Capclave 2021

Capclave is coming up the weekend of October 1-3. It’s being held in person this year, which is both a weird feeling – the return to in-person cons! – and exciting as I’m really looking forward to seeing several people I haven’t seen in far too long.

The tentative schedule is up on the convention website, so this is where you should be able to find me throughout the weekend.

Saturday 12:30 pm – Author Reading – Monroe

I haven’t fully decided what I’ll be reading yet. An excerpt from Wendy, Darling? Something from The Ghost Sequences? Something else entirely new? You’ll just have to show up to find out! I will quite possibly have chocolate with me to bribe/thank you if you do.

Saturday 2:00 pm – All Writing is Political – Truman

Participants: Natalie Luhrs, Michael Swanwick, Caias Ward, Joy Ward, A.C. Wise (M)

Some critics say SF, Fantasy, and Comics have become too political. Has there been a change in the political content from the days of Brave New World, 1984, and Starship Troopers? Should entertainment be free from politics? Is it even possible? When something claims to be apolitical, what is it actually supporting? How can we be more conscious of the political implications of our own work?

Saturday 3:00 pm – Ghost Stories – Truman

Participants: Tom Doyle, Dina Leacock, Darrell Schweitzer (M), Michael Swanwick, A.C. Wise

Humans have been telling ghost stories since the first campfire. Peter S. Beagle has ghosts in ‘A Fine and Private Place’ and ‘Tamsin’. What is so attractive about ghosts? How are ghosts used in fiction – both in scary stories and non-horror fantasies? Are ghosts more important in cultures with religions focused on the afterlife? What are some of the best ghost stories in fiction? Do you believe in ghosts and if so why?

Sunday 1:00 pm – Twice Upon a Time – Revisiting Classic Tales – Washington Theater

Participants: Leah Cypess, Mark Huston, Jean Marie Ward, A.C. Wise

Disney was not the first to redo fairy tales. As part of an oral tradition, they were never static but were altered by every storyteller. Re-tellers have remixed archetypes and traditional elements down to the present day. So how can writers give new life to these old stories? How can they preserve the archtypes while providing fresh insight into familiar stories? And, given that everyone knows how the original stories went, what can authors do to make their version stand out?

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