My Philcon 2017 Schedule

This weekend, I’ll be at Philcon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. My schedule is below.

Saturday, November 11, 5:00 PM, Plaza Two
“Things You Should Read”
Scheherazade Jackson [moderator], Janny Wurts, James L. Cambias, Russ Colchamiro, Victoria Janssen, Michael J. Walsh

Not every worthy novel or short story is noticed in time to be nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, or World Fantasy Award. Come discuss recent works which are definitely worth a read even though you haven’t heard people talking about them…yet.

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 PM, Plaza Three
“Writing Non-Standard Romance Arcs”
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Stephanie Burke, Robert C Roman, Joan Wendland

The “traditional” pattern of characters getting together romantically tends to go from discovering mutual interest to holding hands to kissing to some form of sex. But what if you have a character who is averse to any or all of these things? Or is physically incapable of them? How do you show your readers that a relationship has reached its climax when there isn’t a literal one involved?

Sun 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
“Foundations of Worldbuilding: Travel and Transportation”
Vikki Ciaffone [moderator], James L. Cambias, Chris Kreuter, Janny Wurts, Victoria Janssen, John Ashmead

Whether you’re writing Space Opera or High Fantasy, how your characters get from place to place can bring a lot of distinction to your world, and help bring your readers deeper into its thrall. Conversely, inconsistent or unrealistic travel times can throw your readers out of the story. Let’s talk about how to keep your narrative’s pace and your character’s pace moving in sync no matter the mode.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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