Last update: 20 January 2017.
Contact Victoria at victoriajanssen [at] yahoo [dot] com.
I’m attending the following upcoming events:
Readercon, July 13-16, 2017, Quincy, Massachusetts.
Here are a few fun ones: Mary Balogh’s Tangled: An Erotic Romance? and Undressing the Hero: Judith Ivory’s Untie My Heart and Kermit & Miss Piggy: A Romance for the Ages.
Previous Engagements and Selected Program Items:
Arisia, January 13-16, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts.
“Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make Fantasy”
Victoria Sandbrook-Flynn (moderator), Randee Dawn, Ariela Housman, Victoria Janssen, Henry White
“Art Schooled: Style in Comics”
Victoria Janssen (moderator), Ken Gale, Mercy E. Van Vlack, Kevin Eldridge
Philcon, November 18-20, 2016, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Victoria Janssen (moderator), L.E. Modesitt Jr., Ty Drago, Tom Purdom
“It’s Time To Let Mary Sue Off The Hook”
Diane Kovalcin (moderator), Debby Lieven, Victoria Janssen, Philippa Ballantine, Phil Kahn
“Stepping Over The Bechdel Test”
Barbara A. Barnett (moderator), Victoria Janssen, L. Hunter Cassells, Anthony Dobranski, Sally Wiener Grotta
“The Black Panther”
Rock Robertson (moderator), Savan Gupta, Orenthal Hawkins, Victoria Janssen
“Where Is Fanfiction Going That Mainstream Media Still Fears To Tread?”
Diane Kovalcin (moderator), Aaron Feldman, Meredith Schwartz, Zoe Gray, Victoria Janssen
CapClave, October 7-9, 2016, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
“The Portal Story”
Martin Berman-Gorvine (moderator), Elektra Hammond, Victoria Janssen, Sarah Pinsker
“World Creation and Maintenance”
Readercon, July 7-10, 2016, Quincy, Massachusetts.
Victoria Janssen, Ada Palmer, Andrea Phillips, Sabrina Vourvoulias (moderator), T.X. Watson.
“Integrating the Id: What Fanfic can Tell Us About Writing Sex, Sexuality, and Intimacy”
Samuel Delany, Victoria Janssen, Natalie Luhrs, Kate Nepveu (leader), Kenneth Schneyer, Ann Tonsor Zeddies.
C.S.E. Cooney, Gwynne Garfinkle, Theodora Goss (leader), Victoria Janssen, Navah Wolfe.
Arisia, January 15-18, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts.
“The Founding Mothers of SF”
Catherine Lundoff (moderator); Greer Gilman; Debra Doyle; Victoria Janssen; Jo Vanderhooft
“Haus De Fraction: Milkfed Criminal Masterminds”
Jaime Garmendia (moderator); Mehitabel; Thom Dunn; Victoria Janssen
“Headcanon and SF/F”
A. J. Odasso; Victoria Janssen; Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein; JoSelle Vanderhooft
Philcon, November 20-22, 2015, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
“The Legend of Korra”
Victoria Janssen (moderator), Brandon Wright, Laura Kovalcin, Hakira D’Almah, Savan
“Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century”
Hildy Silverman (moderator), Melissa James, Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Victoria Janssen, Steve Vertlieb
CapClave, October 9-11, 2015, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
“Food In Fiction”
Ann Chatham, Brenda W. Clough, Scott Edelman, Victoria Janssen (moderator)
“The Appeal of Doctor Who”
Cathy Green (moderator), Victoria Janssen, Alastair Reynolds, Hildy Silverman
Readercon 26, July 9-12, 2015, Burlington, Massachusetts.
“Drift-Compatible Fictional Characters”
Amal El-Mohtar, Victoria Janssen, Nicole Kornher-Stace (leader), A. J. Odasso, Navah Wolfe
“From the French Revolution to Future History: Science Fiction and Historical Thinking”
Christopher Cevasco, Phenderson Clark, Jonathan Crowe, John Crowley, Victoria Janssen (leader)
“Recent Fiction Book Club: Persona”
Victoria Janssen, Kate Nepveu (leader), Fran Wilde
“Classic Fiction Book Club: Herland”
Ken Houghton, Victoria Janssen (leader), Sarah Langan
“In Memorium YA Book Club: Hat Full of Sky”
Stacie Hanes, Victoria Janssen, Shira Lipkin, Rachel Steiger-Meister, Emily Wagner
Arisia, January 16 – 19, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts.
“Fan Speak: The Language of Fandom”
Eric Zuckerman [moderator], Nomi S. Burstein, Ellen, Victoria Janssen, Jo Vanderhooft
“Positive Representations of Women’s Sexuality”
Rachel Kenley [moderator], Barbara Chepatis, M.L. Brennan, Victoria Janssen, Vikki C.
Philcon, November 21-23, 2014, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
“Is Fandom Still Producing The Next Generation Of Writers?”
Elektra Hammond (moderator), Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Victoria Janssen, Steve Wilson
“Expanding A Short Story Into A Novel”
Hildy Silverman (moderator), Brian Koscienski, Victoria Janssen, Mike McPhail, Fran Wilde
World Fantasy, November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, Virginia.
“The Great Game in History and Fiction”
Ian Drury (moderator), David Drake, Jim Fiscus, Jennifer Povey, Victoria Janssen
Readercon, July 10-13, 2014, Burlington, Massachusetts.
“Everything in Moderation: How to Moderate”
Jim Freund, Elaine Isaak, Victoria Janssen (leader), James Patrick Kelly
“When the Magic Returns”
John Chu, Max Gladstone, Daryl Gregory, Lev Grossman, Victoria Janssen (leader)
“Speculative Fiction and World War I.”
John Clute, Felix Gilman, Victoria Janssen (leader), Jess Nevins, Graham Sleight, Sonya Taaffe
“Romance Recs for Spec Fic Fans”
Saira Ali, Beth Bernobich, Rose Fox, Victoria Janssen (leader), Natalie Luhrs, Cecilia Tan
WisCon, May 23-26, 2014, Madison, Wisconsin.
“The Once and Future Badass: Historical Women Who Inspire, Challenge and Unsettle Us”
Medieval PoC; Kate Bachus; Victoria Janssen; Madeleine E. Robins; Patty Templeton
“The Role of People of Color in Urban Fantasy”
Jackie Gross; Victoria Janssen; Daniel José Older
Arisia, January 17-20, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts.
“No Excuses for Poor Research”
Victoria Janssen, Elaine Isaak, Walter Hunt, Sarah Smith
Philcon, November 8-10, 2013, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
CapClave, October 11-13, 2013, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Readercon 24, July 11-14, 2013, Burlington, Massachusetts.
“The Works of Patricia A. McKillip.”
Brian Attebery, Shira Daemon (moderator), Victoria Janssen, Faye Ringel.
“Making Love Less Strange: Romance for SF/F Writers.”
E.C. Ambrose, Paula Guran, Victoria Janssen (leader), Natalie Luhrs, JoSelle Vanderhooft.
“Unraveling the Unexamined Privilege of Safety.”
Liz Gorinsky, Victoria Janssen, Mikki Kendall, Shira Lipkin, Daniel José Older (leader).
WisCon 37, May 24-27, 2013, Madison, Wisconsin.
“Imaginary Book Club”
Victoria Janssen (mod), Richard Chwedyk, Elise Matthesen, Jude McLaughlin, Jo Walton
“The Xenogenesis Panel”
Janet M. Lafler (mod), Scott E. Gould, Victoria Janssen, Oyceter
Victoria Janssen (mod), Christopher Davis, Mary Kay Kare, Julia Starkey, Heidi Waterhouse
Arisia, January 16-21, 2013.
“Doctor Who: Companions Through the Ages”
Victoria Janssen [mod], Gordon Linzner, James Zavaglia, Jennifer Pelland, Santiago Rivas
“YA You Want to Read”
Victoria Janssen [mod], Adam Lipkin, Vikki Ciaffone, Aurora Celeste
“Doctor Who: The Dissertation of the Daleks”
Adam Lipkin [mod], Samantha Dings, Victoria Janssen, Forest Handford, Michael Lee
Speaker, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society meeting,
October 19, 2012, 9:00 pm. International House, Philadelphia.
CapClave 2012, October 12-14, 2012, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
“The Future of YA”
Warren Buff (M), Victoria Janssen, Sherin Nicole, Diana Peterfreund
“Romancing the Paranormal”
Victoria Janssen (M), Sherin Nicole, Jean Marie Ward
“World War I Comeback”
Andrew Fox, John G. Hemry, Victoria Janssen (M), Jean Marie Ward
Readercon 23, July 12-15, 2012, Burlington, Massachusetts.
“Subversion Through Friendliness”
Glenn Grant, Victoria Janssen (leader), Toni L.P. Kelner, Alison Sinclair, Ruth Sternglantz.
“Sherlock Holmes, Now and Forever”
Ellen Asher, Michael Dirda (leader), Victoria Janssen, Fred Lerner, Veronica Schanoes.
WisCon 36, May 25-28, 2012, Madison, Wisconsin.
Victoria Janssen (mod.); Rosemary / Sophy; Kelly Sue DeConnick; Lesley Hall; Chris Hill
“Gender-Variant Characters in Science Fiction”
Molly Aplet (mod.); Kerey Luis; Victoria Janssen
“Addiction in Fiction”
Cassie Alexander (mod.); Naomi Kritzer; Victoria Janssen; Derek Silver; Gregory G. H. Rihn
Philadelphia Fantastic, April 27, 2012, 7:00 pm, Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Arisia 2012, January 13-16, 2012, Boston, Massachusetts.
“Point of View”
Elaine Isaak (mod.), Michael A Ventrella, David Sklar, Victoria Janssen, Joshua Palmatier
75th annual Philcon, November 18-20, 2011, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Victoria Janssen (mod.), Marilyn Brahen, Tim W. Burke, Ty Drago, Michael F. Flynn
CapClave, October 14-16, 2011, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Readercon 22, July 14-17, 2011, Burlington, Massachusetts.
“Paranormal Romance and Otherness”
Victoria Janssen (leader), Alaya Dawn Johnson, Toni L.P. Kelner, Kate Nepveu, JoSelle Vanderhooft
“Are We Not Men? Human Women and Beast-Men in Paranormal Romance”
Stacy Hague-Hill, Victoria Janssen (leader), K.A. Laity, Delia Sherman, Ann Tonsor Zeddies
Gemma Files, Eileen Gunn, Victoria Janssen, Ellen Kushner (leader), Chris Moriarty
“There’s No Homelike Place”
Debra Doyle, Theodora Goss, Victoria Janssen (leader), Tom Purdom, Kaaron Warren
“Great War Geeks Unite, Part 2”
Walter H. Hunt, Victoria Janssen (leader), Barbara Krasnoff, Alison Sinclair, Howard Waldrop
Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, June 25 – July 1, 2011, New York City.
The Third Annual International Conference on Popular Romance, June 26-28, 2011, New York City.
Reading – Philadelphia Fantastic Authors and Editors Series, Friday, January 28, 2011, 7:30 PM, The Moonstone Arts Center, 110 A South 13th Street (13th and Sansom Streets), Philadelphia, PA.
Arisia, January 14-17, 2011, Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts.
“Re-Reading Childhood Classics”
Vikki Ciaffone [mod], Greer Gilman, Victoria Janssen, Sonya Taaffe
“Flirting with the Mainstream: Paranormal Romance”
Victoria Janssen [mod], Nancy Holzner, Gail Z. Martin, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, Vikki Ciaffone
“Making Room: Your Day Job and Your Passion”
Victoria Janssen [mod], Steve Sawicki, Mark L Van Name, William Freedman
Nancy Holzner [mod], Gordon Linzner, Jeanne Cavelos, Ellen Kushner, Victoria Janssen
“From First Draft to Second Draft”
Ellen Kushner [mod], Victoria Janssen, Nancy Holzner, Kelley Armstrong, Rita Oakes
“My Friend Wrote a Book, Do I Have to Buy It?”
Elaine Isaak [mod], Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Felicitas Ivey, Victoria Janssen, Nancy Holzner
“Sexuality in SF/F”
Steve Berman [mod], Meredith Schwartz, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Victoria Janssen, Trisha Wooldridge
December 17, “Satisfying Endings” at Shelley Munro’s Blog.
December 15, “The Lotus Eaters” at Stephanie Draven’s Blog.
December 13, “Researching Asian Pirates” at Jeannie Lin’s Blog.
December 10, “Romantic Settings” at Moonlight and Roses.
December 8, “Why Pirates?” at Inez Kelley’s Blog.
December 6, Interview at Kate Pearce’s blog.
December 2, “Research Mashups” at Risky Regencies.
November 29 – December 3, “Sexy Pirates” and giveaway at The Smutketeers.
December 1, “The World Beyond the Story” at Ella Drake’s blog.
November 30, “Writing Explicitly” at Kate Elliott’s blog.
Philcon, November 19-21, 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, New Jersey:
“Breaking into the fantastic erotica market”
Panelists: Victoria Janssen [mod.], Stephanie Burke, Jennifer Williams, Lynn Perkins
“Is steampunk a rejection of the present?”
Panelists: Victoria Janssen [mod.], Jeff Mach, Gil Cnaan, Philippa Ballantine, C.J. Henderson
“The avoidable cliches of steampunk”
Panelists: Jared Axelrod, Jeff Mach, Victoria Janssen, Bernie Mojzes
“Vampires thick as fleas”
Panelists: Victoria Janssen [mod.], Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Michael A. Ventrella
November 17, “Hints of Mystery” at K.S. Manning’s Blog.
RWA 30th Annual National Conference, July 28-31, 2010, Orlando, Florida.
Readercon, July 8-11, 2010, Burlington, MA.:
“Axes of Identity in Speculative Fiction”
Panelists: Andrea Hairston, Victoria Janssen [mod.], N.K. Jemisin, Vandana Singh, Kestrell Verlager
“The Career of Nalo Hopkinson”
Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Gemma Files, Andrea Hairston, Victoria Janssen, Gary K. Wolfe
“Fanfic as Criticism (Only More Fun)”
Panelists: Victoria Janssen [mod.], Alaya Dawn Johnson, Erin Kissane, Kenneth Schneyer, Cecilia Tan
“Great War Geeks Unite!”
“Theodore Sturgeon Marathon Short Story Reading”
Victoria Janssen reads “Scars” and “Blue Butter”
“Not Quite the Punctuation Panel”
Panelists: John Crowley, Samuel R. Delany, Ron Drummond, Victoria Janssen, Barry Malzberg
Guest at Monkey Bear Reviews on “My Top Five Favorite Marriage of Convenience Novels,” 6/25/10.
BookExpo America, May 26-27, 2010, New York City, NY.
Guestblog with Lauren Dane for her Writerly Wednesday, March 17, 2010.
Guestblog at Midnight Moon Cafe, March 15, 2010.
Author Spotlight at Friskbiskit, March 10, 2010.
Philadelphia Fantastic Authors and Editors Reading Series: Victoria Janssen, February 26, 2010, The Moonstone Arts Center, 110 A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Arisia, January 15-18, 2010, Cambridge, MA.
Broad Universe Reading
“Jack the Ripper and the Historical Character”
Katherine Crighton (mod.), Victoria Janssen, Gardner Dozois, Susan Casper, Sarah Clemens
“The History of Fandom”
Victoria Janssen (mod.), Don Sakers, Marlin May, A. Joseph Ross, Paula Lieberman
“My Fandom’s Not Dead Yet!”
Melissa Honig (mod.), Victoria Janssen, Daniel Miller, Cindy Shettle, James Zavaglia
“The Timeless Story”
Eric Van (mod.), Victoria Janssen, Peter Maranci, Karl Heinemann, Terry Franklin
Paranormal Romantics, January 11, 2010.
Leah Braemel’s Blog, December 30, 2009.
Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance Blog, December 14, 2009.
Lust in Time, December 8, 2009.
Release Party for The Moonlight Mistress!
Saturday, December 5, 3:00 pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Interview at The Smutketeers, December 2, 2009.
Crista McHugh’s blog, November 30, 2009.
Romance Junkies Blog, November 24, 2009.
Philcon 2009, November 20-22, 2009, Cherry Hill, NJ. Here’s my schedule:
“Fantasy Based on Non-European Sources”
Victoria Janssen (mod), Stephanie Burke, James L. Cambias, Christine Norris, Tom Doyle
“The Books We Come Back To”
Victoria Janssen (mod), Michael J. Walsh, KT Pinto, Caroline Cox, Lawrence Kramer
“Making It with Vampires, Shapeshifters, and Other Creatures”
Victoria Janssen (mod), Desirina Boskovich, L.A. Banks, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Nina Ely, Stephanie Burke
“Insert Tab B in Slot A”
Victoria Janssen (mod), Michael Swanwick, Stephanie Burke, Lee Gilliland
“Where Will the Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy Connection Go?”
Victoria Janssen (mod), Catherine Asaro, L.A. Banks, Oz Drummond
Star-Crossed Romance Blog, November 9, 2009.
CapClave 2009, October 16-18, 2009, Rockville, MD.
Victoria Janssen, Jean-Marie Ward, Diane Weinstein (mod.)
“Paranormal Romance: Just Chick Lit?”
Jean-Marie Ward (mod.), Mattie Brahen, Victoria Janssen, Mindy Klasky
Amanda McIntyre’s House of Muse Blog for “Coffee Talk” on October 1, 2009.
The Naughty Girls Next Door blog, August 15, 2009, “Sneaking in the Historical Detail.”
Anticipation, August 6-10, 2009, the 67th Worldcon in Montreal, Canada.
“Vampire Rules–and How to Recognize Them Without a Mirror”
Victoria Janssen (mod.), Inanna Arthen, John Joseph Adams
“Erotic Writing Sources and Venues”
Nica Berry (mod.), Peter Cohen, Jessica Freeley, Victoria Janssen
Romance Writers of America National Conference, July 15-19, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Readercon 2009, July 9-12, 2009, Burlington, MA.
Fiction That Defies Boundaries Blog, July 10, 2009.
Romance Junkies Blog, June 18, 2009.
Interview as part of “We Heart Historicals” event, June 8, 2009.
Wiscon 2009, May 22-25, 2009, Madison, WI.
Lori Devoti’s Full Moon of Werewolves, April 15, 2009.
The New York Review of Science Fiction, April 9, 2009, South Street Seaport Museum, New York City, NY.
In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series, March 19, 2009, The Happy Ending Lounge, New York City, NY.
Philadelphia Fantastic, February 27, 2009, 7:30 pm, Moonstone Art Center, 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA.
The Erotic Salon at L’Etage, February 17, 2009, 7:30 pm, 624 S 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA. L’Etage is above the restaurant Beau Monde.
Arisia, January 16-19, 2009, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Release party and reading for The Duchess, Her Maid, the Groom and Their Lover!
Sunday, December 14, 2:00 pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA
Reading at The Erotic Salon, June 17, 2008, Philadelphia, PA: “Camera.”
Philcon, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, November 21-23, 2008:
“Science Fiction and Romance”
Panelists: Stephanie Burke (mod), Mary Robinette Kowal, Victoria Janssen, L.A. Banks, Catherine Asaro
Panelists: Stephanie Burke (mod), Victoria Janssen, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, KT Pinto
“Whose Brain Do We Like to Pick?”
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (mod), Andrew Breslin, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Jim Reichert, Alyce Wilson
CapClave, Rockville, Maryland, October 17-19, 2008:
“Girl Meets Monster – Gets Boyfiend: Paranormal Romances”
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Maria Snyder, Mindy Klasky, Traci Castleberry/Nica Berry
Reading, Saturday at 9 pm, in Twinbrook.
Gaylaxicon 2008, Washington, D.C., October 10-13, 2008
“How To Break In”
Victoria Janssen, Joshua Bilmes, Lee Martindale, Sean Wallace
Romance Writers of America National Conference, San Francisco, California, July 30-August 2, 2008
Readercon, Burlington, Massachusetts, July 17-20, 2008:
“You Got Spec Fic in My Romance! (And Vice Versa!)”
Victoria Janssen (L) with Nina Harper, Mary Kay Kare, Terry McGarry, Gayle Surrette, Nancy Werlin
WisCon, Madison, Wisconsin, May 23-26, 2008:
“Porn Crushes the Patriarchy!”
Victoria Janssen [moderator]; Mary Anne Mohanraj, Celia May Hart, Sacchi Green, Anna Black/Jenna Reynolds
“Erotica for women is coming into the mainstream–novels from the pioneering Black Lace line are now available in trade paperback editions, shelved among the romance novels, which have long been described as ‘porn for women,’ and several major publishers (Harlequin, Avon, Kensington, etc.) have begun lines of women’s erotica in the last couple of years. Publishers go where the money is, but what made the market favorable for erotica right now? Who’s buying the books? Was the renaissance encouraged by online publishers such as Ellora’s Cave? And does reading (and writing) porn really crush the patriarchy?”
“Being the Heroine of a Romance Novel Doesn’t Make Me Weak”
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Lori Devoti, Chris Merrill, Anna Black/Jenna Reynolds, Betsy Urbik
Please contact me if you would like further information on past panel discussions.