This is your two week warning! I’m around DCC the whole time and a busy little writer as you can see! I also have three signings sprinkled in so come by the booth for a chat. When I’m not in a signing or panel, I will be wandering or may be at one of the Hyatt bars.
To Plot or Not
Coast City Room – Mile High Ballroom DCCP6
Few things get writers into friendly arguments: maybe Apple vs Android, or Trad vs Indie. But a big one is plotting verses "pantzing" our work. So this panel will hash it out once and for all. We’ll discuss pros and cons of each method and what works and doesn’t work for them. (MOD) Betsy C. Dornbusch Travis Heerman LJ Hachmeister Sylvain Neuvel Naomi Novik David Pedreira Jessica Pennington
Best Baddies are More Than the Hero of Their Own Story
Room 405 – Authors
The best baddies are more than just the hero of their own story. They are a careful balance of darkness, desire, and fun. When developing a villain, how does a creator navigate the tightrope of making them powerful, yet flawed; charming, yet diabolical? Bring your favorite antagonists and the panel will break down the strengths and weaknesses that went into building memorable characters. (MOD) Betsy C. Dornbusch Travis Heerman Veronica Calisto Scott Beckman Peter V. Brett Scott Bergstrom Christina Henry
How does the Hero/ine save the [Endangered Item]?
Keystone City Room – Mile High Ballroom DCCP4
Storytelling began long before we journeyed to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, and since that time, there have been teachers around to tell writers how we’re doing it wrong. Aristotle, E.B. White, Joseph Campbell, Robert McKee, Steven King, and Blake Snyder have all taken a shot at explaining the best way to tell a story. Now, it’s our turn. Join this panel of writers as they describe storytelling as they see it.
(MOD) Betsy C. Dornbusch Carolyn Kemp Veronica Calisto LJ Hachmeister Molly Tanzer Marie Whittaker
Author Booth 5
Magic in Books, Life & Real World
Room 402/403 – Authors
Powerful magic realistically would infiltrate every aspect of life and culture. Writers discuss how they create magic systems that affect the senses, habits, work, play, illnesses, communication, fighting, and loving of their characters and worlds (and how they keep it all consistent!) (MOD) Betsy C. Dornbusch Jeff Smith Robert Jackson Bennett Scott Beckman Travis Heerman Carolyn Kemp Tamora Pierce
Veterans of the Writing Wars
Room 406/407 – Authors
The path to creative success is filled with landmines: mastering craft, relationships with other creators and your industry, stumbling blocks to your first sale (and every sale thereafter!) Come hear tales of narrow escapes, dare, and beware from a panel of seasoned veterans of the writing wars. (MOD) Travis Heerman Betsy C. Dornbusch Peter V. Brett Annalee Newitz Edgar Cantero Guy Anthony
Room 406/407 – Authors
Creators love to toy with the past for time travel, alternate realities and secret histories stories. Black Sails, Outlander (both books and TV,) Vikings, and Timeless have successfully rewritten history. And yet, SFF also tells many stories of the future, mining the past for clues to what will happen in cultures years from now. What are the expectations around writing the future? What is fair game to change or add (or subtract)? The panelists will discuss the "rules" and when we get to break them, and the research they do to create a believable world of the future.
(MOD) Travis Heerman Betsy C. Dornbusch Naomi Novik Alan Smale Connie Willis Emily Devenport Christie Golden LJ Hachmeister
Author Signing Booth 5
Short Stories Go A Long Way
Room 405 – Authors
A lot of science fiction and fantasy novelists don’t mess with writing short stories, but our panel of short story writers and editors are here to share how short stories can help your writing–and writing career–go a long way. We’ll discuss how they differ from novels in writing and in the marketplace; submissions, rejections, and the business of anthologies and magazines; and give you some insider tips on writing and selling your stories. (MOD) Betsy C. Dornbusch Sue Duff Charlie Jane Anders Josh Viola Dean Wyant Mario Acevedo
Author Signing booth 5