ArmadilloCon is this weekend! I’ve got a packed schedule, and here it is. Please stop by if you’re in Austin, say hello, maybe even quote the Tarian Oath and win an ARC of Way of the Shield. Here’s the schedule:
Friday, August 3
9am: ArmadilloCon Writers Workshop
5pm: Avengers: Infinity War – Love It? Hate It? Both? And What Next?
Marshall Ryan Maresca (moderator), Rick Klaw, T. Eric Bakutis, Paige E. Ewing
Our panelists will talk about Avengers: Infinity War. Is it great or terrible? Did they love it, hate it or both? Why? What do they hope for out of the planned “Avengers 4?”
8pm: Magic and Muskets
Marshall Ryan Maresca (moderator), Thomas Wagner, Adrian Simmons, Stina Leicht
Flintlock fantasy is a relatively new subgenre of epic fantasy (or perhaps not; there was gunpowder, at least, in The Hobbit). What are the rules for this newish (?) area of fantasy? What are some favorite examples?
Saturday, August 4
10am: Worldbuilding Techniques
Stina Leicht (moderator), Robert J. Sawyer, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Martha Wells, Adrian Simmons
What methods and techniques can our panelists recommend? How do they handle mistakes? Can they recommend any resources to new or struggling writers?
2:30pm: The Van Show Interviews Marshall Ryan Maresca
Southpark A, 2:30pm – 3pm
Marshall Ryan Maresca
Be a part of the audience as the Austin Public Library’s Van Show puppet interviews Marshall Ryan Maresca.
3pm: Writing the Other
Marshall Ryan Maresca (moderator), William Ledbetter, Marguerite Reed, John Hornor Jacobs, Stina Leicht
Our panelists will talk about how you can build your skill for writing about characters whose gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity differs from your own.What resources are available? What process do they use? What are the potential pitfalls?
4pm: Best and Worst of Streaming SFF
Dantzel Cherry (moderator), Marshall Ryan Maresca, Paige E. Ewing
Genre stories by definition are limited in popularity even as their influence spreads widely. With their understanding of audience, we are seeing a wealth of original and made-for-tv genre programming. How well has Netflix used its money and information to bring us shows we want to watch? What stories are they missing out on?
Dealers Room, 5pm – 6pm
Deji Bryce Olukoton, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Jessica Reisman, Amanda Downum, Rhonda Eudaly, Howard Waldrop
7pm: Career Management for Writers
Marshall Ryan Maresca (moderator), Deji Bryce Olukoton, A. Lee Martinez, Emily McKay, Rebecca Schwarz
How do you manage your career as a writer? How do you know when it is time to switch agents or publishers? How do you manage your identity in the marketplace when you change up what you are writing? What kinds of goals and measures do our panelists set for themselves?
Sunday, August 5
1pm: Fantasy Adventure – Readings by Marshall Ryan Maresca & Adrian Simmons
Marshall Ryan Maresca (moderator), Adrian Simmons
Reading – Marshall Ryan Maresca