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 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 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?
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.