My Can-Con 2017 schedule

My favourite convention is coming up next month! (I might be a little biased, given that Can-Con is also my hometown convention.)

I’m the accessibility co-ordinator, so please get in touch if you have questions or concerns.

Here’s my draft schedule — subject to change, but I don’t expect any major shifts at this point.

Saturday, Oct. 14

10:00-10:50 Reading (Kelly Robson 10:00-10:15; Kate Heartfield 10:15-10:30; Tonya Liburd 10:30-10:45. I think I’ll read my slightly creepy historical fantasy I Know All of His Names.)

15:00-15:50: Writing Games: It’s Big Literature Now. (Geoff Gander, Kate Heartfield, M. Elizabeth Marshall and moderator Marie Bilodeau.) Writing for RPGs or video games is a well-established part of the writing discipline and SFWA recently amended its membership requirements to recognize games writers for professional pay. What forms can game writing take and how do you get into the game writing industry?

19:00-19:50: Stories of the Northmen. (Chadwich Ginther, Kris Ramsey, Kari Sperring, Una Verdandi, with moderator Kate Heartfield) The myths and sagas of Norse society are filled with compelling characters and a unique perspective on the world, and enjoy an enduring popularity in Western society. Why do these ancient tales appeal to a modern audience, and what can contemporary writers draw from the stories of the Norse people? Our panel climbs out of their longship to discuss these issues.

21:00-22:00: Bundoran Press launch party for the anthology 49th Parallels, with readings

Sunday, Oct. 15

10:00-10:50 The Influence of the Two Campbells. (Andrew Barton, Kate Heartfield, Violette Malan, Claude Lalumière, with moderator Trevor Quachri, ) Fantasy story-telling is heavily influenced by Joseph Campbell’s ideas about the Hero’s Journey. Science fiction story-telling is heavily influenced by the ideas of John W. Campbell, probably the most influential editor of SF short fiction in the 20th century. Together, the two Campbells have given us certain ideas about what makes for a “good” protagonist, which today’s writers are challenging. Is the Campbell legacy something SFF should shake off?

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