I’m looking forward to Can-Con, the Ottawa speculative fiction convention, which is just a little more than a week away. One reason is because it will host the Ottawa launch of the anthology Blood and Water. As one of the writers in the anthology, I’ll be reading at the launch. It’s a wonderful book and I’m looking forward to a chance to chat with the other writers, who considered the same fundamental question — how could resource conflict shape Canada and the world in the coming decades? — and came up with an array of weird and scary and fabulous answers.
I’ll also be on a couple of panels at Can-Con: One about female characters in speculative fiction, and one about writing intensively as part of a time-limited exercise such as NaNoWriMo or the 3-day novel writing contest. I haven’t participated in either of those, but I did do the Clarion West Write-a-thon this year, and a few years ago I was a student in the Humber College Creative Writing by Correspondence program, which requires participants to complete an 80,000 word manuscript in about half a year.
I’m hoping to have some time to float around and listen in to other panels too (that’s dependent on child care) but at the very least I’ll be at the Blood and Water launch and those two panels. The complete (although still not final as of this writing) Can-Con schedule can be found here, and here’s my own schedule:
UPDATE as of Sept 14: The final schedule came out (available on the Can-Con Facebook page) and I’ve made the changes, so what follows is as final as it gets.
- Friday Sept. 21, 7 p.m. Blood and Water book launch with Author GOH Hayden Trenholm, Kate Heartfield, Jean-Louis Trudel, Derek Künsken, Agnes Cadieux (Room party to follow at 9 p.m.)
- Saturday Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Female Characters – Matthew Johnson (m), Marie Bilodeau, Kate Heartfield, Agnes Cadieux, Paul Jarvey
- Saturday Sept. 22, 8 p.m. Creating Intensively: the 30-day novel, the 3-day novel, the 24-hour comic book and the Clarion Write-a-thon – Hayden Trenholm, Dominic Bercier, Nicole Lavigne, Kate Heartfield