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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

Author, Puppeteer, Audiobook Narrator, Writing Excuses
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons... Read More →

Speakers
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Ken 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, radio commentator, and hobby farmer. These days... Read More →
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Pablo Defendini

Design and Techinology Director, Fireside Fiction Company
Pablo Defendini is a designer for hire, with a focus on editorial design for digital media. Occasionally he'll do some illustration and printmaking for his own amusement. He also gets really nerdy exploring new forms for building digital comics out of HTML and CSS. He helped laun... Read More →
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Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
It would be fair to say that I've had unusual, personal contact with alien cultures and landscapes. At least, they were alien to me. No, I don't claim to have been abducted by extraterrestrials. As a journalist and photographer, I've spent time on assignment among tribes in Papua... 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: Specula... Read More →
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Nancy R. Lambert

Writer & Copywriter, Freelance
Nancy R. Lambert has written for TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Press, Time Inc. Books, Tor.com, Time Out New York Kids, and Disney Publishing Worldwide. Her fiction has appeared in Metaphorosis. Nancy grew up in the most frequently (and often, rightfully) disparaged borough... 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... 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

Writer, SFWA
K.M. Szpara's short fiction appears or is forthcoming in Uncanny, Lightspeed, and Shimmer magazines, and has been reprinted by Glittership. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and the editor of Transcendent: The Year's Best Transgender Speculate Fiction (Lethe Press... Read More →
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Diane Turnshek

astronomer, Carnegie Mellon University
Diane Turnshek teaches astronomy at Carnegie Mellon University and at the University of Pittsburgh. She has published hard science fiction with a focus on space colonization and first contact. She runs Alpha, the SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers. Her love of both astronomy and s... Read More →


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

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