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Friday, May 17
 

2:00pm

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Available topics this hour are:
  • Modern & Historical Ceramics
  • Glassblowing
  • Weaving
  • Pattern-making
  • Orreries
  • Building a Fan Base and Branding in Self-Publishing
  • Writing Workshops
  • Queries
  • Scrivener, Autocrit, and Other Writing Software
  • Writing SF for TV
  • Graphic Design
  • Book Covers
  • Project Management
  • Bullet Journaling
  • Teaching Creative Writing as Supplemental Income
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Hypnosis


Speakers
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and six Nebula awards. He's won the Cóyotl Award for Best Novel. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, is a certified hypnotherapist... Read More →
avatar for Susan Forest

Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups
Susan Forest has published over 25 short stories (Analog, Asimov's), and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, will be out in 2019, followed by Flights of Marigolds. Susan loves travel and has been known to dictate novels from the back of her... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Lyons

Jenn Lyons

I'm a fantasy author and artist. My first book, The Ruin of Kings, is expected in Winter 2019, by Tor Books. I have 20+ years of experience as an illustrator and graphic artist, and am also a veteran of the video game industry. I have an embarrassing number of hobbies.
avatar for Michael Cassutt

Michael Cassutt

writer-producer, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix, Syfy
In addition to novels, short stories and non-fiction, I've written, produced or developed a great deal of SF/fantasy for television: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE DEAD ZONE, Z NATION, BLACK SUMMER and now WILD CARDS and FOUNDATION.
avatar for barbara barnett

barbara barnett

author
Barbara Barnett is author of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel The Apothecary’s Curse (Pyr Books). She is Executive Editor of Blogcritics Magazine (blogcritics.org), a general-interest online magazine, for which she has also contributed nearly 1,000 essays, reviews, and interviews... Read More →
avatar for Curtis C. Chen

Curtis C. Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered... Read More →
avatar for Meghan Ciana Doidge

Meghan Ciana Doidge

Writer, Old Man in the CrossWalk
Indie publishing, branding, urban fantasy
avatar for Heather McDougal

Heather McDougal

Head Designer, The Magic Pavilion Tent Company
I have a lot of in-depth knowledge about crafts: glassblowing, ceramics, moldmaking, casting (glass and metal), architectural design, weaving, felting, dying, costuming, sewing, patternmaking, and lots of other things, as well as the history of these arts. I own a tent company (still... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom

3:00pm

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Available topics this hour are:
  • Writing and Submitting Short Fiction x2
  • How to Get and/or Switch Agents
  • Writing Cross-Genre
  • Sailing, Ocean Voyages, and Marine Weather
  • Tech, Business, and Ghost Writing
  • The Business of Writing Novels
  • Working at Google
  • Tech Start Ups
  • Health Insurance Industry
  • Bread Making
  • Editing
  • Writing Hard SF
  • Trends in the Field
  • Self-Publishing
  • Querying
  • Podcasting
  • Design
  • Outlining
  • Nursing
  • Ambulance Transport
  • Burns
  • The ICU


Speakers
TQ

Trevor Quachri

Editor in Chief, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
avatar for Rekka Jay

Rekka Jay

Author, R J Theodore
SF/Steampunk author of Peridot Shift series (Parvus Press). Early riser. Graphic designer by profession. Just launched WE MAKE BOOKS podcast (wmbcast.com) with Kaelyn Considine of Parvus Press. We'd love to hear from you about your questions, concerns, wisdom, and anecdotes from your... Read More →
avatar for Caroline M. Yoachim

Caroline M. Yoachim

Author
Hugo and three-time Nebula Award finalist Caroline M. Yoachim is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other places. Her work has been reprinted in multiple year’s best anthologies and translated... Read More →
avatar for Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →
avatar for Mike Chen

Mike Chen

Author, HarperCollins
Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, 2019) and A BEGINNING AT THE END (MIRA, 2020). He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction... Read More →
avatar for Darusha Wehm

Darusha Wehm

Author
M. Darusha Wehm is an author, long-distance sailor, and cyborg. They are the author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia, The Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom

4:00pm

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Available topics this hour are:
  • How Publishing Works
  • Social Services and Social Science
  • Brazil
  • Fight Scenes
  • Querying Agents and What to Expect
  • The Debut Author Experience
  • Social Media Tips
  • Book Tour Planning
  • Publishing with Small Presses
  • Submitting Short Stories
  • Critique Groups
  • Tips for Reading
  • Sensitivity Reading
  • Pitching Non-Fiction
  • Blindness Representation
  • Editing
  • Submitting Short Fiction
  • Writing Hard SF
  • Trends in the Field
  • Literary Theory
  • Story Structure
  • Narration
  • Reading as a Writer


Speakers
avatar for Jennie Goloboy

Jennie Goloboy

Literary Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency
avatar for Jacob Weisman

Jacob Weisman

Publisher, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella... Read More →
avatar for Aimee Kuzenski

Aimee Kuzenski

Author and stick-beatings administrator
avatar for Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist
avatar for Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Rebecca Gomez Farrell's debut epic fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, was published in August 2017 by Meerkat Press. Over 20 of her shorter works can be read in magazines and anthologies such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the Future Fire, and Fright into Flight from Word Horde. Becca blogs... Read More →
TQ

Trevor Quachri

Editor in Chief, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
avatar for Illimani Ferreira

Illimani Ferreira

Writer
https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/fiction/trial-of-the-bull


Friday May 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom
 
Saturday, May 18
 

11:00am

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Topics available this hour are:
  • There are no Office Hours scheduled for this time slot


Saturday May 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Oasis

12:00pm

Office Hours
Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Available topics this hour are:
  • Copyright, Trademark, Fair Use, and Parody Law
  • Contract Law
  • Legal Questions
  • Author Websites - From Set Up to Fix Up
  • Querying x2
  • Networking
  • Working with Agents and Editors
  • Writing Sex in SF (craft)
  • Working with Editors
  • Working with Actors
  • MFAs, Workshops, and Clarion (Oh my!)
  • Early Music
  • Invented Religions
  • Dragons
  • Medieval farming
  • Book Cover Design
  • Cover Consult
  • Writing and Selling Middle Grade
  • Writing Science Fiction and Social Fiction
  • Podcasts and Audio Dramas in SFF

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Louise

Eddie Louise

Author
Writer of the hit audio-drama podcast THE TALES OF SAGE AND SAVANT and the tie-in novel TransMIGRATIONS from Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Hit me up for all things mad science, time-travel, and scripted audio-dramas.
avatar for Tara Smith

Tara Smith

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
Tara Smith is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD explores how science fiction can be used to affect social change. Her Honours Thesis examined the ecological messages within Frank Herbert's Dune series. Tara hopes that her work can help science fiction... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Reese

Jenn Reese

Author & Cover Designer
JENN REESE (she/her) writes speculative fiction for readers of all ages. Her next middle grade book, A Game of Fox & Squirrels, is coming from Henry Holt BYR in April 2020. Her short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Fireside, Analog, DSF, Strange Horizons, and the World Fantasy Award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Diana M. Pho

Diana M. Pho

Editor, Tor Books
Diana M. Pho is a two-time Hugo Award-nominated editor at Tor Books. Books she has edited have gone on to win the Thriller Award (Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley, for Best YA), and the Ditmar Award (Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer, for Best Novel) and to become award finalists... Read More →
avatar for Andy Duncan

Andy Duncan

Associate Professor, Frostburg State University
I have been publishing science fiction and fantasy at the short story, novelette and novella lengths since 1997, receiving a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and three World Fantasy Awards. I have taught undergraduate writing since 1993. I attended Clarion West in... Read More →
avatar for K. M. Szpara

K. M. Szpara

Author
K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. Kellan's debut alt-/near-future novel, DOCILE (Spring 2020, Tor.com Publishing), explores the snowballing debt crisis, consent, and privilege, and can be described as "really gay". He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Alex Bird Tillson

Alex Bird Tillson

Writer & Entertainment Lawyer
Alex Bird Tillson is an Irish-Puerto Rican speculative fiction writer who graduated with a Journalism degree and Juris Doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. After fifteen years of entertainment law practice in Los Angeles, Alex now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman

Writer
Rachel Hartman is the author of the NYT bestselling YA fantasy SERAPHINA and its sequel SHADOW SCALE. Her most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD, was just nominated for the Andre Norton and Lodestar Awards. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time she sings... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oasis