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Thursday, May 16


Why So Serious? A look at humor in grim fiction
It's human nature to tell jokes, yet why is so much fiction unrelentingly grim? Let's examine how humor can be used to best effect to support serious, dark fiction. We'll show a variety of examples from popular fiction, then run through several test cases with audience assistance to help lighten the mood.

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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.

Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor
Friday, May 17


Writing science fiction as social fiction: A Workshop on writing fiction as a vehicle for change
This workshop is targeted towards writers who either use or are interested in using their writing as a way to create a different future. Science fiction throughout the ages has been used to think of new realities and new worlds, whether they be dystopic or utopic in nature they have often yearned for a different future. This can be seen in the political writing of Robert Heinlein, or the progressiveness of Ursula Le Guin’s work. New futures can be glimpsed in the warnings of George Orwell’s 1989 or the utopic visions glimpsed in B.F Skinner’s Walden Two and many more writers who have tried to better mankind through their writing. Whether we use our science fiction as a warning or a how-to-guide, there is no denying its increasing importance in today's society. Frank Herbert’s Dune series whilst often viewed as a popular space opera is less often viewed in its promotion of nature and the importance of ecological balance. This workshop will begin with a short presentation on social fiction with a focus on Herbert’s environmental ethos read through Dune followed by a writing prompt which engages with writing convincing social fiction.

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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 →

Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor
Saturday, May 18


Writing and Revision with Scrivener
Scrivener is an important arrow in the writer's quiver, but it can be intimidating to use. The workshop will take the attendees step by step through some of the software's most valuable and accessible features, especially during the revision process, but also during the outlining/storyboarding process. Can be done either as a solo presentation or workshop. (I am a user of Scrivener and have nothing to do with the company.)

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barbara barnett

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 →

Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor