Westercon Schedule 2016

I will be at Westercon! C’mon by, say hello, pick up a copy of WOLFSBANE in the dealer’s room, or listen to a weird west short story at my reading on Saturday.

Fri Jul 1 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Anticipatory Anthropology
Fri Jul 1 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The study of future humans.

Rhiannon Held Reading
Sat Jul 2 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

World Building: Science Fiction vs Fantasy
Sat Jul 2 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
What are the similarities and differences between world building in science fiction vs fantasy? What elements give an alien or fantastic world a more realistic feel? Is it harder to describe a technology or a magic system? What techniques work for both?

Fantasy In the City
Sun Jul 3 10:00 am – 11:00 am
With the rise of popularity in urban-based fantasies, so increases the complexity of storytelling. Sure, you know what’s happening in a modern world. But does including a fantastical element have its own challenges? Discuss the challenges of writing fantasy in a modern setting, and how the different choices made by authors influenced their stories.

Realistic Dialogue
Sun Jul 3 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dialogue can be tricky. It’s easy to info dump and pull the “As you know, Bob” when using dialogue to reveal information. But there are ways to do this without being so obvious. Find out how pros keep their dialogue real while also being effective.

Sun Jul 3 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Writers talk about fleshing out their worlds. How much is too much? How much is too little? How do the features of a world enable its denizens, particularly the characters of the story? How do its constraints challenge them?

Sex Scenes in Writing
Sun Jul 3 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sex is a part of life, and an aspect we can use to learn many things about a character. Are they chatty in bed, or kinky, or do they prefer the lights off? All are insights that help a reader relate to the characters. But does sex ‘need’ to be in your writing? Let’s discuss what sex in writing means and whether it needs to be in your novel.

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