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Thursday, May 18
 

11:00am EDT

Pittsburgh Stroll
Led by Laurie Mann, this stroll will give you an Intro to the city, followed by a stroll to lunch (distance: about 1.2 miles)

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Mann

Laurie Mann

Nebula Weekend Local Coordinator
Ask me if you have any questions about Pittsburgh



Thursday May 18, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

12:00pm EDT

Quiet Writing
It's a convention, but you're a writer and you have deadlines. Take advantage of the grandballroom and get some words in before programming starts. During the day, if you want more time, check out the Quiet Room in City Center B.

Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

12:00pm EDT

Registration
Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

1:00pm EDT

Convention Mentor meetup
The SFWA mentor program pairs established writers with early career writers, or people attending the Nebula Award Conference for the first time. Participants will attend a brief orientation explaining the weekend, and then be paired with a peer who will help introduce the writer to people. 

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA

Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Marquis A

2:00pm EDT

Business and Pleasure: The not-so-secret handshakes of convention life
When you are an early career writer, how do you get the most out of a convention without seeming pushy? Everyone knows that you shouldn't give an editor your manuscript in the bathroom (except for the guy who did it) but you also know that business takes place at conventions. What are the tricks and secrets?

Moderators
avatar for Brenda W. Clough

Brenda W. Clough

My latest novel, A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN, is a neo-Victorian thriller just out from Serial Box. My previous novel, How Like a God, is out in e-format from Book View Cafe. My other works there include Revise the World, a time travel novel, and Speak To Our Desires, a dark detective... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her novelette “The Orangery” was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. In 2015 she released a collaborative fiction-jazz... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Marquis A

2:00pm EDT

Navigating the gatekeepers of Middle Grade
As a middle grade writer, you are writing for an audience that often isn't the one with the wallet. How do find your audience through the gates of schools and parents?

Moderators
avatar for Merrie Haskell

Merrie Haskell

Author
Merrie Haskell’s novels are The Princess Curse, Handbook for Dragon Slayers and The Castle Behind Thorns. She won the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle Grades) and the DetCon1 Middle Grade Speculative Fiction award, and she was twice a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jessi Cole Jackson

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 →
avatar for Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

SFWA Grandmaster
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that Jane Yolen has been named the 33rd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The award is given by SFWA for “lifetime achievement... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Marquis C

2:00pm EDT

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.

On Thursday, available topics are:
Editing, Short Fiction, Science Articles, Submitting, Whatever!
Writing, Editing, Querying, Nuclear Power
Plot Whispering, Point of View, Worldbuilding, Romantic sub-plots, Cats
Pronoun
Draft2Digital
Patreon

Speakers
avatar for Bishop OConnell

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 →
TQ

Trevor Quachri

Editor in Chief, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Tumlinson

Kevin Tumlinson

Director of Marketing, Draft2Digital
I'm an award-winning and bestselling author of thrillers, scifi, and fantasy, and the Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. Talk to me about indie publishing, worldwide distribution, ebook conversion, author marketing, and the future of the publishing industry.


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm EDT

Understanding Conflict Resolution
One of the trickiest things in publishing are the odd conflicts that arise. Whether this is between author and copyeditor, agent and editor, or between two characters on the page, we all deal in conflict. This presentation will provide audience members with an understanding of the complex reasons conflicts arise and with theoretical and practical knowledge for resolving conflicts. Audience participation will include brainstorming, some simple exercises, structured roleplays, and discussion.

Speakers

Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Marquis B

2:00pm EDT

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors!

Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Salon 6 (Grand Ballroom)

3:00pm EDT

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.

On Thursday, available topics are:
How Do Grants Work?
Short stories, Submissions, Editing, Science, Engineering, Outdoor Recreation, Work-Life Balance, Time Management
Brainstorming, World-building, Dialogue, Workshopping, Fight Scenes, Flash Critiques, and Fabulata
Draft2Digital
Patreon
Pronoun

Speakers
avatar for S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Machinehood (Saga), Runtime (tordotcom), and the short story collection, Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (Hachette India). Divya... Read More →
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Townsend

Tracy Townsend

Writer, English Instructor
Tracy Townsend is the author of The Nine, book one of the Thieves of Fate series (Pyr), a gaslamp fantasy debut set in a world where theology is a science, three sentient species live in an uneasy truce, and the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of nine unsuspecting individuals... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Tumlinson

Kevin Tumlinson

Director of Marketing, Draft2Digital
I'm an award-winning and bestselling author of thrillers, scifi, and fantasy, and the Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. Talk to me about indie publishing, worldwide distribution, ebook conversion, author marketing, and the future of the publishing industry.


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

3:30pm EDT

Draft2Digital
A presentation by Draft2Digital about services they provide authors. Sign up for one-on-one conversations with Draft2Digital in Office Hours.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Tumlinson

Kevin Tumlinson

Director of Marketing, Draft2Digital
I'm an award-winning and bestselling author of thrillers, scifi, and fantasy, and the Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. Talk to me about indie publishing, worldwide distribution, ebook conversion, author marketing, and the future of the publishing industry.


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Marquis B

3:30pm EDT

Taxes and Incorporation
At what point should a writer consider incorporating rather than operating as a sole proprietor? There are benefits to both options, but sorting through it can be daunting for someone who isn't a tax professional.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin

Writer, Role of the Hero Publishing
Kevin McLaughlin is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels, with over thirty books published. He has been a speaker at DragonCon, the Nebula Conference, 20Books, WorldCon, Arisia, Boskone, and other events. He believes in giving back to the writing community... Read More →
avatar for Bud Sparhawk

Bud Sparhawk

Chief Financial Officer
Bud Sparhawk’s short stories collection NONPARALLEL UNIVERSES will be launched at Balticon17 . His next novel: SHATTERED DREAMS will be launched in autumn of 2017. His most recent novel, DISTANT SEAS is available from Amazon and other booksellers as trade paperback and eBook... Read More →


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

3:30pm EDT

Flash Talks
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
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut series and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories and Ghost Talkers. She’s the president of SFWA, a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kenneth Chiacchia

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 →
avatar for Pablo Defendini

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.
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
avatar for Jessi Cole Jackson

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 →
avatar for N.R. (Nancy) Lambert

N.R. (Nancy) Lambert

N.R. Lambert (she/her) is a speculative fiction author from New York City. Her stories appear or are forthcoming in Fireside Quarterly, Cast of Wonders, PseudoPod, Factor Four Magazine, Lovecraft Mythos (Flame Tree Publishing 2020), and Don’t Turn Out the Lights: A Tribute to Alvin... Read More →
avatar for David D. Levine

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 →
avatar for Bishop OConnell

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 →
avatar for Shanna Swendson

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.
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 Diane Turnshek

Diane Turnshek

Carnegie Mellon University
Diane Turnshek is an astronomer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been on the Board of Directors for both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and Parsec, Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction organization. For nine years, she mentored graduate... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

The basics of Kickstarter
Many sci-fi and fantasy publishers, magazines, and authors have found success raising funds and building community with Kickstarter. Want to learn how to reach out to Kickstarter’s community of over 12 million backers? Margot Atwell, the Director of Publishing at Kickstarter, will teach you the basics of how to plan, launch, and promote your own Kickstarter project.

Speakers
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Head of Publishing, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell is the Head of Publishing at Kickstarter, where she helps authors and publishers build community and find support for their creative projects. Previously, Margot was Publisher at Beaufort Books, an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction books. Her first book, The... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Marquis B

4:00pm EDT

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.

On Thursday, available topics are:
How Do Grants Work?
Short stories, Submissions, Editing, Science, Engineering, Outdoor Recreation, Work-Life Balance, Time Management
Selling your books + growing sales on Apple / iBooks
Draft2Digital
Pronoun
Patreon

Speakers
avatar for S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Machinehood (Saga), Runtime (tordotcom), and the short story collection, Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (Hachette India). Divya... Read More →
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Tumlinson

Kevin Tumlinson

Director of Marketing, Draft2Digital
I'm an award-winning and bestselling author of thrillers, scifi, and fantasy, and the Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. Talk to me about indie publishing, worldwide distribution, ebook conversion, author marketing, and the future of the publishing industry.

Partners
avatar for iBooks (I.W.)

iBooks (I.W.)

Apple / iBooks


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

5:00pm EDT

Book Design: Covers and Interiors
This workshop is intended as an introduction to the design and layout of a book to be self published. 

We will talk about how to prepare your manuscript, what software you might need to create print-ready files, what the current options are for self publishing (letterpress, traditional offset, digital, POD through an online service, e-books) and how these affect the choices you make.

We will also discuss basic issues of book design - paper choice, cover design including how to find cover art, choosing a typeface for text layout, margins and page numbers.

On hand will also be a resource library of reference works on book design and examples of each of the different way printed books are produced.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Sanders

Todd Sanders

Director, Air and Nothingness Press
I have run my own press - Air and Nothingness Press - since 1997. I’ve published five books of the translated poetry of Robert Desnos, three of my own books of poetry and am now publishing the writing of Jamie Lackey and UK fantasy authors Steph Swainston and Jonathan L. Howard.I... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Marquis B

5:00pm EDT

Imposter Syndrome vs. Archives.
In the computer age, it's easy to inadvertently lose your early-career (or current) work. Many early career writers also may feel like they aren't "important" enough to archive their work. We'll discuss strategies for current backups, selection for migration, and long-term maintenance of your literary papers, so that they are there when posterity calls.

Moderators
avatar for Lynne M Thomas

Lynne M Thomas

Editor/Publisher, Uncanny Magazine
Co-editor in chief/co publisher of Uncanny Magazine.7 time Hugo Award WinnerCo-editor of Chicks Dig Time LordsMember of the Verity! Podcast

Speakers
avatar for David D. Levine

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 →
avatar for Bud Sparhawk

Bud Sparhawk

Chief Financial Officer
Bud Sparhawk’s short stories collection NONPARALLEL UNIVERSES will be launched at Balticon17 . His next novel: SHATTERED DREAMS will be launched in autumn of 2017. His most recent novel, DISTANT SEAS is available from Amazon and other booksellers as trade paperback and eBook... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Marquis C

5:00pm EDT

Other careers for writers
Rather than quitting your day job, it is sometimes a better fit to find careers that work well in tandem with writing. The stability of a steady paycheck can relieve stress and actually free more time for writing.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Krasnoff

Barbara Krasnoff

Barbara Krasnoff has published over 30 pieces of short fiction in a wide variety of publications, including Clockwork Phoenix 5 (and 4 and 2), Mythic Delirium, Crossed Genres, Space and Time, Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring ’20s, Weird Tales, and Memories and Visions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
avatar for Tee Morris

Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors — podcasting. He went on with... Read More →
JM

John Murphy

John P. Murphy is an engineer and author, with a background in robotics, machine learning, and network security. His novella The Liar was a finalist for the Nebula Award, and his debut novel Red Noise will be out June 2020.
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 →


Thursday May 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Marquis A

6:00pm EDT

Convention Mentor Meetup Part Deux
The SFWA mentor program pairs established writers with early career writers, or people attending the Nebula Award Conference for the first time. Participants will attend a brief orientation explaining the weekend, and then be paired with a peer who will help introduce the writer to people. 

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA

Thursday May 18, 2017 6:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
SFWA's Hospitality Suite - Room 2128

8:00pm EDT

Welcome Reception
Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

9:30pm EDT

Tour of Allegheny Observatory
Limited Capacity seats available

Allegheny Observatory (159 Riverview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214) belongs to the University of Pittsburgh and is over 100 years old. It houses three telescopes in white domes standing high on a hill in Riverview Park, 4.4 miles from the Marriott. Tours of the building include the three-floor, glass-roofed library and a crypt set in the sub-basement pier of one of the telescopes where the remains of former astronomers have been laid to rest.

Use the online app to sign up by clicking to add it to your schedule. Or, visit the registration desk to use the paper sign-up sheet.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Turnshek

Diane Turnshek

Carnegie Mellon University
Diane Turnshek is an astronomer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been on the Board of Directors for both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and Parsec, Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction organization. For nine years, she mentored graduate... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

9:30pm EDT

Beer Tasting
Taste local beers with your fellow authors, agents and editors in SFWA's hospitality suite.

Thursday May 18, 2017 9:30pm - Friday May 19, 2017 1:30am EDT
SFWA's Hospitality Suite - Room 2128
 
Friday, May 19
 

9:00am EDT

Quiet Writing
It's a convention, but you're a writer and you have deadlines. Take advantage of the grandballroom and get some words in before programming starts. During the day, if you want more time, check out the Quiet Room in City Center B.

Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Grand Ballroom

9:00am EDT

Pittsburgh Stroll
Led by Laurie Mann, this stroll will introduce you to moviemaking locations in Pittsburgh, especially The Dark Knight Rises (distance: about 2 miles)

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Mann

Laurie Mann

Nebula Weekend Local Coordinator
Ask me if you have any questions about Pittsburgh



Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

9:00am EDT

Registration
Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

10:00am EDT

Global Climatology for Worldbuilders
The major patterns of climate here on Earth -- including atmospheric and ocean currents -- can be directly derived from basic physics principles. These patterns, along with the location and shape of continents, let us predict the types of ecosystems found anywhere on the globe. Sorry, Star Wars, no more single-ecosystem planets!

Speakers

Friday May 19, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Marquis B

10:00am EDT

Money management for an uncertain income
Most of the budgetting courses and software assume that you will have a regular paycheck. A writer is a freelancer, regardless of if they are self-published or working with a traditional publisher. Learn how to manage your money when your income is random.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Head of Publishing, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell is the Head of Publishing at Kickstarter, where she helps authors and publishers build community and find support for their creative projects. Previously, Margot was Publisher at Beaufort Books, an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction books. Her first book, The... Read More →
avatar for Erin M. Hartshorn

Erin M. Hartshorn

SFWA Vice President
Erin M. Hartshorn did her graduate work in fish olfaction (and yes, she’s heard all of the jokes about how fish smell) before turning to words to make her living. Her freelance business makes others’ words look good through copyediting, proofreading, and indexing. Her fiction... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as “spoiling cats.”  She lives near Atlanta with three feline overlords, Athena, Minx, and Marmalade; and her husband, author and packager Bill Fawcett. She has published more than 50 books, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey... Read More →
avatar for Shanna Swendson

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.


Friday May 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Marquis A

10:00am EDT

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. 

On Friday, available topics are:
Deathbuilding, Translation, Alternate History, Medicine, Pediatrics
Brainstorming, World-building, Dialogue, Workshopping, Fight Scenes, Flash Critiques, and Fabulata
Astronomy, Space Colonization
Draft2Digital
Pronoun
Patreon

Speakers
avatar for Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky

writer
Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling... Read More →
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Townsend

Tracy Townsend

Writer, English Instructor
Tracy Townsend is the author of The Nine, book one of the Thieves of Fate series (Pyr), a gaslamp fantasy debut set in a world where theology is a science, three sentient species live in an uneasy truce, and the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of nine unsuspecting individuals... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Tumlinson

Kevin Tumlinson

Director of Marketing, Draft2Digital
I'm an award-winning and bestselling author of thrillers, scifi, and fantasy, and the Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. Talk to me about indie publishing, worldwide distribution, ebook conversion, author marketing, and the future of the publishing industry.
avatar for Diane Turnshek

Diane Turnshek

Carnegie Mellon University
Diane Turnshek is an astronomer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been on the Board of Directors for both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and Parsec, Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction organization. For nine years, she mentored graduate... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Grand Ballroom

10:00am EDT

Gaming and Writing
What a writer needs to know to work in this market plus all the questions you didn't know but need to ask.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Liz Argall

Liz Argall

Writer, Argall Creative
Liz Argall is a speculative fiction author, and creator of the all ages webcomics series Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable... Read More →
avatar for S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Machinehood (Saga), Runtime (tordotcom), and the short story collection, Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (Hachette India). Divya... Read More →
avatar for Merc Rustad

Merc Rustad

author / AV
avatar for Todd Sanders

Todd Sanders

Director, Air and Nothingness Press
I have run my own press - Air and Nothingness Press - since 1997. I’ve published five books of the translated poetry of Robert Desnos, three of my own books of poetry and am now publishing the writing of Jamie Lackey and UK fantasy authors Steph Swainston and Jonathan L. Howard.I... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Marquis C

10:00am EDT

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors!

Friday May 19, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Salon 6 (Grand Ballroom)

10:30am EDT

Pronoun: A New Frontier for Book Data And Marketing
In a world where book markets are over saturated and readers’ attentions are pulled in many directions, it can be hard for a lone indie author to get discovered. That’s where Pronoun comes in. Your secret weapon for slaying the publishing world and reaching more readers. At this talk, learn how to best utilize our exclusive data and marketing tools to succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Marquis B

11:00am EDT

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. 

On Friday, available topics are:
History, Digital Humanities, Online and Archival Research
Selling your books + growing sales on Apple / iBooks
How Do Grants Work
Writing, Editing, Querying, Nuclear Power
Copywriting, Freelancing, Cats
Patreon
Pronoun
Plot Whispering, Point of View, Worldbuilding, Romantic sub-plots, Cats
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Speakers
avatar for Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
avatar for N.R. (Nancy) Lambert

N.R. (Nancy) Lambert

N.R. Lambert (she/her) is a speculative fiction author from New York City. Her stories appear or are forthcoming in Fireside Quarterly, Cast of Wonders, PseudoPod, Factor Four Magazine, Lovecraft Mythos (Flame Tree Publishing 2020), and Don’t Turn Out the Lights: A Tribute to Alvin... Read More →
avatar for Bishop OConnell

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 →
avatar for Kat Otis

Kat Otis

Kat Otis writes speculative fiction – everything from historical fantasy to urban fantasy, with a bit of science fiction thrown in for good measure. She lived a peripatetic life for almost two decades and is now rather bemused to be living in one place; she’s not recycling her... Read More →
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →

Partners
avatar for iBooks (I.W.)

iBooks (I.W.)

Apple / iBooks


Friday May 19, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

11:30am EDT

How to handle being orphaned
When your editor or agent retires, what the heck do you do?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor, SFWA
Michael Capobianco has published two solo science fiction novels, Purlieu (Placeholder Press) and Burster (Bantam). He is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler... Read More →
avatar for Merrie Haskell

Merrie Haskell

Author
Merrie Haskell’s novels are The Princess Curse, Handbook for Dragon Slayers and The Castle Behind Thorns. She won the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle Grades) and the DetCon1 Middle Grade Speculative Fiction award, and she was twice a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Marquis B

11:30am EDT

An hour with SFWA's newest grandmaster
Moderators
avatar for Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

Attendee, Asimov's
I'm a science fiction short story editor.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

SFWA Grandmaster
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that Jane Yolen has been named the 33rd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The award is given by SFWA for “lifetime achievement... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Marquis A

11:30am EDT

Beyond Western Names
Writing diverse characters for Western markets can be a challenge when attempting to use traditional names for your characters. Authors may be asked to come up with shorter, easier to promounce names for English speaking readers or give their characters English nicknames. In some cases, authors may be asked to give up on a traditional name altogether.
Panelists can discuss ways to express diversity in their character names while still engaging an English speaking audience.

Moderators
avatar for Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake

Author
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. Now, Piper J. Drake is a bestselling... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Philippa Ballantine

Philippa Ballantine

Author
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa Ballantine has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce novel length fiction. In 2006 she became... Read More →
avatar for Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky

writer
Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling... Read More →
avatar for S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Machinehood (Saga), Runtime (tordotcom), and the short story collection, Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (Hachette India). Divya... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Marquis C

12:00pm EDT

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. 

On Friday, available topics are:
Comics, work for hire, emergency preparedness, Australian stuff
Book Advertising & Marketing, Indie Publishing Tactics & Techniques
Writing, Editing, Querying, Nuclear Power
Kickstarter, Independent Publishing
Patreon
Pronoun

Speakers
avatar for Liz Argall

Liz Argall

Writer, Argall Creative
Liz Argall is a speculative fiction author, and creator of the all ages webcomics series Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable... Read More →
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Head of Publishing, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell is the Head of Publishing at Kickstarter, where she helps authors and publishers build community and find support for their creative projects. Previously, Margot was Publisher at Beaufort Books, an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction books. Her first book, The... Read More →
avatar for Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin

Writer, Role of the Hero Publishing
Kevin McLaughlin is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels, with over thirty books published. He has been a speaker at DragonCon, the Nebula Conference, 20Books, WorldCon, Arisia, Boskone, and other events. He believes in giving back to the writing community... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as “spoiling cats.”  She lives near Atlanta with three feline overlords, Athena, Minx, and Marmalade; and her husband, author and packager Bill Fawcett. She has published more than 50 books, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey... Read More →
avatar for Bishop OConnell

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 →
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

12:30pm EDT

Lunch
No programming

Friday May 19, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
TBA

1:00pm EDT

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. 

On Friday, available topics are:
Book Advertising & Marketing, Indie Publishing Tactics & Techniques
Draft2Digital
Pronoun
Patreon

Speakers
avatar for Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin

Writer, Role of the Hero Publishing
Kevin McLaughlin is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels, with over thirty books published. He has been a speaker at DragonCon, the Nebula Conference, 20Books, WorldCon, Arisia, Boskone, and other events. He believes in giving back to the writing community... Read More →
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Tumlinson

Kevin Tumlinson

Director of Marketing, Draft2Digital
I'm an award-winning and bestselling author of thrillers, scifi, and fantasy, and the Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. Talk to me about indie publishing, worldwide distribution, ebook conversion, author marketing, and the future of the publishing industry.


Friday May 19, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm EDT

Building a Sustainable Patron-based Career
What does it take to tap into the passion of your fans? Hear from creators who are successfully getting paid doing what they love. Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld will lead an open discussion with Patreon creators who will share their insider knowledge and do’s and don’ts of launching and running a successful Patreon page. This session will give you the knowledge, resources, and inspiration to start building a sustainable patron-based career.

Moderators
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →

Speakers

Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Marquis B

2:00pm EDT

Beyond Bookmarks and Postcards
One of the things every author struggles with is swag. From collectible cards, to hand fans, to corkscrews, there's a world of promotional items out there. Our panelists look at cost/benefit analysis as well as best practices for creating them.

Moderators
avatar for Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake

Author
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. Now, Piper J. Drake is a bestselling... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

Author
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and fantasy romance. She is an RWA member and serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. She is a hybrid author, and also self-publishes a romantic fantasy series... Read More →
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for four Nebula awards, two Hugo Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. They include her Nebula/Andre Norton- and Compton Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor, 2015); its sequels, Cloudbound and Horizon; the double-starred... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Marquis A

2:00pm EDT

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. 

On Friday, available topics are:
Editing, Short Fiction, Science Articles, Submitting, Whatever!
Archaeology: field work & lab work
Deathbuilding, Translation, Alternate History, Medicine, Pediatrics
Publishing contracts, Literary estates
Writing, Editing, Worldbuilding, Language
Pronoun
Patreon
Humor, narrative hooks, research, creating magic systems, calligraphy

Speakers
avatar for Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky

writer
Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling... Read More →
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor, SFWA
Michael Capobianco has published two solo science fiction novels, Purlieu (Placeholder Press) and Burster (Bantam). He is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as “spoiling cats.”  She lives near Atlanta with three feline overlords, Athena, Minx, and Marmalade; and her husband, author and packager Bill Fawcett. She has published more than 50 books, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey... Read More →
TQ

Trevor Quachri

Editor in Chief, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Claire Smith

Rosemary Claire Smith

Writer
My interactive choose-your-own-adventure game, T-Rex Time Machine, is available from Choice of Games. My story, “Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs” (April 2016), placed third in Analog's AnLab Readers' Poll. I draw on my background as an archaeologist to write fantasy, science fiction... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm EDT

Assistive devices in zero-G environments
Imagining a future in which space travel is commonplace, how would assistive technology need to adapt for zero-g or microgravity environments?

Moderators
avatar for Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Executive Director, SFWA
Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine.Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David D. Levine

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 →
avatar for Kjell Lindgren

Kjell Lindgren

Astronaut, NASA
Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren was selected by NASA in 2009. He spent most of his childhood abroad and returned to the U.S. to complete his education and earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He is board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine. After serving as... Read More →
avatar for Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin

Writer, Role of the Hero Publishing
Kevin McLaughlin is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels, with over thirty books published. He has been a speaker at DragonCon, the Nebula Conference, 20Books, WorldCon, Arisia, Boskone, and other events. He believes in giving back to the writing community... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Marquis C

2:30pm EDT

Advanced Kickstarter Skills for SFF
It’s clear from the huge success of SFF projects that there are many sci-fi and fantasy fans on Kickstarter. Margot Atwell, Director of Publishing at Kickstarter and Publisher of Gutpunch Press, will discuss best practices and recent developments on the platform. Learn how to use Kickstarter to understand and build relationships with your readers, and find new ones. Atwell will also answer burning questions from the audience.

Attendees will get the most from this if they’ve attended The Basics of Kickstarter presentation on Thursday, or if they already have an understanding of Kickstarter. 

Speakers
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Head of Publishing, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell is the Head of Publishing at Kickstarter, where she helps authors and publishers build community and find support for their creative projects. Previously, Margot was Publisher at Beaufort Books, an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction books. Her first book, The... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Marquis B

3:00pm EDT

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. 

On Friday, available topics are:
Clarion, Clarion West, MFA programs, story brainstorming, story problem-solving
History, Digital Humanities, Online and Archival Research
Humor, narrative hooks, research, creating magic systems, calligraphy
Kickstarter, Independent Publishing
Selling your books + growing sales on Apple / iBooks
Patreon
Pronoun
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Speakers
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Head of Publishing, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell is the Head of Publishing at Kickstarter, where she helps authors and publishers build community and find support for their creative projects. Previously, Margot was Publisher at Beaufort Books, an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction books. Her first book, The... 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 Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as “spoiling cats.”  She lives near Atlanta with three feline overlords, Athena, Minx, and Marmalade; and her husband, author and packager Bill Fawcett. She has published more than 50 books, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey... Read More →
avatar for Kat Otis

Kat Otis

Kat Otis writes speculative fiction – everything from historical fantasy to urban fantasy, with a bit of science fiction thrown in for good measure. She lived a peripatetic life for almost two decades and is now rather bemused to be living in one place; she’s not recycling her... Read More →
avatar for Justin Renard

Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →
ES

Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her written work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Uncanny Magazine, Women of Marvel #1, and many other projects and venues. Being Seen, her debut memoir on media and disability releases... Read More →

Partners
avatar for iBooks (I.W.)

iBooks (I.W.)

Apple / iBooks


Friday May 19, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

3:30pm EDT

Balancing Mental Health and Deadlines
Starting with the understanding that the trope of the tortured artist is annoying, at best, and harmful at worst, the solitary life of a writer can exacerbate symptoms of mental illness. The stress of deadlines can interfere with productivity. What are some techniques or tools available to writers? What warning signs might a writer pay attention to as a sign of when it is time to get help?

Moderators
avatar for Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vicky Hsu

Vicky Hsu

Co-founder, Habitica
avatar for Merc Rustad

Merc Rustad

author / AV
avatar for Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her novelette “The Orangery” was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. In 2015 she released a collaborative fiction-jazz... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Marquis A

3:30pm EDT

Dealing with Discouragement
The short story you're sure is good is rejected by every publisher you send it to. Your carefully crafted novel is shrugged off by 20 agents. Your self-published novelette earns one star on GoodReads. This discussion will cover personal strategies to deal with disappointments, rejection, and other setbacks.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Krasnoff

Barbara Krasnoff

Barbara Krasnoff has published over 30 pieces of short fiction in a wide variety of publications, including Clockwork Phoenix 5 (and 4 and 2), Mythic Delirium, Crossed Genres, Space and Time, Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring ’20s, Weird Tales, and Memories and Visions... Read More →

Speakers
SL

Siena Leslie

Co-founder, Habitica
avatar for Bishop OConnell

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 →
TQ

Trevor Quachri

Editor in Chief, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
avatar for Shanna Swendson

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.


Friday May 19, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Marquis C

3:30pm EDT

Podcasting for Writers: How the Heck Do We Do This?
Podcasting is enjoying (yet again!) a renaissance with new podcasts popping up online left and right, and many authors are wanting to fire up their mics and podcast. But what exactly should you podcast? Yet another writing podcast? Flash fiction? What’s an option? And exactly what does it take to get started? Podcasting for Dummies author Tee Morris and award-winning podcaster Pip Ballantine cover options (and pitfalls) on how to get started and how to keep going.

Moderators
avatar for Philippa Ballantine

Philippa Ballantine

Author
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa Ballantine has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce novel length fiction. In 2006 she became... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake

Author
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. Now, Piper J. Drake is a bestselling... Read More →
avatar for Tee Morris

Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors — podcasting. He went on with... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Marquis B

4:00pm EDT

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. 

On Friday, available topics are:
Clarion, Clarion West, MFA programs, story brainstorming, story problem-solving
History, Digital Humanities, Online and Archival Research
Humor, narrative hooks, research, creating magic systems, calligraphy
Social media! Tips/tricks/advice (Feel free to bring your device)
Book Advertising & Marketing, Indie Publishing Tactics & Techniques
Brainstorming, World-building, Dialogue, Workshopping, Fight Scenes, Flash Critiques, and Fabulata
Pronoun
Patreon
All Things Military

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Brazee

Jonathan Brazee

Writer
Jonathan is a retired Marine infantry colonel and now a full-time writer living in North Las Vegas with his wife Kiwi and twin infant girls, Danika and Darika. He has been a Nebula and Dragon Award finalist and is the chairman of SFWA's professional education committee.
avatar for Carrie DiRisio

Carrie DiRisio

Author
Carrie Ann DiRisio runs multiple popular social media accounts including @BroodingYAHero, and has worked for Serial Box Publishing. She is the author of the upcoming YA Parody novel BROODING YA HERO'S GUIDE TO ACHIEVING MAIN CHARACTER STATUS.Her speaking engagements include talks... 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 →
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Kevin McLaughlin

Writer, Role of the Hero Publishing
Kevin McLaughlin is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels, with over thirty books published. He has been a speaker at DragonCon, the Nebula Conference, 20Books, WorldCon, Arisia, Boskone, and other events. He believes in giving back to the writing community... Read More →
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Jody Lynn Nye

Author
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as “spoiling cats.”  She lives near Atlanta with three feline overlords, Athena, Minx, and Marmalade; and her husband, author and packager Bill Fawcett. She has published more than 50 books, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey... Read More →
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Kat Otis

Kat Otis writes speculative fiction – everything from historical fantasy to urban fantasy, with a bit of science fiction thrown in for good measure. She lived a peripatetic life for almost two decades and is now rather bemused to be living in one place; she’s not recycling her... Read More →
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Justin Renard

Head of Marketing, Pronoun
I have over twelve years in magazine, book and digital content marketing, publishing and online retail, in the US, UK and Canada. I've worked with the likes of Kaufmann Mercantile, Amazon Publishing, Amazon.com, Penguin Books, Maisonneuve Magazine and more. Ask me about indie publishing... Read More →
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Tracy Townsend

Writer, English Instructor
Tracy Townsend is the author of The Nine, book one of the Thieves of Fate series (Pyr), a gaslamp fantasy debut set in a world where theology is a science, three sentient species live in an uneasy truce, and the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of nine unsuspecting individuals... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

5:00pm EDT

The Fantasy Author's Guide to Beer
This solo presentation examines brewing methods from Mesopotamia to the Victorian era. We also discuss the role of beer in each cultural context, and speculate about how different historic beers would have tasted. 

Speakers
avatar for KT Bryski

KT Bryski

Author
KT Bryski is a Canadian author, playwright, and podcaster. She has stories in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Apex (among others), and her audio dramas Coxwood History Fun Park and Six Stories, Told at Night are available wherever fine podcasts are found.She’s won the Parsec and... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Marquis B

5:00pm EDT

Things you should know when your fiction is headed for audio
The chances of your work appearing in audio is fairly high. There are things you can do, when your work is headed to audio, to help make it as seamless a transition as possible.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut series and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories and Ghost Talkers. She’s the president of SFWA, a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer... Read More →

Speakers
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Philippa Ballantine

Author
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa Ballantine has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce novel length fiction. In 2006 she became... Read More →
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Jim Freund

Hour of the Wolf Productions
Jim Freund has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967, when he began working at New York City's WBAI-FM at age 13. An audiobook, Chatting Science Fiction, of some recent noted interviews for his radio show, Hour of the Wolf, was released... 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.


Friday May 19, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Marquis A

5:00pm EDT

Flash Fiction and its benefits
Flash fiction forces writers to make every word count, a skill that is useful for longer stories, too. We'll discuess what makes a good flash story, give tips and tricks for writing flash, and suggest markets for finished flash stories. With the possibility of Patreon or Kickstarter rewards, knowing how to write flash can offer a surprisingly low-impact source for income, if you can learn to write it.

Moderators
Speakers
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Brooke Bolander

Writer
Brooke Bolander is a chaos-sowing trickster girl of indeterminate employment, half-tornado, half-writer. Originally from the deepest, darkest, swampiest regions of the southern US, she attended the University of Leicester from 2004 to 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is a... Read More →
TQ

Trevor Quachri

Editor in Chief, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
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John Wiswell

John (@Wiswell) is a disabled writer who lives where New York keeps all its trees. His work has appeared at Uncanny Magazine, Weird Tales, Fireside Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Pseudopod, Podcastle, and Flash Fiction Online.


Friday May 19, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Marquis C

7:00pm EDT

Registration
Friday May 19, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

7:30pm EDT

Nebula Nominee Presentation
Here is your chance to meet and congratulate this year's Nebula Nominees before the mass autographing.

Friday May 19, 2017 7:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

7:30pm EDT

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors and get them autographed during the Mass Signing

Friday May 19, 2017 7:30pm - 10:30pm EDT
Salon 6 (Grand Ballroom)

8:00pm EDT

Mass Autographing and Pronoun Nitrogen Ice Cream Social
Speakers
avatar for Marie Andreas

Marie Andreas

writer, Marie Andreas Author
Marie is a multi award winning author writing fantasy, space opera, and steampunk.
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Mike Antares

Star. Writer.
Speculative fiction writer who dabbles in astronomy, anthropology, indigenous culture and social movements. Organizer of HONK! Festivals, player of cymbals, fan of rosé and gin.
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Liz Argall

Writer, Argall Creative
Liz Argall is a speculative fiction author, and creator of the all ages webcomics series Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable... Read More →
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Philippa Ballantine

Author
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa Ballantine has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce novel length fiction. In 2006 she became... Read More →
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Sue Hollister Barr

Author, SFWA
My sci fi is adult, a touch raunchy/bohemian, and an eclectic mix of sentiment and dark humor. I need help getting my books sold. I can provide help with all aspects of wordsmithing from line-edits to story structure.
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Anatoly Belilovsky

writer
Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling... Read More →
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rebekah brockway

Have a fun factoid? I love fun factoids! Just no politics please, I'm on vacation.
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor, SFWA
Michael Capobianco has published two solo science fiction novels, Purlieu (Placeholder Press) and Burster (Bantam). He is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler... Read More →
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Curtis Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes stories and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He's the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and has written for the Realm originals Ninth Step Station, Machina, and... Read More →
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Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →
avatar for Brenda W. Clough

Brenda W. Clough

My latest novel, A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN, is a neo-Victorian thriller just out from Serial Box. My previous novel, How Like a God, is out in e-format from Book View Cafe. My other works there include Revise the World, a time travel novel, and Speak To Our Desires, a dark detective... Read More →
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Lawrence C. Connolly

Writer
Lawrence C. Connolly’s collections include Visions (2009), This Way to Egress (2010), and Voices (2011), which feature many of his stories from Amazing Stories, Cemetery Dance, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Twilight Zone, Year’s Best Horror, and other top magazines... Read More →
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Dave Creek

Author
Dave Creek is the author of the novels CHANDA'S AWAKENING and SOME DISTANT SHORE, novellas TRANQUILITY and THE SILENT SENTINELS, and short story collections A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR and THE HUMAN EQUATIONS.He's also published the Great Human War trilogy, including A CROWD OF STARS (2016... Read More →
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Carrie DiRisio

Author
Carrie Ann DiRisio runs multiple popular social media accounts including @BroodingYAHero, and has worked for Serial Box Publishing. She is the author of the upcoming YA Parody novel BROODING YA HERO'S GUIDE TO ACHIEVING MAIN CHARACTER STATUS.Her speaking engagements include talks... Read More →
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Piper J. Drake

Author
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. Now, Piper J. Drake is a bestselling... Read More →
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Timons Esaias

Author
Timons Esaias is a satirist, poet, essayist and short fictionator. His works have appeared in twenty languages. A finalist for the BSFA, and winner of the 2005 Asimov's Readers Award for poetry, his story "Norbert and the System" has appeared in a textbook, and in college curricula... Read More →
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Susan Forest

Secretary, SFWA
Three-time Aurora finalist, Susan Forest writes SF, fantasy and horror, and is a freelance fiction editor. Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Tesseracts, AE SF Review, OnSPEC, and her collection, Immunity to Strange Tales. Susan has judged the Endeavour Award, and she... Read More →
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Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
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Douglas Gwilym

Editor, Triangulation, Parsec Ink / Triangulation
I edit Pittsburgh's long-running anthology of short speculative fiction, Triangulation. I have been an adjunct professor, an audiobook narrator, a DJ, a background investigator, and a stay-at-home dad. I've written a dozen rock albums. Last year, I wrote a quirky-dark little SF rock... Read More →
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Joe Haldeman

writer, MIT
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author and combat veteran of Vietnam. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including... Read More →
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Larry Ivkovich

Writer, Larry Ivkovich
Larry Ivkovich’s genre work has been published in over twenty online and print magazines and anthologies. He has been a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest and was the 2010 recipient of the CZP/Rannu Fund award for fiction. Published novels include... Read More →
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Jeffe Kennedy

Author
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and fantasy romance. She is an RWA member and serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. She is a hybrid author, and also self-publishes a romantic fantasy series... Read More →
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut series and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories and Ghost Talkers. She’s the president of SFWA, a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer... Read More →
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Jamie Lackey

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. She has had over 130 short stories published in places like Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, and Escape Pod. Her debut novel, Left-Hand Gods, is available from Hadley Rille Books, and she has two short story... Read More →
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Kjell Lindgren

Astronaut, NASA
Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren was selected by NASA in 2009. He spent most of his childhood abroad and returned to the U.S. to complete his education and earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He is board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine. After serving as... Read More →
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Kevin McLaughlin

Writer, Role of the Hero Publishing
Kevin McLaughlin is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels, with over thirty books published. He has been a speaker at DragonCon, the Nebula Conference, 20Books, WorldCon, Arisia, Boskone, and other events. He believes in giving back to the writing community... Read More →
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Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors — podcasting. He went on with... 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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Sydney Rossman-Reich

Student, Northwestern University
I am an early-career fantasy and science fiction writer currently focused on short stories. I love to talk about fantasy and science fiction books, comics, tv-shows, movies, board games, video games, and any and all speculation about alternate worlds and what the future might ho... Read More →
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Todd Sanders

Director, Air and Nothingness Press
I have run my own press - Air and Nothingness Press - since 1997. I’ve published five books of the translated poetry of Robert Desnos, three of my own books of poetry and am now publishing the writing of Jamie Lackey and UK fantasy authors Steph Swainston and Jonathan L. Howard.I... Read More →
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Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →
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Rosemary Claire Smith

Writer
My interactive choose-your-own-adventure game, T-Rex Time Machine, is available from Choice of Games. My story, “Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs” (April 2016), placed third in Analog's AnLab Readers' Poll. I draw on my background as an archaeologist to write fantasy, science fiction... Read More →
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Bud Sparhawk

Chief Financial Officer
Bud Sparhawk’s short stories collection NONPARALLEL UNIVERSES will be launched at Balticon17 . His next novel: SHATTERED DREAMS will be launched in autumn of 2017. His most recent novel, DISTANT SEAS is available from Amazon and other booksellers as trade paperback and eBook... Read More →
avatar for Shanna Swendson

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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Mark Tompkins

Author
Mark Tompkins is the Author of The Last Days of Magic and Days of The Witchhunters (Penguin Random House). Last Days was hailed by The Washington Post as “a beautifully detailed book and an entertaining read” and named one of The Best New Books by People Magazine. Mark is under... Read More →
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Kevin Tumlinson

Director of Marketing, Draft2Digital
I'm an award-winning and bestselling author of thrillers, scifi, and fantasy, and the Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. Talk to me about indie publishing, worldwide distribution, ebook conversion, author marketing, and the future of the publishing industry.
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Mary Turzillo

Writer
Mary Turzillo won the 2000 Nebula for novella with "Mars Is No Place for Children." Her poetry collection, Lovers & Killers, won the 2013 Elgin Award. She has been on the British SF Association, Pushcart, Stoker, Dwarf Stars, and Rhysling ballots. Sweet Poison, written with... Read More →
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Ruth Vincent

Author, Harper Voyager Impulse
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Sean Wallace

Publisher, Prime Books
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Navah Wolfe

Editor, Saga Press
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Jane Yolen

SFWA Grandmaster
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that Jane Yolen has been named the 33rd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The award is given by SFWA for “lifetime achievement... Read More →

Nominees
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Charlie Jane Anders

Attendee
Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →
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Brooke Bolander

Writer
Brooke Bolander is a chaos-sowing trickster girl of indeterminate employment, half-tornado, half-writer. Originally from the deepest, darkest, swampiest regions of the southern US, she attended the University of Leicester from 2004 to 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is a... Read More →
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S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Machinehood (Saga), Runtime (tordotcom), and the short story collection, Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (Hachette India). Divya... Read More →
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Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book... Read More →
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Barbara Krasnoff

Barbara Krasnoff has published over 30 pieces of short fiction in a wide variety of publications, including Clockwork Phoenix 5 (and 4 and 2), Mythic Delirium, Crossed Genres, Space and Time, Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring ’20s, Weird Tales, and Memories and Visions... 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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Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter... Read More →
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Sam Miller

Sam J. Miller is the last in a long line of butchers, and the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (a “Must Read” in Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine). He lives in New York City, and at samjmille... Read More →
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John Murphy

John P. Murphy is an engineer and author, with a background in robotics, machine learning, and network security. His novella The Liar was a finalist for the Nebula Award, and his debut novel Red Noise will be out June 2020.
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Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA
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Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
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Merc Rustad

author / AV
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Jason Sanford

Author
Jason Sanford is an award-winning author of short stories, essays, and articles. A two-time finalist for the Nebula Award, Jason has published more than a dozen stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which also devoted a special issue to his fiction. He has also published numerous... Read More →
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Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her novelette “The Orangery” was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. In 2015 she released a collaborative fiction-jazz... Read More →
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Fran Wilde

Author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for four Nebula awards, two Hugo Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. They include her Nebula/Andre Norton- and Compton Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor, 2015); its sequels, Cloudbound and Horizon; the double-starred... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom
 
Saturday, May 20
 

9:00am EDT

Pittsburgh Stroll
Led by the Nebula Conference Chair, Laurie Mann, this stroll will introduce you to Pittsburgh (distance: about 2 miles)

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Mann

Laurie Mann

Nebula Weekend Local Coordinator
Ask me if you have any questions about Pittsburgh


Saturday May 20, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

9:30am EDT

Registration
Saturday May 20, 2017 9:30am - 4:30pm EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

10:00am EDT

SFWA Business meeting
Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

10:00am EDT

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors!

Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Salon 6 (Grand Ballroom)

11:00am EDT

SFWA Services -- What we can do for you?
SFWA has dozens of services for its members and it's easy to overlook things. In this presentation, we present an overview of things SFWA can do for you. Afterwards, SFWA representatives will be available if you have more in-depth questions.

PLEASE NOTE: This panel is directly following the business meeting, in the same room, so the start time might be a little late.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor, SFWA
Michael Capobianco has published two solo science fiction novels, Purlieu (Placeholder Press) and Burster (Bantam). He is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler... Read More →
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Erin M. Hartshorn

SFWA Vice President
Erin M. Hartshorn did her graduate work in fish olfaction (and yes, she’s heard all of the jokes about how fish smell) before turning to words to make her living. Her freelance business makes others’ words look good through copyediting, proofreading, and indexing. Her fiction... Read More →
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Derek Künsken

Co-Chair (Programming), Can*Con
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Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
No programming

Saturday May 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
TBA

1:00pm EDT

Facebook ad campaigns for authors
A survey of how to manage Facebook ads for authors - what they are, why and how to use them to sell your books, and some advanced tips on making them work best for you.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin

Writer, Role of the Hero Publishing
Kevin McLaughlin is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels, with over thirty books published. He has been a speaker at DragonCon, the Nebula Conference, 20Books, WorldCon, Arisia, Boskone, and other events. He believes in giving back to the writing community... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm EDT

How to Vet Freelance Editors and Copy Editors
You want to polish your manuscript and need help to catch all the things you miss. Sometimes that's plot. Sometimes it's continuity. Sometimes it's just grammar. But as a writer, how do you tell if an editor is the right person to help you with your blind spots? In this panel, we'll cover how to find freelance editors as well as how to evaluate their work before hiring them.

Moderators
avatar for Vanessa Rose Phin

Vanessa Rose Phin

Associate Editor, Strange Horizons
Ness is a developmental editor, learning designer, writer, sensitivity reader, and calligrapher--sometimes all at once. Ve is a Midwestern transplant to Baltimore, where ve somehow earned a history degree writing about crossdressing sailors and genderqueer deities.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the editor of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form) eight times, won the... Read More →
avatar for Brenda W. Clough

Brenda W. Clough

My latest novel, A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN, is a neo-Victorian thriller just out from Serial Box. My previous novel, How Like a God, is out in e-format from Book View Cafe. My other works there include Revise the World, a time travel novel, and Speak To Our Desires, a dark detective... Read More →
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Barbara E. Hill

Author, Publisher NobleFusion Press
Barbara E. Hill is an author, publisher, consultant and fairy godmother to all creatures great and small. She’s been addicted to horses her whole life – well, pretty much any critter, truth be told – and manages to squeeze in “real life” around their fluffy furry edges... Read More →
DH

Deanna Hoak

Copyeditor
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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 →


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Marquis A

1:00pm EDT

Erasure is not equality
Authors often that leave things out to a) avoid depicting them "wrong" or b) because they are trying to be "sensitive," or c) don't want to be "political" with their fiction. Marginalizions are routinely excluded from work that is otherwise trying to be progressive and inclusive (such as fat/body acceptance, aroace erasure, or aro erasure in general; or trans being often left out of the LGBT shorthand, in particular transmasc folks; etc.)

Moderators
avatar for Merc Rustad

Merc Rustad

author / AV

Speakers
avatar for KT Bryski

KT Bryski

Author
KT Bryski is a Canadian author, playwright, and podcaster. She has stories in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Apex (among others), and her audio dramas Coxwood History Fun Park and Six Stories, Told at Night are available wherever fine podcasts are found.She’s won the Parsec and... Read More →
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Curtis Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes stories and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He's the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and has written for the Realm originals Ninth Step Station, Machina, and... 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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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 →


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Marquis C

1:00pm EDT

What Role Does Humor Have in an Unsettled Society
Society is shaped by narrative. What responsibility do humorists have to consider the larger context in which their work appears? And how do we handle that responsibility? Is satire still useful? And where is the line between funny and damaging?

Moderators
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Attendee
Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →

Speakers
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Anatoly Belilovsky

writer
Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling... Read More →
avatar for Carrie DiRisio

Carrie DiRisio

Author
Carrie Ann DiRisio runs multiple popular social media accounts including @BroodingYAHero, and has worked for Serial Box Publishing. She is the author of the upcoming YA Parody novel BROODING YA HERO'S GUIDE TO ACHIEVING MAIN CHARACTER STATUS.Her speaking engagements include talks... Read More →
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Michael Underwood

Attendee
Mike is the author of over a dozen books, including the Ree Reyes Geekomancy series (GEEKOMANCY, CELEBROMANCY, ATTACK THE GEEK, HEXOMANCY), collaboratively-written epic fantasy serial BORN TO THE BLADE, and the r/Fantasy "Stabby" Award-finalist GENRENAUTS novellas. His latest book... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Marquis B

2:30pm EDT

Avoiding Distraction
Writers are told that they need to diversify their income. How do you manage deadlines when switching between multiple projects?

Moderators
avatar for Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake

Author
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. Now, Piper J. Drake is a bestselling... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vicky Hsu

Vicky Hsu

Co-founder, Habitica
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Siena Leslie

Co-founder, Habitica
avatar for David D. Levine

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 →
avatar for Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts

Attendee


Saturday May 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Marquis A

2:30pm EDT

Makeup for Writers
You're at a con, you're exhausted and have to look like you're in top form. Learn tricks for femme, ace, masc, and everyone on the gender spectrum to spackle over the fatigue. This isn't about conforming to media stereotypes but about using a tool to look like the best version of you.

And if you're a nominee wanting a little extra sparkle... this is a hands-on workshop.

Speakers
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut series and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories and Ghost Talkers. She’s the president of SFWA, a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

2:30pm EDT

Setting up your own book tour
Book tours serve to connect a writer with their audience. It also allows writers to interact directly with the booksellers who will potentially handsell their books. So how can a writer set up a book tour to maximize that effectively without breaking the bank.

Moderators
avatar for Curtis Chen

Curtis Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes stories and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He's the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and has written for the Realm originals Ninth Step Station, Machina, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Freund

Jim Freund

Hour of the Wolf Productions
Jim Freund has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967, when he began working at New York City's WBAI-FM at age 13. An audiobook, Chatting Science Fiction, of some recent noted interviews for his radio show, Hour of the Wolf, was released... Read More →
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Tee Morris

Author
Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors — podcasting. He went on with... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Marquis B

2:30pm EDT

What Teens are Looking for in YA Literature
YA Literature is consumed, enjoyed, and written by people of all age groups. But what about its original target demographic? What, exactly, do teenagers enjoy about YA? What makes or breaks a good YA book? In this panel, a group of teenagers and SFWA's newest grandmaster discusses what they love and hate about the genre and its many subgenres, tropes, and traits. Come listen and learn.

Moderators
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Diane Turnshek

Carnegie Mellon University
Diane Turnshek is an astronomer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been on the Board of Directors for both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and Parsec, Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction organization. For nine years, she mentored graduate... Read More →

Speakers
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Kyra Boisseree

Kyra Boisserée is a Comparative Literature major at Reed College. While she unironically adores Shakespeare and Les Misérables (yes, the book), she has a lot of thoughts about the literary field as a whole (specifically its hierarchies and standards of worth) which she has been... Read More →
avatar for Ana Maria Curtis

Ana Maria Curtis

Student, Swarthmore College
Ana studies English Lit, Economics, and Mandarin Chinese. She wrote some words once.
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Jane Yolen

SFWA Grandmaster
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that Jane Yolen has been named the 33rd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The award is given by SFWA for “lifetime achievement... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Marquis C

4:00pm EDT

Creating and Depicting Invented Cultures
From Tolkien’s Dwarves to Star Trek’s Klingons, invented cultures have always been a major part of science fiction and fantasy. But how do writers create and write about these new cultures? We’ll take a look at the three main models for inventing cultures, from human cultures in disguise to the completely new and unfathomable, three ways to put culture on the page, from “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all” to intersectionality that puts a new spin on the fictional melting pot, and three common pitfalls that can hamstring your story and alienate readers. 

Speakers
avatar for Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts

Attendee


Saturday May 20, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Marquis C

4:00pm EDT

The New Normal: Activism for Writers/How to Balance Activism and Writing
Society is shaped by narrative. How does an author participate in shaping that society by the narratives we choose to tell? Can we take the skills that we have honed on fiction and use them in real life to shape conversations? And how do we decide when and if we want to?

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA

Speakers
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 Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

Author
Sally Wiener Grotta’s books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" was a 2019 Health Odyssey winner.Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of... Read More →
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Sam Miller

Sam J. Miller is the last in a long line of butchers, and the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (a “Must Read” in Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine). He lives in New York City, and at samjmille... Read More →
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her written work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Uncanny Magazine, Women of Marvel #1, and many other projects and venues. Being Seen, her debut memoir on media and disability releases... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Marquis A

4:00pm EDT

Critical assessment: What's next in genre?
A group of critics discusses trends that they've seen with different publishers and editors. From decolonised fantasy epics to queered space opera, they speculate about what things are likely to be of interest in the future.

Moderators
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Attendee
Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sanford

Jason Sanford

Author
Jason Sanford is an award-winning author of short stories, essays, and articles. A two-time finalist for the Nebula Award, Jason has published more than a dozen stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which also devoted a special issue to his fiction. He has also published numerous... Read More →
avatar for Mary Turzillo

Mary Turzillo

Writer
Mary Turzillo won the 2000 Nebula for novella with "Mars Is No Place for Children." Her poetry collection, Lovers & Killers, won the 2013 Elgin Award. She has been on the British SF Association, Pushcart, Stoker, Dwarf Stars, and Rhysling ballots. Sweet Poison, written with... Read More →
avatar for Navah Wolfe

Navah Wolfe

Editor, Saga Press


Saturday May 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Marquis B

4:30pm EDT

'Starting a Reading Series in your Town: Lessons We've Learned in Seattle and Portland'
In this presentation, we take a look at what SFWA has learned from starting the SFWA Northwest Reading Series in Portland, OR.

Moderators
avatar for Mark Nieman Ross

Mark Nieman Ross

Author
Mark Niemann-Ross is a Portland-based writer of hard science-fiction with an emphasis on the impact of technology on society. He is a two-time winner of Analog Magazine Reader's Choice Award, has appeared in Stupefying Stories, narrated audio books, and is working on his first novel... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Marquis C

6:00pm EDT

Nebula Reception
Saturday May 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

6:00pm EDT

Registration
Saturday May 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

7:00pm EDT

Nebula Banquet
Saturday May 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

8:30pm EDT

Nebula Award Ceremony
Approximate time

Saturday May 20, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

9:00pm EDT

Book Sales
The Book Sales room times are "soft" on Saturday night.  the room will be open for about an hour at the conclusion of the Nebula Awards so you can pick up some books by the winners!

Saturday May 20, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Salon 6 (Grand Ballroom)

9:30pm EDT

Tor Books and Tor.com Open Party
Saturday May 20, 2017 9:30pm - Sunday May 21, 2017 11:30pm EDT
SFWA's Hospitality Suite - Room 2128

10:00pm EDT

Nebula Alternate Universe Speeches
Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom
 
Sunday, May 21
 

9:00am EDT

Pittsburgh Stroll
Led by the Nebula Conference Chair, Laurie Mann, this stroll will take you to see PNC Park, Heinz Field and Point State Park  (distance:  3.5 miles).

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Mann

Laurie Mann

Nebula Weekend Local Coordinator
Ask me if you have any questions about Pittsburgh


Sunday May 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

9:30am EDT

Registration
Sunday May 21, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Grand Foyer Lobby

10:00am EDT

Work For Hire
When trying to diversify the income stream, work for hire is a potential option. Our panelists discuss possible pitfalls to look out for in contracts, and how to be creative on demand.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Argall

Liz Argall

Writer, Argall Creative
Liz Argall is a speculative fiction author, and creator of the all ages webcomics series Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kenneth Chiacchia

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 →
avatar for N.R. (Nancy) Lambert

N.R. (Nancy) Lambert

N.R. Lambert (she/her) is a speculative fiction author from New York City. Her stories appear or are forthcoming in Fireside Quarterly, Cast of Wonders, PseudoPod, Factor Four Magazine, Lovecraft Mythos (Flame Tree Publishing 2020), and Don’t Turn Out the Lights: A Tribute to Alvin... Read More →
avatar for Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye

Author
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as “spoiling cats.”  She lives near Atlanta with three feline overlords, Athena, Minx, and Marmalade; and her husband, author and packager Bill Fawcett. She has published more than 50 books, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Marquis C

10:00am EDT

Understanding Neuroscience: The Evolved Brain
The human brain may be the most complex structure in the universe, but that won't stop us from learning, thinking, and writing about it. How can we dive into something so impenetrable, and extract stories that are coherent, plausible, and free from the cliches of the past fifty years?

Moderators
avatar for Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney

Attendee, Escape Pod
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and assistant editor (submissions editor) of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. His short stories have appeared in many excellent magazines including Strange Horizons, Analog, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can read more... Read More →

Sunday May 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Marquis B

10:00am EDT

Fairy Tales as a Mode of Composition
Fairy tales have dominated our cultural imagination for centuries. From the Brothers Grimm to the Countess d’Aulnoy, from Charles Perrault to Hans Christian Anderson, storytellers have crafted tales that have always found a place in our hearts.  These folk and fairy stories have a long tradition of shifting their shapes as they're passed from hand to hand: Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's Fairy Tale Series invited numerous authors to unfold stories and ballads into novel length; Angela Carter and Francesca Lia Block modernised, darkened and subverted familiar stories. But what connects these beyond the mutations of plot? Is there such a thing as "a fairy way of writing?" This panel will explore the imaginative space of folk and fairy tales, beyond straight-up retellings, as a mode of composition.

Moderators
avatar for Navah Wolfe

Navah Wolfe

Editor, Saga Press

Speakers
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book... Read More →
avatar for Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter... Read More →
avatar for Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

SFWA Grandmaster
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that Jane Yolen has been named the 33rd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The award is given by SFWA for “lifetime achievement... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Marquis A

10:00am EDT

Book Sales
Buy books from your favorite authors!

Sunday May 21, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Salon 6 (Grand Ballroom)

11:00am EDT

Deep Dive into Digital Marketing
From Curated Content to Costs-Per-Click, we'll discuss how to build a successful digital marketing campaign, a viable social media platform, and other easy techniques to use social media to advertise and promote your work. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions!

Speakers
avatar for Carrie DiRisio

Carrie DiRisio

Author
Carrie Ann DiRisio runs multiple popular social media accounts including @BroodingYAHero, and has worked for Serial Box Publishing. She is the author of the upcoming YA Parody novel BROODING YA HERO'S GUIDE TO ACHIEVING MAIN CHARACTER STATUS.Her speaking engagements include talks... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Marquis B

11:00am EDT

Toastmaster Q&A
Join NASA astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren for a Q&A in which you get to to let out your inner five-year old that made you start writing science-fiction and fantasy. This is a chance to ask an actual astronaut all the things.

Speakers
avatar for Kjell Lindgren

Kjell Lindgren

Astronaut, NASA
Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren was selected by NASA in 2009. He spent most of his childhood abroad and returned to the U.S. to complete his education and earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He is board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine. After serving as... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Marquis A

11:00am EDT

Writing What You DON’T Know: Going Beyond Research
There is an old adage amongst authors of “Write What You Know” but what if you want to bring something new, something unknown to your work. What if you want to bring more diversity to your work, especially when an inspiration hits you? They have been called “Sensitivity Editors” but some authors dedicated to getting their fiction right prefer to call them “Cultural Consultants.” Panelists talk about the importance of reaching out to communities outside their own comfort zones and cultural circles, and writing in arenas that are not second nature to them.

Moderators
avatar for Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake

Author
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. Now, Piper J. Drake is a bestselling... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Susan Forest

Susan Forest

Secretary, SFWA
Three-time Aurora finalist, Susan Forest writes SF, fantasy and horror, and is a freelance fiction editor. Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Tesseracts, AE SF Review, OnSPEC, and her collection, Immunity to Strange Tales. Susan has judged the Endeavour Award, and she... Read More →
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Vanessa Rose Phin

Associate Editor, Strange Horizons
Ness is a developmental editor, learning designer, writer, sensitivity reader, and calligrapher--sometimes all at once. Ve is a Midwestern transplant to Baltimore, where ve somehow earned a history degree writing about crossdressing sailors and genderqueer deities.
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her written work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Uncanny Magazine, Women of Marvel #1, and many other projects and venues. Being Seen, her debut memoir on media and disability releases... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Marquis C