Category Archives: con

Virtual Cons and Readings in May

The world sure as heck looks different these days, doesn’t it? In the midst of all the changes, it’s wonderful to see the creative solutions people are coming up with to stay together, even while far apart. Several SFF conventions and reading series have gone  virtual, including events at The Free Library of Philadelphia, Flights of Foundry, and the Nebula Conference all happening this month. I’ll be participating in the Free Library’s local author reading series, and programming for both conferences, which will also offer virtual social hangouts, dealers rooms, the opportunity for shared meals, and more. It may not be quite the same as getting together in person, but it’s bound to be a lot of fun. I hope to virtually see you there!

Note, all times below are given in Eastern Standard Time (EST) therefore may differ from program schedules on the individual conference websites.

Free Library Reading Series ImageFree Library of Philadelphia Local Author Series – Jon McGoran and A.C. Wise – Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m.

Starting in mid-May, the Free Library of Philadelphia will be Crowdcasting a pair of local authors reading from their work every Friday night at 7 p.m. Jon McGoran and I will be kicking off the series this Friday May 15. Jon will read from his latest YA novel, Spiked, and I will read from my novella Catfish Lullaby. We’d be delighted to have you join us! Links to the reading on Facebook and Crowdcast can be found here.

The Free Library has lots of other virtual programming to offer as well, and the Local Author Reading Series includes upcoming readings by wonderful folks like Fran Wilde, Siobhan Carroll, A.T. Greenblatt, Sally Weiner Grotta, and more.

Flights of Foundry – May 16-17

Flights of Foundry is offering a free (with suggested donation) virtual conference with 24-hour-a-day programming May 16 and 17. I’ll be doing an author reading and moderating two panels. There’s tons of great stuff going on throughout the weekend, including a virtual dealers room, and a virtual con suite with delicious-looking menus. The full programming schedule can be found here and consuite information can be found here. Mmm. Second breakfast.

Author Reading – Saturday, May 16 – 6 p.m – 7 p.m.

I’m planning to read from my upcoming novel, Wendy, Darling, due to be published by Titan Books next year. This will be my first time reading from the novel, which is both exciting and scary. Want a sneak peek at what happened to Wendy after  her adventures with Peter in Neverland? Join me for the very first look at my debut novel!

Building Characters – Sunday, May 17 – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Ken Liu, Rachel Hartman, S.L. Huang, Suzanne Walker, A.C. Wise (moderator)

You have your plot, you’ve built your world, but what about your characters? Authors share their tips, tricks, and process for building well-rounded characters in both short and long fiction. Panelists will discuss how they go about creating engaging protagonists, antagonists, and supporting characters whose stories readers care about.

Queer Representation in YA – Sunday, May 17 – 3 p.m. – 4p.m.
Marieke Nijkamp, Rosiee Thor, Suzanne Walker, Trace Kerr, A.C. Wise (moderator)

YA is a booming genre, but is everyone getting the chance to see their own experiences reflected in the stories being told? How do we help younger readers find queer content? Join panelists for a discussion of queer representation in YA – who is doing it well, what are the best resources for finding queer YA, and what stories aren’t being told yet that we want to see more of in books for young adults?

Nebula Conference 2020 BannerNebula Conference – May 29 – 31

The Nebula Conference organized by the Science Fiction Writers of America is a professional conference offering panels, workshops, mentoring, networking ,and socializing. It’s also where the Nebula Awards are presented each year. I’ll be taking part in the conference as a panelist, and in the awards ceremony as a finalist. I’ve updated this post with my schedule below. The full schedule of events can be found here. It’s going to be a fantastic conference. I can’t wait!

Nebula Awards Ceremony – Saturday, May 30 – 8 p.m.

Forming and Sustaining a Successful Writing Group or Critique Group – Sunday, May 31 – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Rebecca Gomez Farrell (moderator), A.T. Greenblatt, A.C. Wise, Vylar Kaftan, and Curtis Chen

Writing is often a solitary endeavor–and with the current pandemic, it has become even more so. Writing and critique groups don’t eliminate the aspects of writing that can only be done solo, but a good group can serve as both a social support net as well as providing trusted feedback. The panelists will discuss the factors that go into building a successful group, both online and in-person, and what they’ve learned about keeping one going.

Leave a Comment

Filed under con

ICFA 41

March 18 – 21, I will be attending the 41st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (aka ICFA). I’ve heard nothing but good things about the conference, and I’m looking forward to finally experiencing it for myself. This year’s theme is Climate Change and the Anthropocene, which promises to be a rich and fascinating topic. I’m moderating one panel:

Ripped from the Headlines: Using Speculative Fiction to Address Contemporary Issues
Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in Vista B

Panelists: Akbar Shahzad, Erin Roberts, Agnes Gomillion, Nick Wolven, Erica L. Satifka, A.C. Wise (M)

Other than that, I plan on taking in the conference, attending other panels and readings, and spending time with friends. If you see me around, please say hi! The full schedule for the conference can be found here. Given the wide range of topics and presentations, and the smart people delivering them, I look forward to learning new things!

2 Comments

Filed under con

Baltimore Book Festival 2019

I’ll be at the Baltimore Book Festival next weekend. This will be my first year participating on programming, and I’m really looking forward to it. Here’s where I’ll be when. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi!

Saturday, November 2 at 1 p.m.  Books That Renew My Love of Reading – SFWA Stage – UMS Columbus Center

Lara Elena Donnelly, Andy Duncan, Elektra Hammond, LH Moore, AC Wise

Saturday, November 2 at 5 p.m.  All Fiction in a Day: The Beauty and Brilliance of Commute-Length Reads – SFWA Stage – UMS Columbus Center

Nino Cipri, AT Greenblatt, Barbara Krasnoff, LH Moore, Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, Nibedita Sen, AC Wise

Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. With the Lights on It’s Less Dangerous – SFWA Stage – UMS Columbus Center

Nino Cipri, Scott Edelman, Craig Laurence Gidney, Micah Dean Hicks, AC Wise

This year the Book Festival is being combined with Baltimore’s week-long Light City Festival, which sounds really cool. Tons of books, and beautiful lights to read them by. What more could you want? More information about the festival can be found here. Hope to see you there!

Leave a Comment

Filed under con

Capclave 2019

October 18-20, I’ll be at Capclave in Rockville, MD. It’s a wonderful book/reading focused con, and while other things do get discussed, the main focus is on literature. I’ll be doing a reading and participating on panels throughout the con. If you’re attending, here’s where you can find me. Stop by and say hi!

Friday – 9 p.m. – Wilson

Author reading. I haven’t 100% decided what I’ll read yet. Maybe two shorter excerpts, or one whole story, depending on my mood. I do know, since it’s 9 p.m. on the first night of the con, I’ll be armed with baked goods and chocolates to lure/bribe folks into hanging out!

Saturday – 11 a.m. – Truman

Genre Elements in Mainstream Work

Beth Brenner, Kelly E. Dwyer (M), Craig L. Gidney, Victoria Janssen, A.C. Wise
We are continually seeing sf/fantasy elements in books not published/labeled as sf/fantasy. Why? How much from a genre is needed before a book moves from mainstream to genre? Or does it depend on the author? Why are mainstream authors stealing from sf/fantasy? Are ghosts (Beloved, Lincoln in the Bardo) no longer considered genre?

Saturday – 1:00 p.m. – Washington Theater

A Matter of Style
T. Eric Bakutis, Sunny Moraine, James Morrow (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, A.C. Wise
Some writers have a poetic flow to their writing, others do not, both work. They can include it from the first word on paper or insert it later. How flashy should your prose be? How can writers prevent the language from hurting the story? Which writers in the field have the most interesting styles?

Saturday – 3:00 p.m. – Washington Theater

Are Novellas Just Very Short Novels?
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Day Al-Mohamed, Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Carolyn Ives Gilman, A.C. Wise (M)
Novellas are often defined by what they are not. They are not a short story but not a novel. The Hugo Awards define Novellas as between 17000 and 40,000 words. What, aside from length, make novellas different from novels? Or are they short stories that got out of hand? What happens when a writer expands a novella into a novel? Why has the number of novellas published expanded recently?

Saturday – 7:00 p.m. – Truman

Writing Nonhumans
Panelists:LH Moore, Sunny Moraine, Jamie Todd Rubin, A.C. Wise (M), Karlo Yeager Rodriguez
TBA

Sunday – 2:00 p.m. – Eisenhower

Female Villainy in fiction and Media
Beth Brenner (M), J. L. Gribble, Shahid Mahmud, A.C. Wise
How can SF/Fantasy move beyond hypersexualization, Fem Fatale clichés, and abuse-related motivations and write better binary and non-binary villains. What can readers do to encourage this?

Leave a Comment

Filed under con

September Shenanigans (and Beyond!)

This fall is going to be a busy one. Catfish Lullaby officially comes out on September 3, and I’m super excited for it to be out in the world! It’s my first foray into longer fiction, and deals with monsters and family – both found and blood – which are two of my favorite things to write and read about. I’ll be posting more about the novella after the official release, and doing a giveaway at some point. I’ll also be participating in several events this fall, many of which will include readings from, and signings of, Catfish Lullaby.

Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. the wonderful Anna Kashina and I will be hosting a joint event at Main Point Books in Wayne, PA. We’ll be reading from our work, interviewing each other, and signing copies of our books. We’ll also be providing tasty treats and alcohol. We’d love for you to join us!

Story FestThe last weekend of September, I’ll be participating in the 2019 Saugatuck StoryFest in Westport, CT.  Saturday, September 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. I’ll be part of the Echoes: A Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories panel, along with Stephen Graham Jones, Ellen Datlow, Seanan McGuire, Paul Tremblay, Bracken McLeod, and Rick Bowes. We’ll be talking about our stories, and discussing ghosts in general and why stories about them have such staying power. Following the panel, we’ll be signing copies of the anthology, along with our own work. I understand there’s also some sort of mixer event that evening, and the line-up for StoryFest in general is wonderful. R.L. Stine is the keynote speaker!

October 18-20, I’ll be attending Capclave in Rockville, MD. I’ll be doing a reading on Friday night, and participating on panels on Saturday and Sunday. I’ll put together a separate post with my schedule, but for now, you can see it here, along with all the other wonderful participants. Capclave is a lovely, laid-back con focused on books and reading. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it.

A Song for a New Day CoverOctober 30 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., I’ll be at the Penn Book Center with the wonderful Sarah Pinsker as part of the All But True reading series. She’ll be talking about her debut novel, A Song for a New Day, I’ll be talking about Catfish Lullaby, and we’ll both be reading and signing and chatting with the audience.

I’m also attending the Baltimore Book Festival from November 1 – 3. TBD whether I’ll be participating on any programming, but even if not, it’s a wonderful festival to wander around and soak in all the literary goodness. The Festival brings together tons of fantastic authors each year, and of course there are always plenty of books for sale. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area!

I’ll update this post as more links and schedule information becomes available, or if any other events pop up. I hope to see you at one of the above-mentioned theres!

2 Comments

Filed under catfish lullaby, con

World Fantasy Convention 2018

Next week (Nov 1-4), I’ll be heading to the World Fantasy Convention in Baltimore. I’m looking forward to seeing folks I don’t get to see often enough, and finally meeting in person with some people I’ve only interacted with online. I’m also hoping for some good meals along with time spent in the dealer’s room failing to resist the urge to buy books. There are so many fantastic authors attending, and I look forward to going to readings, and listening to smart people say smart things on panels. I even have two programming items of my own.

Friday – 12:30 p.m. – Reading
I haven’t quite figured out what I’ll be reading yet, but I’m sure I’ll have it figured out by the time I get there.

Sunday – 12:00 p.m. Optimism in the New Dark Age
Panelists: Michael J. Deluca, Sarah Beth Durst, Matthew Kressel, James A. Moore, A.C. Wise

The ’00s brought us a glut of dystopian fiction, but in this new dark political era, what value or function can positive or so-called “hope-punk” fiction bring? Is optimistic fiction head-in-the-sand denialism, or is it mindfully visionary? Who are some of the writers creating this type of fiction? #HopePunk

The full schedule for the convention can be found here. I hope to see you there!

Leave a Comment

Filed under con

Capclave 2018

At the end of the month, I’m headed to Capclave, which this year is taking place September 28-30 in Rockville, MD. Nancy Kress and Alyssa Wong are the guests of honor, and as always, it promises to be a good time. I’m arriving Saturday morning, and my schedule is pretty packed from there. Here’s where I’ll be and when. Come say hi!

Saturday – 11 a.m. – The Best Fiction of 2018

Jonathan Edelstein, Jim Freund, and I will be discussing our favorite short fiction of 2018 thus far. (I’m really looking forward to this one!)

Saturday – 4 p.m. – Stalker vs. Love Interest

Alyssa Wong, Jeanne Adams, Craig L. Gidney, and Sherin Nicole, with yours truly as the humble moderator, will explore the line between creepy and romantic across various forms of media and fiction.

Saturday – 5:30 p.m. – Reading

I’ll be reading something. Who knows what? Stay tuned to find out. I may even read it out loud…

Saturday – 6 p.m. – Use of Mythology in SFF

Once again, yours truly will be serving as the humble moderator as Tom Doyle, Michelle D. Sonnier, Jean Marie Ward, and Steven H. Wilson discuss using mythology as source material for genre fiction.

Sunday – 12 p.m. – Writing Better Villains

Alyssa Wong, Bernie Mojzes, Allan L. Wold and I will be chatting about what makes a great villain. Mustache twirling may or may not be involved.

Sunday – 1 p.m. – Regionalism

With Sarah Avery and Andrew Fox, I’ll be talking about how authors give their story local flavor and convey a certain sense of place and time.

Sunday – 2 p.m. – So You Want to Be a Writer

I will be leading Suzanne Palmer, Jack Skillingstead, and Yosef Lindell as they share how they became writers, the triumphs and trip ups along the way, and the dos and don’ts of becoming a professional writer.

Sunday – 3 p.m. – Superheroine to Wise Woman: Creating Powerful Female Characters

Cerece Rennie Murphy, Jean Marie Ward, Michelle D. Sonnier, and I will talk about our favorite female characters and what makes them so wonderful.

For all full list of all the programming going on over the weekend, check out the schedule on Capclave’s website. Hope to see you there!

Leave a Comment

Filed under con

Capclave & Children of Lovecraft Reading

Next weekend I’ll be attending Capclave, the DC-area convention run by the Washington Science Fiction Association. It’s a lovely, laid-back convention primarily focused on the literature of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Here’s my schedule for the weekend.

Saturday – 12:00 pm – Writing and Selling Your Story
Panelists:Scott H. Andrews, Lezli Robyn, Hildy Silverman, David Walton, A.C. Wise (M)
What are the elements that capture a reader’s, editor’s or publisher’s attention? How do you get them to pick up the story, and keep turning the pages?

Saturday – 2:00 pm – Reading
I haven’t quite decided what I’ll be reading yet. Maybe some military-esque weird fiction? Maybe some eco-punk? Maybe a ghost story? Suggestions and/or votes welcome.

Sunday – 10:00 am – Cthulhu Wants You! For Breakfast!
Panelists:Alan Loewen (M), Tim Powers, Darrell Schweitzer, A.C. Wise
Love it or hate it, the Cthulhu Mythos and its related arcs are a literary phenomenon here to stay. Whether it be the Dreamlands, the Carcosa Cycle, the related King in Yellow, as well as other sub-genres, many a writer has cut their teeth on cosmic alienation and horror. Discuss the best and the worst of the lot as well as its future.

Sunday – 11:00 am – Feeding Off Fairy Tales
Panelists:Deidre Dykes, Bernie Mojzes, A.C. Wise
Many authors use fairy tales as an inspiration or even the basis of a new novel. The panelists will discuss why we keep going back to these stories, which ones are the most popular and which ones are ripe for use.

When I’m not on programming, I’ll be attending other people’s panels and readings, hanging out in the dealer’s room, hanging out in the bar, and catching up with friends. I’ll even have the corgi with me. He’s rather partial to people making a fuss over him and telling him he’s a good boy. If you see us, say hi!

The weekend after Capclave, I’ll be in NYC at Lovecraft Bar along with several other authors from Ellen Datlow’s latest anthology, Children of Lovecraft. I’ll be reading from my story When the Stitches Come Undone. Siobhan Carroll, Livia Llewellyn, Maria Dahvana Headley, David Nickel, Laird Barron, and Richard Kadrey will be reading from their stories. More details on the event here. Come join us!

4 Comments

Filed under con

Philcon 2015

Next weekend, I’ll be attending Philcon, the local Philadelphia science fiction convention (which actually takes place in New Jersey). I’ll only be there on Saturday, but I am participating on programming. This is where you can find me.

Sat 3:00 PM – Executive Suite 623 – Reading

I’ll be reading something from The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again. There will be glittery cookies, maybe alcohol, and as far as I know, I’ll be sharing a reading slot with one of my critique-mates, Anna Kashina.

Sat 8:00 PM in Plaza III – BEYOND LOVECRAFT: THE CHTHULHU MYTHOS TODAY

Panelists: John Ashmead (mod), Darrell Schweitzer, A.C. Wise, Walt Ciechanowski

Exploring how the Cthulhu mythos has evolved beyond its creator.

Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza III – SEX, GENDER IDENTITY, AND SPECULATION: THE ROLE OF SF IN LGBTQA

Panelists: Andi O’Connor (mod), Wen Spencer, A.C. Wise

SF&F has been more accepting of LGBTQA individuals for some time, even if it wasn’t discussed publicly. As more works have been developed, LGBTQA fans have become more open and accepted. Genre literature feature characters of all races, genders, sexes, and species…but is that enough? What more can be done to incorporate LGBTQA characters and LGBTQA fans?

Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza VI – WHEN WEIRDS COLLIDE: THE NEW WEIRD VS THE OLD WEIRD

Panelists: April Grey (mod), A.C. Wise, Siobhan Carroll

How do they differ? Has the current crop of writers spawned a new Lovecraft yet?

When I’m not paneling, I’ll be attending other readings and panels, hanging out in the dealers’ room, and hanging out at the bar. Hope to see you there!

Leave a Comment

Filed under con

Going to Capclave…

…and I’m gonna be on panels, and, yes, I intended to get Going to the Chapel stuck in your head!

Ahem. That is to say, from October 10th to 12th, I will be attending Capclave in Gaithersburg, MD, and participating in the programming taking place there. My schedule, should you be interested, is as follows:

Friday – 10:00 p.m. – Reading – Frederick
Cuz what people want to at 10pm on the first day of a con is going to a reading by some jerk they’ve never heard of, right? But, hey, I’ll bring chocolate and alcohol. You like those things, don’t you?

Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – Alternative Sexualities in SF/F – Bethesda
Panelists: Shira Lipkin, Emmie Mears, Sarah Pinsker, A.C. Wise
How well are alternative sexualities (or sexuality of any kind) portrayed in science fiction and fantasy?

Saturday – 3:00 p.m. – Best Short Fiction of 2014 – Bethesda
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, D. Douglas Fratz, Sarah Pinsker (M), Norm Sherman, A.C. Wise
Which novellas, novelettes, and short stories published this year were your favorites? Which do you think deserve to be nominated for the Hugo/Nebula/Tiptree/World Fantasy etc? Which short fiction pieces deserve to be nominated but won’t and why not?

Saturday – 10:00 p.m. – A Whiter Shade of Pale – Bethesda
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Shahid Mahmud, Emmie Mears, Sherin Nicole (M), A.C. Wise
The worlds of many fantasy/SF novels seem to be overwhelmingly white and European. It wasn’t that long ago that Justine Larbalestier had to protest the use of a white cover model to depict her mixed race protagonist. Why do writers (and cover artists) do this? How can we bring diversity into our genres? Is it getting better? Are non-white authors and hero(ines) still rarities? Is the fear of getting it wrong overwhelming the desire to portray more diverse protagonists and non-Western settings?

Sunday – 1:00 p.m. – Non-Binary Gender in SF/F – Bethesda
Panelists: Shira Lipkin, Emmie Mears, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, A.C. Wise (M)
Alex Dally McFarland’s post-binary gender series at Tor.com has caused the occasional bit of controversy. However, there is no reason why science fiction and fantasy should have characters that don’t conveniently split into male and female, especially when dealing with alien life forms.

Sunday – 3:00 p.m. – When Did Fangirl Become a Dirty Word? – Rockville/Potomac
Panelists: Emmie Mears, Sunny Moraine, Sherin Nicole, Janine Spendlove, A.C. Wise
It used to connote enthusiasm, now it implies contempt. Why is this? What can be done to combat this attitude?

The full Capclave schedule can be found here.

When I’m not on panels, I’ll be attending other people’s panels, hanging out in the bar, or hanging out in the dealers’ room lusting after the pretty, pretty books. If you’ll be in any of those places, say hi. I look forward to seeing you there.

Leave a Comment

Filed under con