Friday, May 17 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Gentle Art of Cursing

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Cursing functions as punctuation in every language and culture. While some areas seem consistent, such as the use of excrement, others vary wildly. By taking a look at cursing, we can learn a lot about what a culture considers sacred or taboo. Extrapolating from that, one can use cursing as part of worldbuilding to create a well-rounded world.

Nah-- We're just f*cking with you. This is a bunch of linguists and folklorists sitting around cursing and pretending to be academic about it.

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Juliette Wade

Writer, DAW
Juliette Wade's debut novel Mazes of Power will come out in 2020 from DAW books. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Analog and in Lightspeed's special issue, Women Destroy... Read More →


Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is an anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She is currently misapplying her professors' hard work to the Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent; the first book of that series, A Natural History of Dragons... Read More →
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Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, founded the Klingon Language Institute, runs a small press, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors' issues. He's been a finalist for Campbell Award, the Hugo Award, and the Nebula Award, and... Read More →
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Alyc Helms

Alyc Helms fled their doctoral program in anthropology and folklore when they realized they preferred fiction to academic writing. They dabble in corsetry and costuming, dance Scottish Highland and Irish Ceili at Renaissance and Dickens fairs, and game in all forms of media. They... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

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