Can Theatrics Help Your Novel or Short Story?

Speakers: Craig Russell & Van Kunder Join our panelists in a discussion about how writers can use basic theatre principals to make their writing stronger and more believable.

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What’s New in SF/F

Speakers: Melinda Friesen, Ronald Hore, & Den Valdron Are there any new sub-genres to watch out for? What is selling and what is declining?  How are real books doing compared to the electronic market? How has small press and self-publishing developed?

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Copyright Law in Canada and the United States

Speaker: Prof. Adriane Porcin A panel comparing and contrasting copyrights, contracts, work-for-hire and other concepts related to art and art law, which make for different interpretations of what can and cannot be done with one’s art once it crosses the

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Critique Group Survival

Speakers: Lindsay Kitson & Daria Patrie So you’re ready to share what you’ve written with others and get feedback on it. How do you find a critique group? How do you know if you’ve got a good one? How do

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Book Reading: Various

Speakers: Timothy Gywn, Sherry Peters, & Melinda Friesen Timothy Gwyn reads from Avians, Sherry Peters reads from Mabel the Mafioso Dwarf, and Melinda Friesen reads from Subversion. A question and answer session follows the readings. Stay until the end to

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What do Publishers Want in Young Adult Science Fiction

Speaker: Melinda Friesen Join Melinda Friesen as she discusses with our convention members what publishers are looking for in contemporary Young Adult Science Fiction. Melinda Friesen is an author and the Acquisitions Editor with Rebelight Publishing Inc., a Winnipeg based

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What Makes a Good Story

Speakers: Gerald Brandt & M.C. Joudrey What matters most in written storytelling?  Style? Pacing? Does it need to be character driven or full of action and adventure? Just what goes into making a really good story?

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Point of View

Speakers: Gerald Brandt, Melinda Friesen, Lindsay Kitson, & Daria Patrie What writing point of view is most often found in SF&F literature and why? How does point of view change the narrative or style of the story? Is it more

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Literary Arts and Social Responsibility

Speakers: Sherry Peters, Den Valdron, & LeAmber Kensley SF&F has been around since the 1800’s, and western society has changed over that time.  When discussing literature, should we separate the writer and their beliefs from their works? Does it matter if

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Favourite Myth, Legend, or Folk/Fairy Tale

Speakers: Van Kunder & Daria Patrie Myths, legends and folktales are the ancestral of fantasy literature, and have even been adapted into science fiction stories. Come gather while our panelists discuss their favorite myths and tales and why they matter,

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