VCON

Appearances

This weekend is VCON, Vancouver’s premier SF, fantansy, and games convention (Vancouver, BC, for those who live along the I-5 corridor). I’ll be in attendance, doing double-duty as both writer and publisher, which means I’ll be EVERYWHERE. Otherwise, I’ll be at the Resurrection House table in the dealers’ room where we’ll have four of the five fall titles for sale.

That’s right, Canada. You get first crack at The Jonah Watch. Make me feel remiss for not bringing more copies, would you?

Schedule-wise, here’s what I’ll be doing.

FRI OCT 3 @ 4pm
WHAT IS MAGIC REALISM?
We’ll be moderated by Bruce Taylor, Mr. Magic Realism himself, in fact.

SAT OCT 4 @ 11am
THE INFAMOUS 90 MINUTE OUTLINE YOUR NOVEL WORKSHOP
Oft-requested, occasionally done, this is the workshop where I run you through how to plot a novel from start to finish in an hour and a half. It is possible. It is even fun. But you shouldn’t take my word for it; Heather Roulo wrote a nice write-up of the workshop back in the day, and you can still read it here.

SAT OCT 4 @ 12:30pm
ACADEMIE DUELLO DEMO
(I’m not participating in this, but Devon Boorman will be demonstrating his masterful sword skills, and as a fan of Academie Duello, I can attest that this’ll be worth your time.)

SAT OCT 4 @ 2pm
PITCH SESSION
Yep. I’ll be taking pitches. For novels of the non-YA persuasion.

SAT OCT 4 @ 6pm
LIVE ACTION SLUSH
Wherein the panelists attempt to pass judgement on slush read aloud without coming off like total asses.

SUN OCT 5 @ 10am
SMALL VERSUS BIG VERSUS SELF
We’ll be talking about publishing, not other . . . less publicly appropriate topics.

SUN OCT 5 @ 11am
GETTING STARTED AND REACHING THE FINISH LINE
Wherein we will discuss how to actually start the damn book as well as finishing the f*ing thing.

SUN OCT 5 @4pm
FINDING INSPIRATION
Not necessarily a follow-on to the previous panel about starting and finishing, but tangentially related in that “What the hell do I do in the middle?” way.

2 thoughts on “VCON

  1. Great workshop this morning Mark!
    I didn’t expect to come away with a draft of my outline. It is so much easier to outline when someone is standing over you with a deck of tarot cards and a timer.
    My only regret, I didn’t need a tarot card but now I kind of want one.

  2. Tarot cards, hmmm? I’ve got all sorts of timers, but never thought of using tarot cards…but since I couldn’t be there to see just how to weave them into the outline process, I’ll just have to make something up -:)

    Mike

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