UPCOMING APPEARANCES: Norwescon Writers Workshop in Seattle/Tacoma (April 18-21, 2019)

Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning editor, Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld Magazine), Independent Publishers Book Award winner, Craig L. Gidney, and three-time Colorado Book Award winning novelist, Carol Berg, are three of the pro facilitators slated for the inaugural year of the Norwescon Writers Workshop. More facilitators will be announced soon! The workshop will be held during Norwescon 42. Short stories and novel chapters are being accepted now for the Norwescon Writers Workshop. Please click here for guidelines and other information: Norwescon. The deadline is December 9, 2018!

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My Orycon Schedule

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Fri Nov 9 4:00:pm Fri Nov 9 5:00:pm #OwnVoice In Storytelling
166 B What started out as a kid-lit movement, has emerged to be a discussion of representation in all the stories we consume. What does it mean for books, or other media, to be part of #ownvoice? How does the diversity of the creators influence the voice of the story?
Craig Laurance Gidney Crystal Connor Maquel A. Jacob
Fri Nov 9 6:00:pm Fri Nov 9 7:00:pm Gender and Sexuality: The Divide
Overton A discussion about the difference between gender and sexuality and why both need to be present on page. What does it take to be mindful of Queer readers when writing SFF with Queer characters?
Craig Laurance Gidney Elton Elliott Greg Hallock J.S. Fields Taylor Brooke
Sat Nov 10 11:00:am Sat Nov 10 12:00:pm Historical Queerness
Lovejoy Queer theory and how it can inform readings of fiction/literature from the Victorian era, such as Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes.
Arwen Spicer Craig Laurance Gidney Elinor Gray L.M. Pierce Maquel A. Jacob
Sat Nov 10 3:00:pm Sat Nov 10 4:00:pm Why inclusion in Media Matters
Overton Inclusion for media, whether it is television, film or social media, has been a major topic for some time. It seems to be getting more confusing and frustrating. Panelist will discuss current examples with the strides we have made and far we need to go.
Craig Laurance Gidney Judith R. Conly Steven Barnes
Sat Nov 10 6:00:pm Sat Nov 10 7:00:pm Backlash of Afrofuturism
Overton With the growing popularity of Afrofuturism, assumptions for POC writers has emerged. Does this invalidate their story telling? Is it fair to call them traitors to their culture and ethnicity?
Craig Laurance Gidney Frog Jones Maquel A. Jacob Tristan J. Tarwater

My Capclave Schedule this weekend

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I will be my local con, the DC-Area Capclave, this weekend. My schedule is below. I love meeting writers and readers, so come on down!

Friday 4:00 pm: Mindfulness and Habit Training/Tracking for Writers (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Jackson
Panelist:Meriah Lysistrata Crawford (M), Kelly Dwyer, Craig L. Gidney, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Irette Y. Patterson
What works, what doesn’t, resources, how mindfulness helps the writing process
Friday 6:00 pm: Reimagining the Fairy Tale (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Jackson
Panelist:Sarah Avery, Craig L. Gidney (M), Michelle D. Sonnier
Who doesn’t love a fairy tale retelling? Part of the universal appeal of fairy tales is that they were never a static form, at least not as an oral tradition. Re-tellers have used these archetypes and modes to spin new variations ever since these stories first came to the page. Angela Carter once said that “Ours is a highly individualized culture, with a great faith in the work of art as a unique one-off…. But fairy tales are not like that, and nor are their makers.” We can find fresh insight into our own lives and connections through these age old tales. This panel will focus on a variety of approaches in reconstructing fairy tales with a modern bent, both in their favorite respins and in their own work.
Friday 7:00 pm: Taxonomy of Fantasy (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Truman
Panelist:Craig L. Gidney, J. L. Gribble, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Mythic Fantasy, etc. How many types of fantasy are there? Readers’ tastes evolve over time. Which types of fantasy are currently the most popular, which are becoming less popular, where is fantasy headed and why?
Friday 9:00 pm: If I Ran the Studio (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Washington Theater
Panelist:Sarah Avery, Craig L. Gidney, Will McIntosh, Sherin Nicole (M)
What books and stories would you adapt to film?  Live action or animated?  Why do film studios insist on optioning novels when short form fiction is really the ideal length for being adapted to film? Which series or stand alone book that hasn’t been adapted for the big screen or television would you like to see made?
Saturday 10:00 am: I Hate Myself For Loving You (Ends at: 10:55 am) Monroe
Panelist:Alyssa Wong, Jonathan Edelstein, Jim Freund (M), Craig L. Gidney
Guilty pleasures and secret fandoms
Saturday 4:00 pm: Stalker vs. Love Interest (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Jackson
Panelist:Alyssa Wong, Jeanne Adams, Craig L. Gidney, Sherin Nicole, A.C. Wise (M)
Given changing cultural norms is the handsome prince engaged in romantic pursuit or is he a creeper?
Saturday 5:00 pm: Political Dynamite (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Monroe
Panelist:Craig L. Gidney, Larry Hodges, Mark Laporta, Joan Wendland
Writers and editors talk about how they address current events in their work and in social media–and what they don’t.
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass autographing (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Eisenhower
Panelist:Nancy Kress, Alyssa Wong, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeanne Adams, Catherine Asaro, T. Eric Bakutis, Stafford Battle, Jonathan Brazee, Jack Campbell – John G. Hemry, Neil Clarke, Doc Coleman, Wendy S. Delmater, Tom Doyle, Kelly Dwyer, Deidre Dykes, Andrew Fox, Jim Freund, Charles E. Gannon, Craig L. Gidney, Carolyn Ives Gilman, J. L. Gribble, Bjorn Hasseler, Inge Heyer, Larry Hodges, David Keener, Barbara Krasnoff, Mark Laporta, John Edward Lawson, Edward M. Lerner, Will McIntosh, Mike McPhail, Bernie Mojzes, James Morrow, Kathryn Morrow, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Jack Skillingstead, Alan Smale, Joe Stech, Michael A. Ventrella, David Walton, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Joan Wendland, Steven H. Wilson, A.C. Wise, Allen L. Wold
Sunday 10:00 am: 50 Years of The Last Unicorn (Ends at: 10:55 am) Jackson
Panelist:Mary Fan, Craig L. Gidney (M), Yosef Lindell, Darrell Schweitzer
It’s been 50 years since Ballantine published Peter S. Beagle’s Th Last Unicorn. Panelists will discuss the book, what it meant to them and its enduring popularity.
Sunday 12:00 pm: Black Panther (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Washington Theater
Panelist:Craig L. Gidney, John Edward Lawson, B. Sharise Moore, Irette Y. Patterson, K. Ceres Wright (M)
The impact of the movie and the comics. The movie was huge. Nnedi Okorafor has just announced she’s writing the new Shuri comic and Ta-Nahesi Coates has written for Black Panther as well. Panelists discuss the cultural significance of Black Panther.
Sunday 1:00 pm: Stories Lacking in Traditional Plot Structure (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Jackson
Panelist:Wendy S. Delmater, Craig L. Gidney (M), David Stokes
How to approach stories with experimental structure or structures that don’t always follow traditional narrative storytelling such as travel guides, lists, stories via instruction manuals, slice of ice or mood pieces
Sunday 2:00 pm: Why Do We Like Being Scared (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Truman
Panelist:Craig L. Gidney, Hildy Silverman (M), Michelle D. Sonnier, Kenesha Williams
Fear probably developed as a survival mechanism. We fear things that might hurt us. Yet many read horror, go to slasher films, ride roller coasters, and climb cliffs. Why? What does this say about us and our psyches?
Sunday 4:00 pm: Resistance is Never Futile (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Monroe
Panelist:Tom Doyle (M), Aaron Emmel, Craig L. Gidney
What science fiction and fantasy can teach us about being advocates and activists in fraught times. What should the allegorical protest literature of our time look like?

OutWrite 2018 Schedule!

The OutWrite LGBTQ literary festival is almost upon us! You can peruse the schedule book here.

Outwrite 2018

My schedule is as follows:

Saturday, August 4

1pm – WRITING HORROR PANEL: w/ Catherine Lundoff, Marianne Kirby, Naamen Tilahun & Jackie D.

4pm – FERAL DREAMS READING: w/ A.M. Dellamonica,Brit Mandelo, Melissa Scott & Lara Elena Donnelly

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Upcoming Event: Reading at DC’s Outwrite Festival in August!

I’ll be reading with Melissa Scott (author of Shadow Man, the City of Astreiant Series); Brit Mandelo (author of We Wuz Pushed: On Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-Telling and numerous short stories); A.M. Dellamonica (author of The Hidden Sea and Indigo Springs series). It will be moderated by Lara Elena Donnelly, author of the deco punk novels Amberlough and Armistice. Hope to see you there!

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Outer Dark Symposium recording; Balticon

The recording of the Outer Dark Symposium panel I was on, The House on the Borderlands/La Frontera, is now available to listen to on the This Is Horror website.

A description of the panel:

In this podcast The Outer Dark presents the first installment of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2018 including  The House on the Borderlands/La Frontera” Panel, moderated by David Bowles and featuring Rios de la LuzCraig Laurance Gidney, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Scott Nicolay, and Tiffany Scandal, plus Readings by David Bowles and John Claude Smith. These segments were recorded live on Saturday March 24 at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. The podcast also includes all-new exclusive News from The Weird with Max Booth III and Lori Michelle from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

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Also, I will be at Balticon this weekend. My schedule is posted below.

Balticon

SIGNAL BOOST: Indiegogo Campaign for the Outer Dark

The Outer Dark is running an Indiegogo Campaign to help fund its second annual Symposium on the Greater Weird on March 24. There are many MAGNIFICIENT rewards to those who contribute.

From their website:

The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird is the world’s only conference focusing on contemporary Weird fiction, film and art. The 2nd annual symposium will gather more than 25 writers, artists, filmmakers & editors on March 24, 2017 at Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA., one of the USA’s Weirdest places. Hear all the readings and panels on The Outer Dark podcast, which airs on This Is Horror, reaching thousands of listeners who are readers of Weird and speculative fiction.

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The Outer Dark, and Looming Low News

Some writing based news

I will be appearing at the 2018 Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird on March 24. In addition to getting to meet and mingle with other cool authors, the event will be held at the allegedly haunted world famous Winchester House in San Jose, CA!

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Looming Low, the first Dim Shores anthology, has been nominated for a This is Horror award in the anthology category.*

 

*My story “Mirror Bias” appears here.