4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 20-22, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, June 19, 2014
8:00 PMInformal pre-event story telling
See our extra events page for more info.
Friday, June 20, 2014
9:00 AMWriter's Seminar
The Writer's Seminar schedule can be found over here.
3:30 PMWelcome to 4th Street
4:00 PMGesticulation, Body Language, and Communication

Theresa Mecklenborg
(Moderating)

Dana Baird

Scott Lynch

Elise Matthesen

Jon Singer

Gesture, posture, and expression can convey as much meaning and cultural difference as the spoken word. When we read about gesture, what do we like, what do we see too much of, and what's physiologically impossible? What are some examples of gestures or expressions that are dense with meaning but can be challenging to describe?
5:30 PMSuspension of Disbelief

Paul Weimer
(Moderating)

Stella Evans

Felicia Herman

Catherine Lundoff

Tom Whitmore

One of the challenges of writing fantasy is not pushing your readers' credulity too far. What kinds of things will audiences run with, what will they forgive for the sake of a good story/a charming voice, and what will send them screaming into the night? What are some ways in which you've seen different readers or groups react differently to the same material.
7 PMWelcome Dinner
Saturday, June 21, 2014
9:30 AMOriginality and Micro-genre

Elizabeth Bear
(Moderating)

Cathy Hindersinn

Seanan McGuire

Michael Merriam

Caroline Stevermer

Readers who are versed in a sub-genre and its conventions can find what outsiders see as minor variations on a theme to be significant and original differences. How does this relate to the frequently expressed desire among critics for originality and ambition, and how is the perception of originality informed by the breadth/focus of readers' experiences?
11:00 AMThe Influence of Anxiety

Sherry Merriam
(Moderating)

Stella Evans

Marissa Lingen

Scott Lynch

How do our fears and worries affect our work, and what can we do about it? How does that change when our anxieties are rooted in brain chemistry and the usual run of writerly nostrums prove ineffective?
NoonLunch
2:00 PMHistory as Trade Secret

Tim Cooper
(Moderating)

Alec Austin

Dana Baird

Ann Chatham

Michael Merriam

Fantasy has a long tradition of borrowing (and outright stealing) the best bits from history and remixing them to taste. Sometimes historicity is just an aesthetic gloss, but sometimes it serves as the foundation for rich, detailed, and complex works. What makes us admire an author bending history to their ends, and which excesses snap our suspension of disbelief?
3:30 PMCrafting the Sentence and Paragraph

Steven Brust
(Moderating)

Elizabeth Bear

Pamela Dean

Elise Matthesen

Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Every story, poem, or book is built of sentences and paragraphs, arranged to produce a sequence of effects. How do you make your sentence structure do what you want it to, and how do you combine sentences to form effective paragraphs? How do cadence, rhythm, and the acoustic (and visual) properties of words play into composition?
5:00 PMIn and Out of Frame

Marissa Lingen
(Moderating)

Emma Bull

Pamela Dean

Catherine Lundoff

Liz Vogel

In fantasy, as with stage plays and magic tricks, a key skill is directing the reader's attention. What are some examples of successful (and less successful) attention direction and sleight of hand, and what motivated them? Are there certain topics it's easier or harder to guide readers toward (or away from)?
6:00 PMDinner
8:00 PMShifts in Historical Narrative

Kit Gordon
(Moderating)

Max Gladstone

Arkady Martine

Sarah Olsen

Caroline Stevermer

How do the stories we tell about history change over time, via myth-making and cultural/temporal distance, and what drives those revisions? What drives us to reinterpret not just recent history, but events that transpired many centuries ago? What are some things audiences "know" about history that just aren't so?
Sunday, June 22, 2014
10:00 AMAdvice From New Writers

Ginger Weil
(Moderating)

Ann Chatham

Alex Haist

Arun Jiwa

Miriam Krause

Fade Manley

Every generation of writers has a different perspective on composition, publication, and community. What advice, theories, or thoughts do our panelists have for others based on their experiences?
11:30 AMInfluence, Tropes, and Prior Art

Alec Austin
(Moderating)

Steven Brust

Tim Cooper

Max Gladstone

Seanan McGuire

Authors who came before them influence nearly every author. Is it easier to be influenced by certain styles of work, or in certain ways? To what extent do we model our works on existing texts or narrative templates, and how often are those influences visible when reading the finished product?
12:30 PMLunch
2:30 PMBut that's a different panel...

To be decided
on the fly

Yup, you guessed it... the time slot left open for one of those topics that would otherwise derail or consume another panel that we deferred for another time.
3:30 PM – 4:30 PMThanks! And what about 2015?