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Thursday, May 18 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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Get snapshot talks on a variety of subjects. Each talk is five minutes long and geared toward jumpstarting your brain.

The tech stack and workflow of Fireside magazine - Pablo Defendini 
Introducing Yourself, and Others, at Cons - K.M. Szpara 
The Dark Side Has Bright Stars - Diane Turnshek
Romance Story Structure - Shanna Swendson 
Search and Rescue Dogs - Ken Chiacchia  
The Difference between Middle Grade and YA lit - Jessi Cole Jackson
Arthur C. Clarke called it - Bishop O'Connell 
Grantwriting - Sally Wiener Grotta 
Grab 'Em By the Taglines: Tips for Writing Engaging Cover Copy - Nancy Lambert 
Units of Measurement - David D. Levine 

Moderators
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula... Read More →

Speakers
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Kenneth Chiacchia

Senior Science Writer, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Ken Chiacchia’s bio reads like a random sampling of events from different people’s lives. | A defrocked biochemist, he has since been a public relations writer, freelance newspaper reporter, science fiction author, EMT, search-and-rescue dog handler and search manager, firefighter... Read More →
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Pablo Defendini

Publisher, Fireside Fiction Company
Pablo Defendini is a designer and developer for hire. He works with clients that sit in the overlap between publishing and technology. In addition to his design and development consultancy, Pablo runs Fireside Fiction Company, a small independent publisher.
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Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta is a full-time award-winning freelance writer, photographer and speaker. Among her numerous books are the novels "The Winter Boy" (a 2015 Locus Award nominee) and "Jo Joe" (selected as a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her hundreds of stories, columns, essays... Read More →
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Jessi Cole Jackson

Writer & Professional Theatrical Costumer
Jessi Cole Jackson lives in the prettiest part of New Jersey. By day she builds costumes for a Tony Award-winning theatre. By night she studies Children’s Literature at Hollins University. Somewhere in between, she writes. Her short fiction can be found in Hidden Youth: Speculative... Read More →
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Nancy R. Lambert

Nancy R. Lambert grew up in New York City and learned early to avoid the empty subway car. Her fiction has been published by PseudoPod, Factor Four Magazine, and Metaphorosis; and will be included in the forthcoming anthology NEW SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (HarperCollins, 2020... Read More →
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David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF... Read More →
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Bishop OConnell

Writer, Harper Voyager
Bishop O'Connell is the author of the American Faerie Tale series, a consultant, writer, blogger, and lover of kilts and beer, as well as a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Born in Naples Italy while his father was stationed in Sardinia, Bishop grew up in... Read More →
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Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare time on knitting and music.
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K.M. Szpara

Author
Hugo and Nebula finalist K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD. His fiction and essays appear in Uncanny, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and other venues. Kellan has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, which he totally uses at... Read More →
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Diane Turnshek

astronomer, Carnegie Mellon University
Diane Turnshek teaches astronomy at CMU and Pitt. She publishes hard science fiction and runs Alpha, the SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers. She lead a team to win the 2017 Life in Space contest (making life better for astronauts), took second place in the 2017 Mars City Design architecture... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Marquis A

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