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ConFusion Schedule!

Weather and borders willing, I should be at ConFusion in Novi, Michigan in — ten days! TEN DAYS! Here’s my programming schedule:

Steven Universe Sing-Along
Friday 9PM in Marquette
Amal El-Mohtar, Maggi Rhode
(Come sing with us! The songs are all super short and fun!)

Immigration and Refuge in Science Fiction
Saturday 10 in Manitou
Travel stories are classics in any genre, but in science fiction, stories of travelling to a new home are often about colonization, or about intrepid explorers amongst the (primitive) aliens. Let’s talk about the science fiction stories that better reflect the experiences of immigrants and refugees in the real world.
Alexandra Manglis, Amal El-Mohtar, David Anthony Durham, John Chu

Reading: Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar
Saturday 3PM in Keweenaw

Autograph Session
Saturday 4PM in St Claire
Bring stuff and I’ll sign it! I may even have fountain pens with pretty inks to do so!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi as a Case Study in Storytelling
Saturday 5PM in Isle Royal
Our panel of writers discusses the structure, pacing, characters, themes, and world-building in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Also the swords, floaty rocks, and tiny fluffbeasts.
Amal El-Mohtar, Annalee Flower Horne, Annalee Newitz, Delilah S. Dawson, Julia Rios, Nisi Shawl

Poetry In Novels
Sunday 10AM in Isle Royale
Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass include lengthy poems, placing them in a long tradition of long-form fiction that incorporates poetry into the work. How does writing poems for prose fiction differ from writing poems that stand alone? What distinct techniques does it require? Where do poems within stories exist in the landscape of genre poetry today?
Amal El-Mohtar, Clif Flynt, Jeff Pryor, Josef Matulich, John Winkelman, Mari Ness

A Novel Look at the Short Story
Sunday 2PM in Charlevoix
Short stories require a different approach to pacing, character, world-building, exposition, and plot than longer works. Let’s explore the tools we use to convey important information to the reader when we have a lot fewer words to do it with.
Lucy A. Snyder, Jessi Cole Jackson, A. T. Greenblatt, Benjamin C. Kinney, Scott H. Andrews, Amal El-Mohtar