Monday, June 24, 2013

Westercon 66 schedule

For those planning to be at Westercon 66 in Sacramento over July 4th weekend, here's my schedule:

Thursday 7/4
  • 5:45 pm Joint reading with Kelley
"Hear how it's supposed to sound as Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge, Guests of Honor, will read selections." Right now we're planning to read a never-before-performed-in-public piece...but that could change. (If you have a request, drop a comment below.)
  • 8:30 pm Opening Ceremonies/Meet the Guests/Fireworks
"Join our Guests of Honor and other participants for an opening reception. Stay for the fireworks from Cal Expo."
Friday, 7/5
  • 10 am my reading
I plan to spend about half the time talking and reading a couple of short selections (from Hild and maybe one other piece--if you have a request, drop a comment) and about half the time chatting back and forth with the audience, i.e. Q and A (I love that part).
Saturday, 7/6
  • 11:15 am panel, "Storytelling the Old-Fashioned Way"
An exploration of the oral tradition of storytelling and how it relates to writing fiction. Should be interesting.
  • 1:45 pm staged joint interview with Kelley, with Warren Frey
"Join our writer Guests of Honor, Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge, to hear about how they met, how they write and all sorts of tidbits." This will definitely be interesting. I've no idea what questions Warren will come up with...
Sunday, 7/7
  • 10:00 am panel, "The Clarion and Clarion West Experience"
"For over forty years the Clarion Writing Program has been nurturing new writers through workshops and mentorship opportunities. The Clarion West program is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Join these Clarion/Clarion West alumni as they discuss their experiences in the program." With Kelley. We've both also taught the workshop, too, and Kelley is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Clarion West. So, lots of info from all angles. Plus, y'know, war stories...
  • 12:30 pm panel, "Fantasy Series: Too Much of a Good Thing?"
"You read that first book and wait for the sequel. And then another...and another... Is it possible for a fantasy series to become unwieldy and out of control? What are the issues the author has to contend with? What happens if there is a media tie-in? Our panelists discuss several well-known series." I wouldn't be shocked if a certain book-to-film series came up...
  • 3:00 pm Closing Ceremonies
"Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Join our Guests of Honor once more as we bring Westercon 66 to a close and hand off to the Westercon 67 team."
This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. I'll also be at most of Kelley's events (listed below for your convenience), at some of the parties, and hanging around the con suite (occasionally) and in the bar (a lot).

I don't know what the rules are for signing things at Westercon but unless the Powers That Be specify otherwise I'm happy to sign almost anything almost anytime. A big exception: when I'm eating dinner, whether inside or outside the con hotel. At lunch is probably okay (though not top of my list). Breakfast could be dangerous for you. Just saying...

Kelley's Schedule

Thursday 7/4
4:30 pm panel, "Becoming a Professional Writer or Artist"
5:45 pm Kelley and Nicola read together
8:30 pm Opening Ceremonies

Friday, 7/5
11:15 am reading
5:30 pm panel, "Gender Identity in Public Places"
6:45 pm panel, "Marketing for Writers and Artists"

Saturday, 7/6
12:30 pm panel, "Publishing Options: Traditional vs On-Demand and Self-Publishing"
1:45 pm Kelley and Nicola staged interview (with Warren Frey)
5:30 pm panel, "Matrons and Crones"

Sunday, 7/7
10:00 am panel, "The Clarion and Clarion West Experience"
3:00 pm Closing Ceremonies
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