May 19 – 21, 2017
Please check the programming schedule on the day of the event for rooms and any last minute programming changes!
Friday, May 19 – 8:00 pm: Learning to Write with J Boone Dryden and Sherry Peters: Just what is the best way to learn to write? Is it just as simple as sitting down and writing? What value, if any, is there in writers workshops? What should you look for in a creative writing course? Do concentrated novel competitions get people to produce good work or just burn them out? What value is there in a writing group?
Friday, May 19 – 9:00 pm: Religion and SF & F with Lindsay Kitson, Sherry Peters and Daria Patrie: From Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality to David Webber’s Honor Harrington Series, from Michael Carpenter in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files to Bobby Dollar in The Dirty Streets of Heaven, and many more novels, religion has played a key part in SF&F literature. What part does religion have in the world building process? How has religion been used as a central theme or as an allegory in SF&F? How are religions portrayed? Should writers and readers alike be concerned about cultural appropriation when some religions are used in a book?
Saturday, May 20 – 11:00 am: Young Adult Fiction with Kelley Armstrong, Melinda Friesen and Sherry Peters: Why does speculative genre fiction speak so well to young adults? Are there common themes involved? Are the characters role models to the readers? Are young adult readers choosing to continue to read speculative fiction as they become adults? What feedback are YA writers getting back from their audience?
Saturday, May 20 – 2:00 pm: Autograph Session
Saturday, May 20 – 4:00 pm: Literary Arts and Social Responsibility with Sherry Peters, Den Valdron and LeAmber Kensley: SF&F has been around since the 1800’s, and western society has changed over that time. When discussing literature, should we separate the writer and their beliefs from their works? Does it matter if it’s a contemporary writer or a writer from the golden age (or earlier) of SF?
Sunday, May 21 – 11:00 am: Reading with Timothy Gwyn, Sherry Peters and Melinda Friesen: Timothy Gwyn reads from Avians, Sherry Peters reads from Mabel the Mafioso Dwarf, and Melinda Friesen reads from Subversion. A question and answer session follows the readings. Stay until the end to receive a free ticket for a chance to win $40.00 in Dealers Room Dollars. One ticket, per person, per Reading Session. Draw to be held Sunday at noon.
Summer in the City
June 16 – 18, 2017
I will be at the Authors of Manitoba booth.
When Words Collide
August 11 – 13, 2017
Programming to be announced
**I will be launching the third book in the Ballad of Mabel Goldenaxe Series here**