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I have been off-line with family things (mostly good) and the time crunch that often brings with it (mostly hair-pulling). But next weekend, Thomas and I will be driving down to Pittsburgh to attend Confluence 2012, where the GOH this year is seanan_mcguire, which is exciting!

I have a final schedule:

Fri 8:00 pm  Helpful Hints 

Rand Belavia (F), Seanan McGuire, Michelle Sagara, Bud Sparhawk

The creative process--it differs from person to person, but there have to be some general things that everyone uses.  How does the process start, how can the germ of an idea be fleshed out and built into something fantastic?  What kind of "oh, that's clever, I wouldn’t have thought of that..." tips can be used to make the stories better?

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Sat 11:00 am I Read Your Story and…The Problem/Strength As I See it

Michelle Sagara, David Barr-Kirtley, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jon Sprunk

What are the strengths and weaknesses of critique groups and beta readers?  How do you determine what ARE good groups and readers?  Our panelists discuss the trial-and-error they've gone through in finding their first-readers.

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Sat 1:00 pm (this is 2 hours long) Writing Round Table

Paul Anderson, Jason Jack Miller, Michelle Sagara, John Alfred Taylor     

Probably the scariest panel of all.  Writers talk about what they do.  The bare bones of what it takes to put the words on the page, how they got started, what inspires them, why they keep doing it and why they all appreciate those of us who read it.  Very definitely free form conversation.  (this is going to be moderated by Paul Anderson who should be able to keep people talking for at least the two hours)

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Sat 5:00 pm Autographing 

Michelle Sagara, Lawrence Connolly

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Sun 10:00 am Kaffee Klatsch           

Michelle Sagara, Bud Sparhawk

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Sun 11:00 am I Wasn't Always This Awesome        

Tamora Pierce, Michelle Sagara, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry      

Stories about reviews and other less than complimentary comments.  How do creators handle the less-than-laudatory statements of their work.

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Sun 12:00 Reading          

Michelle Sagara

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trektone
Jul. 23rd, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
That Sunday panel!

Also, the Sunday morning schedule wasn't very nice to you.
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 23rd, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Have a good con.
galeni
Jul. 23rd, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Wish I could be there, but hoping to see you at WFC.

And wanted to say a 62 year old man who reads de Lint and Bujold and Ellis Peters etc. really really liked Silence. Now he wants me to pass him the Cast books because I said they were awesome, too.

(I could see how Silence built on the development/writing of Cast. Wonderful.)

animeserena
Jul. 24th, 2012 08:40 am (UTC)
I really wish I could go, but alas. Have a fun con :)
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