Thursday, November 7, 2013

Orycon awaits!

I will be attending Orycon this weekend in Portland, Oregon. I hope to meet up with old friends and a lot of new ones. My complete schedule:

Writing Formidable Women
Hamilton             Fri Nov 8 5:00pm-6:00pm
How to write strong female characters ... and how to make sure they're actually female rather than men who happen to look hot in an evening dress.

Book Burning
Lincoln              Sat Nov 9 10:00am-11:00am
Should you never burn books because of a moral principle, or is it appropriate as a form of protest or to protect people from certain kinds of information?  What if it`s a religious text?  The history and modern context of a controversial, often inflammatory (sorry) subject.

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Ross Island          Sat Nov 9 12:00pm-1:00pm
Join members of Broad Universe--an organization dedicated to women in genre fiction--for a whole bunch of really short readings crammed into one hour.

Sue Bolich Reading
Lincoln              Sat Nov 9 1:30pm-2:00pm
Sue Bolich reads from own works
S. A. Bolich

Female Villains
Morrison             Sat Nov 9 3:00pm-4:00pm
We often speak of writing strong female characters, but what about strong female villains that aren't just caricatures? An examination of characterization that moves beyond the ever popular rape scenario that is often given as a primary motivation for women seeking revenge.

The Marketing of Historical Fiction
Madison              Sat Nov 9 4:00pm-5:00pm
Does it only sell as romance and mainstream?  How might historical fiction be made appealing to a broader audience?

For the Beings, and By the Beings...
Hamilton             Sun Nov 10 11:00am-12:00pm
Governments in fantasy novels - building a workable system of governing in the lands of talking trees and walking dead.

Come on down to the Doubletree in Portland and join the fun!