The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America present a weekend of programming by their member authors and special guests!
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Book sales for the SFWA Pavilion are handled by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Christine Norris, representatives of Dark Quest Books, www.darkquestbooks.com.
Stage: East Park
Friday, September 27
From Zeus to Zombies
Fantasy often draws on the rich mythologies of human cultures, either historical or contemporary. It could be the stories our ancestors or ancient civilizations, Greek, Norse, Maya, or a thousand other cultures. Or it could be the contemporary mythologies of urban fantasy and paranormal vampires. Join our panelists in a discussion of the legends and myths that form such a rich backdrop for our literature of the fantastic.
A Look at the Fiction Industry From the Publishing Side
Hear what authors who have also been editors have to say about the publishing side of the business. The industry has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, with genre blending, new technologies, and multi-media projects. What are editors and publishers looking for? How does the industry look from their side of the table? Find out what’s new and what’s tried and true.
Shared Worlds and Media Tie-ins
The genres of science fiction and fantasy have a long tradition of more than one author writing stories set in the same, vibrantly realized world or universe, from the works set in the creation of a specific author to media franchises such as Star Trek or Star Wars. Come hear authors who have written in shared worlds and find out what is like to create such stories.
Diversity in SF: The Protagonist Looks Like Me
Come hear our authors discuss the portrayal of race, sexuality, gender, disability, and age in science fiction and fantasy. Is everyone represented? Whose stories are we telling? Whose are we missing? Join in the discussion and get recommendations of stories to read.
What’s New in Young Adult Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal (Workshop)
Young Adult fiction is one of the biggest genres in fiction right now, and the science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal sub-genres of YA are huge, booming successes. This workshop is designed for YA writers, including younger students who would like to try their hand at writing. Bring your questions and join in with our discussion of writing in the field of YA speculative fiction.
Writer Beware Workshop
Writer Beware is the public face of the SFWA Committee on Writing Scams and includes sponsorship from the Mystery Writers of America. They deal with publishing problems that can affect both aspiring and professional authors. Every writer has to face decisions when they finish their manuscript. Do I search for an agent or try to sell it myself? How do I know if an agent is trustworthy? How do I identify which publishers are professional and which are well-meaning amateurs? Does it matter? Why does this publisher want me to buy copies of my own books? The workshop will discuss many of the issues and pitfalls you can encounter along on the road to and after publication.
Saturday, September 28
Baltimore Sci-Fi Society Reading Series
BSFS kicks off their new series of science fiction and fantasy readings with a spotlight on the authors of the Baltimore Book Festival.
Military Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Past and Present
Join our panel of experts as they talk about military conflicts, both historical and current, and how those themes inform the science fiction and fantasy of today.
Keeping the Future Beat
Music and literature have always enjoyed a symbiosis, a connection has grown stronger as authors and musicians join forces with modern technologies to enhance their arts. The music and publishing industries are both undergoing great sea changes leading to exciting developments in multi-media fiction. Come talk with our panelists, who are both authors and musicians, and join us afterward for a concert where some of them will perform their music.
Music performed by Sarah Pinsker; Catherine Asaro Greg Adams, Rob Gersten, and Thorsten Markus; and Lawrence C. Connolly
Come party with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at our annual Baltimore Book Festival Reception. We have an exciting event planned, combining this year with Dark Quest Books in their launch of the YA novel, The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, by L. Jagi Lamplighter. Meet the authors, enjoy quiet jazz by The Greg Adams Trio, and partake of our delectable snacks. The party is free and open to the public, and all are welcome.
Sunday, September 29
How to Come Across Like a Professional Writer
Talk to our expert panelists on how to get a good start in the writing industry. What to do and what not to do.
Workshop on World Building
So you want to build a world, but don’t know much about the science involved. Come hear our panel of science experts discuss how to use science and engineering to create fascinating worlds for your stories, whether you are writing hard science milieus, soft science, fantasy, or steampunk. Bring your questions! They can offer suggestions and answer questions on how to make your worlds work without your needing a doctorate in theoretical astrophysics.
Where the Late Sweet Birds Sang
Join the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Book Club (which meets the fourth Saturday of every month) to discuss the classic SF novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm, winner of the 1977 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Chat with authors and fans to find out about this classic novel. Snacks will be provided.
Genre and Literary Fiction Comparison Panel
This panel looks at often debated comparisons between genre and literary fiction. What are the stereotypes, facts, myths, realities? Our panelists come from across the literary spectrum, including genre writers, literary authors, poets, and more. Come hear them discuss the comparisons.
The Future of the Book
New and rapidly developing technologies are changing how we read, the nature of literature, even the definition of a book. Talk with our experts on the future of the book, the snazzy new technologies in the digital age, interactive texts, and how social media affects literature, from the point of view of both readers and writers.
The State of Short Fiction
Join us to talk about the state of short fiction in fantasy and science fiction. Our panelists will discuss how it has changed over the years, what are the latest developments, and what stories they recommend. This is also a great panel for newcomers to the genre. If you’ve haven’t read science fiction or fantasy, short fiction is a good place to start. Come hear what’s good, what’s hot, and what’s out there.
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