I’ll be attending Midamericon II (Worldcon) from August 18th through 21st. Here’s my current list of signings, panels, and award ceremonies I’ll be attending. I was originally scheduled to have a Literary Beer, but the time they assigned me didn’t work. I can’t say that they’ll be able to reschedule, so if you planned on going to that, please feel free to catch me after a panel, as I wander the con, or even at the Clarkesworld at Ten panel.
Editing and Crafting the Short Story
Thursday 16:00 – 17:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Any writer or editor can tell you that writing a short story and writing a novel require different skills in the writer’s wheelhouse. Writing on the small scale requires precision of detail from concept to completion. What do you need to know about openings, character development, narrative arcs, endings, and more that will make your short fiction pop? How does the process differ from putting the initial draft on paper to editing the text to better reflect the vision in your head? When do you know when that short story is finally ready to go?
Ellen Datlow, Alex Shvartsman, Ms. Lynne M. Thomas, Neil Clarke, Sheila Williams (M)
Chesley Awards Ceremony
Thursday 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, 3501F (Kansas City Convention Center)
Ceremony held by the the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists to recognize individual artistic works and achievements.
Campbell & Sturgeon Awards
Thursday 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM, 2501D(Kansas City Convention Center)
Join us as we honor the winners of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best science fiction short story of the year. These awards are unique in that they are selected by incredibly well read authors and scholars in the field. This process side-steps the politics of other award methods. Tonight we will announce the winners and honor their talent with a brief reception.
Autographing: Neil Clarke, Brenda Cooper, Rebecca Moesta, Martin Shoemaker, Rosemary Claire Smith
Friday 10:00 – 11:00, Autographing Space (Kansas City Convention Center)
Rebecca Moesta, Neil Clarke, Brenda Cooper, Martin L. Shoemaker, Ms Rosemary Claire Smith
Trends in Magazine Publishing
Friday 14:00 – 15:00, 3501D (Kansas City Convention Center)
A lot of things have changed for magazine publshing. What’s the beat way in, and how do we write for a genre that is moving across media?
MR. Donald Douglas Fratz (M), John Joseph Adams, Neil Clarke, Shahid Mahmud, Dr. Mary Anne Mohanraj, Jason Sanford
The State of Short Fiction
Friday 15:00 – 16:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)
More than just the magazines, short fiction is in a golden age, found in the magazine, online, in anthologies, and chapbooks. The field’s editors come together to talk about what they are seeing, and debate whether there is a short fiction renaissance.
David Truesdale (M), Neil Clarke, Mr Jonathan Strahan, Sheila Williams, Gordon Van Gelder
Magazine Group Reading: Clarkesworld
Friday 17:00 – 18:00, 2504B (Kansas City Convention Center)
Our Magazine Group Reading Series continues with a special group reading that features authors from Clarkesworld Magazine.
Neil Clarke (M), Kelly Robson, Seth Dickinson, Martin L. Shoemaker, Naomi Kritzer, Mary Anne Mohanraj
The Place of Bookstores
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Rather than failing, bookshops are allegedly on the rise, but is this the case for all kinds or just a special few? Current and former bookstore managers, owners and users discuss the realities of selling books in an online and e-book world.
Lauren Roy, Carrie Vaughn, Cynthia Ward, Neil Clarke (M), Michelle (Sagara) West
HUGO AWARDS REHEARSAL
Saturday 11:30 – 11:55, Grand Ballroom (Kansas City Convention Center)
Clarkesworld at Ten
Saturday 14:00 – 15:00, 3501F (Kansas City Convention Center)
Neil Clarke began publishing Clarkesworld Magazine in October 2006. He, his staff, and some contributors look back on ten years.
Neil Clarke (M), Kate Baker
Submitting the Short Story
Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)
The big secret to getting a short story accepted is to write an amazing story. But are there simple things an author can do to make sure their story isn’t dismissed out of hand? We’ll also look at some of the best techniques for finding the right market to submit your work and for tracking your submissions.
Sheila Williams, Catherine Krahe, Eric T. Reynolds (M), Betsy Dornbusch, Neil Clarke
Hugo Awards Ceremony
Saturday 18:00 – Whenever, Theater (Kansas City Convention Center)
The annual and most prestigious science fiction awards ceremony comes to Kansas City.