9Pi-Con: July 31-August 2, 2015
The Location: Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport,
Windsor Locks, CT
I’m going to be found in lots of places. First off on Friday, I’ll be teaching in the Writers Workshops. Be sure to bring something to write with and have lots of fun. Here’s the schedule
This is the tentative Writer’s Workshop schedule. The awesomeness is guaranteed, but the details of who is on which panel and the times may change.
|Time||Room A||Room B|
|9:00-9:30||WELCOME BY TANYA HUFF|
|9:35-10:35||Creating Stories Game||Writing Erotica Panel|
|10:40-12:00||Writing Sick and Twisted Characters||Everything But the Writing|
|1:00-1:55||Promotion for Authors||World Building|
|2:00-2:55||Paranormally Yours||Reading Your Work Aloud|
|3:00-3:55||Tarot workshop||What Editors Look For|
|4:00-4:55||Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy||Building Strong Characters|
|5:00-6:00||WRITERS’ CIRCLE WITH DEBI CHOWDHURY|
|PANEL AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS|
|Building Strong Characters (Panel)
Grant Carrington, William Freedman, Tanya Huff, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Morven Westfield (M)
The panelists will discuss how hero, heroines, and villains must be of equal strength, while secondary characters must move the story forward. You’ll learn how to make your character strong, believable, memorable and beloved by readers.
|Creating Stories (Game)
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Justine Graykin
Susan Hanniford Crowley and Justine Graykin will lead you in a game of chance. Play the game and pick cards to find inspiration for a story. A “writing improv” game for those that want to try writing or a writer of any stage who would like to stretch their creativity.
|Everything But the Writing (Workshop)
Jennifer Allis Provost, Trisha J. Wooldridge
There are lots of great workshops to help your craft, but what about actually selling your writing and making money? Let’s take a look at what else you need to know to be a professionally published author from queries to organizations, contracts and rights* to filing taxes**. * and **–Neither Trish nor Jenn are lawyers or tax advisors; we’re just giving you basic info.
|Paranormally Yours–Writing the Paranormal Tale or Novel (Panel)
Debi Chowdhury, Susan Hanniford Crowley (M), Bianca D’Arc, Tanya Huff, Morven Westfield
The panelists will examine the many aspects of writing the paranormal tale from setting to character. What qualities are in every paranormal from sheer horror to paranormal romance that define the genre?
|Promotion for Authors (Workshop)
Have a book coming out and don’t know what to do? In this workshop, we’ll discuss promotion strategies including the tried and true bookmark, excerpt booklet and swag, etc. We’ll also talk a bit about social media–cover reveals, countdowns, online parties–sale strategies, including introductory pricing, vendor choices to be made (To KU or not to KU?), and online advertising.
|Reading Your Work Aloud (Workshop)
Reading your work aloud is the key to connecting with your audience, especially if your work is not yet well-known. A reading is not an ordeal to be endured; it’s an opportunity. Join us to learn how to overcome stage fright and prepare properly so that you have the confidence to get the most out of that opportunity.
|Tarot Workshop (Workshop)
Trisha J. Wooldridge
Learn how to use the Tarot to help your writing from idea creation to working through writer’s block.
|What Editors Look For (Panel)
Inanna Arthen, Susan Hanniford Crowley (M), Kate Kaynak, Gordon Linzner, Ian Randall Strock
The panelists, all professional editors or publishers, will reveal what editors look for. Why are some stories rejected, while others are not? Is everyone looking for the same thing? What’s a writer to do?
|World Building (Panel)
Jennifer Bresnick (M), Dee Carter, Jennifer Allis Provost, Kristi Petersen Schoonover
The panelists will explore the many aspects of building believable worlds for your stories and novels. How does the writer do this?
|Writing Erotica (Panel)
Grant Carrington, Catt Kingsgrave, Gordon Linzner
Gordon Linzner will interview Catt Kingsgrave and Grant Carrington on what erotica is (for those that do not know), what parts are common to every story, and what makes erotica unique. What makes the difference between a published or rejected story?
A ceremony of thanks followed by an informal gathering with light refreshments and socializing. Anyone bringing books from home can get them signed by our publisher/editor/author participants.
|Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Panel)
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Bianca D’Arc, Gordon Linzner (M), Jennifer Allis Provost
The panelists will look specifically at how to write successful science fiction and fantasy. What traits are specific to this genre? What are the challenges?
|Writing Sick and Twisted Characters (Workshop)
We have a very educated readership nowadays. Everyone who watches CSI and Criminal Minds considers themselves an expert on psychopathology. This can be a problem if the only crazy people you know well enough to develop a back story for are your relatives. But wait! You do know sick and twisted entities who can give you clear guidance on hero and villain back story–the ACME cartoon characters. Let the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness and the ACME crew help you make believably evil characters.
I’m on three of the panels and also leading a writing game with a friend of mine. One of the awesome things about this total event is that I programmed it. I designed it for everyone to learn and have fun at the same time. Fun is big with me. Learning is crucial.
Another great thing is that Ian Randal Strock of Fantastic Books will be selling my books The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais and Vampire King of New York at his booth.
The rest of the weekend’s program isn’t finalized yet so I don’t have the full list of what else I’ll be doing yet. I will be at the Steampunk Tea. If you want to go to that, go to Pi-Con.org and register for the con, then be sure to register for the tea in addition. Tickets for the tea are $20 each and going fast. Costumes are preferred but not mandatory.
Current Rates are per person and from the website:
$50 At the Door
Friday: $20 – includes Writer’s Workshop
If you’d like me to sign your book, I’m very easily found at Pi-Con. Ask me for my card. I am planning on having a game card, ask for one. I will give them out, until they’re gone.
This is going to be a blast!!!
P.S. I am also being interviewed today on a blog in India. I answered some very interesting questions, that one has asked so far. Here’s the link: http://www.b00kr3vi3ws.in/2015/07/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley-Interview.html
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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