Twenty years ago, I attended my first SF literary convention as a newbie writer. Me and my writing buddies (The Wired Sisters-we met in coffee shops, of course.) attended together. We got matching bright yellow Blue Sun biker bags (go, Firefly!) and I started on the long journey of becoming an overnight success. ;) (So many great memories.) I attended the Writer's Workshop and got a great deal of wonderful advice from the likes of Sharon Shinn, Baen editor Jim Minz, Charles de Lint, and so many others who were so generous with their time. I really wouldn't be where I am now if it weren't for them. To pay it forward, as it were, I've been working with that little workshop ever since. So, today is the all day Writer's Workshop. I'm very much looking forward to it. I'll be partnering with Joe Monti, my editor at Saga Press. Funny how the world goes around, isn't it? It's been a long, hard road, but I don't regret it one bit. If you're in Austin, come visit this weekend. You won't regret it. And don't be too shy to say hello.
That said, here's my final schedule:
Friday: Armadillocon Writer's Workshop
Fairy Tales in Current SFF
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Ballroom E
Catmull, Ewing, Leicht*, Lynn, Moyer, White
How are fairy tales being used in SFF these days? How has this evolved, and what trends do the panelists see?
Sat Noon-12:30 PM Conference Center
How to Sell a Book to Saga Press
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Ballroom D
Clarke, Leicht, Martinez*, Monti, Weisman
Writing What You Don’t Know
Sat 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Ballroom D
Chu, Drayden, Leicht, Lynn, Maresca, Thompson*
Panelists will explore the challenges of writing fiction from viewpoints other than your own, and talk about how to do it well.
Editor Guest Interview
Sat 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Ballroom D
Leicht, Monti, Landon*
This session will be an interview with our edtor Guest, Joe Monti.
SFF Movies You Should Have Seen in the Last Year
Sat 9:00 PM-10PM
Octavia Butler A Review & Appreciation
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Southpark A
Fischer, Leicht, Sisson*
There's a reason Octavia Butler was the first science fiction writer to win the coveted MacArthur "Genius Grant" in 1995: she wrote it all! Biologically based SF and dystopian social futures. Short stories, standalone novels, duologies, and trilogies. Come find out why you need to be reading this woman's timeless work.
Sun Noon-1:00 PM Dealers' Room
Cherry, M.A. Finn, Fischer, Fotinos, Leicht, Rountree
See y'all there!
is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author living in Texas.