Memorial Day weekend is coming up fast, and so is Balticon. This year we won’t be traveling to Baltimore for our annual dose of Memorial Day weekend joy. But never fear. Balticon is coming to you. Check out the website for the details. There will be panels, filking, gaming and a fabulous virtual Masquerade. The best part is it’s all free—though nobody will complain if you decide to support the con and its literacy efforts through the donate button. In fact, we’ll cheer.
Meanwhile, take a look at the panels where you’ll find me:
Friday, May 22, 6PM
Writing for Themed Anthologies
Michael Ventrella (Moderator), Keith R.A. DeCandido, John L. French, Monica Louzon, Jean Marie Ward
Anthologies offer an excellent opportunity for writers to get their work to new readers. Writers and editors discuss where to look for submission opportunities, how to write to a theme, and tips on catching an editor's eye (for the right reasons).
Friday, May 22, 8PM
Write What You Know! Wait, What Do I Know?
Jean Marie Ward (Moderator), Catherine Asaro, Stephanie Burke, Larry Hodges, Scott Roche
Regardless of how literally you take the old adage, you're going to be writing some degree of what you know and have experienced. What are some different ways you can incorporate this knowledge into your story? How much detail should you convey to an audience, and how do you know what's going to be interesting to other people?
Saturday, May 23, 9PM
Getting the Most from a Writers’ Association
Jean Marie Ward (Moderator), Bud Sparhawk, Jamaila Brinkley, Sarah Pinsker, Lee Murray
Genre association groups such as the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) and the Romance Writers Association (RWA), as well as more local groups like the Maryland Writers Association (MWA), can offer benefits and perks. Panelists talk about what different groups have to offer and how to get the most out of your membership.
Sunday, May 24, 6PM
Bad Transportation Math vs the Speed of Plot
Jean Marie Ward (Moderator), Julayne Hughes, Mark Van Name, Ken Schrader, Catherine Asaro
The logistics of travel and travel times don't always need to be ironclad, but can make for an easily noticed and unpleasant plot-hole, whether in a fantasy setting (with travel on horseback or sailing ships) or in a science fiction setting (with various FTL devices). What are tricks to avoid these holes, and how can apparent errors be reconciled if only caught late in the process?
Hope to see you there!