Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 24, 2010
8:00 PM –Three Shouts On a Hill
Last year we added a pre-conference opportunity to laugh and play. It was so successful that we decided to continue it and establish a tradition! Tonight we share in presenting the world premiere of Jo Walton's play version of the Irish legend of the Sons of Tuirean: Three Shouts On a Hill.
Courtyard Ballroom

Friday, June 25, 2010
3:30 PM – 4:00 PMGreetings
Courtyard Ballroom
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMWhat should I be reading (that I'm not)?
An open discussion of what's exciting out there: not limited to fantasy or genre at all! We want to know what's getting us jazzed in the world of books and web stuff.
Notes / Book List
Tom Whitmore, with much audience help
Courtyard Ballroom
5:30 PM – 6:30 PMHow do you know when a story's going wrong?
An editor, a writer, a reviewer and a reader talk about how to tell when a story is going wrong, and what to do about it, from their perspectives.
Steven Brust, Karen G. Anderson, Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Courtyard Ballroom
6:30 PM – 8:00 PMDinner
Looking for dining companions? Join the Hospitality folks in Dover, the hotel restaurant.
8:00 PM –Getting to know you gatherings
Join Steven in the Smokers Den for Philosophy and Fun, Peggy in Courtyard Ballroom A for Singing and Silliness, Tom in Courtyard Ballroom B for Musings and Meanderings, or Janet in the ConSuite for Munching and Mischief... or stroll among them all. Other amusements will undoubtedly ensue.

Saturday, June 26, 2010
10:00 AM – 11:00 AMMixing genres
We've had a raft of different ways of mashing up genres over recent years. Fantasy with rivets, dragons with novels of manners, future-setting fantasy — what's coming next, and why does this sort of synthesis work well (when it does)?
Jo Walton, Elizabeth Bear, Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Courtyard Ballroom
11:30 AM – 12:30 PMBeyond promotion: Reputation management
Why is it wrong to put a stack of your books in front of you at a panel? What is effective at a convention in terms of promotion, and why? How do you get a reputation, and what do you do once you have one?
Steven Brust, Ctein, Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Courtyard Ballroom
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMLunch
With your new friends or old ones
2:00 PM – 3:00 PMHow does the medium affect the story?
There are many ways to tell stories. Why choose graphic novel over song? What are the advantages of keeping it short or making it long? Why has epic poetry pretty much died?
Adam Stemple, Elise Matthesen, Elizabeth Bear
Courtyard Ballroom
3:30 PM – 4:30 PMFantasy vs. Progress
Sarah Monette had a blog post which began a discussion on the nature of progress in fantasy, and how conservative fantasy tends to be. Of course we had to continue it.
Sarah Monette, Marissa Lingen, Adam Stemple, Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Courtyard Ballroom
5:00 PM – 6:00 PMSubmit, or die!
What keeps you from submitting and what keeps your submissions from being seen by the right people? Includes stories about the story an author won't submit.
Tom Whitmore, Elise Matthesen, Skyler White
Courtyard Ballroom
6:00 PM – 7:30 PMDinner
We won't tell you where to go, but we'll recommend some places you might want to try.
7:30 PM – 8:30 PMSecond thoughts: The morning after
The aftermath of Food, Fashion, and Fornication. Happily ever after? I don't think so. Unruly, lively discussion of what happens next.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Jon Singer, Elise Matthesen, Karen G. Anderson
Courtyard Ballroom

Sunday, June 27, 2010
10:00 AM – 11:00 AMPoint of view: How not to suck
Who's telling this story, anyway? Why should I care? Does it make a difference?
Jo Walton, Sarah Monette, Steven Brust
Courtyard Ballroom
11:00 AM – 1:00 PMBrunch
Planned with consideration for our various dietary concerns.
Terrace Room
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMThe new cliches
When does something change from a fad to a cliche? What's jumped the shark recently (besides "jumping the shark")?
Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tom Whitmore
Courtyard Ballroom
2:30 PM – 3:30 PMBut that's a different panel...
Everything you wanted to discuss that got tabled until now.
Courtyard Ballroom
4:00 PM –Farewells
Courtyard Ballroom