4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 26–28, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN

Writers' Seminar: Illumination

NOTE: The seminar is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please send mail.

This year's seminar is designed specifically for new writers who are interested in learning more about the craft, the industry, and the community. Topics include: Writing is a Business: Professional Etiquette; Developing a Voice; and Critique & Community. Chat with panelists. Ask questions and get answers. Eat lunch with our illustrious panelists and other new writers, and leave with some new territory illuminated and ready to explore. Please note that this is not a writing workshop with critiques of participants' work. To help increase interactivity, the seminar registration is limited to 25 people. The seminar will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday.

9:00 AMIntroduction
9:10 AMWriting is a Business: Professional Etiquette
10:15 AMBreak
10:45 AMDeveloping a Voice
1:15 PMCritique & Community
2:30 PMConclusion

Alec Austin is a game designer and short fiction writer. He's a graduate of MIT, Clarion West, and Viable Paradise, whose work has been published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Analog, and Apex (among other professional venues). Alec has been a nuclear reactor operator, a branding researcher, and a writer and designer for the Pokémon and Command & Conquer franchises. He's based out of California.

Marissa Lingen is the author of over a hundred short stories. Her work has appeared in Tor.com, Lightspeed, Analog, Asimov's, and many others. She writes everything from hard fantasy to soft SF (okay, and a bit of the opposite) and is obsessed with Finnish mythology. She's local and friendly, so go ahead and ask her about restaurants and tourist attractions.

Lynne M. Thomas is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Hugo-nominated Apex Magazine (2011-2013); her husband Michael Damian Thomas is the former Managing Editor. Lynne co-edited the Hugo-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (with Tara O’Shea), the Hugo-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (with Sigrid Ellis), and Glitter & Mayhem (with Michael and John Klima). Lynne moderates the Hugo-winning SF Squeecast and also contributes to the Hugo-nominated Verity! Podcast. Michael contributes to the SF Squeecast, and co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (with Sigrid Ellis). The Thomases are currently the Publishers and Editors-in-Chief of Uncanny Magazine. Some call them the Nick and Nora Charles of SF/F, though they don't nearly drink that much.