Yayayayayayay! And I have a schedule! Here it is in all its glory. :)
Friday, August 3
Armadillocon Writer's Workshop 9am-4pm
Deadpool 2: What Worked & What Didn't?
Stina Leicht (moderator), Jessica Coyle, T. Eric Bakutis, Lauren C. Teffeau, Gloria OliverDo our panelists think Deadpool 2 was worth the wait? What did the film get right, and what got flubbed? Were they seduced into loving it, or left cold? How did it compare to the first? What do we hope for from a Deadpool 3?
Magic and Muskets
Marshall Ryan Maresca (moderator), Aaron de Orive, Thomas Wagner, Stina LeichtFlintlock fantasy is a relatively new subgenre of epic fantasy (or perhaps not; there was gunpowder, at least, in The Hobbit). What are the rules for this newish (?) area of fantasy? What are some favorite examples?
Mainstream Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Jacob Weisman (moderator), Mark Falkin, Stina LeichtThe gap between the pulp ghetto and the literary mainstream seems to be narrowing (or perhaps we are just noticing?). Which writers and stories currently marketed as mainstream fall into this category? How is the distinction made? Are there ideas that genre writers and fans should steal and bring back to the SF shelf?
Saturday, August 4
Stina Leicht (moderator), Robert J. Sawyer, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Martha WellsWhat methods and techniques can our panelists recommend? How do they handle mistakes? Can they recommend any resources to new or struggling writers?
Writing the Other
Marshall Ryan Maresca (moderator), William Ledbetter, Marguerite Reed, John Hornor Jacobs, Stina LeichtOur panelists will talk about how you can build your skill for writing about characters whose gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity differs from your own.What resources are available? What process do they use? What are the potential pitfalls?
Black Panther: The Power of Wakanda!
Trakena Prevost (moderator), C. Stuart Hardwick, A. Lee Martinez, Mark London Williams, Stina LeichtHow do our panelists feel about the Black Panther -- the film and also, separately, the Marvel Movie universe character? What works about the story of Erik Killmonger? Should we be equally focused on the women of Wakanda? What do our panelists think of the different kinds and sources of power in the story? What about the Black Panther's appearance in Infinity War? What do they hope for next?
Intro to the Business End of Writing
Tex Thompson (moderator), David Afsharirad, John Hornor Jacobs, Stina LeichtAgents, books deals, rights, contracts... where does a new writer get started? Where do you need to slow down in order not to trip up?
What Makes The Expanse So Wonderful?
William Ledbetter (moderator), Matthew Bey, Bill Frank, Gloria Oliver, Stina LeichtIs this really the best TV show going (that many of us have not been watching)? And why has it not gotten wider attention? What do our panelists think, and why? Now that it's going to be an Amazon property, are they worried (or hopeful) that anything will change?
Sunday, August 5
Can't You Just Google It? Research Techniques for Writers
Stina Leicht (moderator), Marguerite Reed, Barbara Ann Wright, John Hornor Jacobs, Jaime Lee Moyer, Christie MeierzWhat kinds of research do our panelists do when building worlds and stories?
I hope to see you there!
is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author living in Texas.