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Friday, May 18 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Available topics this hour are:
  • Writing for Kids
  • Historical Research
  • Whimsy
  • Medieval & Byzantine History
  • Structural Issues at Novel Length
  • Hobby Games
  • Marketing
  • Hybrid Author
  • Business Plans
  • Brainstorming
  • World-Building
  • Fight Scenes!
  • Dialogue Writing
  • Magazine production, automation, title management
  • Hypnosis
  • Writing short fiction
  • Creating alien beings
  • Short Fiction, Novelettes, Novellas, 
  • Workshops, MFAs, Clarions, 
  • Research, 
  • Awards and Juries, 
  • Forteana and Weirdness

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Dave Creek

Dave Creek is the author of the novels CHANDA'S AWAKENING and SOME DISTANT SHORE, novellas TRANQUILITY and THE SILENT SENTINELS, and short story collections A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR and THE HUMAN EQUATIONS.He's also published the Great Human War trilogy, including A CROWD OF STARS (2016... Read More →
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Pablo Defendini

Publisher, Fireside Fiction Company
Pablo Defendini is a designer and developer for hire. He works with clients that sit in the overlap between publishing and technology. In addition to his design and development consultancy, Pablo runs Fireside Fiction Company, a small independent publisher.
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Sara Glassman

Book Seller, Little Professor Book Center
Sara Glassman spent eleven years as the children's and YA buyer for Birmingham's oldest Indie bookstore. She now works as a school librarian for a local Montessori School. Areas of unexpected expertise include: jewelry making, knitting, and forensic anthropology.
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Ellen Klages

Writer, self
I write historical fiction for middle grade readers and SF/F for adults. I have won multiple awards in both fields. I love research. I have played poker every Tuesday night for 35 years. I collect lead civilians and other odd, old toys. I sometimes give ultraviolet tours of my dining... Read More →
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Arkady Martine

Arkady Martine is speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. She is currently a policy advisor for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, where she works on climate change mitigation... Read More →
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Tracy Townsend

Writer, English Instructor
Tracy Townsend is the author of The Nine, book one of the Thieves of Fate series (Pyr), a gaslamp fantasy debut set in a world where theology is a science, three sentient species live in an uneasy truce, and the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of nine unsuspecting individuals... Read More →
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Monica Valentinelli

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, artist, and game developer who lurks in the dark. She is a hybrid author who writes both original and media tie-in fiction and works on games, essays, comics, too.A frequent guest at conventions, Monica is best known for creating the Make Art Not War... Read More →

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Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom