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Thursday, May 12
 

12:50pm

Intellectual Property Contract Clauses To Watch Out For (April 25, 2016 SFWA Alert)
Speakers
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor, SFWA
Michael Capobianco has published two solo science fiction novels, Purlieu (Placeholder Press) and Burster (Bantam). He is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 12:50pm - 1:00pm
Wabash Room

1:00pm

Convention Mentor meetup
It is hard to attend a convention for the first time. The convention mentor program pairs established writers with early career writers, or people attending the Nebula Award Weekend for the first time. Participants will attend a brief orientation explaining the weekend, and then be paired with a peer who will help introduce the writer to people. 

Thursday May 12, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
SFWA's Hospitality Suite

2:00pm

BookBub
How can you use price promotions to increase your sales and find new readers? Morgan Hubbard, Account Manager at BookBub, will discuss how to run effective price promotions as well as BookBub’s reader demographics and its editorial selection process. 
Sign up for one-on-one conversations with BookBub in Clark 3 at 2:30 pm

Moderators
avatar for Morgan Hubbard

Morgan Hubbard

Account Manager, BookBub
Morgan Hubbard is an Account Manager at BookBub, a service that helps millions of readers discover new books and authors. Morgan is part of a team that works with thousands of independent authors, hundreds of small publishers, and all the major houses to help market their ebooks... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
LaSalle 3

2:00pm

Interfacing with Conventions
For authors, conventions are both work and social events, but not all conventions are the same. Our panelists discuss the expectations, realities, and the differences between fan and media conventions

Moderators
avatar for Lynne M Thomas

Lynne M Thomas

Editor/Publisher, Uncanny Magazine
Co-editor in chief/co publisher of Uncanny Magazine. | 7 time Hugo Award Winner | Co-editor of Chicks Dig Time Lords | Member of the Verity! Podcast

Speakers
avatar for Dave McCarty

Dave McCarty

David has been a software consultant and project manager in Chicago for 24 years. He began attending conventions in high school and 1999 began working on regional literary conventions, chairing Capricon three times and serving as chairman of it's board for three years. In 2004 he... Read More →
avatar for Michael Damian Thomas

Michael Damian Thomas

Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Uncanny Magazine
Michael Damian Thomas is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of 2016 Hugo Award finalist Uncanny Magazine with Lynne M. Thomas. He was a two-time Hugo Award finalist as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian... Read More →
avatar for Michi Trota

Michi Trota

Managing Editor, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Michi Trota is an essayist, editor, speaker, and community organizer. She is the Managing Editor for the Hugo Award-nominated Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and writes about geek culture on her blog, Geek Melange. She is also a member of the Chicago Nerd Social... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for David D. Levine

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 2

2:00pm

Dealing -- in Your Personal Documents -- with Digital Assets, Alive or Dead

With so much of our lives online, everyone needs to know how to permit family or caregiver or trustee or executor to navigate the fast-changing legal and practical minefields to successfully access one’s online accounts, email, social media and even one’s own physical computer – both when the owner is disabled and after the owner’s death. 


Moderators
JS

Joel Schoenmeyer

Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Department (Northern Trust Company)

Thursday May 12, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wabash Room

2:30pm

SAG/AFTRA Discusses Narration and Authors
Karen White, veteran audiobook narrator, will discuss ways to get your book published in audio as well as best practices for casting and working with experienced SAG-AFTRA talent.

Moderators
avatar for Karen White

Karen White

Karen White has been narrating audio books since 1999, with well over 250 to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices and Speaking of Audio’s Top Ten Listens, she’s also a two-time Audie Finalist and has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 3

3:00pm

Patreon

Imagine a world where your community can pay you directly for the stories they're hungry for! Where you can focus less on paying the rent and get back to your favorite universe! This world exists, and it’s people are living in it every day in a place called Patreon.

Patreon helps creators of all kinds get a paycheck straight from their fans. Grab a seat and hear all about how it can work for you, with tips and tricks from some of the most successful Science Fiction writers on Patreon. Bring any burning questions — we can handle them! 

Be sure to bring a card and sign up for a 1 on 1 chat after the session, so we can get you on your way to earning a living with Patreon!


Moderators
avatar for Jamie Crabb

Jamie Crabb

User Researcher, Patreon
Talk to me about Patreon! Talk to me about how you fund your art! I want to hear the good, bad and ugly :D

Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
LaSalle 3

3:00pm

Ask an Expert - SAG/AFTRA & Audiobooks,
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Bring your questions. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Karen White - SAG/AFTRA and audiobooks "Karen White, veteran audiobook narrator, can answer your questions about ways to get your book published in audio as well as best practices for casting and working with experienced SAG-AFTRA talent."

Speakers
avatar for Karen White

Karen White

Karen White has been narrating audio books since 1999, with well over 250 to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices and Speaking of Audio’s Top Ten Listens, she’s also a two-time Audie Finalist and has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Clark 3

3:00pm

BarCon and Other Secret Handshakes
When you are an early career writer, how do you get the most out of a convention without seeming pushy? Everyone knows that you shouldn't give an editor your manuscript in the bathroom (except for the guy who did it) but you also know that business takes place at conventions. What are the tricks and secrets?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri

Senior Editor, Tor Books
Marco Palmieri is a senior editor at Tor Books, acquiring novels of speculative fiction. Recently published works include BARSK: THE ELEPHANTS' GRAVEYARD by Lawrence M. Schoen; THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley; THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson; and LAST SONG BEFORE... Read More →
avatar for Lynne M Thomas

Lynne M Thomas

Editor/Publisher, Uncanny Magazine
Co-editor in chief/co publisher of Uncanny Magazine. | 7 time Hugo Award Winner | Co-editor of Chicks Dig Time Lords | Member of the Verity! Podcast


Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 2

3:00pm

The Future of Racism
The past’s virulent racism against the Irish has now faded to linguistic artifacts like “paddy wagon” and “red-headed stepchild.” What traces will present-day racism leave behind, and what new forms of racism will emerge?

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Cross

Jennifer Cross

Lead Organizer, Just Write Chicago
Queer Black Geeky Feminist Skeptic Atheist Firespinning Aspiring SF/F writer who has a serious problem saying no to new and shiny things. In addition to a day job, I run Just Write Chicago, Chicago's largest writing group dedicated to providing safe, inclusive and motivational spaces... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Liz Argall

Liz Argall

Writer, Argall Creative
Liz Argall is a speculative fiction author, and creator of the all ages webcomics series Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable... Read More →
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder, I Need Diverse Games
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Author & Consultant
Mike is an author, a podcaster, and a publishing consultant. He's the author of over a dozen books, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and the Stabby Award-finalist GENRENAUTS. Most recently, he was the creator and lead writer of BORN TO THE BLADE, a Serial... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 1

3:00pm

Literary Estates for the Not So Rich and Famous: Making Sure the Author is Not Forgotten (and Not Unrewarded)

The creator of any work needs to consider just what special arrangements can and need to be made so heirs can profit from that work after the creator’s death or – even if there are no profits to be made – how that work can remain legally and practically available to new readers. 


 

Moderators
Thursday May 12, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wabash Room

3:30pm

Draft2Digital
A presentation by Draft2Digital about services they provide authors. Sign up for one-on-one conversations with Draft2Digital in Clark 3.

Thursday May 12, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 3

4:00pm

Understanding contracts
Michael Capobianco of SFWA’s Contracts Committee will discuss some of the arcana of traditional publishing contracts: What do those terms mean? Sub-Rights? Options? Reserve Against Returns? What to look out for. What’s worth negotiating for.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor, SFWA
Michael Capobianco has published two solo science fiction novels, Purlieu (Placeholder Press) and Burster (Bantam). He is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
LaSalle 3

4:00pm

Ask an Expert - Patreon, Draft2Digital, Short Stories
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Bring your questions. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Jamie Crabb - Patreon "Patreon helps creators of all kinds get a paycheck straight from their fans. Bring any burning questions — we can handle them!"

Dan Wood - Draft2Digital "Self-publish with support. As a writer, you want to write. So when it comes to publishing, you could use a little support. We make it easy. Ask us how."

Rachel Swirsky Short Stories "Brainstorm a problem area, or ask questions about writing short fiction" 


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Crabb

Jamie Crabb

User Researcher, Patreon
Talk to me about Patreon! Talk to me about how you fund your art! I want to hear the good, bad and ugly :D
avatar for Dan Wood

Dan Wood

Director of Author Relations, Draft2Digital
Dan Wood is the Director of Operations and Author Relations at Draft2Digital. Prior to this he spent many years as a technology advisor in the energy industry and served two years as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Draft2Digital gives over 43,000 authors simple tools to format and... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Clark 3

4:00pm

How to Fail Gracefully
You’re going to make a mistake. It is not possible to write without flaw, but what happens after the mistake, and your response to it, is a significant determining factor. Our panelists discuss some strategies for keeping an error from turning into a Failure.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and writing instructor by day, and a podcaster in the interstices. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, Diverse Energies, In... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 2

4:00pm

How to Hand-Sell Your Book
How to hand-sell your book Lessons from 7 years of hand-selling books to readers, booksellers, and sales reps, for writers looking to learn how to hand-sell their books at conventions or related events.

Moderators
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Author & Consultant
Mike is an author, a podcaster, and a publishing consultant. He's the author of over a dozen books, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and the Stabby Award-finalist GENRENAUTS. Most recently, he was the creator and lead writer of BORN TO THE BLADE, a Serial... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 1

4:20pm

4:30pm

Listen Up! An In Depth Guide to Audiobook Production
Audiobook publishing is one of the fastest growing segments of the publishing industry. If you’ve written an eBook or print book, learn how to have it produced as an audiobook. In this half hour panel, we’ll discuss the impact of audiobooks on your bottom line, what you need to get started, your rights as an author, and how to make a great audiobook.

Moderators
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the... Read More →
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 3

5:00pm

Ask an Expert - Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace, Audible, ACX
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Bring your questions. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Stacy Shabalin (KDP/CreateSpace) ""Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr and Scott Jacobi (Audible/ACX) "We are happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."
 

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the... Read More →
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Clark 3

5:00pm

Best Practices for an Author Website
SFWA's webmaster discusses the best practises for building an author website, including a press kit, bibliography, and ADA compliance.

Moderators
Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LaSalle 2

5:00pm

Defense Against The Dark Arts: Protecting Yourself and Others From Harassment Online
A lesson on how to protect your online identity, and deal with potential trolls as well as harasserrs. Will include links to tools that many authors seeking to build a larger social media presence will find useful.

Moderators
Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LaSalle 1

5:00pm

The Legacy of Octavia Butler
Our panelists look at Octavia Butler's career and the legacy she left as both a writer and a teacher.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and writing instructor by day, and a podcaster in the interstices. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, Diverse Energies, In... Read More →

Nebula Nominees

Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LaSalle 3

6:00pm

Convention Mentor Meetup Part Deux
It is hard to attend a convention for the first time. The convention mentor program pairs established writers with early career writers, or people attending the Nebula Award Weekend for the first time. Participants will attend a brief orientation explaining the weekend, and then be paired with a peer who will help introduce the writer to people. 

Thursday May 12, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
SFWA's Hospitality Suite

8:00pm

Welcome Reception
Thursday May 12, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Monroe Ballroom
 
Friday, May 13
 

9:00am

Walking Tour of the Loop
Join Richard Chwedyk for a walking tour of the Loop.  Learn about Chicago's architecture and history while starting the day with a little exercise and fresh air.  Meets downstairs by the Starbucks.

Friday May 13, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am
TBA

9:00am

Intellectual Property: Crossing the Line
What is and is not protectable? When does the use of another's concept, idea, or coined word become a violation of intellectual property rights? (When can you "grok" a "flat cat?")


Friday May 13, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Clark 5

10:00am

Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a powerful platform for authors and publishers to create new work and connect with their fans. It is also a global community of over 10 million backers who have helped bring over 100,000 creative projects to life.

In this session, you will learn about how to use Kickstarter to fund and gain attention for your projects, whether you’re an author or a publisher. You’ll also learn strategies to connect more deeply with your readers--and reach new ones!

Moderators
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Director of Publishing, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell works with publishers and authors as the Director of Publishing at Kickstarter and Drip. She is the author of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby, Color Jam! Roller Derby Coloring Book, and co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
LaSalle 1

10:00am

10:00am

So You Want an Assistant...
An assistant does not have to be a full time employee. There are many ways to get help with all of the non-writing tasks that eat up your day. Part time, virtual, one-time help, and even full-time... Discuss the range of options and find out which is the best fit for you.

Moderators
avatar for Alyx Dellamonica

Alyx Dellamonica

A.M. Dellamonica's first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, won the 2016 Aurora Award for Best Novel. She is the author of over thirty-five short stories in a variety of genres; these can be... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Geek Feminist Revolution, a collection of essays on geek culture. Her novels include the Worldbreaker Saga and the God's War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of YA fantasy Court of Fives, and numerous sff novels including Black Wolves, Cold Magic, and King's Dragon. She lives in Hawaii.


Friday May 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 3

10:00am

Understanding Translation
Why is translation so expensive? What are the freedoms and duties of a translator? How do you tell if a translator is good? Does it matter if the translator writes to you and doesn’t appear to have the best English?

Moderators
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya is a Canadian writer. She is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion Writing Workshop, and her fiction has appeared at Tor.com, GigaNotoSaurus, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is currently a Ph.D candidate in linguistics at the University of Chicago. She has been on panels... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 2

10:30am

Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace
A presentation by Amazon’s independent publishing platforms, Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace. The talk will discuss the independent publishing business, the benefit to authors, and what authors may consider when deciding between independent and traditional publishing routes.

Moderators
Friday May 13, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
LaSalle 1

11:00am

11:00am

Ask an Expert - Copyright and the Writer, Chinese Language, Technology for Writers, Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Bring your questions. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Ken Liu - Facts about Chinese languages "I can answer questions about spoken Chinese topolects and the writing system. E.g., “Does Classical Chinese really have no grammar?” “Is there just one variety of Cantonese?” “What is the most accurate way to describe the language a Chinese book is written in?” etc.

Ken Liu - Copyright and the Writer "I can answer questions about general copyright topics, especially things like copyright registration, media rights, “fair use,” what is the “legal answer” vs the practical answer, where to go to get help, etc. Warning: answers are for education/information purposes only and will in no event constitute legal advice."

K. Tempest Bradford - Technology for Writers. "I can answer questions about what tech/gadgets to buy, best software, online/social media presence, and related topics."

Stacy Shabalin and Dan Slater KDP/CreateSpace "Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr and Scott Jacobi - Audible/ACX "We are happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the... Read More →
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and writing instructor by day, and a podcaster in the interstices. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, Diverse Energies, In... Read More →
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Clark 3

11:00am

Long-term Career Strategies for a Changing Marketplace
As the landscape of the publishing industry changes, many of the established truths become significantly less evident. Strategies that worked ten years ago may not work now. How is an author supposed to plan for a long term career, if they have no idea what publishing in the future will be like?

Moderators
avatar for Hannah Bowman

Hannah Bowman

Literary Agent, Liza Dawson Associates

Speakers
EF

Eric Flint

Writer Guest of Honor
Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →
BG

Barry Goldblatt

Literary Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary
avatar for Jacob Weisman

Jacob Weisman

Publisher, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Charles Gannon

Charles Gannon

Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s award-winning Caine Riordan/Terran Republic hard sf novels have all been Nebula finalists and national best-sellers and the fourth, Caine’s Mutiny, will hit bookstores in February 2017. His epic fantasy series, The Broken World, is forthcoming from Baen... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 3

11:00am

Social Media Puzzle Pieces
There are approximately 12 billion social media sites, blogging platforms, and other online tools that someone, at some time or another, has told writers they must be on or must be involved in. How do you avoid letting social posting tke over your life? There are tools that make automatic cross-posting easy and/or give you the flexibility to set up multiple updates and schedule them. Learn which of these tools is most effective, best practices for cross-posting, and what behaviors to avoid.

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder, I Need Diverse Games

Speakers
avatar for Shane Halbach

Shane Halbach

Author
Shane Halbach lives in Chicago with his wife, three kids and one nuisance cat. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Escape Pod, Flash Fiction Online, and The Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction, among others. He has been accused of being obsessed with pirates, bacon, zombies and his... Read More →
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the AlphaOops... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 2

11:00am

An hour with CJ Cherryh - SFWA's newest grandmaster
Moderators
avatar for C. J. Cherryh

C. J. Cherryh

Writer
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that C. J. Cherryh has been named the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. | | C.J. Cherryh won the John W. Campbell Award for... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 1

12:00pm

Lunch
No programming

Friday May 13, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Ask an Expert - Podcasting, Publishing, Sedementary Geology
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Kate Baker - Podcasting "Want to know about reading out loud? Equipment? Microphone use?"

Hannah Bowman - Publishing "I can answer questions about the business of publishing (i.e. things related to finding an agent and publisher)." 

Rachel Acks - Sedementary Geology "Sedimentary rocks, fossilized soil, paleoenvironment, and petroleum systems."  

Speakers
avatar for Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Executive Director, SFWA
Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine.Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Bowman

Hannah Bowman

Literary Agent, Liza Dawson Associates


Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Clark 3

1:00pm

The Second Life of Stories: Handling Backlist and Reprints
The changing publishing landscape means that short stories and out-of-print novels have a longer lifespan than they once did. Our panelists discuss options ranging from foreign rights, to anthologies, to independent publishing.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA

Speakers
avatar for John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams

Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an SF/Fantasy imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s... Read More →
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the... Read More →
avatar for Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri

Senior Editor, Tor Books
Marco Palmieri is a senior editor at Tor Books, acquiring novels of speculative fiction. Recently published works include BARSK: THE ELEPHANTS' GRAVEYARD by Lawrence M. Schoen; THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley; THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson; and LAST SONG BEFORE... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 2

1:00pm

Where's My Tail? Human Augmentation and You
Bob has decided that he would like to have a tail. This talk explores three possible technological solutions to his desire, cybernetic, genetic engineering and tissue engineering as well as the current barriers to each approach. 

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Potter

Daniel Potter

Author, Fallen Kitten Productions
Dan Potter is a writer of both Fantasy and Science Fiction. His first novel, Off Leash was released in July of 2015, and prepping to publish the sequel in July 2016. When not writing Dan is a vascular biology researcher, working on projects involving hemorrhagic shock and traumatic... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 3

1:00pm

Historical Research from the Margins
So much of history wasn't recorded, or was actively erased in order to present a dominant narrative. Actor Wendell Pierce recently said that a casting agent told him, “I couldn’t put you in a Shakespeare movie, because they didn’t have black people then.” He replied, “You ever heard of Othello? Shakespeare couldn’t just make up black people. He saw them.” 
How do you research history of the people who have been pushed to the margins? In this panel, we will examine internal bias in research material and how to get around your own "common sense" knowledge.

Moderators
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Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston’s debut novel, the historical fantasy THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN, was published by Tor Books in November 2015 and quickly garnered numerous critical accolades. The sequel, THE GATES OF HELL, will appear in November 2016. An award-winning writer and professor, Michael... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alyx Dellamonica

Alyx Dellamonica

A.M. Dellamonica's first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, won the 2016 Aurora Award for Best Novel. She is the author of over thirty-five short stories in a variety of genres; these can be... Read More →
avatar for Eileen Gunn

Eileen Gunn

Writer/Editor
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer. She is currently working on a novel about race and gender, set in 19th-century America. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer

Assistant Professor of History, University of Chicago
My first novel "Too Like the Lightning" comes out May 10th so it will have been out for three days when I come to the Nebulas. So exciting!
avatar for Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker grew up in suburban Chicago, and received her Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College in Minnesota. After college, she spent a number of years in Marketing and Communications before returning to her first love, fiction writing. In 2007 she received her Master’s... Read More →

Nebula Nominees

Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 1

1:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

Ask an Expert - European History, Memory, Collaborative Writing, KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Ada Palmer - European History especially Renaissance, Enlightenment, Antiquity "I can tackle general history questions, especially on Italy, France, England, culture, philosophy, education, book history, science, religion, and law."

Lawrence M. Schoen - Memory  "How memory works, why it sometimes doesn't seem to work, ways you can enhance it, trick it, cheat it, as well as the many different "kinds" of memory humans are capable of."

Eric Flint - Collaborative Writing  

Stacy Shabalin - KDP/CreateSpace "Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr or Scott Jacobi - Audible/ACX  "We are happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the... Read More →
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Eric Flint

Writer Guest of Honor
Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook... Read More →
avatar for Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer

Assistant Professor of History, University of Chicago
My first novel "Too Like the Lightning" comes out May 10th so it will have been out for three days when I come to the Nebulas. So exciting!

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and six Nebula awards. He's won the Cóyotl Award for Best Novel. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, is a certified hypnotherapist... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Clark 3

2:00pm

The Legacy of John W. Campbell
The author and editor John W. Campbell wrote the story that inspired “The Thing”; laid down the rules for an entire genre in his three decades at the helm of Astounding Science Fiction; edited the first version of Dune; and discovered or mentored such legendary figures as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke. He also collaborated with L. Ron Hubbard on the development of dianetics; championed the investigation of psychic phenomena and antigravity devices; and ended his life, in the words of Asimov, as “a diminishing shadow of what he had once been.” What was the true impact of Campbell’s opinions, politics, and personality? Was he really, as Asimov said, “the most powerful force in science fiction ever?” And how does an understanding of his life and career help us make sense of the genre today?


Moderators
avatar for Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee is currently at work on the nonfiction book Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, which will be released by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2018. He is the author of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

writer, MIT
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author and combat veteran of Vietnam. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

Editor, Asimov's


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 2

2:00pm

What Does Tolkien Know about Fantasy, Anyway? Representations of the Fantastic on the Contemporary Stage
In 1938, as he was in the early stages of writing The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien delivered a lecture at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland entitled “On Fairy Stories”. In this lecture he makes a provocative statement (several, actually, but one that is of particular interest to theater practitioners): “Drama is naturally hostile to Fantasy. Fantasy, even of the simplest kind, hardly ever succeeds in Drama, when that is presented as it should be, visibly and audibly acted.”

Moderators
avatar for Rob Kimbro

Rob Kimbro

Director/Dramaturg/Playwright
I tell stories on stage. My academic work focuses on adaptations - what happens to stories when we take them from one medium to another . I have a particular interest in stories of the fantastic. In 2011, My stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants premiered in... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 3

2:00pm

Beyond Bitches and Badasses: A Conversation About Race, Gender, and Power in SFF
Combating unconscious bias in character development & casting is an important aspect of more inclusive writing. Pitfalls for writers new to incorporating marginalized people include the ways unconscious bias can intersect with race and gender to make them conflate common stereotypes with actual character development thuscontributing to fetishization and dehumanization. 

Moderators
Nebula Nominees
avatar for Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others. Her short fiction has been nominated for multiple awards... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 1

2:15pm

How to Sell an Author's Work Outside the US
Speakers
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Barry Goldblatt

Literary Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary


Friday May 13, 2016 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Clark 5

3:00pm

Who Owns Ellen's Selfie?
Deciphering rights to user-generated content on social media.


Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Clark 5

3:00pm

Ask an Expert - Kickstarter, Dictating Fiction
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Margot Atwell - Kickstarter "Questions about how to use Kickstarter to fund and gain attention for your projects? Now you can ask someone who works there."

Martin Shoemaker - Dictating a Story "What kind of tools are available? Should I use transcription tools, hire a transcriptionist, or manually transcribe? How closely does the dictation match the final story?"

Speakers
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Director of Publishing, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell works with publishers and authors as the Director of Publishing at Kickstarter and Drip. She is the author of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby, Color Jam! Roller Derby Coloring Book, and co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! | | Besides writing science... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Clark 3

3:00pm

How to be Interviewed
A lot of authors overthink it when they're interviewed, especially for television.  They get nervous because they're on camera and don't realize they have to learn how to speak in sound bites. 

Moderators
avatar for Dave Creek

Dave Creek

Author
Dave Creek is the author of the novels CHANDA'S AWAKENING and SOME DISTANT SHORE, novellas TRANQUILITY and THE SILENT SENTINELS, and short story collections A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR and THE HUMAN EQUATIONS. | | He's also published the Great Human War trilogy, including A CROWD OF STARS... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 3

3:00pm

Acting for Writers
An acting background can improve your writing, by giving you a new way to access character. In this workshop, explore theater exercises specifically geared to unlocking characters on the page.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Kimbro

Rob Kimbro

Director/Dramaturg/Playwright
I tell stories on stage. My academic work focuses on adaptations - what happens to stories when we take them from one medium to another . I have a particular interest in stories of the fantastic. In 2011, My stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants premiered in... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 2

3:00pm

Language as Rebellion
Historically conquerors often forced populations to use their language. The fact that America still has Latin on its money is a lingering remnant of a time when England was a colony of Rome. Hawaiian was nearly eradicated. In 1912 the Republic of China replace "Literary Chines" with the Bejing dialect of Mandarin as the official governing language. Since SFF often features disenfranchised people, how can we use language to demonstrate conflict and rebellion?"

Moderators
avatar for Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya is a Canadian writer. She is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion Writing Workshop, and her fiction has appeared at Tor.com, GigaNotoSaurus, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is currently a Ph.D candidate in linguistics at the University of Chicago. She has been on panels... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson

Writer, SFWA
Kelly Robson’s novella “Waters of Versailles” won the 2016 Aurora Award, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Nebula Award, World Fantasy Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and Sunburst Award. Her time travel book Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is now out from Tor.com Publishing... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 1

3:30pm

All’s Clear – Or Is It?
Titles, Character Names, Set Design, and Other Clearance Issues for Authors and Filmmakers


Friday May 13, 2016 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Clark 5

4:00pm

Ask an Expert - Kickstarter, Making Comics
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Margot Atwell - Kickstarter "Questions about how to use Kickstarter to fund and gain attention for your projects? Now you can ask someone who works there."

Liz Argall - Making Comics "Liz currently creates a webcomic, and in past lives written work for hire comic scripts, been an artist talent scout, created a comics anthology, and hand sold books at conventions. She doesn't have all the answers, but she knows of lots of neat places to start." 

Speakers
avatar for Liz Argall

Liz Argall

Writer, Argall Creative
Liz Argall is a speculative fiction author, and creator of the all ages webcomics series Things Without Arms and Without Legs, a comic about creatures who are kind. Her fiction can be found in places like Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable... Read More →
avatar for Margot Atwell

Margot Atwell

Director of Publishing, Kickstarter
Margot Atwell works with publishers and authors as the Director of Publishing at Kickstarter and Drip. She is the author of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby, Color Jam! Roller Derby Coloring Book, and co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Clark 3

4:00pm

Podcasting for Writers
Have you been asked to be a guest on a podcast? Appearing on popular podcasts is a powerful marketing asset, especially if you sound as good as the hosts. Which tools do you need to sound your best when calling in via Skype, Google Hangouts, or over the phone? And if you're interested in starting your own podcast, what should you use to record, edit, and distribute?

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder, I Need Diverse Games

Speakers
avatar for Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Executive Director, SFWA
Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine.Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside... Read More →
avatar for K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and writing instructor by day, and a podcaster in the interstices. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, Diverse Energies, In... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

writer
Tina Connolly's books include Ironskin (Tor), Seriously Wicked (Tor Teen), and the collection On the Eyeball Floor (Fairwood Press). She has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards. She co-hosts Escape Pod, runs Toasted Cake, and you can find her at... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 2

4:00pm

I Remember When...
After 50 years, SFWA has a lot of stories. Come hear about fisticuffs, triumphs, and war stories.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Michael Capobianco

Michael Capobianco

Advisor, SFWA
Michael Capobianco has published two solo science fiction novels, Purlieu (Placeholder Press) and Burster (Bantam). He is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf books Iris (Doubleday, Bantam, reprinted by Avon Eos), Alpha Centauri (Avon), Fellow Traveler... Read More →
avatar for C. J. Cherryh

C. J. Cherryh

Writer
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that C. J. Cherryh has been named the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. | | C.J. Cherryh won the John W. Campbell Award for... Read More →
avatar for Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

writer, MIT
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author and combat veteran of Vietnam. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including... Read More →
avatar for Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman

retired, MIT
Gay Haldeman  (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has two Masters degrees.  She taught in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for thirty years, specializing in English as a second language.  Now she resides in Gainesville, Florida, where she manages science... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 3

4:00pm

Medicine After The End Of The World
How do you manage chronic conditions and serious illness after the apocalypse?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Nick Kanas, M.D.

Nick Kanas, M.D.

Dr. Nick Kanas is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directed the group therapy training program. For over 20 years he conducted research in group therapy, and for nearly 20 years after that he was the Principal Investigator... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Potter

Daniel Potter

Author, Fallen Kitten Productions
Dan Potter is a writer of both Fantasy and Science Fiction. His first novel, Off Leash was released in July of 2015, and prepping to publish the sequel in July 2016. When not writing Dan is a vascular biology researcher, working on projects involving hemorrhagic shock and traumatic... Read More →
avatar for Michael Damian Thomas

Michael Damian Thomas

Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Uncanny Magazine
Michael Damian Thomas is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of 2016 Hugo Award finalist Uncanny Magazine with Lynne M. Thomas. He was a two-time Hugo Award finalist as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for four Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a Hugo, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), her debut middle grade novel... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 1

4:15pm

Protecting the Brand: Jordan v. Dominick's and Jordan v. Jewel

What happened when big stores tried to piggyback on Michael Jordan's name; lessons to be learned and applied.



Friday May 13, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Clark 5

7:30pm

Nebula Nominee Presentation
Here is your chance to meet and congratulate this year's Nebula Nominees before the mass autographing.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Brooke Bolander

Brooke Bolander

Writer
Brooke Bolander is a chaos-sowing trickster girl of indeterminate employment, half-tornado, half-writer. Originally from the deepest, darkest, swampiest regions of the southern US, she attended the University of Leicester from 2004 to 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is a... Read More →
avatar for Beth Cato

Beth Cato

Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham. | | She's the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER (a... Read More →
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

writer
Tina Connolly's books include Ironskin (Tor), Seriously Wicked (Tor Teen), and the collection On the Eyeball Floor (Fairwood Press). She has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards. She co-hosts Escape Pod, runs Toasted Cake, and you can find her at... Read More →
avatar for C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney (csecooney.com/@csecooney) is the author of Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015), the title story of which is a Nebula Award nominee and will feature in Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas. She is the author of the Dark Breakers... Read More →
avatar for Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of YA fantasy Court of Fives, and numerous sff novels including Black Wolves, Cold Magic, and King's Dragon. She lives in Hawaii.
avatar for E.J. Fischer

E.J. Fischer

Eugene Fischer is writer living in Austin, Texas. He has a physics degree from Trinity Univeristy, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. He was a Teaching/Writing Fellow and later an adjunct professor... Read More →
avatar for Charles Gannon

Charles Gannon

Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s award-winning Caine Riordan/Terran Republic hard sf novels have all been Nebula finalists and national best-sellers and the fourth, Caine’s Mutiny, will hit bookstores in February 2017. His epic fantasy series, The Broken World, is forthcoming from Baen... Read More →
avatar for N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  The final novel of her Broken Earth trilogy, THE STONE SKY, came out in August 2017.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.
avatar for Naomi Kritzer

Naomi Kritzer

Author
Naomi Kritzer grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, a small lunar colony populated mostly by academics. She now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her spouse, two kids, and (currently) two cats. | | Her short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee

Author
Fonda Lee is the author of the Nebula-nominated fantasy novel Jade City, and the Andre Norton-nominated science fiction novels Exo and Zeroboxer. Her next novel, Cross Fire, the sequel to Exo, releases in May 2018. A former corporate strategist for Fortune 500 companies, when she... Read More →
avatar for David D. Levine

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF... Read More →
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His works have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and earned multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the Peasprout Chen fantasy series, which he workshopped... Read More →
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed... Read More →
avatar for Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller is the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (a best book of the year for Vulture, The Washington Post, Barnes & Noble, and more – and a “Must Read” in Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Tamsyn Muir

Tamsyn Muir

Tamsyn Muir's work has been published in Nightmare Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Clarkesworld, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Weird Tales, among others. She is a two-time Shirley Jackson nominee and a Nebula Award nominee. She tweets @tazmuir and blogs under tazmuir... Read More →
avatar for Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA
avatar for Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson

Writer, SFWA
Kelly Robson’s novella “Waters of Versailles” won the 2016 Aurora Award, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Nebula Award, World Fantasy Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and Sunburst Award. Her time travel book Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is now out from Tor.com Publishing... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and six Nebula awards. He's won the Cóyotl Award for Best Novel. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, is a certified hypnotherapist... Read More →
avatar for Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! | | Besides writing science... Read More →
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for four Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a Hugo, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), her debut middle grade novel... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others. Her short fiction has been nominated for multiple awards... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Red Lacquer Room

8:00pm

Mass Autographing
Friday May 13, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Red Lacquer Room
 
Saturday, May 14
 

9:00am

Walking tour of the Loop
Join Richard Chwedyk for a walking tour of the Loop.  Learn about Chicago's architecture and history while starting the day with a little exercise and fresh air.  Meets downstairs by the Starbucks.

Saturday May 14, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am
TBA

10:00am

SFWA Business meeting
Saturday May 14, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Honore Ballroom

12:00pm

Lunch
No programming

Saturday May 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Ask an Expert - Face Painting, Hypnosis, KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX, Patreon
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Tina Connolly - Face Painting "working festivals, carnies, children's entertainers, makeup, dealing with parents"

Lawrence M. Schoen - Hypnosis "What is hypnosis really (as opposed to what popular culture makes most think it is), how it can be used to help you change the quality of your life, your writing, your health."

Stacy Shabalin - KDP/CreateSpace "Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr & Scott Jacobi - Audible/ACX  "We are happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."

Jamie Crabb - Patreon 

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Crabb

Jamie Crabb

User Researcher, Patreon
Talk to me about Patreon! Talk to me about how you fund your art! I want to hear the good, bad and ugly :D
avatar for Scott Jacobi

Scott Jacobi

Marketing Manager, Audible/ACX
ACX Marketing Manager Scott Jacobi began his career in the audiobook industry as an engineer/director/editor over 7 years ago. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

writer
Tina Connolly's books include Ironskin (Tor), Seriously Wicked (Tor Teen), and the collection On the Eyeball Floor (Fairwood Press). She has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards. She co-hosts Escape Pod, runs Toasted Cake, and you can find her at... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and six Nebula awards. He's won the Cóyotl Award for Best Novel. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, is a certified hypnotherapist... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Clark 3

1:00pm

Citizen Science meets the Milky Way
Just as crowd-funding has been changing the landscape of literature, crowd-researched science is changing our view of the stars. Astronomer Grace Wolf-Chase discusses her work at the Adler's Astronomy Department with Citizen Science. Together with Oxford, Adler is a leading institution in the development of the ‘Zooniverse’: https://www.zooniverse.org/ There are currently 40 or more citizen science projects (perhaps more aptly described as “Citizen Research”, since these projects span Astronomy, Physics, Biology,Zoology,  Social Science, Humanities…) Dr. Wolf-Chase has bee working on the Milky Way Project. Together with her ISU colleague Charles Kerton, they published a paper based on a discovery by Milky Way Project participants last year. 

Moderators
avatar for Grace Wolf-Chase

Grace Wolf-Chase

Astronomer, Adler Planetarium
I am an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, an Associate in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, and an Affiliated Faculty member of the Zygon Center for Religion & Science. I have an AB in Physics from Cornell University and a PhD in Astronomy... Read More →

Saturday May 14, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 3

1:00pm

What Teens are Looking for in YA Literature
YA Literature is consumed, enjoyed, and written by people of all age groups. But what about its original target demographic? What, exactly, do teenagers enjoy about YA? What makes or breaks a good YA book? In this panel, a group of teenagers discusses what they love and hate about the genre and its many subgenres, tropes, and traits. Come listen and learn.

Moderators
avatar for Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others. Her short fiction has been nominated for multiple awards... Read More →

Speakers
MS

Melanie Silver

I am a freshman in High School and I love to read!


Saturday May 14, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 2

1:00pm

Western Narratives, There is No Single Voice in The West, So Why Do Only Hear From One?
There is a tendency to think white Western narratives as *the* Western narrative. It makes it more difficult for Western writers of color & other marginalized people with other narrative traditions to break into publishing as their voices may not fit within any expected paradigm. How do we learn to read, appreciate & support those other traditions?

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Cross

Jennifer Cross

Lead Organizer, Just Write Chicago
Queer Black Geeky Feminist Skeptic Atheist Firespinning Aspiring SF/F writer who has a serious problem saying no to new and shiny things. In addition to a day job, I run Just Write Chicago, Chicago's largest writing group dedicated to providing safe, inclusive and motivational spaces... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee is currently at work on the nonfiction book Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, which will be released by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2018. He is the author of... Read More →
avatar for Michi Trota

Michi Trota

Managing Editor, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Michi Trota is an essayist, editor, speaker, and community organizer. She is the Managing Editor for the Hugo Award-nominated Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and writes about geek culture on her blog, Geek Melange. She is also a member of the Chicago Nerd Social... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
LaSalle 1

2:00pm

Ask an Expert - Kobo, Horses, Magazine Publishing, Medieval Culture, Medicine
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Mark Lefebvre - Kobo/Working with Bookstores/Digital Publishing/Self-Publishing "I've worked in virtually all bookstore types for the past 25 years, and can offer authors a perspective about working with bookstores, conventions and libraries. I'm familiar with POD printing, and digital publishing/self-publishing, having been involved with POD and self-publishing since 2004 and operating the self-publishing division of one of the four major global eRetailers (Kobo.com) I’m also comfortable with offering authors and small publishers advice on optimizing and improving their global digital/eBook publishing strategies."

Sarah Pinsker - Horses "Horses are a staple of SFF. Got questions about them?"

Sheila Williams - Magazine publishing "Any questions about magazine publishing would be fine."

Michael Livingston - Medevial Culture - "Got questions about things medieval? Professor Livingston can talk with you about the history, literature, languages, manuscripts, intellectual and spiritual movements, and just about anything else associated with the Middle Ages." 

Danielle Friedman M.D. - Fictional Medicine "Ask me about designing fictional medical scenarios."

Speakers
DF

Danielle Friedman

Danielle splits her time between writing and medicine. She specializes in Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and how to use medical concepts plausibly in fiction. She has provided fictional-medicine consultation for a number of popular works including The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin... Read More →
avatar for Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Director Author Relations, Kobo
Mark Leslie Lefebvre is the Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo and heads up the Kobo Writing Life team in Kobo's Toronto-based home office. Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's DIY publishing platform accounts for approximately 15% of Kobo's weekly global sales... Read More →
avatar for Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston’s debut novel, the historical fantasy THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN, was published by Tor Books in November 2015 and quickly garnered numerous critical accolades. The sequel, THE GATES OF HELL, will appear in November 2016. An award-winning writer and professor, Michael... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

Editor, Asimov's

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Clark 3

2:00pm

Being a Hybrid Author
Rather than choosing traditional publishing or indie-publishing, some authors are doing both. These panelists talk about the nuts and bolts of combining publishing strategies to diversify a writer's income stream.

Moderators
avatar for Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Geek Feminist Revolution, a collection of essays on geek culture. Her novels include the Worldbreaker Saga and the God's War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a... Read More →

Speakers
EF

Eric Flint

Writer Guest of Honor
Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running... Read More →
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the AlphaOops... Read More →
avatar for PJ Schnyder

PJ Schnyder

Author
“PJ" began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. | Now, PJ writes romantic suspense as Piper J. Drake... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Charles Gannon

Charles Gannon

Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s award-winning Caine Riordan/Terran Republic hard sf novels have all been Nebula finalists and national best-sellers and the fourth, Caine’s Mutiny, will hit bookstores in February 2017. His epic fantasy series, The Broken World, is forthcoming from Baen... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 2

2:00pm

Rare Books
Hands-on demonstration of how books evolved. A discussion of the History of the Book from the early days of writing through the advent of printing, focusing on the development of the printing press and the transition from manuscript to print culture in Europe from 1450 to 1750, with the opportunity to touch and feel samples including real manuscripts and antique printed books from the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and printing press components.

Moderators
avatar for Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer

Assistant Professor of History, University of Chicago
My first novel "Too Like the Lightning" comes out May 10th so it will have been out for three days when I come to the Nebulas. So exciting!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Schiller

Lauren Schiller

librarian
Lauren Schiller is a librarian with experience in many areas of academic libraries, including cataloging, reference, and special collections and archives. She is interested in open access publishing, digital libraries, and other ways of removing barriers to information, as well as... Read More →
avatar for Lynne M Thomas

Lynne M Thomas

Editor/Publisher, Uncanny Magazine
Co-editor in chief/co publisher of Uncanny Magazine. | 7 time Hugo Award Winner | Co-editor of Chicks Dig Time Lords | Member of the Verity! Podcast


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 3

2:00pm

The Moral Responsibility of the Storyteller
Society is shaped by narrative. What moral responsibility do storytellers have to consider the larger context in which their work appears? And how do we handle that responsibility, especially when writing outside of our own experiences, or presenting ours when they don’t fit dominant Western (esp. American) narratives or ideas of what a certain story ‘should’ be?

Moderators
avatar for Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others. Her short fiction has been nominated for multiple awards... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Author & Consultant
Mike is an author, a podcaster, and a publishing consultant. He's the author of over a dozen books, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and the Stabby Award-finalist GENRENAUTS. Most recently, he was the creator and lead writer of BORN TO THE BLADE, a Serial... Read More →
avatar for Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker grew up in suburban Chicago, and received her Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College in Minnesota. After college, she spent a number of years in Marketing and Communications before returning to her first love, fiction writing. In 2007 she received her Master’s... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney (csecooney.com/@csecooney) is the author of Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015), the title story of which is a Nebula Award nominee and will feature in Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas. She is the author of the Dark Breakers... Read More →
avatar for E.J. Fischer

E.J. Fischer

Eugene Fischer is writer living in Austin, Texas. He has a physics degree from Trinity Univeristy, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. He was a Teaching/Writing Fellow and later an adjunct professor... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Kritzer

Naomi Kritzer

Author
Naomi Kritzer grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, a small lunar colony populated mostly by academics. She now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her spouse, two kids, and (currently) two cats. | | Her short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 1

3:00pm

Ask an Expert - Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX, Kobo, Theatre, Stage Adaptation
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Stacy Shabalin - KDP/CreateSpace 
"Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr - Audible/ACX  "I am happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have." 

Mark Lefebvre - Kobo/Working with Bookstores/Digital Publishing/Self-Publishing
"I've worked in virtually all bookstore types for the past 25 years, and can offer authors a perspective about working with bookstores, conventions and libraries. I'm familiar with POD printing, and digital publishing/self-publishing, having been involved with POD and self-publishing since 2004 and operating the self-publishing division of one of the four major global eRetailers (Kobo.com) I’m also comfortable with offering authors and small publishers advice on optimizing and improving their global digital/eBook publishing strategies."

Rob Kimbro - Theatre, Stage Adaptation "
"I've worked in professional theatre for two decades - from tiny nomadic companies to some of the largest regional theatres - and doing everything from carpentry and lighting to dramaturgy to directing. What do you want to know?" 

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the... Read More →
avatar for Rob Kimbro

Rob Kimbro

Director/Dramaturg/Playwright
I tell stories on stage. My academic work focuses on adaptations - what happens to stories when we take them from one medium to another . I have a particular interest in stories of the fantastic. In 2011, My stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants premiered in... Read More →
avatar for Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Director Author Relations, Kobo
Mark Leslie Lefebvre is the Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo and heads up the Kobo Writing Life team in Kobo's Toronto-based home office. Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's DIY publishing platform accounts for approximately 15% of Kobo's weekly global sales... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Clark 3

3:00pm

Day Jobs for Writers
Discussion would include considerations for writers balancing their writing careers with day jobs from time management techniques to whether to have pen names to what not to Tweet in order to avoid getting fired. Bonus discussion on how experience in the workplace can impact your writing perspective.

Moderators
avatar for PJ Schnyder

PJ Schnyder

Author
“PJ" began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. | Now, PJ writes romantic suspense as Piper J. Drake... Read More →

Speakers
DF

Danielle Friedman

Danielle splits her time between writing and medicine. She specializes in Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and how to use medical concepts plausibly in fiction. She has provided fictional-medicine consultation for a number of popular works including The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  The final novel of her Broken Earth trilogy, THE STONE SKY, came out in August 2017.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.
avatar for Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! | | Besides writing science... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 3

3:00pm

Fundamentals of Freelancing
For writers who want to support their writing by freelancing rather than working at a regular “dayjob” it's often a rough transition. Learn about how to draft invoices (and why is that important); how to price yourself; how to get freelancing jobs; how to make sure that doesn’t kill your creative work; and most importantly, how you know when you’re ready to go full time freelancing.

Moderators
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Geek Feminist Revolution, a collection of essays on geek culture. Her novels include the Worldbreaker Saga and the God's War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a... Read More →
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 2

3:00pm

Promotional Bootcamp
Whether a traditionally published or self published author, you're told that you need to promote your book. This panel of publicity and marketing professionals takes a hard look at what does and doesn't work for promoting your work.

Moderators
avatar for Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee

Author
Fonda Lee is the author of the Nebula-nominated fantasy novel Jade City, and the Andre Norton-nominated science fiction novels Exo and Zeroboxer. Her next novel, Cross Fire, the sequel to Exo, releases in May 2018. A former corporate strategist for Fortune 500 companies, when she... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Author & Consultant
Mike is an author, a podcaster, and a publishing consultant. He's the author of over a dozen books, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and the Stabby Award-finalist GENRENAUTS. Most recently, he was the creator and lead writer of BORN TO THE BLADE, a Serial... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Wright

Ellen Wright

Senior Publicist, Orbit (Hachette Book Group)
[Promotional Bootcamp] Ellen Wright has been in the publishing industry for almost a decade, working on both nonfiction and fiction across a variety of genres. She is currently Senior Publicist at Orbit, where her authors include Ann Leckie, N.K. Jemisin, Kate Elliott, Kim Stanley... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 1

4:00pm

Ask an Expert - Amazon's KDP/CreateSpace, Audible/ACX
In the Ask an Expert Village, you can sit down for a one-on-one with an expert. Sign up for these 10 minute sessions at the registration desk.

This hour:
Stacy Shabalin - KDP/CreateSpace
"Happy to answer any questions you might have about deciding between independent and traditional publishing, preparing your first indie title, making the most of your self-published books, and anything in between."

Coleen Barr - Audible/ACX  "I am happy to answer questions about the benefits to publishing an audiobook, audiobook rights, what you need to get started on ACX, casting a narrator for your production, distribution questions, how you get paid, and any other questions you might have."

Speakers
avatar for Coleen Barr

Coleen Barr

ACX Rights Evangelist, Audible / ACX
As ACX's Rights Evangelist, Coleen Barr is dedicated to elevating the art of audiobooks and helping authors make their stories heard. ACX is the self-publishing arm of Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other premium spoken-word entertainment, and the... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Clark 3

4:00pm

Building an SFF community
From writing groups, to Nerd social clubs, to fan bases, how do you build a community?  Our panel will look at both on organizing/activism within the genre community, and organizing as a topic for fiction.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Cross

Jennifer Cross

Lead Organizer, Just Write Chicago
Queer Black Geeky Feminist Skeptic Atheist Firespinning Aspiring SF/F writer who has a serious problem saying no to new and shiny things. In addition to a day job, I run Just Write Chicago, Chicago's largest writing group dedicated to providing safe, inclusive and motivational spaces... Read More →
avatar for Michi Trota

Michi Trota

Managing Editor, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Michi Trota is an essayist, editor, speaker, and community organizer. She is the Managing Editor for the Hugo Award-nominated Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and writes about geek culture on her blog, Geek Melange. She is also a member of the Chicago Nerd Social... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney (csecooney.com/@csecooney) is the author of Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015), the title story of which is a Nebula Award nominee and will feature in Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas. She is the author of the Dark Breakers... Read More →
avatar for Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller is the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (a best book of the year for Vulture, The Washington Post, Barnes & Noble, and more – and a “Must Read” in Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 3

4:00pm

Content and Form: Writing SF/F beyond Anglo-America
How do writers who primarily identify with Anglo-American traditions draw on literary forms that are not privileged in the Anglo-American canon in a way that is respectful as well as interesting? In what ways are the expectations of a “good story” in the Anglo-American tradition perhaps limiting? How can we stretch and expand our ideas about what a “good story” is and how to write one in the context of the full panoply of world literary forms?

Moderators
avatar for Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of YA fantasy Court of Fives, and numerous sff novels including Black Wolves, Cold Magic, and King's Dragon. She lives in Hawaii.

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Henry Lien

Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His works have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and earned multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the Peasprout Chen fantasy series, which he workshopped... Read More →
avatar for Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Author
Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed... Read More →
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Nnedi Okorafor 

Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings... Read More →
avatar for Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 2

4:00pm

Redefining the Aliens of the Future
In early SF, aliens were often used as stand-ins, to represent groups of Others in our own societies. They are still sometimes inappropriately inserted into lists of marginalized groups by people attempting to downplay bias. In SF worlds where the human condition is portrayed with full diversity, what new roles can aliens take on to keep their relevance to their core genre?

Moderators
avatar for Juliette Wade

Juliette Wade

Writer, DAW
Juliette Wade's debut novel Mazes of Power will come out in 2020 from DAW books. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Analog and in Lightspeed's special issue, Women Destroy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for PJ Schnyder

PJ Schnyder

Author
“PJ" began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. | Now, PJ writes romantic suspense as Piper J. Drake... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for Charles Gannon

Charles Gannon

Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s award-winning Caine Riordan/Terran Republic hard sf novels have all been Nebula finalists and national best-sellers and the fourth, Caine’s Mutiny, will hit bookstores in February 2017. His epic fantasy series, The Broken World, is forthcoming from Baen... Read More →
avatar for Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee

Author
Fonda Lee is the author of the Nebula-nominated fantasy novel Jade City, and the Andre Norton-nominated science fiction novels Exo and Zeroboxer. Her next novel, Cross Fire, the sequel to Exo, releases in May 2018. A former corporate strategist for Fortune 500 companies, when she... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 1

6:00pm

Nebula Reception
Saturday May 14, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Empire Room

7:00pm

Nebula Banquet
Saturday May 14, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Empire Room

8:30pm

Nebula Award Ceremony
Approximate time

Saturday May 14, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Empire Room

10:00pm

 
Sunday, May 15
 

10:00am

When Is It Time for a New Agent?
Your agent has stopped responding. Are they just busy, or is it time for you to move on?

Moderators
avatar for Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Geek Feminist Revolution, a collection of essays on geek culture. Her novels include the Worldbreaker Saga and the God's War Trilogy. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
avatar for David D. Levine

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 2

10:00am

The Truth of Medieval Warfare
Dr. Michael Livingston, Medievalist, discusses his research into the truth of the Battle of Crecy in 1346 (including how he found the real site of it), as a means to demonstrate the way the realities of medieval life and death can infiltrate fiction, no matter the genre. 

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Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston’s debut novel, the historical fantasy THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN, was published by Tor Books in November 2015 and quickly garnered numerous critical accolades. The sequel, THE GATES OF HELL, will appear in November 2016. An award-winning writer and professor, Michael... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 3

10:00am

Language, Dialect, and Code-Switching
Societies are reflected in their language. Looking the common grounds of past and current societies gives a groundwork for developing dialect in future and secondary world settings.

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Juliette Wade

Writer, DAW
Juliette Wade's debut novel Mazes of Power will come out in 2020 from DAW books. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Analog and in Lightspeed's special issue, Women Destroy... Read More →

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Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya is a Canadian writer. She is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion Writing Workshop, and her fiction has appeared at Tor.com, GigaNotoSaurus, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is currently a Ph.D candidate in linguistics at the University of Chicago. She has been on panels... Read More →
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Ellen Wright

Senior Publicist, Orbit (Hachette Book Group)
[Promotional Bootcamp] Ellen Wright has been in the publishing industry for almost a decade, working on both nonfiction and fiction across a variety of genres. She is currently Senior Publicist at Orbit, where her authors include Ann Leckie, N.K. Jemisin, Kate Elliott, Kim Stanley... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
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Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and six Nebula awards. He's won the Cóyotl Award for Best Novel. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, is a certified hypnotherapist... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
LaSalle 1

11:00am

How to Give an Effective Reading
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 1

11:00am

Teaching Online Workshops
One of the ways for a writer to diversify their income stream and "pay it forward" is by teaching online classes. Our panelists discuss options for format, venue, payment structure, and how to find students.

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K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and writing instructor by day, and a podcaster in the interstices. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, Diverse Energies, In... Read More →
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Alyx Dellamonica

A.M. Dellamonica's first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, won the 2016 Aurora Award for Best Novel. She is the author of over thirty-five short stories in a variety of genres; these can be... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 2

11:00am

Web Serial Toolbox
Serialized fiction is an old art form with a 21st century medium: the Internet. In this workshop we'll discuss not only why but how to run a web serial, the pros and cons (mostly pros) of serializing your fiction online, including the many benefits of online serialization, the difference between serializing novel you've already written in order to build readership or draw attention to a series and developing a serial and writing it in "real time", the various platforms available for writers for serialization, ways to publicize your serial, monetizing your serial, free online tools, and much more.

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Cecilia Tan

Publisher and Editorial Director, Circlet Press, Inc.
Cecilia Tan is the award-winning author of over a dozen novels (and three collections of short stories) including the Magic University series and The Prince's Boy . Her work has appeared everywhere from Ms. Magazine and Asimov's to Nerve and Best American Erotica. Her novel Slow Surrender... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
LaSalle 3

12:00pm

Kobo
A presentation by Kobo about services they provide authors. Sign up for one-on-one conversations with Kobo in Clark 3

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Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Director Author Relations, Kobo
Mark Leslie Lefebvre is the Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo and heads up the Kobo Writing Life team in Kobo's Toronto-based home office. Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's DIY publishing platform accounts for approximately 15% of Kobo's weekly global sales... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
LaSalle 3

12:00pm

Fire Flow Performance -- Medium and Method
Fire spinning and object manipulation are beautiful art forms that can evoke strong visuals and themes, but how do you write about it? What kind of equipment do performers use? How do fire spinners react when their clothing catches on fire? Why would performers choose to do this? We'll cover a little bit of everything, including the essentials of fire performance safety, how performers choose tools, fire-friendly costuming, and the history of the art form. Attendees will have a chance for some hands-on (non-fire) experience with object manipulation toys.

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Michi Trota

Managing Editor, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Michi Trota is an essayist, editor, speaker, and community organizer. She is the Managing Editor for the Hugo Award-nominated Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and writes about geek culture on her blog, Geek Melange. She is also a member of the Chicago Nerd Social... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
LaSalle 2

12:00pm

Humor
While tragedy gets award recognition and critical acclaim, everyone acknowledges that humor is harder to write. What makes it so hard and how humor be used effectively in fiction?

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Shane Halbach

Author
Shane Halbach lives in Chicago with his wife, three kids and one nuisance cat. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Escape Pod, Flash Fiction Online, and The Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction, among others. He has been accused of being obsessed with pirates, bacon, zombies and his... Read More →

Nebula Nominees
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Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His works have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and earned multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the Peasprout Chen fantasy series, which he workshopped... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
LaSalle 1