12
Jun 09

Schedule

A note from your programming staff:
Although we have designated panelists for each program item – because we think that these people are both interesting and have cool things to say about the topic at hand – we intend for 4th Street to be a conversation, not a series of lectures or performances. If you have something to say on any given topic, please speak up and contribute. Ask questions. Speculate. Make a joke. Just be polite and let everyone else talk too. The moderators are there to keep the conversation flowing.

All scheduled events occur in the programming room unless otherwise noted.

F R I D A Y

3pm Opening ceremonies
3:30pm-4:30pm How to Sound Smart on Panels

  • Steven Brust, moderator
  • Teresa Nielsen Hayden
  • Debbie Notkin
  • Jon Singer
  • Elise Matthesen
4:30pm-6:00pm How has Fantasy Changed in the last 20 years?

There have been big changes in the last twenty years, in what kind of fantasy people are reading, and in what channels they are getting it through. From traditional fantasy novels, to "urban fantasy" series, the romance cross-overs, to television and games – fantasy is everywhere. Discuss!

  • Tom Whitmore, moderator
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Sharyn November
  • Magenta Griffith
  • Jenett Silver
  • Laurel Krahn
6:00pm-7:30pm Dinner Break
7:30pm-8:30pm Reasons Things Go Wrong:

. . . in the crafting of stories. War stories from writers and readers alike.

  • Catherynne M. Valente, moderator
  • Marissa Lingen
  • Pamela Dean
  • Sarah Monette
  • Jo Walton
9:00pm-? Beer and Moral Philosophy of Fiction

Wide-ranging discussion of what makes fiction moral and immoral. Bring some interesting beer! Or, of course, whatever you like to drink. This salon will take place in the smoking consuite, i.e. Steve Brust's room. (Room # to be announced)

  • Steve Brust, moderator
  • Everyone

S A T U R D A Y

10:00am-11:00am One Night Stand vs. Round Two

What makes a viable series character? What gives a series staying power?

  • Debbie Notkin, moderator
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Patricia C. Wrede
11:15am-12:15pm Childrens and YA Fantasy – it's not just for kids!

The bestsellers in our genre are, mostly, nominally YA. Why is that?

  • Sharyn November, moderator
  • Kathryn Sullivan
  • Laura Krentz
  • Beth Friedman
  • Jenett Silver
  • Elizabeth Lavelle
12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm-2:45pm Fantasy and the Family

Talk about families as represented and misrepresented in fantasy. And just what do we mean by family, anyway?

  • Beth Meacham, moderator
  • Kelly Barnhill
  • Marissa Lingen
  • Debbie Notkin
  • Liza Furr
  • Kit Gordon
3:00pm-4:15pm Embracing Exposition

Exposition is your friend! No, really!

  • Teresa Nielsen Hayden, moderator
  • Sarah Monette
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Jo Walton
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Pamela Dean
4:30pm-6:00pm What is FanFic?

And what isn't? And why do we care? "It has been explained to me that any time I return to a setting for another story, I'm writing fanfic." – Steven Brust

  • Debbie Notkin, moderator
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Anne Gwin
  • Reesa Brown
  • Steven Brust
6:00pm-7:30pm Dinner Break
7:30pm-8:30pm Food, Fashion, and Fornication

What do the cuisine, the clothing, and the sexual habits of people in a story say about the general nature of that society? And do you suppose the author really meant that?

  • Jo Walton, moderator
  • Karen G. Anderson
  • Magenta Griffith
  • Sarah Monette
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Jon Singer

S U N D A Y

10:00am-11:00am How to Give and Take Critique

From editors, as beta readers, in writers groups, or from your dog (how to take a critique from your cat would require its own panel, if not its own convention).

  • Tom Whitmore, moderator
  • Marissa Lingen
  • Michael Merriam
  • Jo Walton
  • Beth Meacham
11:00am-1:00pm Decadent Brunch in the Terrace Room: Included in Your Membership
1:00pm-2:30pm The Different Panel

At every convention, some really interesting idea gets thrown out on a panel, and then everyone says "but that's a different panel" and drops it. Make a note. Tell us at brunch. We'll hold that different panel RIGHT NOW.

  • TBA
2:45pm-4:30pm The Stuff of Fantasy

What objects say about context, culture, and world.

  • Jo Walton, moderator
  • Elise Matthesen
  • Teresa Nielsen Hayden
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Kathryn Sullivan
  • Sarah Monette
  • Liza Furr
4:30pm Closing Ceremonies