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My Capclave Schedule, 2018 Edition

Thursday, September 27th, 2018 | Author: jmward14 | cons, conventions, jean marie ward | Comments Off

Capclave Dodo 2018

Oops! I meant to post this earlier this week, but my current writing project had other ideas. I’m just glad it released its grip before the con began.

Capclave did me proud this year: six panels, an autograph session and two readings. It all takes place Friday-Sunday, September 28-30 at the Rockville Hilton and Executive Meeting Center, Rockville, Maryland. I hope to see you there—and remember, the autographing session always has cake…

Friday
4 PM: Writing at Different Lengths
Panelists: Nancy Kress, Suzanne Palmer, Jean Marie Ward (M), Alyssa Wong
Writing at a short length vs. writing a novella or novel. What are the differences, if any, in how to approach the writing of a short story vs. the writing of a novel. (Eisenhower)

6 PM: Humorous SF
Panelists: Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Jean Marie Ward (M)
It’s easy to name the funny fantasy books, but what about the funny SF books and short stories? For instance, Unidentified Funny Objects is an entire anthology of funny SF. (Truman)

10 PM: Writing on the Job
Panelists: Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen, Barbara Krasnoff (M), Hildy Silverman, Jean Marie Ward
Is it better for a writer to have a non-writing job to save his/her writing energies for fiction or to use writing skills to make a nonfiction living on the idea that any writing improves fiction writing? And when should you quit your day job? Hear writers discuss the relationship between their day job and their writing. (Washington Theater)

Saturday
1 PM: What Makes Alternate History So Compelling?
Panelists: Tom Doyle (M), J. L. Gribble, Bjorn Hasseler, Alan Smale, Jean Marie Ward
Alternate histories continue to proliferate, though in accordance with Sturgeon’s Law, most fail the plausibility test, the storytelling test, or both. Why do the what-ifs continue to fascinate us, and what makes a powerful story in this subgenre? (Truman)

3 PM: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Panelists: Jeanne Adams, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Carol Ann Douglas, Jennifer Povey, Jean Marie Ward (M), Joan Wendland
Broad Universe is an international organization with the primary goal of promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women. Members will be doing readings from their own works. (Jackson)

4 PM: Middles
Panelists: Wendy S. Delmater, Andrew Fox, Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, David Walton, Jean Marie Ward (M)
So now that you’ve started your story, how do you put meat on its bones? How do you develop plot and character at short fiction and novel lengths? How many Aristotelian unites can and should you violate in your story? (Washington Theater)

6 PM: Use of Mythology in SFF
Panelists: Tom Doyle, Michelle D. Sonnier, Jean Marie Ward, Steven H. Wilson, A.C. Wise (M)
There are a lot of different mythologies out there, with both similarities and differences. How do we incorporate and adapt them when writing our stories? Norse, Greek and Roman myths are the most common ones used in genre stories but are not the only mythologies out there. What’s acceptable to adapt and change, especially when using a mythology from a culture not one’s own. E.g. dragons in Europe and dragons in various Asian countries have quite different motives and personalities ascribed to them. (Washington Theater)

7:30 PM: Mass Autographing and Awards Ceremony
(Eisenhower) Ends at 8:55 PM

Sunday
1 PM: Reading
(Lincoln) Ends at 1:25 PM

3 PM: Superheroine to Wise Woman: Creating Powerful Female Characters
Panelists: Cerece Rennie Murphy, Michelle D. Sonnier, Jean Marie Ward, A.C. Wise (M)
What goes into creating strong, compelling female characters in fantasy worlds? Speculative fiction authors discuss how to approach elements such as world-building, magic, special powers, and plot when crafting a multi-dimensional character, and how to avoid the pitfalls of the “Mary Sue.” (Jackson)

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My Balticon 52 Schedule

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 | Author: jmward14 | balticon, cons, jean marie ward | Comments Off

Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner, and we all know what that means—Balticon! Celebrate the real start of summer with a couple thousand of your favorite friends at Baltimore’s Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. Oh yeah, I’ll be there, too, with a wonderful selection of panels. Check them out.

Saturday
1 PM, Kent Meeting Room (Sixth Floor)
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeanne Adams, J.L. Gribble, Lisa Hawkridge, A.L. Kaplan, Gail Z. Martin, Cara McKinnon, Karen Wester Newton (w/a Carmen Webster Buxton), Jennifer Povey, Ken Schrader, D.H. Timpko, Jean Marie Ward (Moderator), Joan Wendland.

9 PM, St. George Meeting Room (Sixth Floor)
Reading with Ruthanna Emrys, Michael M. Jones, Jean Marie Ward

Sunday
1 PM, Guilford Meeting Room (Sixth Floor)
Writing the Spectrum of Feminine Strength
Jamaila Brinkley, Valerie J. Mikles (Moderator), Michelle Sonnier, Jean Marie Ward

5 PM, Gibson Meeting Room (Sixth Floor)
20 Years Later: Cowboy Bebop
Bugsy Bryant (Moderator), Christiana Ellis, Jean Marie Ward

6 PM, Homeland Meeting Room (Fifth Floor)
Useful Rabbit Holes for Writers—and How to Climb out of Them
Jim Beall, Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen, Mildred Cady (Moderator), Andy Love, Jean Marie Ward

8 PM, Room 8006
Making Fantasy Feel Real
Brenda Clough, Leah Cypess, Lisa Hawkridge, Jean Marie Ward

Monday
Noon, Room 7029
Writing for Themed Anthologies.
T. Eric Bakutis, Neil Clarke, Alex Shvartsman (Moderator), Jean Marie Ward

2 PM, Mount Washington Meeting Room (Fifth Floor)
Writing Intriguing Characters
Martin Berman-Gorvine (Moderator), Michelle Sonnier, D.L. Wainright, Jean Marie Ward, Joy Ward

If you want to learn more, check out the Balticon website and their online schedule. You know it’s going to be fun!

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My Schedule for RavenCon 2018

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 | Author: jmward14 | cons, conventions, ravencon | Comments Off

It’s con season—and not a moment too soon. This year, it may be the only way to tell spring has sprung.
First up is one of my favorites, RavenCon. I hope you’ll join me and guests like Chuck Wendig, Mark Cline and Eric Wile in Williamsburg, Virginia, April 20-22. The programming, as you can see from my schedule, can’t be beat:

Friday
5 PM, Room 4
Reading
Panelists: Val Griswold-Ford and Jean Marie Ward

6 PM, Room 8
Worldbuilding: Crafting New Worlds–How to create worlds and universes that are unique and original.
Panelists: Michael Thompson (M), Jennifer R. Povey, Mark H. Wandry, Jean Marie Ward

8 PM, Room 8
How Women Challenge and Change Science Fiction and Fantasy–We’ll go over the influence of both female characters and female authors on science fiction and fantasy.
Panelists: Jean Marie Ward (M), Andrea Judy, Kettle Macaulay, Misty Massey

Saturday
3-5 PM, Room 5
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading—Two hours of bite-sized readings from some of your favorite authors—with chocolate and door prizes.
Panelists: Jean Marie Ward (M), Samantha Bryant, Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Paula S. Jordan, A.L. Kaplan, Emily Lavin Leverett, Gail Z. Martin, Jennifer R. Povey, Ken Schrader, Leona R. Wissoker

5 PM, Room 8
Making the Impossible Plausible–How can you make the impossible seem at least somewhat plausible in your writing?
Panelists: John G. Walker (M), Jim Beall, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Jean Marie Ward

6 PM, Room 8
Effective Writing of Historical Fiction–How to keep the historical part of your writing from flying into the fantastical.
Panelists: Sandra J. Baldari (M), L. Jagi Lamplighter, Cecilee Linke, Jean Marie Ward

7 PM, Room L
Falstaff Books Spotlight—The latest from the Misfit Toys of your favorite small press.
Panelists: John G. Hartness (M), Darin Kennedy, Misty Massey, Jean Marie Ward

9 PM, Room L
It’s a Con. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Our panelists know, and they’ve promised to tell all.
Panelists: MrShirt (M), Stacey Helton, Greg Smith, Jean Marie Ward

If you want to learn more, check out the RavenCon website and their online schedule. Or better yet, join us there. You won’t regret it.

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My Schedule for Capclave 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 | Author: jmward14 | capclave, cons, jean marie ward | Comments Off

Lynn Perkins's DoDo

Capclave, my hometown con specializing in short fiction, is coming up this weekend. Don’t miss your chance to see our award-winning guests of honor, Ken Liu and Neil Clarke, as well as hang with the some of the friendliest writers and editors around. (Yeah, I’ll be there, too. But the rest of them are really nice. Honest.)
My schedule this year is particularly choice, encompassing a number of topics dear to my heart. I hope I’ll see you at the panels and readings. And as always, I come equipped with chocolate.

Friday
3 PM, Rockville/Potomac
Worldbuilding in Science Fiction vs. Fantasy
Are there distinctions in how worldbuilding is approached for a fantasy setting rather than a science fiction setting? Are there different approaches in how the result is presented to the reader? Are there challenges on one side of the fantasy/SF split that are less of an issue on the other? Panelists: Charles Gannon, Jean Marie Ward (m), Lawrence Watt-Evans, Allen Wold

7 PM, Rockville/Potomac
Write What You Don’t Know
Fantasy authors rarely get irate email from dragons saying they got it wrong. How to write characters from places and times that you don’t know but members of your audience do, and why it’s important to get outside your comfort zone. Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Joshua Palmatier, Michael Ventrella (m), Jean Marie Ward

Saturday
11 AM, Bethesda
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Broad Universe is an international organization with the primary goal of promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women. Members will be doing readings from their own works. Readers: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeanne Adams, Vickie Hartman DiSanto, Karen Wester Newton (aka Carmen Webster Buxton), Jennifer Povey, Janine K. Spendlove, Denise Timpko, Jean Marie Ward (m)

1 PM, Bethesda
Reading (30 minutes)

4 PM, Salon A
Use of Mythology in Science Fiction and Fantasy
There are a lot of different mythologies out there, with both similarities and differences. How do we incorporate and adapt them when writing our stories. What’s acceptable to adapt and change, especially when using a mythology from a culture not one’s own. E.g. dragons in Europe and dragons in various Asian countries often have quite different motives and personalities ascribed to them. Panelists: Jack Campbell, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Scott Roberts, Michelle Sonnier, Jean Marie Ward (m)

Sunday
3 PM, Frederick
The Economics of Magic
How do you use magic in your fantasy work so that it doesn’t become a get out of jail free option? When your characters use magic what are the costs to the magic user or the fantasy world? Should conservation of energy apply? Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Jean Marie Ward (m), Lawrence Watt-Evans

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RavenCon Schedule

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 | Author: jmward14 | jean marie ward, ravencon | Comments Off

RavenCon is this weekend! I can’t wait, and when you see the schedule they’ve given me, you’ll know why. And this is only the tip of their programming iceberg. Glen Cook and Matthew Stewart are the writer and artist guests of honor, respectively. This year the con hosts its first media guest, Battlestar Galactica’s Nicki Clyne. Not to mention an all-new Masquerade and a concert by Bella Morte, whose lead singer Andy Deane is also a writer and on the program.

And so am I:

Friday, April 14

4 p.m.
Space Cowboys and Fantasy Noir: From Shadowrun to the Garret Files to Priest, mixing genres can result in some interesting stories. What genres mix well?
John Betancourt Glen Cook, S. Reesa Herberth, Stuart Jaffe, Michelle Moore, Jean Marie Ward

5 p.m.
Creating a Timeline: How carefully should an author keep track of what happens, when, and where? What are some techniques to make this easier?
Day Al-Mohamed (m), Pamela K. Kinney, Bud Sparhawk, Jean Marie Ward, Robert E. Waters, Steve White

Saturday, April 15

2 p.m.
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading: Tasty, bite-sized readings from the authors of Broad Universe, an international organization dedicated to promoting science fiction, fantasy and horror written by women.
Danielle Ackley McPhail, KT Pinto, Gail Z. Martin, Jean Marie Ward, Leona Wisoker (m)

3 p.m.
Design a Superhero: What makes a superhero great? Panelists describe what they think makes a memorable superhero.
Butch Allen, Billy Flynn, CJ Henderson, Patrick A. Vanner, Jean Marie Ward

5 p.m.
Modern Fairy Tales: Lost Girl, Grimm, and Once Upon a Time all bring fairy tales to the TV screen. What makes some shows work, and others not?
Butch Allen, Flynnstress, Warren Rochelle, Suzanne Rosin, Michelle D. Sonnier, Jean Marie Ward

Sunday, April 16

11 a.m.
Are Panels About Vampires Played Out? Every year, we have a panel asking if vampires are passé. Are panels asking if vampires are passé…passé?
Scott M. Baker, Keith R.A. DeCandido, KT Pinto, Jim Stratton, Jean Marie Ward, Robert E. Waters

2 p.m.
Military Science Fiction and Fantasy: Panelists discuss the various subgenres of military SF and fantasy, from Star Trek to Battlestar Galactica to Black Company.
Glen Cook, Mike McPhail, Tony Ruggerio, Janine K. Spendlove, Patrick A. Vanner, Jean Marie Ward (m)

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