about word count later? Don't I simply make my story shorter by scrimping on description? No and no. On this panel we'll share the secrets of manipulating the elements of storytelling in order to manage story length.

Moderators
SV

Suzanne Vincent

Suzanne Vincent serves as Editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online Magazine, one of the most outstanding and enduring markets for flash fiction on the web, where stories of few words speak volumes. In her spare time she teaches piano lessons, maintains a large vegetable garden, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... Read More →
avatar for Andy Dudak

Andy Dudak

My fiction is featured in Jonathan Strahan’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and two volumes of Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. My stories have appeared in Analog, Apex, Clarkesworld, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and in Science... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Nikel

Wendy Nikel

Editor-in-Chief, Flash Fiction Online
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author whose short stories can be found in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature: Futures, Podcastle, and various anthologies and e-zines. She is editor-in-chief at Flash Fiction Online and a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America... Read More →
avatar for Brandon O'Brien

Brandon O'Brien

Brandon O’Brien is a writer, performance poet, teaching artist and game designer from Trinidad and Tobago. His work has been shortlisted for the 2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing, the 2014 and 2015 Small Axe Literary Competitions, and the inaugural Ignyte Award for Best in Speculative... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Athos Stream

10:00am CDT

Sustainability and What Literature Can Do
What can stories and storytellers do in building a sustainable future? In his keynote speech, GoH Ken Liu discusses how stories can be the building blocks of sustainable values, practices, and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
https://kenliu.name) is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other countries.Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Aramis Stream

10:00am CDT

Martha Wells - Reading
Martha Wells writes SF/F, including The Murderbot Diaries and The Books of the Raksura series. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller Lists.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Wells

Martha Wells

Martha Wells writes SF/F, including The Murderbot Diaries and The Books of the Raksura series. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller Lists.


Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Milady Stream

10:00am CDT

David D. Levine - Critique Workshop
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


A writing critique session with David D. Levine.

David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016), sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Tor 2017), and Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Tor 2018), and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.

Speakers

Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Constance Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Critique Session
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10:00am CDT

Writing Prose That Shines
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


This workshop is designed to help writers avoid some common pitfalls and to develop skills in writing vivid, evocative, and detailed prose. Come ready to try some practice exercises to help you avoid weak writing and see how painting vivid pictures with your words helps you connect with your readers.

Speakers
avatar for L. D. Colter

L. D. Colter

Liz has followed her heart through a wide variety of careers including draft-horse farmer, field paramedic, Outward Bound instructor, athletic trainer, and roller-skating waitress, among other curious choices. She is a two-time Colorado Book Award winner in Science Fiction/Fantasy... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Richeliu Stream
  Workshop, Fiction
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11:00am CDT

Christina Anderson - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

Chat with Wasatch Writers Fellowship founder Christina Anderson about all things science fiction. Talk about your favorite fictional moments with other sci-fi fans. Explore the unrealized potential of this reinvigorated genre, including its place in novels and on the silver screen.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson

Founder and President, Wasatch Writers Fellowship
My favorite thing in the world is writing & spending time with other writers. My love led to the creation of the Wasatch Writers Fellowship, an organization that helps fiction and non-fiction writers meet their goals. I write novels, screenplays, and creative nonfiction. I am an alumni... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
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11:00am CDT

Full publishing process
Joshua Bilmes and Nick Martell discuss what it takes to get a book published, start to finish.

Moderators
JB

Joshua Bilmes

Joshua Bilmes founded JABberwocky Literary Agency in 1994, and represents many of the top names in speculative fiction, including #1 bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Charlaine Harris, other NY Times bestselling authors such as John Hemry, Simon R. Green, Peter V. Brett and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Martell

Nick Martell

Nick Martell is the author of THE KINGDOM OF LIARS out May 7th and June 23rd from Gollancz and Saga Press.


Saturday May 16, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

11:00am CDT

Misconceptions about Medieval History in Fantasy
In this panel we'll bring to light some of the misconceptions about the Dark Ages we find in fantasy literature. From sword-and-sorcery to mythic fiction, authors have taken a lot of license with the medieval period. Not all of it is bad, but there are some times when we wish for a bit more verisimilitude. Our guests will discuss issues that will allow you to enhance the authenticity of your worldbuilding, from the mundane (like fashion) to the ridiculous (dragons?).

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Della'Zanna, MFA

Jennifer Della'Zanna, MFA

Freelance writer, editor, educator, speaker
I love to combine history, mythology, fantasy and romance in my fiction. My undergraduate degree is in History, German and Ancient Greek, and I hold an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. My husband and I had a Medieval wedding at a castle in central Pennsylvania... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Charlton

Hannah Charlton

Hannah Charlton grew up in Eastern Washington. She studied art at Whitworth University, where she first became interested in medieval art history. This was encouraged by an internship at the Grünewald Guild, an arts retreat center that held classes in stained glass, calligraphy... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

11:00am CDT

When Conflict becomes Combat
Anatomy, weaponry, choreography—oh my! Seasoned storytellers compare common pitfalls, tactics, and considerations for writing plausible and gripping fight scenes.

Moderators
avatar for K. R. Monin

K. R. Monin

K. R. Monin is a speculative fiction author whose muses include human potential, everyday surrealism, and evolving technology. Her work has been published by Write Ahead/The Future Looms and Black Hare Press. In the spare time that exists between worlds, she co-hosts the analytics-based... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peasprout Chen middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time... Read More →
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, and her debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Caruso

Melissa Caruso

Melissa Caruso is the author of the Swords & Fire trilogy: THE TETHERED MAGE (Orbit, 2017), THE DEFIANT HEIR (Orbit, 2018), and THE UNBOUND EMPIRE (Orbit, 2019), as well as the forthcoming Rooks and Ruin trilogy, beginning with THE OBSIDIAN TOWER (coming June 2020 from Orbit). Melissa's... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

11:00am CDT

Kurt Pankau - Critique Workshop
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


A writing critique session with Kurt Pankau.

Kurt Pankau is a computer engineer in St. Louis. He has a weakness for board games, dad-jokes, and stories about time travel. His fiction has appeared in various and sundry places around the web, including Nature Magazine, Escape Pod, and Daily Science Fiction. He blogs at kurtpankau.com and tweets at @kurtpankau.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Pankau

Kurt Pankau

Kurt Pankau is a computer engineer in St. Louis. He has a weakness for board games, dad-jokes, and stories about time travel. His fiction has appeared in various and sundry places around the web, including Nature Magazine, Escape Pod, and Daily Science Fiction.


Saturday May 16, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Constance Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Critique Session
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12:00pm CDT

Beyond Craft: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Business/Legal Side of Being a Creative Person
Industry professionals discuss a mishmash of topics on the business/legal side of writing, such as copyright registration (process and benefits); important things to watch out for in contracts (for publication, for film/TV, for international publication); how to work with agents, editors, translators, foreign publishers; setting up your fees and rates; incorporation; etc. etc. etc.

Moderators
Speakers
BS

Bridget Smith

Agent, JABberwocky Literary Agency
Bridget Smith has been an agent at JABberwocky Literary Agency since May 2019. She grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Brown University with a BA in anthropology in 2010. After graduation, she interned at Don Congdon Associates, worked at a secondhand bookstore, and read submissions... Read More →
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
https://kenliu.name) is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other countries.Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic... Read More →
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Joshua Bilmes

Joshua Bilmes founded JABberwocky Literary Agency in 1994, and represents many of the top names in speculative fiction, including #1 bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Charlaine Harris, other NY Times bestselling authors such as John Hemry, Simon R. Green, Peter V. Brett and... Read More →
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Sam Morgan

Sam Morgan is a literary agent based out of Brooklyn, NY. He specializes in fantasy and science fiction. He represents such authors as Jenn Lyons, Megan E. O'Keefe, Jay Posey, Alexander C. Kane, and Daniel Polansky.


Saturday May 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

12:00pm CDT

Bringing International SFF into the English-speaking World
While so many landmark SFF works have been written in English, translated into other languages, and distributed globally, other countries' writers are left out of the English-speaking world. We discuss what efforts are being done to bring international SFF to the English-speaking world and what topics are being covered outside of it.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky (she/they) is a speculative fiction editor. Liz began her publishing career at Tor Books, editing a list that included popular and acclaimed speculative fiction authors Felix Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Liu Cixin, George Mann, Annalee Newitz, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Cherie... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →
avatar for Andy Dudak

Andy Dudak

My fiction is featured in Jonathan Strahan’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and two volumes of Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. My stories have appeared in Analog, Apex, Clarkesworld, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and in Science... Read More →
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S. Qiouyi Lu

S. Qiouyi Lu writes, translates, and edits between two coasts of the Pacific. Their fiction and poetry have appeared in Asimov’s, F&SF, and Strange Horizons, and their translations have appeared in Clarkesworld. They edit the flash fiction and poetry magazine Arsenika. You can find... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Cordasco

Rachel Cordasco

Rachel Cordasco has a PhD in literary studies and currently works as a developmental editor. She also writes reviews for publications like World Literature Today and Strange Horizons and translates Italian speculative fiction. For all things related to speculative fiction in translation... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

12:00pm CDT

Collaborative Relationships - Art and Writing
A discussion on collaborative artist-writer relationships in comics, graphic novels, illustration, and other media. Comics, screenplays, and sometimes novels require collaboration between several creative individuals of different skill sets. Navigating this give and take can be tricky, especially when inspiration creates strong feelings that collaborators don't necessary share. This panel of professionals will discuss their experiences in collaboration, both high points and pitfalls.

Moderators
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author Alley

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comics artist with three upcoming graphic novels from Harper Collins.She is the co-creator of "Mooncakes", a young adult fantasy graphic novel published in 2019 from Lion Forge Comics. Her work has been featured on Catapult, Barnes & Noble... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Ying

Victoria Ying

Victoria Ying is an author and artist living in Los Angeles. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, this eventually turned into a career working in animation and graphic novels. She loves Japanese Curry, putting things in her shopping cart online and... Read More →
avatar for John Picacio

John Picacio

Attendee
JOHN PICACIO is one of the most acclaimed American artists in science fiction and fantasy over the last decade, creating best-selling art for George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, as well as the STAR TREK and X-MEN franchises. Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the Hugo-nominated graphic novel Mooncakes (Oni Press/Lion Forge) with artist Wendy Xu. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

12:00pm CDT

The Art and Craft of Writing Very Short Stories
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


The nuanced differences between writing flash fiction and longer works, and how writing flash can benefit you as a writer. Includes evaluation of attendee story openings and outlines to workshop how workable the story idea will be in very short form.

Speakers
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Suzanne Vincent

Suzanne Vincent serves as Editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online Magazine, one of the most outstanding and enduring markets for flash fiction on the web, where stories of few words speak volumes. In her spare time she teaches piano lessons, maintains a large vegetable garden, and... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Seminar
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1:00pm CDT

L.S. Johnson - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with L.S. Johnson.

L.S. Johnson is the author of over thirty short stories and the Chase & Daniels series of gothic novellas. Her first self-published collection, Vacui Magia, won the North Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Her second self-published collection, Rare Birds, was on the preliminary ballot for the Stoker Awards. The third Chase & Daniels novella, The Painter's Widow, will be out in June 2020.

Speakers
avatar for L.S. Johnson

L.S. Johnson

Attendee
L.S. Johnson lives in Northern California, where she feeds her cats by working in a library. She is the author of the Chase & Daniels series of gothic novellas and over 40 short stories. Her first collection, Vacui Magia, won the North Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
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1:00pm CDT

Choice of Games: Writing Interactive Fiction
The pioneering interactive fiction publisher Choice of Games just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Take a look at the craft of writing in ChoiceScript with some of its veteran authors: the shift from writing linear fiction to interactive fiction, how writing in ChoiceScript compares to other interactive formats, how to handle a long branching narrative, how to make the reader feel like they're at the center of the story, and more.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jim Dattilo

Jim Dattilo

Writer, Choice of Games
Jim Dattilo writes sci-fi and horror stories and has been published by Hosted Games, Choice of Games, and Heart\\'s Choice. He is the author of the Zombie Exodus series and is currently working on Vampire: the Masquerade - Out for Blood for Choice of Games and Paradox Interactive... Read More →
avatar for Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts

Attendee
avatar for Bendi Barrett

Bendi Barrett

Writer, Choice of Games
I'm a black gay writer, primarily of speculative fiction and interactive (speculative) fiction. I've written two games for Choice of Games, but I also write games using the Twine platform. I write erotic fiction under the pen name Benji Bright, and run a modest patreon to that end... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

1:00pm CDT

Effective Story Openings
My name is... Once upon a time... It was a dark and stormy night... En media res...? Whether you're writing short pieces or hefty novels, you want to hook readers from the very beginning. Accomplished authors share their favorite first lines, ideas, and approaches to starting a story.

Moderators
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Mur Lafferty

Writer
Mur Lafferty is a Hugo-award winning podcaster, a Hugo and Nebula award nominated writer, and co-editor of the first science fiction podcast, Escape Pod. She streams gaming and live podcasts on Twitch.

Speakers
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a science fiction and fantasy writer, writing instructor, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Sunspot Jungle, In the Shadow of the Towers, and many more. She’s the... Read More →
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her written work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Uncanny Magazine, Women of Marvel #1, and many other projects and venues. Being Seen, her debut memoir on media and disability releases... Read More →
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Suzanne Vincent

Suzanne Vincent serves as Editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online Magazine, one of the most outstanding and enduring markets for flash fiction on the web, where stories of few words speak volumes. In her spare time she teaches piano lessons, maintains a large vegetable garden, and... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Nikel

Wendy Nikel

Editor-in-Chief, Flash Fiction Online
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author whose short stories can be found in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature: Futures, Podcastle, and various anthologies and e-zines. She is editor-in-chief at Flash Fiction Online and a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

1:00pm CDT

Visual Worldbuilding
Ever wonder why some stories have boat loads of fan art and others don't? Artists utilize symbolism, color theory, and visual metaphor to communicate ideas in much the same way that writers use words and sentence structure. Learn how to use an artist's tools to create deeper audience connections with your work.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Fong

Grace Fong

Grace P. Fong is a Narrative Designer on Magic: The Gathering. In addition, she is a freelance illustrator who has won the inaugural Ignyte award.


Saturday May 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

1:00pm CDT

Nafiza Azad - Reading
Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in BC, Canada where she reads too many books, watches too many Kdramas and writes stories about girls taking over the world. Her debut YA fantasy, THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME (Scholastic, 2019) was nominated for the Morris award. Her sophomore novel, THE WILD ONES, is scheduled for release in 2021.

Speakers
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Nafiza Azad

Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in BC, Canada where she reads too many books, watches too many Kdramas and writes stories... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

2:00pm CDT

Engineering in Fantasy
Fantasy stories often involve feats of engineering, whether they are the vast fortresses of medieval epics, the mysterious engines of steampunk, or even the wholly magical marvels of worlds powered by sorcery. In this panel we'll consider realism vs. verisimilitude, what makes for plausibility in the mechanics of the fantastic, and we'll talk about historical engineering methods from ancient times through the current day that might be transplanted into fantasy worlds with varying levels of technology. We'll also describe some of our favorite examples of fantasy engineering in fiction and cinema.

Moderators
avatar for Laurence Brothers

Laurence Brothers

Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist with 5 patents and a background in AI and Internet R&D. He has published around 30 short stories in magazines such as Nature, PodCastle, the New Haven Review, and Galaxy\'s Edge. His WWI-era fantasy novel \"Twilight Patrol\" and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
https://kenliu.name) is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other countries.Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic... Read More →
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John Murphy

John P. Murphy is an engineer and author, with a background in robotics, machine learning, and network security. His novella The Liar was a finalist for the Nebula Award, and his debut novel Red Noise will be out June 2020.
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, and her debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short... Read More →
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S Andrew Swann

S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He’s married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and— besides writing— works as a Database Manager for one of the largest private... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

2:00pm CDT

Getting Started with Traditional Illustration
You've got pen and ink, you've got watercolors and you've got oil paints. But how do you translate those things into images featuring someone else's words? From covers to chapter sketches, drop capitals to full page illustrations, our panelists will talk about using their tools to turn words into images. Note: this panel is about the artistic process. If you're looking for the business side, please check out Networking for Creatives or Freelancing for Illustrators.

Moderators
avatar for Terri Ash

Terri Ash

Manager, Geek Calligraphy
Terri Ash is the Manager and Artist Wrangler at Geek Calligraphy. She’s an avid knitter who cooks, makes her own jam, and gardens via the practice of benign neglect. A voracious consumer of many kinds of SFF media, nothing makes her happier than talking about it for hours.

Speakers
avatar for John Picacio

John Picacio

Attendee
JOHN PICACIO is one of the most acclaimed American artists in science fiction and fantasy over the last decade, creating best-selling art for George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, as well as the STAR TREK and X-MEN franchises. Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best... Read More →
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Oscar Joyo

Oscar Joyo (b.1992) Malawian born artist Oscar Joyo is an artist who specializes in Afrofuturism/afrosurrealism which he expresses through both traditional & digital media. As a child and even further in his career, Oscar was heavily influenced by animation, graphic novels, film... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Charlton

Hannah Charlton

Hannah Charlton grew up in Eastern Washington. She studied art at Whitworth University, where she first became interested in medieval art history. This was encouraged by an internship at the Grünewald Guild, an arts retreat center that held classes in stained glass, calligraphy... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

2:00pm CDT

Networking for Creatives
Who you know won't be enough to get you published or get your art on a book cover, but it can help in smaller and sometimes cumulative ways. Come listen to industry pros discuss the benefits of making friends and connections in the speculative fiction community.

Moderators
Speakers
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Bridget Smith

Agent, JABberwocky Literary Agency
Bridget Smith has been an agent at JABberwocky Literary Agency since May 2019. She grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Brown University with a BA in anthropology in 2010. After graduation, she interned at Don Congdon Associates, worked at a secondhand bookstore, and read submissions... Read More →
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Joshua Bilmes

Joshua Bilmes founded JABberwocky Literary Agency in 1994, and represents many of the top names in speculative fiction, including #1 bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Charlaine Harris, other NY Times bestselling authors such as John Hemry, Simon R. Green, Peter V. Brett and... Read More →
avatar for LaShawn Wanak

LaShawn Wanak

Writer, Book Reviewer, GigaNotoSaurus Editor
LaShawn M. Wanak lives in Wisconsin with her husband and son. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and a little bit of horror. Her works have been published in Fireside Magazine, FIYAH, Uncanny Magazine, and many others. She is the editor of the online magazine GigaNotoSaurus and... Read More →
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Premee Mohamed

Attendee
Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of speculative fiction novels 'Beneath the Rising' (2020), 'A Broken Darkness' (2021), and novellas 'These Lifeless Things' (2021), 'And What Can We Offer You... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

2:00pm CDT

Benjamin C. Kinney - Reading
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and two-time Hugo finalist as assistant editor of the science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and elsewhere. You can learn more at benjaminckinney.com or follow him on Twitter @BenCKinney.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney

Attendee, Escape Pod
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and assistant editor (submissions editor) of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. His short stories have appeared in many excellent magazines including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can read more... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

2:00pm CDT

Wendy Xu - Critique Workshop
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


An art critique workshop with Wendy Xu.

Wendy Xu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comics artist with three upcoming graphic novels from Harper Collins.

She is the co-creator of ""Mooncakes"", a young adult fantasy graphic novel published in 2019 from Lion Forge Comics. Her work has been featured on Catapult, Barnes & Noble Sci-fi/Fantasy Blog, and Tor.com, among other places. You can find more art on her instagram: @artofwendyxu or on twitter: @angrygirLcomics.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comics artist with three upcoming graphic novels from Harper Collins.She is the co-creator of "Mooncakes", a young adult fantasy graphic novel published in 2019 from Lion Forge Comics. Her work has been featured on Catapult, Barnes & Noble... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Constance Stream
  Workshop, Illustration, Critique Session, Guest of Honor
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3:00pm CDT

TJ Berry - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with TJ Berry.

TJ Berry has been a political blogger, bakery owner, and spent a disastrous two weeks working in a razor blade factory. She now writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Los Angeles with considerably fewer on-the-job injuries. Author of Space Unicorn Blues and Five Unicorn Flush. She's on Twitter @TJaneBerry.

Speakers
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TJ Berry

Novelist & Screenwriter
TJ Berry has been a political blogger, bakery owner, and spent a disastrous two weeks working in a razor blade factory. She now writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Los Angeles with considerably fewer on-the-job injuries. Author of Space Unicorn Blues and Five Unicorn... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction, Podcasting
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3:00pm CDT

Worldbuilding in YA
How does worldbuilding work if you are writing a YA SFF story? Are there specific rules you need to follow or is it the same process as adult works? Join our panel as we dive into different YA novels to see how those worlds are built with young adults in mind.

Moderators
avatar for LaShawn Wanak

LaShawn Wanak

Writer, Book Reviewer, GigaNotoSaurus Editor
LaShawn M. Wanak lives in Wisconsin with her husband and son. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and a little bit of horror. Her works have been published in Fireside Magazine, FIYAH, Uncanny Magazine, and many others. She is the editor of the online magazine GigaNotoSaurus and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rosiee Thor

Rosiee Thor

Rosiee Thor began her career as a storyteller by telling her mother bedtime stories instead of the other way around. She spent her childhood reading by flashlight in the closet until she came out as queer. She lives in Oregon with a dog, two cats, and an abundance of bread. Tarnished... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman

Writer
I am the author of three YA fantasy novels|: SERAPHINA, SHADOW SCALE, and most recently TESS OF THE ROAD, which was a Nebula and Lodestar nominee in 2019. I live in Vancouver, Canada, and am currently working on my fourth novel, TESS OF THE SEA.
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Nafiza Azad

Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in BC, Canada where she reads too many books, watches too many Kdramas and writes stories... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

3:00pm CDT

Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels
Everything you wanted to know about writing comics but were afraid to ask! In this panel, creators offer insight to those who are interested in transitioning into writing comics. We will delve into collaborating with artists and editors, scriptwriting tips, and ways in which comics workflow differs from other types of writing.

Moderators
avatar for Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the Hugo-nominated graphic novel Mooncakes (Oni Press/Lion Forge) with artist Wendy Xu. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the popular Heroine Complex novels—a series starring Asian American superheroines. The first book is a Locus bestseller, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016. Her YA debut... Read More →
avatar for Darcie Little Badger

Darcie Little Badger

Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer and geoscientist. Darcie's debut novel, Elatsoe, will publish with Levine Querido in August 2020. Notably, Elatsoe was honored as a BookExpo 2020 Young Adult Buzz Finalist. Her short fiction, nonfiction, and comics have appeared in multiple... Read More →
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Marieke Nijkamp

Marieke Nijkamp is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of YA novels, graphic novels, and comics, including This Is Where It Ends, Even If We Break, and The Oracle Code.


Saturday May 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

3:00pm CDT

Writing for Games with Established IPs
A panel of writers who have done work for games based on established intellectual properties, to discuss the business of IP writing and the craft considerations specific to writing for established IP. They will also explore the differences between writing for your own IP as opposed to an established IP.

Moderators
avatar for J.R.H. Lawless

J.R.H. Lawless

SF Author and Space Lawyer, J.R.H. Lawless
J.R.H. Lawless is a bestselling SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on their experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author Alley
avatar for Eddy Webb

Eddy Webb

Pugsteady
Eddy Webb (with a “y”) is a freelance writer, designer, and consultant for video games and RPGs. He’s worked on Pugmire, Futurama, Firefly, Red Dwarf, and Sherlock Holmes. In his spare time, he advocates for more inclusion of people with hearing loss.
avatar for Lauren Roy

Lauren Roy

Lauren M. Roy is a writer and tabletop RPG developer. Her urban fantasy series NIGHT OWLS is published by Ace Books, and her short fiction has appeared in Fireside Magazine and on Podcastle. She's written for RPGs such as Changeling: The Lost, The Trinity Continuum, Trail of Cthulhu... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

3:00pm CDT

Anaea Lay - Reading
Anaea Lay lives in Chicago where she conducts a torrid love affair with the city. She's the fiction podcast editor for Strange Horizons, president of the Dream Foundry, teaches craft intensives at the Literary Level Up, and her second interactive game from Choice of Games is coming out at the end of May.

Speakers

Saturday May 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

3:00pm CDT

Cislyn Smith - Reading
Speakers
avatar for Cislyn Smith

Cislyn Smith

secretary, Dream Foundry
Cislyn Smith (she/her) writes speculative short stories and poems, and you can find her wordy work in Strange Horizons, Diabolical Plots, Daily Science Fiction and scattered hither and yon else-internet. She is a first reader for Uncanny Magazine and Giganotosaurus, a graduate of... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Constance Stream

3:00pm CDT

Mary Soon Lee - Reading
Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but has lived in Pittsburgh for over twenty years. Her stories and poetry have appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Daily SF, F&SF, Fireside, and several Year's Best anthologies. Of late, she’s strayed from science fiction to science poetry, and her book Elemental Haiku (containing haiku for each element of the periodic table) was published by Ten Speed Press in October 2019.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee

Author
Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Her two latest books are from opposite ends of the poetry spectrum: "Elemental Haiku," containing haiku for each element... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

4:00pm CDT

Steve Toutonghi - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with Steve Toutonghi.

Steve is the author of the critically praised novels Join and Side Life. Katherine Dunn called Join, "A searing ballistic plunge into the mysteries of identity and mortality," and Scientific American recommended it as a "satisfying story of what is to come." In a starred review, Library Journal called Side Life "highly imaginative, highly recommended," and Sean Ferrell said, "Like Philip K. Dick or Kurt Vonnegut, Steve Toutonghi manages to break and repair your brain while telling an intensely human story."

Speakers
avatar for Steve Toutonghi

Steve Toutonghi

Steve is the author of the critically praised novels Join and Side Life. Katherine Dunn called Join, "A searing ballistic plunge into the mysteries of identity and mortality," and Scientific American recommended it as a "satisfying story of what is to come." In a starred review, Library... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
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4:00pm CDT

Adaptations and Remix Culture
What goes into the art of adapting or remixing an existing story, either for the same medium or a different one? Should adaptations always be as faithful as possible, or should they *not* try to be too faithful? Do bad adaptations "ruin" the original? How do these answers vary, considering different original creators can have very different feelings about their work?

Moderators
avatar for Alexei Collier

Alexei Collier

Alexei Collier is a disabled and neurodivergent human who writes fantasy inspired by science and science-fiction inspired by folklore. He was born in sunny Southern California, grew up in a house his family moved into on his very first Halloween, and went to school in a creepy old... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cislyn Smith

Cislyn Smith

secretary, Dream Foundry
Cislyn Smith (she/her) writes speculative short stories and poems, and you can find her wordy work in Strange Horizons, Diabolical Plots, Daily Science Fiction and scattered hither and yon else-internet. She is a first reader for Uncanny Magazine and Giganotosaurus, a graduate of... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

4:00pm CDT

Creatives Crowdfund
Are you ready to push your idea out into the world... and if you build it, will they fund? Panelists share their experiences and ideas on how to approach Kickstarter, Patreon, and other crowdfunding mechanisms as a creative.

Moderators
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Writer
Mur Lafferty is a Hugo-award winning podcaster, a Hugo and Nebula award nominated writer, and co-editor of the first science fiction podcast, Escape Pod. She streams gaming and live podcasts on Twitch.

Speakers
avatar for C Stuart Hardwick

C Stuart Hardwick

C Stuart Hardwick is a regular in Analog Science Fiction & Fact magazine, a winner of the prestigious Writers of the Future contest, and a six-time Jim Baen Memorial award honoree. In addition to scifi, he writes about science for numerous publications, and his work has been translated... Read More →
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... Read More →
avatar for Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo

Attendee, SFWA
Cat Rambo has published 200+ short stories. In 2021 her book publications are fantasy novel Exiles of Tabat (May, Wordfire Press), anthology The Reinvented Heart, coedited with Jennifer Brozek (July, Arc Manor), and space opera, You Sexy Thing (September, Tor Macmillan).
avatar for Aidan Doyle

Aidan Doyle

Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and editor. He is the co-editor of the World Fantasy Award-nominated Sword and Sonnet and the author of The Writer's Book of Doubt. His short stories have been published in places like Lightspeed, Strange Horizons and Fireside. He has visited more... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

4:00pm CDT

Prose vs. Game Writing
A panel of professionals with experience both in prose and game writing, specifically to talk about the differences between these two forms. Can fiction writers make the jump to games or vice versa? What are the differences between writing for games and writing fiction? How do you make the leap?

Moderators
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author Alley

Speakers
avatar for Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts

Attendee
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F.C. Yee

NY Times Bestselling Author and product manager of mobile games
avatar for Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips is a writer specializing in immersive games and experiences and near-future SF. She also makes great fudge, so catch her at your next physical-space convention!


Saturday May 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

4:00pm CDT

Trace Kerr - Reading
Trace Kerr is a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner who loves writing stories about undaunted queer teens and magic. Her debut YA novel, The Names We Take comes out May 19, 2020. When she isn't writing, Trace is the producer and co-host for Brain Junk, a lighthearted fact finding podcast that sometimes airs on Spokane Public Radio. She also recently joined the Taking Her Lead podcast as a co-host and is excited at the opportunity to interview women about their experiences in leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Trace Kerr

Trace Kerr

Author
Trace Kerr is a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner who loves writing stories about undaunted queer teens and magic. Her debut YA novel, The Names We Take comes out May 19, 2020. When she isn't writing, Trace is the producer and co-host for Brain Junk, a lighthearted fact finding podcast... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

4:00pm CDT

Character Sheets to Build your Author Skillset
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


Using a writer-based character sheet, (like one would find in a role playing game such as Dungeons and Dragons), take participants through the self-reflexive activity of understanding who they are as authors. Participants will leave with an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses as well as growth strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Faxon

Sarah Faxon

S. Faxon Productions
S. Faxon writes fantasy and thriller novels. She is co-creator of the podcast, Semi-Sages of the Pages and has a YouTube Channel featuring writing tips, book reviews, and author interviews. And Sarah has recently been appointed President of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild... Read More →
avatar for Theresa Halvorsen

Theresa Halvorsen

Writer and Podcaster, Semi-Sages of the Pages
Theresa Halvorsen has never met a profanity she hasn’t enjoyed. She’s generally overly-caffeinated and at times, wine-soaked. The author of the dystopian romance Warehouse Dreams and paranormal romance, River City Widows, Theresa wonders what sleep is. When she’s not writing... Read More →
avatar for Morrigan Puhr

Morrigan Puhr

Co-Creator, Semi-Sages of the Pages
Morrigan is an award winning teacher, writer, and perpetual student of life! She enjoys embracing novelty through original experiences and developing a variety of skills. When she is not writing or teaching her amazing students, she hangs around with friends, works on the family ranch... Read More →
avatar for M. S. Ewing

M. S. Ewing

Writer & Podcaster, Semi-Sages of the Pages
Molly is a writer as well as a podcaster & audio editor on Semi-Sages of the Pages. Additionally, she has a black belt in judo (obtained 2012). Molly has competed, coached, and instructed at the national level. She also has experience teaching self-defense seminars and organizing/choreographing... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Milady Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Seminar
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4:00pm CDT

Elle E. Ire & José Pablo Iriarte - Critique Workshop
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


A query letter critique session with Elle E. Ire & José Pablo Iriarte.

Elle Ire writes science fiction novels featuring kick-ass women who fall in love with each other. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in November, 2015, and was rereleased in January, 2020, by Dreamspinner Publications. Her second novel, THREADBARE, the first in the STORM FRONTS series, was released in August, 2019, by Dreamspinner Publications followed by PATCHWORK in April, 2020. Her work is represented by Naomi Davis at the Bookends Literary Agency. Learn more at her website: http://www.elleire.com.

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer, high school math teacher, and parent of two. Jose’s fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award and long-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, and can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Fireside Fiction. Learn more at www.labyrinthrat.com, or look for José on twitter @labyrinthrat.

Speakers
avatar for José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures... Read More →
avatar for Elle Ire

Elle Ire

Elle Ire writes science fiction novels featuring kick-ass women who fall in love with each other. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in November, 2015, and was rereleased in January, 2020, by DSP Publications. Her STORM FRONTS series (THREADBARE, PATCHWORK... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Constance Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Critique Session
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5:00pm CDT

Painting play: Working as an artist in the tabletop industry
Artists talk about the unique ways that they use their skills and talents in tabletop gaming, share best practices and discuss how they broke into the industry.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Dean

Paul Dean

Hi! I\\'m a freelance writer, RPG writer/designer, speaker and games critic. I started writing games journalism for magazines back in 2001 and my work has appeared in all kinds of publications. I\\'ve written for nearly twenty years about games, tech, the internet and even social... Read More →

Speakers
DG

Doruk Golcu

Doruk Golcu is an illustrator originally from Istanbul, Turkey, currently Middle of Nowhere, USA.
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Priscilla Kim

Priscilla Kim Art
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Bruce Brenneise

Game artist and illustration professional of six years, best known for work on games like Slay the Spire and Numenera. Awards: Illustrators of the Future vol 34, Chesley Award 2020 nominee. Annuals: Spectrum (vol 26 & vol 27), Infected by Art (vol 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).


Saturday May 16, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

5:00pm CDT

SF&F&F: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Folklore
From the moment when Mary Shelley gave her novel Frankenstein the subtitle The Modern Prometheus to the present day, speculative fiction has often had roots in folklore. What exactly that means, though, depends on the story. This presentation will consider the various effects that come from borrowing the plots, structure, style, and motifs of different types of folklore.

Speakers
MB

Marie Brennan

Writer
Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. As half of... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

5:00pm CDT

A.C. Wise - Reading
A.C. Wise's fiction has appeared in publications such as Uncanny, Shimmer, and Tor.com. She has two collections published with Lethe Press, and a novella published by Broken Eye Books. Her work has won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, as well as twice more being a finalist for the award, been a two-time Nebula finalist, and been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. In addition to her fiction, she contributes the Women to Read, and Non-Binary Authors to read series to The Book Smugglers. Find her online at www.acwise.net.

Speakers
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A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise's fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex, and several Year's Best anthologies, among other places. Her work has won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, as well as twice being a finalist for the Sunburst Award, twice being a finalist... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

5:00pm CDT

Wendy Nikel - Reading
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Analog, Nature: Futures, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and elsewhere. Her time travel novella series, beginning with The Continuum, is available from World Weaver Press. For more info, visit wendynikel.com

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Nikel

Wendy Nikel

Editor-in-Chief, Flash Fiction Online
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author whose short stories can be found in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature: Futures, Podcastle, and various anthologies and e-zines. She is editor-in-chief at Flash Fiction Online and a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

5:00pm CDT

Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


A presentation on illuminated manuscripts, the medieval art of copying and decorating books. A friendly introduction for people interested in historical techniques, art history, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Charlton

Hannah Charlton

Hannah Charlton grew up in Eastern Washington. She studied art at Whitworth University, where she first became interested in medieval art history. This was encouraged by an internship at the Grünewald Guild, an arts retreat center that held classes in stained glass, calligraphy... Read More →



Saturday May 16, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Workshop, Illustration, Seminar
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6:00pm CDT

Geography, Maps, and SFF
Maps are a classic feature in high fantasy, but are they necessary? How can you use geography to strengthen your worldbuilding? When is relying on a map a crutch, and what are the alternatives if making a map isn't your style? What are some examples of the best maps in fantasy, and what makes them stand out?

Moderators
avatar for JT Greathouse

JT Greathouse

J.T. Greathouse’s short fiction has appeared, often as Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, in BCS, Deep Magic, IGMS, and elsewhere. Upon graduating with a degree in history and philosophy from Whitworth University, he taught ESL in Taiwan before returning to Spokane, WA. After working as a... Read More →

Speakers
MB

Marie Brennan

Writer
Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. As half of... Read More →
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peasprout Chen middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time... Read More →
avatar for Marie Croke

Marie Croke

Writer
Marie Croke's stories have appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Cast of Wonders, and DSF, and are forthcoming in Diabolical Plots and Deep Magic. She is an Odyssey Workshop graduate and a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest. She lives in Maryland with her family, all of whom... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

6:00pm CDT

RPG Design
Have you ever wondered what goes into creating the worlds you explore as a GM or player in a tabletop roleplaying game? Join this group of experts as they discuss the ins and outs of making settings and scenarios, histories and cultures, villains and heroes, and all the other bits and pieces that make a roleplaying game fun for everyone involved.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky (she/they) is a speculative fiction editor. Liz began her publishing career at Tor Books, editing a list that included popular and acclaimed speculative fiction authors Felix Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Liu Cixin, George Mann, Annalee Newitz, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Cherie... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paul Dean

Paul Dean

Hi! I\\'m a freelance writer, RPG writer/designer, speaker and games critic. I started writing games journalism for magazines back in 2001 and my work has appeared in all kinds of publications. I\\'ve written for nearly twenty years about games, tech, the internet and even social... Read More →
avatar for Eddy Webb

Eddy Webb

Pugsteady
Eddy Webb (with a “y”) is a freelance writer, designer, and consultant for video games and RPGs. He’s worked on Pugmire, Futurama, Firefly, Red Dwarf, and Sherlock Holmes. In his spare time, he advocates for more inclusion of people with hearing loss.
avatar for Lauren Roy

Lauren Roy

Lauren M. Roy is a writer and tabletop RPG developer. Her urban fantasy series NIGHT OWLS is published by Ace Books, and her short fiction has appeared in Fireside Magazine and on Podcastle. She's written for RPGs such as Changeling: The Lost, The Trinity Continuum, Trail of Cthulhu... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

6:00pm CDT

Traditional Art Demo
Drawing and inking a character portrait on paper. Come in, watch, and feel free to ask questions.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Fong

Grace Fong

Grace P. Fong is a Narrative Designer on Magic: The Gathering. In addition, she is a freelance illustrator who has won the inaugural Ignyte award.


Saturday May 16, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

6:00pm CDT

Andrea Phillips - Reading
Andrea Phillips is a writer specializing in immersive games and experiences and near-future SF. She also makes great fudge, so catch her at your next physical-space convention!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips is a writer specializing in immersive games and experiences and near-future SF. She also makes great fudge, so catch her at your next physical-space convention!


Saturday May 16, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Constance Stream

6:00pm CDT

Dakota Caulder - Reading
Dakota Caulder is the editor-in-chief of Hybrid Fiction. In the daylight hours, she works as a composition instructor and an academic developmental editor. In the nighttime, she works with creative writers, works on Hybrid Fiction, and sometimes writes as well.

Speakers
avatar for Dakota Mattson

Dakota Mattson

Dakota Caulder is the editor-in-chief of Hybrid Fiction. In the daylight hours, she works as a composition instructor and an academic developmental editor. In the nighttime, she works with creative writers, works on Hybrid Fiction, and sometimes writes as well.


Saturday May 16, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

6:00pm CDT

Erin Roberts - Reading
Erin Roberts is a speculative fiction writer who tells stories across formats – her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 4, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2019, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, The Dark, and THEN AGAIN: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty Writers; her interactive fiction has been published in Sub-Q Magazine and is forthcoming from Choice of Games; and her non-fiction essays and reviews have appeared on Tor.com and in Cascadia Subduction Zone, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy, and Strange Horizons, among others. Erin is a graduate of the Odyssey Writers Workshop and Stonecoast MFA program and has received awards including an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Diverse Worlds and Diverse Writers awards. You can follow her on Twitter at @nirele and read more about her work at writingwonder.com.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts

Attendee


Saturday May 16, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

7:00pm CDT

Elsa Sjunneson - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

Q&A on Non-Fiction and Disability Rep, Games, movies, fiction. You name it!

Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor. She has written for tor.com, Fireside, Uncanny and numerous other venues. Her debut memoir ALONE IN THE LIGHT releases in 2021 from Tiller Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Speakers
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her written work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Uncanny Magazine, Women of Marvel #1, and many other projects and venues. Being Seen, her debut memoir on media and disability releases... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Constance Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction, Games
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7:00pm CDT

Spec Community Panel
This panel of four female podcasters invites you to join our adventure as we explore how community unleashes creativity. Join the discussion about how our passion for speculative fiction allows us to escape the challenges of everyday life. Podcasting, personality, and perspective, let's unleash the keys to productivity!

Moderators
avatar for M. S. Ewing

M. S. Ewing

Writer & Podcaster, Semi-Sages of the Pages
Molly is a writer as well as a podcaster & audio editor on Semi-Sages of the Pages. Additionally, she has a black belt in judo (obtained 2012). Molly has competed, coached, and instructed at the national level. She also has experience teaching self-defense seminars and organizing/choreographing... Read More →
avatar for Morrigan Puhr

Morrigan Puhr

Co-Creator, Semi-Sages of the Pages
Morrigan is an award winning teacher, writer, and perpetual student of life! She enjoys embracing novelty through original experiences and developing a variety of skills. When she is not writing or teaching her amazing students, she hangs around with friends, works on the family ranch... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Faxon

Sarah Faxon

S. Faxon Productions
S. Faxon writes fantasy and thriller novels. She is co-creator of the podcast, Semi-Sages of the Pages and has a YouTube Channel featuring writing tips, book reviews, and author interviews. And Sarah has recently been appointed President of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild... Read More →
avatar for Theresa Halvorsen

Theresa Halvorsen

Writer and Podcaster, Semi-Sages of the Pages
Theresa Halvorsen has never met a profanity she hasn’t enjoyed. She’s generally overly-caffeinated and at times, wine-soaked. The author of the dystopian romance Warehouse Dreams and paranormal romance, River City Widows, Theresa wonders what sleep is. When she’s not writing... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

7:00pm CDT

The Power of Enthusiasm in Author Branding
This presentation demos an actual author presentation program and dissects it for how each element in it demonstrates the power of an author's enthusiasm in branding efforts. The program will also address issues regarding author impostor syndrome and author self-care throughout the promotional process.

Speakers
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peasprout Chen middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

7:00pm CDT

Becky Chambers - Reading
Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series, which currently includes The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. Her most recent work is To Be Taught, If Fortunate, a standalone novella.

Becky has a background in performing arts, and grew up in a family heavily involved in space science. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and looking through her telescope. Having hopped around the world a bit, she’s now back in her home state, where she lives with her wife. She hopes to see Earth from orbit one day. You can find her online at otherscribbles.com.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is a science fiction author, best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. She has two new works coming out in 2021: The Galaxy... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Felton Stream

7:00pm CDT

F.C. Yee - Reading
NY Times Bestselling Author and product manager of mobile games

Speakers
FY

F.C. Yee

NY Times Bestselling Author and product manager of mobile games


Saturday May 16, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

7:00pm CDT

Karen Osborne - Reading
KAREN OSBORNE is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise and the Clarion Writers' Workshop, and once won a major event filmmaking award for taping a Klingon wedding. Her first novel, Architects of Memory, is due out from Tor Books on August 25th.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Osborne

Karen Osborne

KAREN OSBORNE is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. She is the author of Architects of Memory and Engines of Oblivion from Tor Books. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a member of the DC/MD-based... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

8:00pm CDT

Elements of Mystery & Noir
How to use elements of mystery and noir to plot speculative fiction. May include discussion of common reader expectations, tropes, and recommended reading.

Moderators
JB

Joshua Bilmes

Joshua Bilmes founded JABberwocky Literary Agency in 1994, and represents many of the top names in speculative fiction, including #1 bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Charlaine Harris, other NY Times bestselling authors such as John Hemry, Simon R. Green, Peter V. Brett and... Read More →

Speakers
JM

John Murphy

John P. Murphy is an engineer and author, with a background in robotics, machine learning, and network security. His novella The Liar was a finalist for the Nebula Award, and his debut novel Red Noise will be out June 2020.
avatar for Kat Clay

Kat Clay

Kat Clay is a crime and horror author from Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of novella Double Exposure, and her short story ‘Lady Loveday Investigates’ won three prizes at the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, including the Kerry Greenwood Prize for Best Malice Domestic.Kat’s... Read More →
avatar for Laurence Brothers

Laurence Brothers

Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist with 5 patents and a background in AI and Internet R&D. He has published around 30 short stories in magazines such as Nature, PodCastle, the New Haven Review, and Galaxy\'s Edge. His WWI-era fantasy novel \"Twilight Patrol\" and... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

8:00pm CDT

How to Win a Cosplay Contest
Brand new to the world of competitive cosplay (or been around, just never quite gotten that first win)? Watched a cosplay competition and wondered what the heck the judges were thinking? An award-winning cosplayer and craftsmanship judge breaks down the things you might not have thought of that can lead to, or prevent, victory.

Speakers
avatar for Miri Baker

Miri Baker

Writer, cosplayer, Mad on Main
Miri Baker is an award-winning cosplayer, lapsed Magic: the Gathering judge, cartoon junkie, writer of fantasy for adults and weird YA,14-time NaNoWriMo winner (and 1-time loser), and Ravenpuff all-purpose nerd.


Saturday May 16, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

8:00pm CDT

Neuroscience for Writers: The Evolved Brain
The human brain and mind have been a topic of fiction since time immemorial, but our stories don't always keep up with the science. The classic science fictional frameworks of the last fifty years have produced a lot of great stories, but a better understanding of the brain can lead us to new stories and new ideas. Join neuroscientist, writer, and Escape Pod (Escape Artists) assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney to learn how we, as writers, might be able to make sense of the most complex structure in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney

Attendee, Escape Pod
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and assistant editor (submissions editor) of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. His short stories have appeared in many excellent magazines including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can read more... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

8:00pm CDT

Jenny Rappaport - Reading
Jenny Rae Rappaport has been published in Lightspeed Magazine, Escape Pod, and Daily Science Fiction, among other magazines. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing workshop, and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she divides her time between writing and herding small children. She can be found online at www.jennyrae.com and on Twitter at @jennyrae.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Rae Rappaport

Jenny Rae Rappaport

Attendee
Jenny Rae Rappaport has been published in Lightspeed Magazine, Escape Pod, and Daily Science Fiction, among other magazines. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing workshop, and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in New Jersey with her family... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

8:00pm CDT

Valerie Valdes - Reading
Valerie Valdes’s work has been featured in Nightmare Magazine and Uncanny Magazine. Her debut novel Chilling Effect was published by Harper Voyager in September 2019 and Orbit UK in February 2020. The sequel, Prime Deceptions, is forthcoming in fall 2020. She lives in Georgia with her husband, children and cats.

Speakers

Saturday May 16, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Constance Stream

8:00pm CDT

Victoria Sandbrook - Reading
Victoria Sandbrook is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor and reviewer, and Viable Paradise graduate. Her short fiction has appeared in Giganotosaurus, Sword & Sonnet, Podcastle, Shimmer, and elsewhere. Victoria and her family live in Brockton, Massachusetts. She reviews books and shares writerly nonsense at victoriasandbrook.com and on Twitter at @vsandbrook.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Sandbrook

Victoria Sandbrook

Victoria Sandbrook is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor and reviewer, and Viable Paradise graduate. Her short fiction has appeared in Giganotosaurus, Sword & Sonnet, Podcastle, Shimmer, and elsewhere. Victoria and her family live in Brockton, Massachusetts. She reviews... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

9:00pm CDT

Whose Escape Room Is It Anyway? An Improv Design Adventure
If you ever wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at the design process from the owners of one of the world's top escape rooms as voted by enthusiasts, this is your chance! You choose the theme and objective, and we'll design the game. See how ideas become puzzles, and puzzles become rooms. Part design adventure, part hilarious romp, come join us for the fun!

Speakers
avatar for Leanne Yong

Leanne Yong

Attendee, Next Level Escape


Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

9:00pm CDT

Steve Toutonghi - Reading
Steve is the author of the critically praised novels Join and Side Life. Katherine Dunn called Join, "A searing ballistic plunge into the mysteries of identity and mortality," and Scientific American recommended it as a "satisfying story of what is to come." In a starred review, Library Journal called Side Life "highly imaginative, highly recommended," and Sean Ferrell said, "Like Philip K. Dick or Kurt Vonnegut, Steve Toutonghi manages to break and repair your brain while telling an intensely human story."

Speakers
avatar for Steve Toutonghi

Steve Toutonghi

Steve is the author of the critically praised novels Join and Side Life. Katherine Dunn called Join, "A searing ballistic plunge into the mysteries of identity and mortality," and Scientific American recommended it as a "satisfying story of what is to come." In a starred review, Library... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

9:00pm CDT

Classic TV Fandom
A place to mingle with other con-goers talking about Star Trek, Star Wars, and everything in between. What classic science fiction and fantasy shaped your imagination and will continue impacting generations to come?

Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Constance Stream

9:00pm CDT

Short Story Discussion Club
A place to mingle with other con-goers discussing the short fiction they've read and written. Discuss peices that have been nominated for recent awards, compare experimental formats, and share your recommendations!

Saturday May 16, 2020 9:00pm - Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00am CDT
Felton Stream

10:00pm CDT

Demystifying Self-Publishing: Thinking about self-pub? Here's what you're in for
Without a publisher or agent to help lead the way, the path to publication is long and winding, but hope is on the horizon! Hear the stories of authors who have been through the process talk about the things they've learned and wished they knew at the beginning of their journeys.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Faxon

Sarah Faxon

S. Faxon Productions
S. Faxon writes fantasy and thriller novels. She is co-creator of the podcast, Semi-Sages of the Pages and has a YouTube Channel featuring writing tips, book reviews, and author interviews. And Sarah has recently been appointed President of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Lundoff

Catherine Lundoff

Publisher, Queen of Swords Press
Catherine Lundoff is a Minneapolis-based award-winning writer, editor and publisher. Her books include the novels Silver Moon and Blood Moon and the single author collections Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic... Read More →
DK

Dean Kershaw

Dean is co-founder and editor of Black Hare Press. Having found that his BSc in Bioengineering and BA in Digital Media were as useful in real life as calculus and geometric proofs, Dean now works in commercial non-fiction during the day and moonlights as a minion of the hell hare... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

10:00pm CDT

Putting The Words In The Right Order: A "Fifty Shades" Line-Editing Demonstration
Word-smithing doesn't have to be hard! Here's a guide to crafting stronger sentences and paragraphs, which Kurt will demonstrate by taking a red pen to E. L. James' breakout hit Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Pankau

Kurt Pankau

Kurt Pankau is a computer engineer in St. Louis. He has a weakness for board games, dad-jokes, and stories about time travel. His fiction has appeared in various and sundry places around the web, including Nature Magazine, Escape Pod, and Daily Science Fiction.


Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

10:00pm CDT

Fran Wilde - Reading
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, and her debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, Uncanny, and Jonathan Strahan’s 2020 Year’s Best SFF. Fran directs the Genre Fiction MFA concentration at Western Colorado University and writes nonfiction for publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Tor.com. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at franwilde.net.

Speakers
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, and her debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

10:00pm CDT

Judith Huang - Reading
Judith Huang’s first novel, Sofia and the Utopia Machine, was shortlisted for the Epigram Book Fiction Prize 2017 and the Singapore Book Awards 2019. A three-time winner of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award, she graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in English and American Literature and Language and works as a writer, editor and translator. She taught writing at Yale-NUS College and is working on her second novel, and is currently taking her International MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literary Translation. She has translated four books of Chinese poetry by Cultural Medallion winner Yeng Pway Ngon as well as other writers for the National Library Board and Asymptote. She has published in Prairie Schooner, Asia Literary Review, QLRS, Cha, Asymptote. She is currently based between Singapore and Australia and counts knitting, coding and bunny-minding as her hobbies.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Huang

Judith Huang

Author, Translator
Judith Huang (錫影) is an Australian-based Singaporean multimedia creator, poet, author, sometime-journalist, failed-academic, literary & SFF translator, composer, musician, educator, serial-arts-collective-founder, Web 1.0 entrepreneur and aspiring-VR-creator @ www.judithhuan... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 10:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

11:00pm CDT

Jeremy TeGrotenhuis - Reading
Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis' fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Deep Magic, Writers of the Future 34, and The Overcast. In addition to writing SFF, he teaches English in Eastern Washington state, where he grew up playing make-believe in the same desert that houses the most polluted nuclear waste site in America. He is represented by Joshua Bilmes of the JABberwocky Literary Agency. You can follow him on Twitter @jeremyteg

Speakers
avatar for JT Greathouse

JT Greathouse

J.T. Greathouse’s short fiction has appeared, often as Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, in BCS, Deep Magic, IGMS, and elsewhere. Upon graduating with a degree in history and philosophy from Whitworth University, he taught ESL in Taiwan before returning to Spokane, WA. After working as a... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 11:00pm - Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00am CDT
Richeliu Stream

11:00pm CDT

Laurence Raphael Brothers - Reading
Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist with 5 patents and a background in AI and Internet R&D. He has published around 30 short stories in magazines such as Nature, PodCastle, the New Haven Review, and Galaxy's Edge. His WWI-era fantasy novel "Twilight Patrol" and his romantic noir urban fantasy novella "The Demons of Wall Street" were both just recently released. Follow him on twitter: @lbrothers or visit https://laurencebrothers.com/bibliography for more stories that can be read or listened to online.

Speakers
avatar for Laurence Brothers

Laurence Brothers

Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist with 5 patents and a background in AI and Internet R&D. He has published around 30 short stories in magazines such as Nature, PodCastle, the New Haven Review, and Galaxy\'s Edge. His WWI-era fantasy novel \"Twilight Patrol\" and... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2020 11:00pm - Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00am CDT
Milady Stream
 
Sunday, May 17
 

12:00am CDT

Marie Brennan - Reading
Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She most recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. The first book of that series, A Natural History of Dragons, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and won the Prix Imaginales for Best Translated Novel. Her other novels include the Doppelganger duology of Warrior and Witch, the urban fantasies Lies and Prophecy and Chains and Memory, the Onyx Court historical fantasy series, the Varekai novellas, and nearly sixty short stories, as well as the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides. Together with Alyc Helms as M.A. Carrick, she is the author of the upcoming Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy.

Speakers
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Marie Brennan

Writer
Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. As half of... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00am - 1:00am CDT
Milady Stream

12:00am CDT

Publishing Industry Chat (Sunday)
A place to mingle with other con-goers in the business. Discuss market trends, compare ongoing projects, and expand your network of colleagues.

Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00am - 7:00am CDT
Constance Stream

12:00am CDT

Reading Room (Sunday)
A place to mingle with other con-goers who are voracious readers like you. Share recommendations, rave about new releases, and celebrate the classics.

Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00am - 7:00am CDT
Felton Stream

2:00am CDT

J. R. H. Lawless - Reading
J.R.H. Lawless is an award-winning SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on his experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, his short fiction has been published in many professional venues, including foreign sales. He is also a craft article contributor to the SFWA blog, the SFWA Bulletin, and Tor.com. His debut novel, Always Greener, is out now from Uproar Books, and the sequel, The Rude Eye of Rebellion, comes out in Fall 2020. He is represented by Marisa Corvisiero at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, and would love to hear from you on Twitter, over at @SpaceLawyerSF!

Speakers
avatar for J.R.H. Lawless

J.R.H. Lawless

SF Author and Space Lawyer, J.R.H. Lawless
J.R.H. Lawless is a bestselling SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on their experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 2:00am - 3:00am CDT
Milady Stream

3:00am CDT

Translating Blind
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


Bring a poem you have found in a language you don't understand to "translate" into your own work as a jumping off point for a short piece of writing, whether a poem or a flash fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Huang

Judith Huang

Author, Translator
Judith Huang (錫影) is an Australian-based Singaporean multimedia creator, poet, author, sometime-journalist, failed-academic, literary & SFF translator, composer, musician, educator, serial-arts-collective-founder, Web 1.0 entrepreneur and aspiring-VR-creator @ www.judithhuan... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 3:00am - 4:00am CDT
Milady Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Translation
  • Join by this Stream's Link: Participation in this session is limited. If you entered the supplemental event registration lottery and won a seat in this session, check your email for the link to join. Note: It may be in your spam.

5:00am CDT

SFF Worldbuilding & Law
You can't buy a loaf of bread without there being a legal system in place in your world. Whether it's directly involved in the plot of not, any believable Fantasy or Science Fiction world needs a framework of laws and legal institutions adapted to its physical and technological constraints. In this presentation, Canadian lawyer and SF writer J.R.H. Lawless explores some of the main questions and most interesting possibilities legal systems offer for our speculative worldbuilding and our storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for J.R.H. Lawless

J.R.H. Lawless

SF Author and Space Lawyer, J.R.H. Lawless
J.R.H. Lawless is a bestselling SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on their experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 5:00am - 6:00am CDT
Aramis Stream

6:00am CDT

The Short Story Submission Landscape
You've spent time and energy writing and revising a short story and it's finally ready for submission—so what happens next? With so many fantastic venues for short-form science fiction available today it can be hard to know where, and how, to submit your work. Our panel of successful authors will share their insights on the process—from complying with submission guidelines to understanding the varying responses you might receive, and everything in between—and will be happy to answer your questions.

Moderators
avatar for Phoenix Alexander

Phoenix Alexander

Science Fiction Collections Librarian, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool
I'm a queer, Greek-Cypriot writer and scholar of science fiction, fantasy and horror. I hold a Ph.D. in English and African American Studies from Yale University and am currently the Science Fiction Collections Librarian at the University of Liverpool, where I steward the largest... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Sandbrook

Victoria Sandbrook

Victoria Sandbrook is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor and reviewer, and Viable Paradise graduate. Her short fiction has appeared in Giganotosaurus, Sword & Sonnet, Podcastle, Shimmer, and elsewhere. Victoria and her family live in Brockton, Massachusetts. She reviews... Read More →
avatar for José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures... Read More →
avatar for Andy Dudak

Andy Dudak

My fiction is featured in Jonathan Strahan’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and two volumes of Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. My stories have appeared in Analog, Apex, Clarkesworld, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and in Science... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 6:00am - 7:00am CDT
Athos Stream

7:00am CDT

Short Fiction Publishing Q + A by Editors at Luna Station Quarterly
Luna Station Quarterly editors Linda Codega, Izzy Varju, and Angelica Fyfe provide insights on short fiction publishing from the perspective of the editor, describe how they make decisions on which stories to publish, and answer questions about short fiction publishing and getting your story accepted in the speculative literature genre.

Moderators
avatar for Angelica Fyfe

Angelica Fyfe

Editor, Luna Station Quarterly
Angelica Fyfe is an editor for Luna Station Quarterly, a speculative fiction zine. In addition to this, she is a freelance proofreader, editor and has several of her own short stories and poems published in some small-time anthologies, with several longer novels in the works. With... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Linda H. Codega

Linda H. Codega

Editor, Luna Station Quarterly
Linda H. Codega (@_linfinn) is a queer, nonbinary writer living by a mountain in the Hudson Valley. By moonlight, they are a speculative fiction author and narrative game designer. They are a current editor for the speculative fiction zine Luna Station Quarterly and their short stories... Read More →
avatar for Izzy Varju

Izzy Varju

Editor, Luna Station Quarterly
Izzy Varju is a neuroscientist by training who writes queer novels and short stories. Her work has been shortlisted for the Ruritania Prize and appeared in Luna Station Quarterly, From the Farther Trees, and Havok. When not contemplating the mysterious life of the giant squid she... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Aramis Stream

7:00am CDT

Brandon Ketchum - Reading
Brandon Ketchum is a speculative fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA who enjoys putting a weird spin or strange vibe into every story, dark or light.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Ketchum

Brandon Ketchum

Brandon Ketchum is a speculative fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA who enjoys putting a weird spin or strange vibe into every story, dark or light.


Sunday May 17, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Milady Stream

7:00am CDT

Imagined Societies: Co-Designing Speculative Futures
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


A highly interactive and collaborative session in which we'll use shared online tools and our own diverse experiences and views to co-create scenarios for the future of life on Earth. Participants will identify elements of those futures partly based on speculative fiction books we've read and partly based on our own imaginations. This will include variations on how economies can work, our relationships with technology, how societies are organized, the built environment, and more. In small teams, we'll then create and share different scenarios about what our life on Earth might look like in the future, and in the process become co-designers, not just consumers, of our imagined futures

Speakers
RG

Russ Gaskin

Russ is a collaboration consultant who uses co-design, futuring, narrative, and other methods to help people who don’t know each other--and often don’t even like each other--create their preferred futures together. He builds collaborative networks across deep sectoral and cultural... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Constance Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Seminar
  • Join by this Stream's Link: Participation in this session is limited. If you entered the supplemental event registration lottery and won a seat in this session, check your email for the link to join. Note: It may be in your spam.

7:00am CDT

Nick Hembery - Critique Workshop
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


A writing critique session with Nick Hembery.

Nick Hembery is a professional proofreader and editor. If he crashed on a desert island, he would take a phone with him to call for rescue, because he'd really rather be at home reading.

Speakers
NH

Nick Hembery

UK-based freelance editor and proofreader.


Sunday May 17, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Felton Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Critique Session
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8:00am CDT

Killer Interview Strategies: Finding Facts for Your Fiction
Learn how to engage experts of all types without wasting your time or theirs. TJ Berry will walk you through planning your research all the way to publication and beyond. You'll come away from this talk with solid strategies for research preparation and getting the answers you need while keeping an interview flowing.

Speakers
avatar for TJ Berry

TJ Berry

Novelist & Screenwriter
TJ Berry has been a political blogger, bakery owner, and spent a disastrous two weeks working in a razor blade factory. She now writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Los Angeles with considerably fewer on-the-job injuries. Author of Space Unicorn Blues and Five Unicorn... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Aramis Stream

8:00am CDT

Using Mythology in SFF: How to draw on mythology to build stronger worlds and story arcs
This presentation will be discussing several elements in myths and legends that writers of SFF can use in their own fiction, such as the structure of an epic, larger-than-life characters, and mythic symbolism. It will use the whys behind the creation and construction of these stories as a jumping point for worldbuilding, as well as how to contextualize these whys for more depth. Finally, the presentation will offer several techniques for seamlessly integrating mythology into worldbuilding, characterization, and the story as a whole.

Speakers
avatar for Vida Cruz

Vida Cruz

Vida Cruz is a Filipina fantasy and science fiction writer, editor, artist, and tarot reader. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming from Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Expanded Horizons, and various anthologies. She is a 2018 Tiptree Fellow and in 2019, she published... Read More →



Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Porthos Stream

8:00am CDT

Elle Ire - Reading
Elle Ire writes science fiction novels featuring kick-ass women who fall in love with each other. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in November, 2015, and was rereleased in January, 2020, by Dreamspinner Publications. Her second novel, THREADBARE, the first in the STORM FRONTS series, was released in August, 2019, by Dreamspinner Publications followed by PATCHWORK in April, 2020. Her work is represented by Naomi Davis at the Bookends Literary Agency. Learn more at her website: http://www.elleire.com.

Speakers
avatar for Elle Ire

Elle Ire

Elle Ire writes science fiction novels featuring kick-ass women who fall in love with each other. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in November, 2015, and was rereleased in January, 2020, by DSP Publications. Her STORM FRONTS series (THREADBARE, PATCHWORK... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Milady Stream

8:00am CDT

SL Huang - Reading
SL Huang is a Hugo-nominated and Amazon-bestselling author who justifies her MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero fiction. She is the author of the Cas Russell series from Tor Books, starting with Zero Sum Game, and the upcoming fantasy Burning Roses. Her short fiction has sold to Analog, Nature, and more, including numerous best-of anthologies. She is also a Hollywood stuntwoman and firearms expert, where she’s appeared on shows such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Raising Hope” and worked with actors such as Sean Patrick Flanery, Jason Momoa, and Danny Glover. Follow her online at www.slhuang.com or @sl_huang.

Speakers

Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Richeliu Stream

9:00am CDT

An Interview with Ken Liu
A conversation with Guest of Honor Ken Liu, about a range of topics including books, business, breaking the law, Animal Crossing, and a glimpse into his secret life as a masked bagpiper. Plus of course his recent short story collection The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, and the conclusion to his Dandelion Dynasty novels.

Moderators
JM

John Murphy

John P. Murphy is an engineer and author, with a background in robotics, machine learning, and network security. His novella The Liar was a finalist for the Nebula Award, and his debut novel Red Noise will be out June 2020.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
https://kenliu.name) is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other countries.Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Aramis Stream

9:00am CDT

Embracing Failure
Every successful professional career is built on a foundation of failure. It is painful and disheartening, yet can be overcome and even help one grow. Take part in this discussion and find out how to move past these temporary defeats and even learn from them.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for L.S. Johnson

L.S. Johnson

Attendee
L.S. Johnson lives in Northern California, where she feeds her cats by working in a library. She is the author of the Chase & Daniels series of gothic novellas and over 40 short stories. Her first collection, Vacui Magia, won the North Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the... Read More →
avatar for Nick Martell

Nick Martell

Nick Martell is the author of THE KINGDOM OF LIARS out May 7th and June 23rd from Gollancz and Saga Press.
avatar for Dan Stout

Dan Stout

Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes noir with a twist of magic and a disco chaser. Dan's stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post and Nature. He is the author of The Carter Archives, a series of noir fantasy novels from DAW Books. To say... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Porthos Stream

9:00am CDT

Small Press 'Palooza
Everything you ever wanted to know about small presses and didn't know to ask. Peril and positives, daring and drawbacks. Take this panel: It's dangerous to go alone.

Moderators
avatar for dave ring

dave ring

Managing Editor/Publisher, Neon Hemlock Press
dave ring is a queer editor and writer of speculative fiction living in Washington, DC. He is the publisher and managing editor of Neon Hemlock Press, as well as editor of the anthology Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die. His short fiction has been featured... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for L. D. Lewis

L. D. Lewis

Art Director + Projects Manager, FIYAH Literary Magazine
L.D. Lewis is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and serves as a founding creator, Art Director, and Project Manager for the World Fantasy Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated FIYAH Literary Magazine. She is the author of A Ruin of Shadows (Dancing Star Press, 2018) and... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Lundoff

Catherine Lundoff

Publisher, Queen of Swords Press
Catherine Lundoff is a Minneapolis-based award-winning writer, editor and publisher. Her books include the novels Silver Moon and Blood Moon and the single author collections Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic... Read More →
avatar for J.R.H. Lawless

J.R.H. Lawless

SF Author and Space Lawyer, J.R.H. Lawless
J.R.H. Lawless is a bestselling SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on their experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Athos Stream

9:00am CDT

Lina Rather - Reading
Lina Rather's short fiction has appeared in venues including Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, and Shimmer. Her debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black, is about nuns living in a giant slug in outer space and was published by Tor.Com Publishing in October 2019. Find out more about her and her writing at linarather.com or on Twitter @LinaRather.

Speakers
LR

Lina Rather

Attendee
Lina Rather's short fiction has appeared in venues including Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, and Shimmer. Her debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black, is about nuns living in a giant slug in outer space and was published by Tor.Com Publishing in October 2019. Find out more about... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Milady Stream

9:00am CDT

Writing for Audio
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


Tips for strengthening prose intended for publication in audio venues.

Speakers
avatar for Marguerite Kenner

Marguerite Kenner

Sponsor / Volunteer / Attendee, Escape Artists Inc.
Marguerite Kenner (she/her) is a California transplant living in the UK city named after her favorite pastime.She runs the Escape Artists Podcast Network with her partner Alasdair Stuart, and practices as a technology lawyer in London. She loves to narrate for podcasts and play v... Read More →



Sunday May 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Felton Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Podcasting, Seminar
  • Join by this Stream's Link: Participation in this session is limited. If you entered the supplemental event registration lottery and won a seat in this session, check your email for the link to join. Note: It may be in your spam.

10:00am CDT

Fran Wilde - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with Fran Wilde.

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, and her debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, Uncanny, and Jonathan Strahan’s 2020 Year’s Best SFF.

Fran directs the Genre Fiction MFA concentration at Western Colorado University and writes nonfiction for publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Tor.com. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at franwilde.net.A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with

Speakers
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, and her debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Constance Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
  • Join by this Stream's Link: Participation in this session is limited. If you entered the supplemental event registration lottery and won a seat in this session, check your email for the link to join. Note: It may be in your spam.

10:00am CDT

Premee Mohamed - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with Premee Mohamed.

Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction writer based in Canada. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog, PodCastle, and Nightmare Magazine, and her debut novel, 'Beneath the Rising,' was released by Solaris Books in March 2020. She can be found on Twitter at @premeesaurus.

Speakers
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Premee Mohamed

Attendee
Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of speculative fiction novels 'Beneath the Rising' (2020), 'A Broken Darkness' (2021), and novellas 'These Lifeless Things' (2021), 'And What Can We Offer You... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Felton Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
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10:00am CDT

Disability Representation in Media
What stories portray the spectrum of ability? Authors and creatives discuss the best examples of disability representation in both recent and classic science fiction and fantasy books, films, and television series.

Moderators
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K. R. Monin

K. R. Monin is a speculative fiction author whose muses include human potential, everyday surrealism, and evolving technology. Her work has been published by Write Ahead/The Future Looms and Black Hare Press. In the spare time that exists between worlds, she co-hosts the analytics-based... Read More →

Speakers
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her written work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Uncanny Magazine, Women of Marvel #1, and many other projects and venues. Being Seen, her debut memoir on media and disability releases... Read More →
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Marieke Nijkamp

Marieke Nijkamp is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of YA novels, graphic novels, and comics, including This Is Where It Ends, Even If We Break, and The Oracle Code.
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Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the Hugo-nominated graphic novel Mooncakes (Oni Press/Lion Forge) with artist Wendy Xu. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Porthos Stream

10:00am CDT

Plot & Revision
You've gotten your work through a beginning, a middle, and an end (maybe), but you're ready to tackle a revision. How can you wrap your head around the mammoth task of fixing plot holes and worse? How can structure inform and reinforce your plot choices? What other tools can you use to rethink and reinvision your biggest moments?

Moderators
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Victoria Sandbrook

Victoria Sandbrook is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor and reviewer, and Viable Paradise graduate. Her short fiction has appeared in Giganotosaurus, Sword & Sonnet, Podcastle, Shimmer, and elsewhere. Victoria and her family live in Brockton, Massachusetts. She reviews... Read More →

Speakers
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Martha Wells

Martha Wells writes SF/F, including The Murderbot Diaries and The Books of the Raksura series. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller Lists.
avatar for Melissa Caruso

Melissa Caruso

Melissa Caruso is the author of the Swords & Fire trilogy: THE TETHERED MAGE (Orbit, 2017), THE DEFIANT HEIR (Orbit, 2018), and THE UNBOUND EMPIRE (Orbit, 2019), as well as the forthcoming Rooks and Ruin trilogy, beginning with THE OBSIDIAN TOWER (coming June 2020 from Orbit). Melissa's... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Athos Stream

10:00am CDT

Writing for Games
How do you shape worlds, define character traits and objectives, and tell stories when your audiences decides how to navigate your work? Attend this panel to explore the world of game writing.

Moderators
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Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield's space-opera computer game I, Cyborg was published by Choice of Games, and her fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her PhD is in computational linguistics. CNN once called her a "Klingon scholar".

Speakers
avatar for Paul Dean

Paul Dean

Hi! I\\'m a freelance writer, RPG writer/designer, speaker and games critic. I started writing games journalism for magazines back in 2001 and my work has appeared in all kinds of publications. I\\'ve written for nearly twenty years about games, tech, the internet and even social... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips is a writer specializing in immersive games and experiences and near-future SF. She also makes great fudge, so catch her at your next physical-space convention!
avatar for Lauren Roy

Lauren Roy

Lauren M. Roy is a writer and tabletop RPG developer. Her urban fantasy series NIGHT OWLS is published by Ace Books, and her short fiction has appeared in Fireside Magazine and on Podcastle. She's written for RPGs such as Changeling: The Lost, The Trinity Continuum, Trail of Cthulhu... Read More →
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Lulu Kadhim

Lulu Kadhim is a games writer from London. She's also a short fiction writer, and her stories can be found in Pantheon Magazine and Translunar Travellers Lounge.


Sunday May 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Aramis Stream

10:00am CDT

Diversity Plus
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


Diversity discussions in the arts usually focus exclusively on the identities of the characters and their creators. This program explores how diversity also encompasses diverse forms, aesthetics, themes, and values from non-Western/European storytelling traditions.

Speakers
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peasprout Chen middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Richeliu Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Seminar
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11:00am CDT

Karen Osborne - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with Karen Osborne.

KAREN OSBORNE is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise and the Clarion Writers' Workshop, and once won a major event filmmaking award for taping a Klingon wedding. Her first novel, Architects of Memory, is due out from Tor Books on August 25th.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Osborne

Karen Osborne

KAREN OSBORNE is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. She is the author of Architects of Memory and Engines of Oblivion from Tor Books. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a member of the DC/MD-based... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Constance Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
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11:00am CDT

Building Characters
You have your plot, you've built your world, but what about your characters? Authors share their tips, tricks, and process for building well-rounded characters in both short and long fiction. Panelists will discuss how they go about creating engaging protagonists, antagonists, and supporting characters whose stories readers care about.

Moderators
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A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise's fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex, and several Year's Best anthologies, among other places. Her work has won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, as well as twice being a finalist for the Sunburst Award, twice being a finalist... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
https://kenliu.name) is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honors in Japan, Spain, and France, among other countries.Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first volume in a silkpunk epic... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman

Writer
I am the author of three YA fantasy novels|: SERAPHINA, SHADOW SCALE, and most recently TESS OF THE ROAD, which was a Nebula and Lodestar nominee in 2019. I live in Vancouver, Canada, and am currently working on my fourth novel, TESS OF THE SEA.
avatar for Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the Hugo-nominated graphic novel Mooncakes (Oni Press/Lion Forge) with artist Wendy Xu. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

11:00am CDT

Creating (Or Not) In Hard Times
You suddenly have free time due to the Pandemic! You sit down, planning to write that sci-fi novel, sketch out that cloaked figure in a mask or even design the next Red Flags card game. But maybe you can't focus or your creation is flowing and you're wondering what the next steps are. Join this panel to discuss Creating (or Not) in Hard times.

Moderators
avatar for Theresa Halvorsen

Theresa Halvorsen

Writer and Podcaster, Semi-Sages of the Pages
Theresa Halvorsen has never met a profanity she hasn’t enjoyed. She’s generally overly-caffeinated and at times, wine-soaked. The author of the dystopian romance Warehouse Dreams and paranormal romance, River City Widows, Theresa wonders what sleep is. When she’s not writing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Miri Baker

Miri Baker

Writer, cosplayer, Mad on Main
Miri Baker is an award-winning cosplayer, lapsed Magic: the Gathering judge, cartoon junkie, writer of fantasy for adults and weird YA,14-time NaNoWriMo winner (and 1-time loser), and Ravenpuff all-purpose nerd.
avatar for Scott A. Johnson

Scott A. Johnson

Author, Creepy Little Bastard
Scott A. Johnson is the author of ten novels, three true ghost guides, a chapbook, and a short story collection, as well as hundreds of articles about writing and about the paranormal. To find out more about him and his work, visit his website at http://www.creepylittlebastard.co... Read More →
avatar for LaShawn Wanak

LaShawn Wanak

Writer, Book Reviewer, GigaNotoSaurus Editor
LaShawn M. Wanak lives in Wisconsin with her husband and son. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and a little bit of horror. Her works have been published in Fireside Magazine, FIYAH, Uncanny Magazine, and many others. She is the editor of the online magazine GigaNotoSaurus and... Read More →
avatar for Molly Atkins

Molly Atkins

Molly Elizabeth Atkins lives in St. Louis with her husband, two children, and a surprisingly large dog. Fueled by copious amounts of tea, she wakes every morning at five to squeeze in some writing time before chaos takes over the house. Molly’s short story, “Obsidian Spire... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

11:00am CDT

Research Tools for Worldbuilding
A panel on academic resources and how to direct research toward worldbuilding. All speculative stories have grains of truth in them, but finding the knowledge to back up your speculative world can be a journey in itself. Let our panelists show you how to utilize academic resources to add depth and verisimilitude to your speculative worldbuilding.

Moderators
avatar for Jenny Rae Rappaport

Jenny Rae Rappaport

Attendee
Jenny Rae Rappaport has been published in Lightspeed Magazine, Escape Pod, and Daily Science Fiction, among other magazines. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing workshop, and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in New Jersey with her family... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kat Otis

Kat Otis

Kat Otis writes speculative fiction – everything from historical fantasy to urban fantasy, with a bit of science fiction thrown in for good measure. She lived a peripatetic life for almost two decades and is now rather bemused to be living in one place; she’s not recycling her... Read More →
avatar for Phoenix Alexander

Phoenix Alexander

Science Fiction Collections Librarian, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool
I'm a queer, Greek-Cypriot writer and scholar of science fiction, fantasy and horror. I hold a Ph.D. in English and African American Studies from Yale University and am currently the Science Fiction Collections Librarian at the University of Liverpool, where I steward the largest... Read More →
avatar for JT Greathouse

JT Greathouse

J.T. Greathouse’s short fiction has appeared, often as Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, in BCS, Deep Magic, IGMS, and elsewhere. Upon graduating with a degree in history and philosophy from Whitworth University, he taught ESL in Taiwan before returning to Spokane, WA. After working as a... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

11:00am CDT

Dave Ring - Reading
Dave ring is the chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival in Washington, DC. He has stories featured or forthcoming in a number of publications, including Fireside Fiction, GlitterShip, and A Punk Rock Future. He is the publisher and managing editor of Neon Hemlock Press, as well as the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was from Mason Jar Press. More info at www.dave-ring.com. Follow him at @slickhop.

Speakers
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dave ring

Managing Editor/Publisher, Neon Hemlock Press
dave ring is a queer editor and writer of speculative fiction living in Washington, DC. He is the publisher and managing editor of Neon Hemlock Press, as well as editor of the anthology Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die. His short fiction has been featured... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

11:00am CDT

Building Worlds Backwards: Worldbuilding Workshop
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


In this workshop, we'll take a look at how to build fantasy worlds from the ground up—WITHOUT a map or a list of gods. We'll explore ways that you can use small details to make a fantasy world come to life! Come prepared to write—you'll leave with a couple of jumping-off points to start exploring your world.

Speakers
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Malcolm Schmitz

Malcolm Schmitz is a queer author of SF/F. He enjoys writing, worldbuilding, and streaming Sims antics.


Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Seminar
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11:00am CDT

The Four Pillars of Critique
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


The Four Pillars of Critique is a presentation on four key rules that can bring your critiquing skills to the next level. It will also show you how to learn more from every piece of feedback you get. Effective critique is a skill that can not only improve your friends' writing, but also turn a laser focus on your own.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Stockham

Tiffany Stockham

Tiffany Stockham has been writing all her life, and loves to meet new people. She spent several years as the vice president of the Wasatch Writers Fellowship, during which she helped establish and organize an annual convention, run a critique group, and host weekly meetings. Several... Read More →



Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Seminar
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12:00pm CDT

SL Huang - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with SL Huang.

SL Huang is a Hugo-nominated and Amazon-bestselling author who justifies her MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero fiction. She is the author of the Cas Russell series from Tor Books, starting with Zero Sum Game, and the upcoming fantasy Burning Roses. Her short fiction has sold to Analog, Nature, and more, including numerous best-of anthologies. She is also a Hollywood stuntwoman and firearms expert, where she’s appeared on shows such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Raising Hope” and worked with actors such as Sean Patrick Flanery, Jason Momoa, and Danny Glover. Follow her online at www.slhuang.com or @sl_huang.

Speakers

Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
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12:00pm CDT

Considerations for Translation
Panelists will address a wide range of topics related to genre translation. From translator's rights and the unique challenges of editing and publishing translated fiction to finding the most rewarding translation approach in the target language, to striking the right balance between modifying the original content with tailoring it for a new audience, there's more to the art and business of literary translation than meets the eye.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... Read More →

Speakers
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S. Qiouyi Lu

S. Qiouyi Lu writes, translates, and edits between two coasts of the Pacific. Their fiction and poetry have appeared in Asimov’s, F&SF, and Strange Horizons, and their translations have appeared in Clarkesworld. They edit the flash fiction and poetry magazine Arsenika. You can find... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Cordasco

Rachel Cordasco

Rachel Cordasco has a PhD in literary studies and currently works as a developmental editor. She also writes reviews for publications like World Literature Today and Strange Horizons and translates Italian speculative fiction. For all things related to speculative fiction in translation... Read More →
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Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield's space-opera computer game I, Cyborg was published by Choice of Games, and her fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her PhD is in computational linguistics. CNN once called her a "Klingon scholar".


Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

12:00pm CDT

Infinity and Beyond
Traversing the galaxy, exploring new planets, and imagining the future through fiction. Professional writers discuss world building and plot considerations for stories that take place in space."

Moderators
avatar for Rosiee Thor

Rosiee Thor

Rosiee Thor began her career as a storyteller by telling her mother bedtime stories instead of the other way around. She spent her childhood reading by flashlight in the closet until she came out as queer. She lives in Oregon with a dog, two cats, and an abundance of bread. Tarnished... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is a science fiction author, best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. She has two new works coming out in 2021: The Galaxy... Read More →
avatar for Emily Skrutskie

Emily Skrutskie

Emily Skrutskie is six feet tall. She is the author of THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US and its sequel, THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS, as well as the standalone HULLMETAL GIRLS. Her latest novel, BONDS OF BRASS, the first in a sweeping space opera trilogy, is now available. She lives and writes in... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

12:00pm CDT

Why Audio Fiction?
Come talk with panelists whose work has appeared in both print and audio as they discuss the differences, advantages and downsides to being published in podcasts or audio-books.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney

Attendee, Escape Pod
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and assistant editor (submissions editor) of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. His short stories have appeared in many excellent magazines including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can read more... Read More →
avatar for Karen Osborne

Karen Osborne

KAREN OSBORNE is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. She is the author of Architects of Memory and Engines of Oblivion from Tor Books. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a member of the DC/MD-based... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Pankau

Kurt Pankau

Kurt Pankau is a computer engineer in St. Louis. He has a weakness for board games, dad-jokes, and stories about time travel. His fiction has appeared in various and sundry places around the web, including Nature Magazine, Escape Pod, and Daily Science Fiction.
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Premee Mohamed

Attendee
Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of speculative fiction novels 'Beneath the Rising' (2020), 'A Broken Darkness' (2021), and novellas 'These Lifeless Things' (2021), 'And What Can We Offer You... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

12:00pm CDT

Dan Stout - Critique Workshop
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


A writing critique session with Dan Stout.

Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes noir with a twist of magic and a disco chaser. His prize-winning fiction draws on travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan's stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. He is the author of The Carter Archives, a series of noir fantasy novels from DAW Books. To say hello, visit him at www.DanStout.com.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Stout

Dan Stout

Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes noir with a twist of magic and a disco chaser. Dan's stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post and Nature. He is the author of The Carter Archives, a series of noir fantasy novels from DAW Books. To say... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Milady Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Critique Session
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12:00pm CDT

Unique Concepts
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


This workshop utilizes unusual exercises, including surrealist parlor games and method acting, to teach participants how to create story concepts that are unique, personal, and like nothing else in the market.

Speakers
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peasprout Chen middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Constance Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Seminar
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1:00pm CDT

Marie Brennan - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with Marie Brennan.

Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She most recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. The first book of that series, A Natural History of Dragons, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and won the Prix Imaginales for Best Translated Novel. Her other novels include the Doppelganger duology of Warrior and Witch, the urban fantasies Lies and Prophecy and Chains and Memory, the Onyx Court historical fantasy series, the Varekai novellas, and nearly sixty short stories, as well as the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides. Together with Alyc Helms as M.A. Carrick, she is the author of the upcoming Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy.

Speakers
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Marie Brennan

Writer
Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. As half of... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Fiction
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1:00pm CDT

Authors who Are Podcasters Panel
Writers with podcasts discuss the pros and cons of having your own or participating in them as a frequest guest. We'll talk about how podcasting intersects with (or interferes with) writing, tips and tools for starting your own, and share out favorite author-centric podcasts.

Moderators
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a science fiction and fantasy writer, writing instructor, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Sunspot Jungle, In the Shadow of the Towers, and many more. She’s the... Read More →

Speakers
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Alasdair Stuart

Alasdair Stuart is a professional enthusiast, pop culture analyst, and writer. He co-owns the Escape Artists Podcast Network, and hosts their weekly horror fiction show, PseudoPod. He is a three time Hugo finalist, writes an award-nominated weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full... Read More →
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Writer
Mur Lafferty is a Hugo-award winning podcaster, a Hugo and Nebula award nominated writer, and co-editor of the first science fiction podcast, Escape Pod. She streams gaming and live podcasts on Twitch.
avatar for Trace Kerr

Trace Kerr

Author
Trace Kerr is a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner who loves writing stories about undaunted queer teens and magic. Her debut YA novel, The Names We Take comes out May 19, 2020. When she isn't writing, Trace is the producer and co-host for Brain Junk, a lighthearted fact finding podcast... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

1:00pm CDT

The Art of Storytelling
Join this panel of artists and illustrators to learn what it takes to elevate your artwork into narrative stories.

Moderators
avatar for M. S. Ewing

M. S. Ewing

Writer & Podcaster, Semi-Sages of the Pages
Molly is a writer as well as a podcaster & audio editor on Semi-Sages of the Pages. Additionally, she has a black belt in judo (obtained 2012). Molly has competed, coached, and instructed at the national level. She also has experience teaching self-defense seminars and organizing/choreographing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and comics artist with three upcoming graphic novels from Harper Collins.She is the co-creator of "Mooncakes", a young adult fantasy graphic novel published in 2019 from Lion Forge Comics. Her work has been featured on Catapult, Barnes & Noble... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Ying

Victoria Ying

Victoria Ying is an author and artist living in Los Angeles. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, this eventually turned into a career working in animation and graphic novels. She loves Japanese Curry, putting things in her shopping cart online and... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Charlton

Hannah Charlton

Hannah Charlton grew up in Eastern Washington. She studied art at Whitworth University, where she first became interested in medieval art history. This was encouraged by an internship at the Grünewald Guild, an arts retreat center that held classes in stained glass, calligraphy... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

1:00pm CDT

Writing for Established IPs - Comics / Graphic Novel Edition
Panel consisting of people who write for IPs in the form of comics and graphic novels.

Moderators
avatar for Miri Baker

Miri Baker

Writer, cosplayer, Mad on Main
Miri Baker is an award-winning cosplayer, lapsed Magic: the Gathering judge, cartoon junkie, writer of fantasy for adults and weird YA,14-time NaNoWriMo winner (and 1-time loser), and Ravenpuff all-purpose nerd.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the popular Heroine Complex novels—a series starring Asian American superheroines. The first book is a Locus bestseller, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016. Her YA debut... Read More →
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F.C. Yee

NY Times Bestselling Author and product manager of mobile games
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Marieke Nijkamp

Marieke Nijkamp is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of YA novels, graphic novels, and comics, including This Is Where It Ends, Even If We Break, and The Oracle Code.


Sunday May 17, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

1:00pm CDT

Escape Artists Room Party
Join the creatives behind the Escape Artists podcasts—Pod Castle, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders—for a social gathering in the Flights of Foundry Discord #party-room. 

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney

Attendee, Escape Pod
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and assistant editor (submissions editor) of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. His short stories have appeared in many excellent magazines including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can read more... Read More →
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Alasdair Stuart

Alasdair Stuart is a professional enthusiast, pop culture analyst, and writer. He co-owns the Escape Artists Podcast Network, and hosts their weekly horror fiction show, PseudoPod. He is a three time Hugo finalist, writes an award-nominated weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full... Read More →
avatar for Marguerite Kenner

Marguerite Kenner

Sponsor / Volunteer / Attendee, Escape Artists Inc.
Marguerite Kenner (she/her) is a California transplant living in the UK city named after her favorite pastime.She runs the Escape Artists Podcast Network with her partner Alasdair Stuart, and practices as a technology lawyer in London. She loves to narrate for podcasts and play v... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Discord #party-room

2:00pm CDT

Behind the Scenes at a Speculative Literary Magazine
Writers may think they know how the pulp is printed, but moving to the other side of the desk is no small commitment. Let's talk about how literary magazines are run -- from creative considerations to financial realities--and about how those interested can work for one--or start their own.

Moderators
avatar for Victoria Sandbrook

Victoria Sandbrook

Victoria Sandbrook is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor and reviewer, and Viable Paradise graduate. Her short fiction has appeared in Giganotosaurus, Sword & Sonnet, Podcastle, Shimmer, and elsewhere. Victoria and her family live in Brockton, Massachusetts. She reviews... Read More →

Speakers
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her written work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Uncanny Magazine, Women of Marvel #1, and many other projects and venues. Being Seen, her debut memoir on media and disability releases... Read More →
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →
avatar for LaShawn Wanak

LaShawn Wanak

Writer, Book Reviewer, GigaNotoSaurus Editor
LaShawn M. Wanak lives in Wisconsin with her husband and son. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and a little bit of horror. Her works have been published in Fireside Magazine, FIYAH, Uncanny Magazine, and many others. She is the editor of the online magazine GigaNotoSaurus and... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

2:00pm CDT

Behind the Scenes in the Submission Pile
Sending out your work for publication can feel like tossing stones into a black hole. Join us for a discussion with agents and editors that will shine a light on the factors that influence what stories are accepted and rejected. Learn how to stand out as a new author and do's and don'ts of the submission process.

Moderators
avatar for Cislyn Smith

Cislyn Smith

secretary, Dream Foundry
Cislyn Smith (she/her) writes speculative short stories and poems, and you can find her wordy work in Strange Horizons, Diabolical Plots, Daily Science Fiction and scattered hither and yon else-internet. She is a first reader for Uncanny Magazine and Giganotosaurus, a graduate of... Read More →

Speakers
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Bridget Smith

Agent, JABberwocky Literary Agency
Bridget Smith has been an agent at JABberwocky Literary Agency since May 2019. She grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Brown University with a BA in anthropology in 2010. After graduation, she interned at Don Congdon Associates, worked at a secondhand bookstore, and read submissions... Read More →
avatar for Diana M. Pho

Diana M. Pho

Editor
Diana M. Pho is a queer Vietnamese-American independent scholar, playwright, and Hugo Award-nominated fiction editor. She has over a decade of experience in traditional, Big Five publishing, including Tor Books, Tor.com Publishing, and the Science Fiction Book Club. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky (she/they) is a speculative fiction editor. Liz began her publishing career at Tor Books, editing a list that included popular and acclaimed speculative fiction authors Felix Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Liu Cixin, George Mann, Annalee Newitz, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Cherie... Read More →
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Sam Morgan

Sam Morgan is a literary agent based out of Brooklyn, NY. He specializes in fantasy and science fiction. He represents such authors as Jenn Lyons, Megan E. O'Keefe, Jay Posey, Alexander C. Kane, and Daniel Polansky.


Sunday May 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

2:00pm CDT

Queer Representation in YA
YA is a booming genre, but is everyone getting the chance to see their own experiences reflected in the stories being told? How do we help younger readers find queer content? Join panelists for a discussion of queer representation in YA - who is doing it well, what are the best resources for finding queer YA, and what stories aren't being told yet that we want to see more of in books for young adults?

Moderators
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A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise's fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex, and several Year's Best anthologies, among other places. Her work has won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, as well as twice being a finalist for the Sunburst Award, twice being a finalist... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rosiee Thor

Rosiee Thor

Rosiee Thor began her career as a storyteller by telling her mother bedtime stories instead of the other way around. She spent her childhood reading by flashlight in the closet until she came out as queer. She lives in Oregon with a dog, two cats, and an abundance of bread. Tarnished... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the Hugo-nominated graphic novel Mooncakes (Oni Press/Lion Forge) with artist Wendy Xu. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Trace Kerr

Trace Kerr

Author
Trace Kerr is a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner who loves writing stories about undaunted queer teens and magic. Her debut YA novel, The Names We Take comes out May 19, 2020. When she isn't writing, Trace is the producer and co-host for Brain Junk, a lighthearted fact finding podcast... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

2:00pm CDT

Medicine for Writers
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


Registered nurse and pro writer Erin Cashier shares her expertise on writing your fictional injuries and illnesses. Myths, facts, tropes, and advice when it comes to integrating medicine into your stories.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Cashier aka Cassie Alexander

Erin Cashier aka Cassie Alexander

Erin Cashier is an author and a registered nurse. As Cassie Alexander she's the co-author of Dragon Called, out now on Amazon, and the Edie Spence urban fantasy series, beginning with Nightshifted, Moonshifted, Shapeshifted, Deadshifted, and Bloodshifted. She's also had short fiction... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Constance Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Seminar
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2:00pm CDT

Reframing: Learning to Think Differently
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


What does it really mean to think outside-the-box? And how can you learn how to do it? It’s all about perspective. Discover how to stretch your mind to look at things from a different point of view. Learn exercises you can take with you and start to implement right away!

Speakers
avatar for KC Peek

KC Peek

KC Peek is a career coach, writer, and artist with a Master of Professional Communication. She is passionate about creating an empowering environment where others can create and in their own way improve the world. KC is currently writing two books, one of creative prompts and the... Read More →



Sunday May 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Workshop, Fiction, Illustration, Seminar
  • Join by this Stream's Link: Participation in this session is limited. If you entered the supplemental event registration lottery and won a seat in this session, check your email for the link to join. Note: It may be in your spam.

3:00pm CDT

Decolonizing SFF
What exactly does it mean to decolonize SFF? Writers discuss the importance of this process and their personal methods of decolonizing fiction.

Moderators
avatar for LaShawn Wanak

LaShawn Wanak

Writer, Book Reviewer, GigaNotoSaurus Editor
LaShawn M. Wanak lives in Wisconsin with her husband and son. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and a little bit of horror. Her works have been published in Fireside Magazine, FIYAH, Uncanny Magazine, and many others. She is the editor of the online magazine GigaNotoSaurus and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Diana M. Pho

Diana M. Pho

Editor
Diana M. Pho is a queer Vietnamese-American independent scholar, playwright, and Hugo Award-nominated fiction editor. She has over a decade of experience in traditional, Big Five publishing, including Tor Books, Tor.com Publishing, and the Science Fiction Book Club. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peasprout Chen middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time... Read More →
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S. Qiouyi Lu

S. Qiouyi Lu writes, translates, and edits between two coasts of the Pacific. Their fiction and poetry have appeared in Asimov’s, F&SF, and Strange Horizons, and their translations have appeared in Clarkesworld. They edit the flash fiction and poetry magazine Arsenika. You can find... Read More →
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Nafiza Azad

Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in BC, Canada where she reads too many books, watches too many Kdramas and writes stories... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

3:00pm CDT

Freelancing for Illustrators
Think beyond the pen and pixel. Visual artists talk shop about finding gigs, building a portfolio, paying taxes, and other business considerations all freelance illustrators should explore while grow their careers.

Moderators
avatar for Priscilla Kim

Priscilla Kim

Priscilla Kim Art

Speakers
avatar for Ariela Housman

Ariela Housman

Artist, Founder, Geek Calligraphy
Ariela Housman (she/her) is the artist behind Geek Calligraphy. She has been a professional calligrapher since 2003 and a fan of SF from the time she learned to read. Together with her best friend, Terri Ash, she founded Geek Calligraphy in 2017. She is a two-time finalist for the... Read More →
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Bruce Brenneise

Game artist and illustration professional of six years, best known for work on games like Slay the Spire and Numenera. Awards: Illustrators of the Future vol 34, Chesley Award 2020 nominee. Annuals: Spectrum (vol 26 & vol 27), Infected by Art (vol 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).


Sunday May 17, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

3:00pm CDT

How to Stand Out in the Short Story Submission Pile - Advice For How to Get Your Stories Noticed by Professional Markets
Professional short story markets receive dozens to hundreds of stories every week. Even if your story is professional-grade, there are still a lot more submissions than open slots. What are submissions readers and editors looking for, and what kinds things will grab their attention?

Moderators
avatar for Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney

Attendee, Escape Pod
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and assistant editor (submissions editor) of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. His short stories have appeared in many excellent magazines including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can read more... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Steffen

David Steffen

editor/publisher, Diabolical Plots, LLC
I am the editor/publisher of Diabolical Plots, an online speculative fiction zine. I am the editor/publisher of The Long List Anthology: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List series.I am the co-founder and administrator of The Submission Grinder, a donation-supported tool... Read More →
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Writer
Mur Lafferty is a Hugo-award winning podcaster, a Hugo and Nebula award nominated writer, and co-editor of the first science fiction podcast, Escape Pod. She streams gaming and live podcasts on Twitch.
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

3:00pm CDT

Grace Fong - Critique Workshop
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.


An art critique session with Grace Fong.

Grace P. Fong ("Fictograph") is a thrice Hugo-nominated illustrator and concept artist living in Vancouver, BC. She makes covers for speculative fiction magazines and anthologies as well as promotional art for authors. Recent clients include Strange Horizons, Lackington's, Paul Kreuger, and Akemi Dawn Bowman. Her work has been shown at Light Grey Art Lab, Q-Pop, and The Hive. "Bone Ink," her upcoming short comic with Rhiannon Rasmussen-Smith will be published in Iron Circus's "You Died" anthology. In her minimal spare time, she also writes, travels, eats, and annoys her cat.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Fong

Grace Fong

Grace P. Fong is a Narrative Designer on Magic: The Gathering. In addition, she is a freelance illustrator who has won the inaugural Ignyte award.


Sunday May 17, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Felton Stream
  Workshop, Illustration, Critique Session, Guest of Honor
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4:00pm CDT

Freelancing for Writers
Just like fiction, there is an art to freelancing. In this panel, we'll to some people who have been successful in building a freelance business that can help support their fiction habit when things get tough. From pitches to taxes, we'll cover as much as we can in the time allotted.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Della'Zanna, MFA

Jennifer Della'Zanna, MFA

Freelance writer, editor, educator, speaker
I love to combine history, mythology, fantasy and romance in my fiction. My undergraduate degree is in History, German and Ancient Greek, and I hold an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. My husband and I had a Medieval wedding at a castle in central Pennsylvania... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author Alley
avatar for Clare Levijoki

Clare Levijoki

C. L. Kagmi is a freelance writer and author of stories which have appeared in Compelling Science Fiction, Crash Philosophy, Writers of the Future, and an upcoming anthology from Baen Books. She holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, and loves applying her training... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

4:00pm CDT

Scribere Ex Machina: Writing A.I. In Genre Fiction
Conscious machines have been in fiction since at least 1872, with Samuel Butler's Erewhon. Join us for a discussion of the benefits and challenges of writing A.I. characters. How can you use them effectively in your storytelling, and what pitfalls do you want to avoid?

Moderators
avatar for Kurt Pankau

Kurt Pankau

Kurt Pankau is a computer engineer in St. Louis. He has a weakness for board games, dad-jokes, and stories about time travel. His fiction has appeared in various and sundry places around the web, including Nature Magazine, Escape Pod, and Daily Science Fiction.

Speakers
avatar for N. R. M. Roshak

N. R. M. Roshak

N. R. M. Roshak writes all manner of things, including (but not limited to) short fiction, kidlit, and non-fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction Online, On Spec, Daily Science Fiction, Future Science Fiction Digest, and elsewhere. She studied philosophy and mathematics... Read More →
avatar for Martha Wells

Martha Wells

Martha Wells writes SF/F, including The Murderbot Diaries and The Books of the Raksura series. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller Lists.
avatar for Laurence Brothers

Laurence Brothers

Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist with 5 patents and a background in AI and Internet R&D. He has published around 30 short stories in magazines such as Nature, PodCastle, the New Haven Review, and Galaxy\'s Edge. His WWI-era fantasy novel \"Twilight Patrol\" and... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

4:00pm CDT

Traitor for a Living: The Craft of Literary Translation
Literary translation is equal parts art and technical skill. The translator must solve an array of fascinating cultural and linguistic puzzles as they work with source text, but one point of tension is constant in every translation project: the question of whom to betray.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

5:00pm CDT

Grace Fong - Kaffeeklatsch
This limited-participation session can only be joined by attendees who acquired a ticket through the supplemental event lottery.

A small session for Q&A or just hanging out with Grace Fong.

Grace P. Fong ("Fictograph") is a thrice Hugo-nominated illustrator and concept artist living in Vancouver, BC. She makes covers for speculative fiction magazines and anthologies as well as promotional art for authors. Recent clients include Strange Horizons, Lackington's, Paul Kreuger, and Akemi Dawn Bowman. Her work has been shown at Light Grey Art Lab, Q-Pop, and The Hive. "Bone Ink," her upcoming short comic with Rhiannon Rasmussen-Smith will be published in Iron Circus's "You Died" anthology. In her minimal spare time, she also writes, travels, eats, and annoys her cat.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Fong

Grace Fong

Grace P. Fong is a Narrative Designer on Magic: The Gathering. In addition, she is a freelance illustrator who has won the inaugural Ignyte award.


Sunday May 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Constance Stream
  Kaffeeklatsch, Illustration, Guest of Honor
  • Join by this Stream's Link: Participation in this session is limited. If you entered the supplemental event registration lottery and won a seat in this session, check your email for the link to join. Note: It may be in your spam.

5:00pm CDT

How Much Can I Charge for My Labor of Love?
We will discuss the process of publishing translated work in the oversaturated book market – all the nuts and bolts of getting rights, querying an agent, and pitching books to publishers.

Moderators
avatar for Julia Meitov Hersey

Julia Meitov Hersey

Born in Moscow, Julia Meitov Hersey moved to Boston at the age of nineteen and has been straddling the two cultures ever since. She lives north of Boston with her family and a hyperactive dog, juggling a full-time job and her beloved translation projects, which include Vita Nostra... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to... Read More →
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →
avatar for Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky (she/they) is a speculative fiction editor. Liz began her publishing career at Tor Books, editing a list that included popular and acclaimed speculative fiction authors Felix Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Liu Cixin, George Mann, Annalee Newitz, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Cherie... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

5:00pm CDT

Maintaining a Creative Practice While Parenting
Many new writers view having children as the death of their careers, but it doesn't have to be this way. In this panel we discuss creative workflow, cultivating good habits, and self-reflection as a means to increase productivity when every free moment counts.

Moderators
avatar for Jacob Baugher

Jacob Baugher

Prof. of Creative Writing, Franciscan University of Steubenville
I have several short stories published on a small Australian press. I created & co-host a writing podcast titled "The Archetypist," wherein we dissect bestselling novels and distill them down to their basic elements in order to create tools for writers. I also taught 400 level creative... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karen Osborne

Karen Osborne

KAREN OSBORNE is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. She is the author of Architects of Memory and Engines of Oblivion from Tor Books. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a member of the DC/MD-based... Read More →
avatar for Molly Atkins

Molly Atkins

Molly Elizabeth Atkins lives in St. Louis with her husband, two children, and a surprisingly large dog. Fueled by copious amounts of tea, she wakes every morning at five to squeeze in some writing time before chaos takes over the house. Molly’s short story, “Obsidian Spire... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

5:00pm CDT

Creating Your Own (Fictional) Religion
Fictional religions can add important layers of worldbuilding to a setting, especially in a fantasy world or alien culture. But the task of coming up with the relevant details, and which details to focus on, can be daunting. This presentation describes some of the key elements of a religion and explores a few ways a writer can approach each of these elements in a conscious and conscientious way to create believable beliefs and rituals for a fictional religious tradition.

Speakers
avatar for Alexei Collier

Alexei Collier

Alexei Collier is a disabled and neurodivergent human who writes fantasy inspired by science and science-fiction inspired by folklore. He was born in sunny Southern California, grew up in a house his family moved into on his very first Halloween, and went to school in a creepy old... Read More →



Sunday May 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

5:00pm CDT

N. R. M. Roshak - Reading
I'm a former database nerd who grew up reading SFF and never got over it. After many years of wrangling data and databases, I'm now wrangling characters and plots. I live and write in Ottawa, Canada, with a spouse, a young child, and a revolving menagerie of Things In Jars.

Speakers
avatar for N. R. M. Roshak

N. R. M. Roshak

N. R. M. Roshak writes all manner of things, including (but not limited to) short fiction, kidlit, and non-fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction Online, On Spec, Daily Science Fiction, Future Science Fiction Digest, and elsewhere. She studied philosophy and mathematics... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

6:00pm CDT

What Book Reviewers Really Want
Paul Goat Allen has 25+ years of experience reviewing for Publisher's Weekly, BlueInk Review, Barnes & Noble, and Kirkus. In this conversation he looks back at the 10,000+ reviews he's written during the course of his career and reflects on what it takes for a novel to receive a "starred review" and his "Reviewer's Hierarchy of Needs."

Moderators
avatar for Jacob Baugher

Jacob Baugher

Prof. of Creative Writing, Franciscan University of Steubenville
I have several short stories published on a small Australian press. I created & co-host a writing podcast titled "The Archetypist," wherein we dissect bestselling novels and distill them down to their basic elements in order to create tools for writers. I also taught 400 level creative... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Paul Goat Allen has been reviewing books for more than 25 years. In addition to BlueInk Review, his work has appeared with BarnesandNoble.com, The Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and more. He also teaches in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate writing... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

6:00pm CDT

Digital Art Demo
Painting a character portrait in Photoshop. Come in, watch, and feel free to ask questions.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Fong

Grace Fong

Grace P. Fong is a Narrative Designer on Magic: The Gathering. In addition, she is a freelance illustrator who has won the inaugural Ignyte award.


Sunday May 17, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

6:00pm CDT

Alex Shvartsman - Reading
Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, game designer, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.

Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, Fireside, Weird Tales, Galaxy’s Edge, and many other venues. He won the WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction in 2014 and was a two-time finalist (2015 & 2017) for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019.

Alex’s translations from Russian have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Apex, Samovar, Amazing Stories, and other venues.

He’s the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects series of humorous SF/F, as well as a variety of other anthologies, including The Cackle of Cthulhu (Baen), Humanity 2.0 (Arc Manor), and Funny Science Fiction (UFO). He’s the editor and publisher of Future Science Fiction Digest, a magazine that focuses on international fiction.

His website is www.alexshvartsman.com and his Twitter handle is @AShvartsman.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. His political fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown was published in 2019. Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Strange Horizons, and many other venues. His website is www.alexshvartsm... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

6:00pm CDT

Lauren Roy - Reading
Lauren Roy is the author of the NIGHT OWLS urban fantasy series and the YA fantasy THE FIRE CHILDREN. She's a freelance writer and developer for tabletop roleplaying games, including titles for Exalted, Chronicles of Darkness, Scion, and World of Darkness. Lauren is a graduate of, and staff at Viable Paradise. She lives south of Boston with her husband, her cat, and the ghosts of the houseplants she forgot to water.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Roy

Lauren Roy

Lauren M. Roy is a writer and tabletop RPG developer. Her urban fantasy series NIGHT OWLS is published by Ace Books, and her short fiction has appeared in Fireside Magazine and on Podcastle. She's written for RPGs such as Changeling: The Lost, The Trinity Continuum, Trail of Cthulhu... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

6:00pm CDT

Art Craft Chat (Sunday)
A place to mingle with other con-goers who are visual artists. Compare styles and processes, discuss creative influences, and share your own experiences.

Sunday May 17, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Felton Stream

6:00pm CDT

Writing Craft Chat (Sunday)
A place to mingle with other con-goers who are busy writing. Share process tips, compare works in progress, and maybe even get a few words in on a writing sprint.

Sunday May 17, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Constance Stream

7:00pm CDT

An Inside Look at Traditional Publishing
Advice on navigating the publishing industry may hold true—or it may lose its relevance over time. Traditionally published authors discuss current trends in traditional publishing, changes they've witnessed over the course of their careers, and how they've adapted.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky (she/they) is a speculative fiction editor. Liz began her publishing career at Tor Books, editing a list that included popular and acclaimed speculative fiction authors Felix Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Liu Cixin, George Mann, Annalee Newitz, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Cherie... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peasprout Chen middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time... Read More →
avatar for Steve Toutonghi

Steve Toutonghi

Steve is the author of the critically praised novels Join and Side Life. Katherine Dunn called Join, "A searing ballistic plunge into the mysteries of identity and mortality," and Scientific American recommended it as a "satisfying story of what is to come." In a starred review, Library... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

7:00pm CDT

Career Visioning for Creatives
Career visioning for anyone who creates and is unsure of what options they should pursue. A process to help folks at any stage in their career figure out the most likely path(s) for achieving what they want out of their creative work.

Moderators
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Tiffany Stockham

Tiffany Stockham has been writing all her life, and loves to meet new people. She spent several years as the vice president of the Wasatch Writers Fellowship, during which she helped establish and organize an annual convention, run a critique group, and host weekly meetings. Several... Read More →

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José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte is a non-binary, Cuban-American author, with stories published in top spec-fic magazines including Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Fireside Fiction, and in various Year's Best anthologies. José's work has been nominated for the Nebula Award and longlisted for... Read More →
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Elle Ire

Elle Ire writes science fiction novels featuring kick-ass women who fall in love with each other. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in November, 2015, and was rereleased in January, 2020, by DSP Publications. Her STORM FRONTS series (THREADBARE, PATCHWORK... Read More →
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Oscar Joyo

Oscar Joyo (b.1992) Malawian born artist Oscar Joyo is an artist who specializes in Afrofuturism/afrosurrealism which he expresses through both traditional & digital media. As a child and even further in his career, Oscar was heavily influenced by animation, graphic novels, film... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Porthos Stream

7:00pm CDT

Speculative Horror: A Modern Survival Guide
How do you write nightmares in a time period that so often seems nightmarish? The panel will talk to you about coping mechanisms, strategies and markets to send work to as well as talk about some of their own favourite pieces of speculative horror and what we can learn from them.

Moderators
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JT Greathouse

J.T. Greathouse’s short fiction has appeared, often as Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, in BCS, Deep Magic, IGMS, and elsewhere. Upon graduating with a degree in history and philosophy from Whitworth University, he taught ESL in Taiwan before returning to Spokane, WA. After working as a... Read More →

Speakers
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Scott A. Johnson

Author, Creepy Little Bastard
Scott A. Johnson is the author of ten novels, three true ghost guides, a chapbook, and a short story collection, as well as hundreds of articles about writing and about the paranormal. To find out more about him and his work, visit his website at http://www.creepylittlebastard.co... Read More →
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Catherine Lundoff

Publisher, Queen of Swords Press
Catherine Lundoff is a Minneapolis-based award-winning writer, editor and publisher. Her books include the novels Silver Moon and Blood Moon and the single author collections Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic... Read More →
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Kat Clay

Kat Clay is a crime and horror author from Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of novella Double Exposure, and her short story ‘Lady Loveday Investigates’ won three prizes at the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, including the Kerry Greenwood Prize for Best Malice Domestic.Kat’s... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

8:00pm CDT

#Squadgoals: Group Dynamics In Fiction
In this panel we'll explore how writers can create teams of characters with interesting group dynamics without sacrificing each individual character's personality and arc whether you're writing a Leverage-like heist, working out how to make your starship crew more like the Enterprise and less like the Borg, or keeping whodunit a secret until the end of the mystery.

Moderators
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K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a science fiction and fantasy writer, writing instructor, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Sunspot Jungle, In the Shadow of the Towers, and many more. She’s the... Read More →

Speakers
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Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is a science fiction author, best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. She has two new works coming out in 2021: The Galaxy... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Athos Stream

8:00pm CDT

Taking Your Presence Online
Professional photographer and videographer Karen Osborne talks about ways to present yourself and your work visually online, including how to take author photos, make videos, and produce book trailers. Lighting, equipment, software -- and techniques to do all of it on a budget -- will be discussed.

Speakers
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Karen Osborne

KAREN OSBORNE is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. She is the author of Architects of Memory and Engines of Oblivion from Tor Books. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a member of the DC/MD-based... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Aramis Stream

8:00pm CDT

Catherine Lundoff - Reading
Catherine Lundoff is a Minneapolis-based award-winning writer, editor and publisher. Her recent stories and articles are available or forthcoming at the LMHP Podcast, Fireside Fiction, American Monsters Part 2, Queer Voices, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade V20 Anthology and the SFWA Blog. Her books include Silver Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, Unfinished Business:Tales of the Dark Fantastic and as editor, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). She is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press.

Speakers
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Catherine Lundoff

Publisher, Queen of Swords Press
Catherine Lundoff is a Minneapolis-based award-winning writer, editor and publisher. Her books include the novels Silver Moon and Blood Moon and the single author collections Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

8:00pm CDT

Emily Skrutskie - Reading
Emily Skrutskie is six feet tall. She was born in Massachusetts, raised in Virginia, and forged in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. She holds a B.A. in Performing and Media Arts from Cornell University, where she studied an outrageous and demanding combination of film, computer science, and game design.

She is the author of THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US and its sequel, THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS, as well as the standalone HULLMETAL GIRLS. Her latest novel, BONDS OF BRASS, the first in a sweeping space opera trilogy, is now available. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Speakers
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Emily Skrutskie

Emily Skrutskie is six feet tall. She is the author of THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US and its sequel, THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS, as well as the standalone HULLMETAL GIRLS. Her latest novel, BONDS OF BRASS, the first in a sweeping space opera trilogy, is now available. She lives and writes in... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Richeliu Stream

8:00pm CDT

Menagerie
A place to mingle with other con-goers introducing their pets to one another. Join us and found a fan club for your furry friends!

Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00pm - Monday May 18, 2020 12:00am CDT
Felton Stream

8:00pm CDT

New TV Fandom
A place to mingle with other con-goers sharing their favorite binge-watches. Compare Good Omens to the Good Place, the Witcher to Game of Thrones, and argue about how it should have ended.

Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00pm - Monday May 18, 2020 12:00am CDT
Constance Stream

9:00pm CDT

Henry Lien - Reading
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peasprout Chen middle grade fantasy series, which he began writing under the guidance of George R.R. Martin, Kelly Link, and Chuck Palahniuk at Clarion West. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time Nebula Award finalist. Born in Taiwan, Henry currently lives in Hollywood. Henry has worked as an attorney, fine art dealer, and college instructor. Hobbies include writing and performing campy science fiction/fantasy anthems, and losing Nebula Awards.

Speakers
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Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Peasprout Chen middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
Milady Stream

11:00pm CDT

Andy Dudak - Reading
Andy Dudak's original stories have been in Analog, Apex, Clarkesworld, DSF, Diabolical Plots, F&SF, Interzone, and SF World (科幻世界). His translations of Chinese SF have been in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Analog, Apex, and Pathlight. He's a digital nomad and longtime D&D player.

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Andy Dudak

My fiction is featured in Jonathan Strahan’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and two volumes of Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. My stories have appeared in Analog, Apex, Clarkesworld, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and in Science... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00pm - Monday May 18, 2020 12:00am CDT
Richeliu Stream