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Friday, October 18
 

3:00pm EDT

Snakes and Ladders of Self-Publishing
Being any kind of writer is hard work. Arguably, it's even harder when you're the publisher, art director, editor and sales force. How do today’s self-pub authors navigate the indie world? What are the latest opportunities or strategies to stand out as a self-pub author, and what pitfalls do you need to avoid?

Moderators
avatar for Chandra Clarke

Chandra Clarke

Chandra Clarke wears many hats, sometimes all at once, which makes it hard to get through doorways. A recovering entrepreneur, she founded the editing company Scribendi.com, which was acquired in 2017. She will also admit to having been a freelance writer, with publishing credits... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Beverly Bambury

Beverly Bambury

Beverly Bambury Publicity
Beverly Bambury is a publicist and social media specialist for authors and comic creators. She also edits comics and graphic novels, and sometimes proofreads and copy edits prose, too. Learn more about Beverly at beverlybambury.com.
avatar for Lesley Donaldson

Lesley Donaldson

I love creating an escape for readers to spec fic worlds with compelling characters they don't expect. My debut novel, "The Queen’s Viper," was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Awards. 2018 launched its best-selling sequel, "The Wrath of Atticus." My short stories have been... Read More →
avatar for Sienna Tristen

Sienna Tristen

Sienna Tristen is a writer and artist based out of Toronto. She is the author of The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming, the flagship fantasy story of The Shale Project, and her first work of poetry, The Insomniac's Assistant , is available through Penrose Press. A purveyor of many skills... Read More →
avatar for Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson has been writing since a young age when he realized he could be writing instead of paying attention in school. Since then, he has created many worlds in which to live his fantasies and live out his dreams. He is a number-one bestselling author—he likes to tell people that... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

3:00pm EDT

BFTW Recording with David Demchuk and Sandra Kasturi (closed recording - no audience)
Panelists
avatar for David Demchuk

David Demchuk

David Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, digital and other media for nearly 40 years. His debut horror novel The Bone Mother won the 2018 Sunburst Award in the Adult Fiction category, and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Toronto... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon A - Pitches, Blue Pencil, Meets

4:00pm EDT

Humanizing Agents
What’s the author-agent relationship really like? Agents DongWon Song and Kim-Mei Kirtland sit down with some of their clients to compare their most difficult, uplifting, embarrassing or hilarious moments.

Panelists
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Attendee
Amal El-Mohtar is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism. Her stories and poems have appeared in magazines including Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, Lightspeed, Uncanny, Strange Horizons, Apex, Stone Telling, and Mythic Delirium; anthologies including The Djinn Falls... Read More →
avatar for Kim-Mei Kirtland

Kim-Mei Kirtland

Kim-Mei Kirtland joined the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in 2013. She is a lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, particularly hard science fiction in the vein of Greg Egan and Peter Watts, and is actively looking for fiction in those genres. Other areas of interest to... Read More →
avatar for Derek Künsken

Derek Künsken

Co-Chair (Programming), Can*Con
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Literary Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and has taught as an adjunct... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

4:00pm EDT

So This is Your First Con
Never attended a literary SF convention? Well, this isn't Comic Con. You're going to meet a bunch of people, hear amazing insights from professionals on panels, and have a chance to sit with pros over coffee or drinks. Learn what Can*Con is and how to get the most out of it!

Moderators
avatar for Costi Gurgu

Costi Gurgu

Lead UX Designer, Digital Garage
Costi’s scripts have been finalists and semifinalists in numerous competitions. Costi’s fiction has appeared in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has sold 3 books and over 50 stories for which he has won 24 awards. His latest sales include the anthologies Tesseracts 17... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for E. L. Chen

E. L. Chen

E. L. Chen's first novel, The Good Brother, was published by CZP in 2015 and her next, Summerwood/Winterwood, will be out in fall 2019. She lives in Toronto with her son. Everything else she doesn't mind you knowing can be found at elainechen.com.
avatar for Cortni Fernandez

Cortni Fernandez

Writer, Can*Con Junior Programmer
Cortni is a junior member of the Can*Con programming team, based in Toronto. She writes YA and Middle Grade SFF. This November will be her third time participating in NaNoWriMo. She's always happy to find supportive writing buddies.
avatar for Sarah Parkinson

Sarah Parkinson

Sarah Parkinson is a lawyer practising in Toronto. She received an LL.B. from the University of Windsor and a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2011. She obtained a Honours BA from the University of Toronto, specializing in History... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in London, Canada with her super powered son with Down syndrome. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra’s short stories have appeared in The Urban Green Man, Sirens, Equus, Evolve: Vampires of the New Undead... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

4:00pm EDT

Traumas and Triggers: Navigating the Dark Stuff
Seeing real suffering mirrored in fiction can be deeply traumatic or hurtful, even driving audience members away from pieces altogether. However, properly represented, depictions of trauma and fears can be reparative, even transformative. With the potential to both destroy and heal, what responsibilities do writers have in depicting true-to-life traumatic events and anxiety-provoking scenarios? And how do readers negotiate this area?

Moderators
avatar for Adam Shaftoe

Adam Shaftoe

Critic, author, podcast personality, workforce development practicioner, not-for-profit manager
Adam Shaftoe writes reviews, essays, and fiction. His essays and reviews have previously appeared in On-Spec Magazine, Jamais Vu - The Journal of the Strange Among the Familiar, and Onder Magazine. His current labours include a novella-length review of Cowboy Bebop, because the world... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for E.C. Bell

E.C. Bell

E.C. Bell is the author of six novels in the paranormal Marie Jenner Mystery Series. The latest is Haunting the Haunted, coming from Tyche Books at the end of October. She has also published short stories and anthologies, won a couple of Aurora Awards, a Bloody Words Light Mystery... Read More →
avatar for Geneviève Hébert-Jodoin

Geneviève Hébert-Jodoin

Geneviève Hébert-Jodoin is a French-Canadian transgender woman. She is a lawyer with a dual degree in Civil and Common Law from the University of Ottawa who articled helping refugees navigate the Canadian immigration process. She is also a long time folklore, history and fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Erin Rockfort

Erin Rockfort

Erin Rockfort is a trained psychotherapist and a lover of all things story-related. She has a Master's in Counselling Psychology, a background in queer/feminist study and critical religious theory, and has written multiple academic papers on queerness in fandom. In her downtime she... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

5:00pm EDT

Geology of the Solar System, Unpacked
Our corner of the universe is more than just a bunch of planets politely orbiting a star. There is a lot of potential material for a science fiction story here, and a lot of misconceptions. Join scientific experts and authors for a discussion of what they love about our solar system.

Moderators
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Dylan Blacquiere

Dylan Blacquiere is a stroke neurologist at the University of Ottawa, with research interests in medical education, stroke systems of care, and rural/urban disparities in stroke care. He has written several short stories and worked with medical humanities interest groups at Dalhousie... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Shirley Meier

Shirley Meier

Shirley Meier has been writing professionally since the 1980s and lives in Toronto. She is launching her latest book, ‘Blood Marble’, a Fifth Millenium fantasy, later this year and is working on a YA novel to come out early next year. As well as being an award-winning author... Read More →
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Michael Reid

Michael Reid is an astronomer and writer working at the University of Toronto and at the limits of his imagination. His fiction has appeared in Interzone, Escape Pod, Cast of Wonders, StarShipSofa, AE, and the Canadian anthology Nevertheless (Tesseracts Twenty-One).


Friday October 18, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

5:00pm EDT

Marvel's B-Team Are the True Heroes
From Black Hawk to She-Hulk, Marvel Comics is full of lesser-known characters who haven’t quite made it into the MCU, in film or television. Why have certain characters been marginalized historically? Which characters deserve to be highlighted and have so far been overlooked, and why?

Moderators
avatar for Jack Briglio

Jack Briglio

Jack Briglio has been writing comics for over 20 years. He is the editor (and contributor) of the speculative fiction alternate realities anthology Flip from Markosia Publishing and also the writer of the Eisner-nominated fantasy adventure series Growing Up Enchanted, Scooby-Doo and... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Attendee
Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →
avatar for James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner is the author of ten published novels and numerous short stories. His most recent novels are ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT and THEY PROMISED ME THE GUN WASN’T LOADED, both from Tor. He has won the Aurora Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial... Read More →
avatar for Christina Vasilevski

Christina Vasilevski

Christina Vasilevski is a reader, editor and tea junkie. In addition to discussing sci-fi, pop culture and more on her site Books & Tea (www.booksandtea.ca), she reads submissions for Lightspeed Magazine. She lives in the GTA with her husband, 2 cats, and a moderately ridiculous amount... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

6:00pm EDT

Gender in Spec Fiction
Speculative fiction (particularly sci fi and fantasy) gives us opportunities to explore gender in a lot of new ways, particularly outside the binary. As this seems to be more common, are these explorations of new gender systems truly revolutionary, or do they merely reinforce new gender norms? (E.g. worlds with non-binary genders are super cool, but if people are still assigned to a gender, do trans people still exist?) Do these stories even need to be revolutionary?

Moderators
avatar for Kerrie Seljak-Byrne

Kerrie Seljak-Byrne

Publisher, Augur Magazine
KERRIE C. BYRNE is an autistic, queer, and nonbinary editor/writer/cat lover living in Toronto, ON. They are the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Augur Magazine, where they publish speculative works by Canadian and Indigenous creators, as well as writers from around the world. Their... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Phoebe Barton

Phoebe Barton

Attendee
Phoebe Barton is a queer trans science fiction writer of short stories and interactive fiction. Her fiction has appeared in venues such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact, On Spec, and Persistent Visions, and anthologies from Bundoran Press and Alliteration Ink. She lives with a robot... Read More →
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Elliott Dunstan

Elliott Dunstan is an Ottawa-based historian, poet and author with a special interest in queer history, mental illness, trauma and the places that time forgot. He is currently self-publishing an online serial novel available on his website, and has also been published by Queen of... Read More →
avatar for Mikayla Micomonaco

Mikayla Micomonaco

Attendee, The Web of Queer
Mikayla Micomonaco is an aerospace engineering master’s student. When not desperately writing their thesis, they can be found talking about queer representation and Doctor Who on The Web of Queer podcast and writing about asexual and aromantic representation.
avatar for Avi Silver

Avi Silver

Co-founder, The Shale Project
Avi Silver is one of the co-founders of "The Shale Project" and author of the project's second novel, "Two Dark Moons". Through Shale, they have also worked as the editor for Sienna Tristen's "The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming", and authored the web serial "Tales from a Library... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

6:00pm EDT

How Not to Read Like a Grade Nine Student Forced to Recite Shakespeare
Writers are not necessarily performers, but there are ways to engage an audience and make a reading shine. Want to know how, using your work? Our expert readers will borrow pages from your work and demonstrate how they would perform that passage – live in front of our audience.

Moderators
avatar for Edward Willett

Edward Willett

Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages. His latest fantasy/science fiction novel for DAW Books, MASTER OF THE WORLD, will be brand-new at Can-Con, having released in mid-September; it’s... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Nicole Lavigne

Nicole Lavigne

Nicole Lavigne has a BA in English and Theatre from the University of Ottawa. She still lives in Ottawa but considers all of Canada her home after bouncing across the country as a military brat during her childhood. She is a professional storyteller, published writer, Web & Logistics... Read More →
avatar for Kari Maaren

Kari Maaren

Instructor, Ryerson University
Kari Maaren is a writer, cartoonist, musician, and academic whose first novel, the YA fantasy Weave a Circle Round, was published by Tor Books in 2017. It tied for the 2018 Copper Cylinder Award (YA category), was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction... Read More →
avatar for Joe Mahoney

Joe Mahoney

I’m a writer/broadcaster currently working full-time for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. _x000D_ _x000D_ My first novel, A Time and a Place, was published in October 2017 by Five Rivers Press._x000D_ _x000D_ My short fiction has been published in Canada, Australia and Greece... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

6:00pm EDT

Worldbuilding: Government and Politics
There’s a whole category of science fiction and fantasy that centers on politics (like Game of Thrones) or incorporates political maneuvering heavily (like Battlestar Galactica or Babylon 5). How do you create a believable government that isn’t too heavy on worldbuilding? How can government’s idiosyncrasies and redundancies fit in without it always being a charicature? What is there to learn from contemporary political thrillers, and how well do they match the real world?

Moderators
avatar for Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to... Read More →

Panelists
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Millie Ho

Millie Ho’s short stories appear in Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Fireside Magazine, and others. Her poems appear in PRISM international, Strange Horizons and Uncanny Magazine. Her poem “3D-Printed Brother” was a finalist for the 2019 Rhysling Awards.
avatar for Jonathan Crowe

Jonathan Crowe

Jonathan Crowe blogs about maps at The Map Room. His nonfiction has appeared in AE, The New York Review of Science Fiction, the Ottawa Citizen and at Tor.com. His sf fanzine, Ecdysis, was a two-time Aurora Award finalist. He lives in Shawville, Quebec, with his wife, their three cats... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Graham King

Stephen Graham King

Stephen Graham King lives in Toronto. His first book, Just Breathe, tells the funny, blunt, uncompromising story of his three-year fight against metastatic synovial sarcoma. Since then, he has concentrated on writing speculative fiction, in particular, queer themed space opera, and... Read More →
avatar for Nisa Malli

Nisa Malli

Nisa Malli is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, where she leads speculative and realistic research at the intersection of technology, labour, economic growth, and inequality. Her first chapbook of slipstream body-horror ghost... Read More →
avatar for Leo Valiquette

Leo Valiquette

Leo Valiquette is a former business journalist, museologist and historical reenactor known to swing a sword at a hapless target from time to time. These days, he’s a freelance marketing communications consultant and business writer. His novel Bane of All Things, a gritty epic fantasy... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

7:00pm EDT

Connect with ORWA
Finding the right writing group can be a great start on moving your career to the next level, whether you're just beginning your first manuscript or if you've already got published books under your belt. ORWA (Ottawa Romance Writers Association) offers monthly workshops on marketing, writing craft, and publishing, as well as an active critique circle and social get-togethers. Meet some of our ORWA authors and learn more!

Panelists
avatar for 'Nathan Burgoine

'Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. Being "that tall queer guy who mostly writes short fiction," (almost always spec-fic), he released his first short fiction collection, Of Echoes Born, but has also written... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Burke

Jenn Burke

Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Jenn is the author of a number of paranormal and science fiction romance titles, including the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown has published short stories in On Spec, Tesseracts 15, 20, 22, Strange Horizons and numerous anthologies. She is a member of SFCanada and the Ottawa Romance Writers Association (ORWA).
avatar for Jennifer Carole Lewis

Jennifer Carole Lewis

Jennifer Carole Lewis is an Ottawa author of paranormal romance, romantic suspense and urban fantasy. Her Lalassu series is about a secret society of superheroes while her new series, Special Investigations, focuses on the challenges of everyday people faced with superpowers. She... Read More →
avatar for Mandy Rosko

Mandy Rosko

Mandy Rosko is a USA Today Bestselling paranormal romance author of nearly 300 works, between her main name and pseudonym. She’s a hybrid author, self-publishing and published by Siren and Eighth Ripple Press. You can find Mandy on innovative platforms like Wattpad, Patreon, and... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 7:00pm - 7:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

7:00pm EDT

The Horrible Renaissance
Between new Netflix shows and the popularity of filmmakers like Jordan Peele, how is the horror landscape changing? Are we seeing any change or revitalization in novels and short fiction? How are new voices shaping and reinvigorating the genre?

Moderators
Panelists
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Literary Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and has taught as an adjunct... Read More →
avatar for Regina Hansen

Regina Hansen

Regina Hansen is Master Lecturer at Boston University's College of General Studies. She publishes and presents on horror, religion and film, Neo-Victorianism and rhetoric. Her publications include Supernatural, Humanity and the Soul (with Susan George), Roman Catholicism and Fantastic... Read More →
avatar for Christian Baines

Christian Baines

Christian Baines has written on travel, theatre, film, television, and various aspects of gay life, factual_x000D_ and fictional. Some of his stranger thoughts have spawned novels, including queer urban fantasy series_x000D_ The Arcadia Trust, the horror novella Skin, and Puppet Boy... Read More →
avatar for David Demchuk

David Demchuk

David Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, digital and other media for nearly 40 years. His debut horror novel The Bone Mother won the 2018 Sunburst Award in the Adult Fiction category, and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Toronto... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 7:00pm - 7:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

7:00pm EDT

When To Tweet and When To Flip The Bird
As artists, we've all heard that it's important to be visible online and to engage with the latest trends and discussions on social media. Crafting a public persona is a big part of making art in 2019, but what you gain in followers, you might sacrifice in mental health. In this panel, established authors will discuss the ups and downs of maintaining mental health while on social media: when to respond (or not), how to balance being a creator and an activist (or not), and how to practice self-care (or... actually self-care is always important).

Moderators
avatar for Linda Poitevin

Linda Poitevin

Like most romance writers, Linda Poitevin is a firm believer in happy-ever-afters...especially since she's living her own. But she also knows how hard you have to work at those sometimes, and that's reflected in her stories about people who are as real to her as she hopes they'll... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Jay Odjick

Jay Odjick

Jay Odjick is an Anishinabe writer and artist from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin Nation in Quebec. After KAGAGI: The Raven was published by Arcana Comics, Jay co-founded a production company that produced a television series called Kagagi based on the graphic novel and is... Read More →
avatar for Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson is a Canadian adventurer, storm chaser, and meteorologist. Recently named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Mark has chased (and has been chased) by tornadoes across Canada and... Read More →
avatar for Natalia Yanchak

Natalia Yanchak

Writer
Born in Toronto, Canada, Natalia moved to Montreal to attend Concordia University’s Creative Writing program. After graduation, she toured internationally as keyboardist and singer with The Dears. Finding moments between touring and recording sessions, she returned to writing. Her... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 7:00pm - 7:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

8:00pm EDT

Fanon Service
Thanks to websites like the Hugo-winning AO3, it's easier than ever to find your fandom and contribute to it, and fan fiction itself is becoming increasingly visible in mainstream pop culture. But what does it mean to create fan works? Does writing fan fiction require engaging in the fan community and its expectations and trends? What are the consequences of creating fan works without interacting with the wider community? Can they be created by anyone, or always by the fans, for the fans?

Moderators
avatar for Erin Rockfort

Erin Rockfort

Erin Rockfort is a trained psychotherapist and a lover of all things story-related. She has a Master's in Counselling Psychology, a background in queer/feminist study and critical religious theory, and has written multiple academic papers on queerness in fandom. In her downtime she... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for J.M. Frey

J.M. Frey

J.M. Frey is an author, fanthropologist and professional smartypants. With an MA in Communications and Culture, she’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. Her debut novel TRIPTYCH was nominated for two Lambda... Read More →
avatar for Geneviève Hébert-Jodoin

Geneviève Hébert-Jodoin

Geneviève Hébert-Jodoin is a French-Canadian transgender woman. She is a lawyer with a dual degree in Civil and Common Law from the University of Ottawa who articled helping refugees navigate the Canadian immigration process. She is also a long time folklore, history and fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille (they/them) PhD ABD is a queer, nonbinary, disabled activist, artist, author, and academic. Derek teaches at Trent University, where they research representations of disability in Canadian Speculative Fiction. Derek has two new books out this year - We Shall Be... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats
 
Saturday, October 19
 

10:00am EDT

Hijacking YA
Crossover appeal aside, most YA fiction is written primarily with young adults in mind – but is that changing? Within an already ambiguously defined genre, how might the interest of adult readers in YA affect the genre? Is there enough of a readership to motivate authors or publishers to create YA aimed at adults, and what are the ethics of adult-aimed fiction occupying a space nominally dedicated to teens? Is it ultimately necessary to draw a line between the two, or is this transformation all part of YA's very own coming-of-age story?

Moderators
avatar for Cortni Fernandez

Cortni Fernandez

Writer, Can*Con Junior Programmer
Cortni is a junior member of the Can*Con programming team, based in Toronto. She writes YA and Middle Grade SFF. This November will be her third time participating in NaNoWriMo. She's always happy to find supportive writing buddies.

Panelists
avatar for Amelinda Berube

Amelinda Berube

Amelinda Bérubé writes about ghosts and monsters and other things that go bump in the night; she is the author of two spooky YA novels, The Dark Beneath the Ice and Here There Are Monsters. In her other lives, Amelinda is an editor, a mother of two, and a passionate gardener. She... Read More →
avatar for 'Nathan Burgoine

'Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. Being "that tall queer guy who mostly writes short fiction," (almost always spec-fic), he released his first short fiction collection, Of Echoes Born, but has also written... Read More →
avatar for Rati Mehrotra

Rati Mehrotra

Born and raised in India, Rati Mehrotra makes her home in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of epic science fantasies MARKSWOMAN and MAHIMATA. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Apex Magazine, AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review, IGMS, Podcastle, Cast of Wonders, and... Read More →
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Literary Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and has taught as an adjunct... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

10:00am EDT

The Art of the Cover
A great book cover can often be the key to enticing readers and making sales. What should an indie or small press author consider to help boost a cover from mediocre to fabulous? Have certain styles become overdone? How do genre biases and marketing techniques feed into the creation of a fabulous cover? Panelists will provide examples of their work and others to help you level up your book’s first impression on a reader.

Panelists
avatar for S.M. Beiko

S.M. Beiko

Based in Winnipeg, S.M. Beiko has worked in the speculative fiction publishing industry since 2010 as a consultant, developmental editor, and graphic designer, and has done so for novels, short fiction, children's books, and graphic novels. She is also an author of young adult fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Roger Czerneda

Roger Czerneda

Roger’s love of photography began when he worked at his uncle’s camera store. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo, Roger worked as an environmental chemist and computer programmer, all the while continuing to develop his photographic, photo... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Fréchette

Nathan Fréchette

Nathan Fréchette is a queer, transgender sequential artist, publisher, illustrator, designer, and author. He has published over a dozen graphic and prose short stories, as well as five novels, three graphic novels, two works of nonfiction, and the online comic Some Assembly Required... Read More →
avatar for A.A. Jankiewicz

A.A. Jankiewicz

A.A. Jankiewicz (known to most as Agnes) hails from the city of Pickering, Ontario. Her debut novel 'Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds' was published as part of her thesis project at Durham College as part of the Contemporary Media Design Program. Prior to that, she graduated from York... Read More →
avatar for Linda Poitevin

Linda Poitevin

Like most romance writers, Linda Poitevin is a firm believer in happy-ever-afters...especially since she's living her own. But she also knows how hard you have to work at those sometimes, and that's reflected in her stories about people who are as real to her as she hopes they'll... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

10:00am EDT

What's New At Kobo?
For both traditional and indie authors, Kobo has been a mainstay platform on the cutting edge of the eBook industry. Join Tara Cremin, author experience manager for Kobo, for a presentation on the company’s latest changes and opportunities for writers, including KoboPlus, Kobo Audiobooks, and recent sales trends.

Panelists
avatar for Tara Cremin

Tara Cremin

Senior Manager, Author Experience, Rakuten Kobo
Tara Cremin is responsible for the overall author experience on Kobo Writing Life, from optimizing current features to looking for new avenues of growth. Her aim is to make KWL the greatest and most user-friendly self-publishing platform available. Tara has an MA in American Literature... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

10:00am EDT

Who's Our Hero, Anyway?
Why have one protagonist when you can have a dozen - or none? These days, SFF with loads of characters and no designated hero have a certain appeal. Series like Malazan, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Walking Dead comics offer fans plenty of options to love, and real danger for your faves. But they also run the risk of a meandering plot and a death-weary audience. What are the benefits of having so much choice in who to root for? Does having tons of characters set us up for disappointment, or is it ultimately the reason we keep turning the page?

Moderators
avatar for K.V. Johansen

K.V. Johansen

K.V. Johansen is the author of the five-book epic fantasy series Gods of the Caravan Road, which includes the Sunburst-shortlisted Blackdog and the just-released concluding volume, The Last Road, all published by Pyr. She has an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Éric Desmarais

Éric Desmarais

Éric has had an eclectic career which ranges from casino dealer to canal boat captain to radio station DJ. Since 2009, he’s worked as a layout artist and desktop publisher for the federal government. During his off time he works as a freelance layout artist for various Canadian-based... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, the Seven Kennings trilogy, and co-author of the Tales of Pell. He lives near Ottawa with his family, paints miniatures, plays with dogs, and attempts to take pictures of birds.
avatar for Tanya Huff

Tanya Huff

Born in Halifax, N.S., raised (mostly) in Kingston ON, Tanya Huff lives in rural Ontario, with her wife Fiona Patton seven cats and two dogs. Her 32 novels and 79 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. Her Blood series was turned into... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

11:00am EDT

Black Gate Magazine Interviews Charlie Jane Anders (w/ Brandon Crilly)
Join Author GoH Charlie Jane Anders for a live interview with Black Gate columnist Brandon Crilly, discussing her work, career, and perspectives on writing.

Moderators
avatar for Brandon Crilly

Brandon Crilly

Attendee
An Ottawa teacher by day, Brandon Crilly has been previously published by Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, PULP Literature, On Spec, Flame Tree Publishing and other markets. He also reviews fiction for BlackGate.com and serves as a Programming Lead for Can*Con in Ottawa. With... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Attendee
Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

11:00am EDT

Is Big Data in an Arms Race?
Data-collection tools like Realeyes represent a significant development in technology that can monitor our emotion and behavior. What are the implications of tools that can read our emotions within seconds? How might Big Data's monitoring of our movements and behavioral habits alter our society in the future?

Moderators
avatar for Kim-Mei Kirtland

Kim-Mei Kirtland

Kim-Mei Kirtland joined the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in 2013. She is a lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, particularly hard science fiction in the vein of Greg Egan and Peter Watts, and is actively looking for fiction in those genres. Other areas of interest to... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Jason M. Harley

Jason M. Harley

Assistant Professor, McGill University
Jason M. Harley is a university professor and junior research scientist at McGill and the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute. Their research examines psychological processes in surgical training using simulations and advanced technology. Jason’s research on topics... Read More →
avatar for Ada Hoffmann

Ada Hoffmann

Ada Hoffmann is the author of the space opera novel THE OUTSIDE, the collection MONSTERS IN MY MIND, and over 60 published speculative short stories and poems. Her work has appeared in professional magazines such as Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and Uncanny, and in three year’s-best... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Parkinson

Sarah Parkinson

Sarah Parkinson is a lawyer practising in Toronto. She received an LL.B. from the University of Windsor and a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2011. She obtained a Honours BA from the University of Toronto, specializing in History... Read More →
avatar for N. R. M. Roshak

N. R. M. Roshak

N. R. M. Roshak writes all manner of things, including (but not limited to) short fiction, kidlit, and non-fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction Online, On Spec, Daily Science Fiction, Future Science Fiction Digest, and elsewhere. She studied philosophy and mathematics... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

11:00am EDT

The Novella Is Now
With the popularity of work by Martha Wells, Kelly Robson, Kate Heartfield, the novella has come back into vogue for readers and editors alike. How do today’s novellas stand out compared to those of the past? What do editors and agents ask themselves when considering a novella versus a novel? And how are novellas shaping the industry in science fiction, fantasy and horror?

Moderators
avatar for Arley Sorg

Arley Sorg

Associate Editor, Locus Publications

Panelists
avatar for Jen R. Albert

Jen R. Albert

Editor, ECW Press
Jen R. Albert is an editor, writer, and former entomologist working and living in Toronto. She is an acquisitions editor at ECW Press, an award-winning independent publishing house, where she enjoys working on books of all kinds, including science fiction and fantasy, pop science... Read More →
avatar for Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Executive Editor, Tordotcom Publishing
Lee is the Executive Editor at Tordotcom Publishing, and the former Senior Editor of Angry Robot Books. He also use to publish Hub (an electronic fiction eZine). A few years ago he was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long Form), which was a bit weird (but good weird) and... Read More →
avatar for Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson

Writer, SFWA
Kelly Robson is an award-winning short fiction writer. In 2018, her story “A Human Stain” won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and in 2016, her novella “Waters of Versailles” won the Prix Aurora Award. She has also been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore... Read More →
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Literary Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and has taught as an adjunct... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

11:00am EDT

Witches on the Rise
Publishers of paranormal fiction have started pushing again for stories about witches. This is matched by the return of characters like Sabrina and Buffy, and the popularity of shows like American Horror Story: Coven, A Discovery of Witches and Strange Angel. How do today’s reincarnations of witches stand out? How do they continue to embody ideas of female reclamation of power and more?

Moderators
avatar for Lynne M MacLean

Lynne M MacLean

Lynne M MacLean, is an Ottawa writer and community health researcher whose fabulist and horror short fiction and poetry have been published in Room Magazine, On Spec Magazine, PodCastle, Stupefying Stories, Tesseracts Fifteen, and Horrific History, among others. Born and raised in... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Christian Baines

Christian Baines

Christian Baines has written on travel, theatre, film, television, and various aspects of gay life, factual_x000D_ and fictional. Some of his stranger thoughts have spawned novels, including queer urban fantasy series_x000D_ The Arcadia Trust, the horror novella Skin, and Puppet Boy... Read More →
avatar for David Demchuk

David Demchuk

David Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, digital and other media for nearly 40 years. His debut horror novel The Bone Mother won the 2018 Sunburst Award in the Adult Fiction category, and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Toronto... Read More →
avatar for Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield

Attendee
Kate Heartfield writes science fiction and fantasy, including the Aurora-winning novel Armed in Her Fashion and the Nebula-shortlisted novella Alice Payne Arrives, along with dozens of stories. She is the author of The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop, both of which... Read More →
avatar for Maaja Wentz

Maaja Wentz

Maaja's first novel, Feeding Frenzy: Curse of the Necromancer, won a Wattpad Watty award. “Inside of a Dog,” appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. “You,” won a short story prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

12:00pm EDT

An Expanse of Political Discourse
Even more than protomolecules and space marines, 'The Expanse' is primarily about many of the political issues we grapple with today: colonialism, discrimination, classism, and militarization. Using imaginary societies to explore contemporary questions is obviously a long tradition in SFF and horror, but if we create a future world with so many of the same issues faced by our own society, are we also making a statement about humanity's ability to progress? Do we risk trivializing the real-world problems of today by mapping them onto parts of an imagined world? Or, is this a positive source of potential activism?

Moderators
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is a Toronto-based writer, editor and aerospace engineer. His work has appeared in over 20 publications. He co-edited the hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens with Ben Bova and the Chinese-themed anthology The Dragon and the Stars with Derwin Mak. His latest story “F... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Phoebe Barton

Phoebe Barton

Attendee
Phoebe Barton is a queer trans science fiction writer of short stories and interactive fiction. Her fiction has appeared in venues such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact, On Spec, and Persistent Visions, and anthologies from Bundoran Press and Alliteration Ink. She lives with a robot... Read More →
avatar for 'Nathan Burgoine

'Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. Being "that tall queer guy who mostly writes short fiction," (almost always spec-fic), he released his first short fiction collection, Of Echoes Born, but has also written... Read More →
avatar for Nisa Malli

Nisa Malli

Nisa Malli is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, where she leads speculative and realistic research at the intersection of technology, labour, economic growth, and inequality. Her first chapbook of slipstream body-horror ghost... Read More →
avatar for Adam Shaftoe

Adam Shaftoe

Critic, author, podcast personality, workforce development practicioner, not-for-profit manager
Adam Shaftoe writes reviews, essays, and fiction. His essays and reviews have previously appeared in On-Spec Magazine, Jamais Vu - The Journal of the Strange Among the Familiar, and Onder Magazine. His current labours include a novella-length review of Cowboy Bebop, because the world... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

12:00pm EDT

Behind the Scenes of Grant Applications
Authors across a variety of genres would love to get that coveted grant for their project. Misconceptions and uncertainty abound concerning grants, but our expert panelists are here to help. Past grant recipients and those behind the scenes of granting discuss tips for applying, pitfalls to avoid, and how to give a tough process your best shot.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Moore

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is an Aurora Award-winning author, poet and columnist. His collection It’s Not the End and Other Lies was published by ChiZine Publications in 2018. He’s also a Contributing Editor for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet's most recent novel, An Inheritance of Ashes, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award, Sunburst Award, and Copper Cylinder Award. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple Year's Best anthologies, been transformed into choral work, and is taught in Canada, Australia, and the US... Read More →
avatar for Susan Forest

Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups
Susan Forest writes SF, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds. She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at... Read More →
avatar for Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm is an award-winning editor, playwright, novelist and short story writer. His first novel, A Circle of Birds, won the 3-Day Novel Writing competition; it was translated and published in French. His trilogy, The Steele Chronicles, were each nominated for an Aurora Award... Read More →
avatar for Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, FIYAH Magazine, Uncanny, and elsewhere online and in print. She is the senior poetry editor of Augur Magazine, a speculative and surrealism literature journal, and she is the author of chapbooks... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

12:00pm EDT

DAW's Editorial Process
Among the Big Five and their imprints, DAW Books stands out not just for the quality of the work it produces, but also the unique relationship between its editors and authors. Publisher Sheila Gilbert joins some of DAW’s prolific authors for an open discussion of how that relationship works, and some of the hard or hilarious experiences in their collaborations.

Panelists
avatar for Gerald Brandt

Gerald Brandt

Gerald Brandt is an International Bestselling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His current novel is The Rebel – A San Angeles Novel, published by DAW Books. His first novel, The Courier, also in the San... Read More →
avatar for Julie E. Czerneda

Julie E. Czerneda

What is magic? As imagined by Julie E. Czerneda, it’s wild and free, a force of nature and source of wonder. She first explored this theme in her Night’s Edge series, starting with the award-winning Turn of Light. In The Gossamer Mage, Julie goes further, envisioning magic not... Read More →
avatar for Sheila E Gilbert

Sheila E Gilbert

Publisher, DAW Books, Inc.
Sheila E. Gilbert has worked in publishing for 49 years, starting at Ace Books in 1970, then moving to Signet/NAL in 1972, where she ran the Signet science fiction line. In 1985, Sheila joined DAW Books where she is the executive vice president, and co-owner and co-publisher with... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Huff

Tanya Huff

Born in Halifax, N.S., raised (mostly) in Kingston ON, Tanya Huff lives in rural Ontario, with her wife Fiona Patton seven cats and two dogs. Her 32 novels and 79 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. Her Blood series was turned into... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Sagara

Michelle Sagara

Michelle's author bio was written with care, thought, and incredible attention to detail. Unfortunately, while reading a fantasy novel, she folded it in half and stuck it in the book as a bookmark, and she hasn't been able to find it. Her house is also full of books, and sadly, completely... Read More →
avatar for Edward Willett

Edward Willett

Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages. His latest fantasy/science fiction novel for DAW Books, MASTER OF THE WORLD, will be brand-new at Can-Con, having released in mid-September; it’s... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

1:00pm EDT

All Good Things Must Come to An End
When it comes to a long-running SFF series, few things are more divisive than its grand finale. Mass Effect, the Avengers, and Game of Thrones all went out with a controversial bang. After all that anticipation, is there a way to make sure the fans are satisfied, rather than disappointed? And considering Rise of Skywalker is next on the roster, what's the best way to give a good story the ending it deserves?

Moderators
avatar for Adam Shaftoe

Adam Shaftoe

Critic, author, podcast personality, workforce development practicioner, not-for-profit manager
Adam Shaftoe writes reviews, essays, and fiction. His essays and reviews have previously appeared in On-Spec Magazine, Jamais Vu - The Journal of the Strange Among the Familiar, and Onder Magazine. His current labours include a novella-length review of Cowboy Bebop, because the world... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for S.M. Carrière

S.M. Carrière

Panellist
When S.M. Carrière isn't brutally killing your favourite characters, she spends her time teaching martial arts, live streaming video games, and cuddling her cats. In other words, she spends her time teaching others to kill, streaming her digital kills, and cuddling furry murdere... Read More →
avatar for Luke R. J. Maynard

Luke R. J. Maynard

Founding Director, Cynehelm Press
Dr. Luke R. J. Maynard is a writer, poet, scholar, lapsed medievalist, musician, and wearer of sundry other hats in the arts & letters. Born in London, Ontario, he received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Victoria and his JD from the University of Toronto's Faculty... Read More →
avatar for Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

1:00pm EDT

Dungeons and Dramas: Telling a Story in Tabletop Gaming
Tabletop games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, and Fate grow in popularity every year, and with shows like The Adventure Zone and Critical Role, the use of them as a method of storytelling is gaining in popularity as well. What storytelling opportunities does this collaborative, chance-based media provide –for experimentation, networking, and maybe even money? What needs to be considered, both as a DM/GM, and as a player? How can we craft a compelling story while still trying to play a fun game, and being tied to the whims of the dice?

Moderators
avatar for Gregory A. Wilson

Gregory A. Wilson

Gregory A. Wilson is Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing, speculative fiction, and various other courses in literature. In addition to academic work, he is the author of the epic fantasy The Third Sign, the graphic novel... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Marie Bilodeau

Marie Bilodeau

Co-Chair (Corporate), Can*Con
Marie Bilodeau is an Ottawa-based author and storyteller, with eight published books to her name. Her speculative fiction has won several awards and has been translated into French (Les Éditions Alire) and Chinese (SF World). Her short stories have also appeared in various anthologies... Read More →
avatar for Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul has three great loves in life; writing, drawing, and dragons. She is also a gigantic geek and grew up on a healthy diet of Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dragonlance. As such, she has developed a fascination with awesome stories, quippy characters... Read More →
avatar for Chadwick Ginther

Chadwick Ginther

Chadwick Ginther is the Prix Aurora Award nominated author of the Thunder Road Trilogy (Ravenstone Books), Graveyard Mind (ChiZine Publications) and numerous short stories. His comic writing has appeared in Spacepig Hamadeus and the Captive Planet, Mythfits (co-created with Samantha... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Fréchette

Nathan Fréchette

Nathan Fréchette is a queer, transgender sequential artist, publisher, illustrator, designer, and author. He has published over a dozen graphic and prose short stories, as well as five novels, three graphic novels, two works of nonfiction, and the online comic Some Assembly Required... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

1:00pm EDT

Escaping Ageism in SFF
Both older and younger characters tend to fit specific molds in speculative fiction. Beyond the common tropes like the wise mentor or the annoying young newbie, what are the subtler biases and traps that writers still fall into? How are authors today breaking free of these tropes or twisting them in new and interesting ways?

Moderators
avatar for Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Writer
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm has published or aired mainstream and speculative short fiction in Prix Aurora-winning or nominated anthologies, The Sum of Us, (Laksa Media), 49th Parallels (Bundoran Press) and Shades Within Us (Laksa Media) and, most recently, in Over the Rainbow (Exile Press... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Charlotte Ashley

Charlotte Ashley

Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor and bookseller living in Toronto. Her fantasy and science fiction short stories have appeared in F&SF, Clockwork Canada, Luna Station Quarterly, Kaleidotrope, PodCastle, and elsewhere. Her historical fantasy, “La Héron,” was nominated for... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Charron

Carolyn Charron

Carolyn Charron‘s short stories have appeared in three Flame Tree Publishing anthologies and in the Nothing Without Us anthology. On the editor’s side of her desk, she was a slush reader for Apex and Lightspeed magazines and volunteers as juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille (they/them) PhD ABD is a queer, nonbinary, disabled activist, artist, author, and academic. Derek teaches at Trent University, where they research representations of disability in Canadian Speculative Fiction. Derek has two new books out this year - We Shall Be... Read More →
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Fran Skene

Fran Skene is a member of the Puppetry Renaissance Troupe and has extensive experience in scripting, producing, and performing in puppet shows. In fandom, Fran's credits include chairing/working on a number of conventions, plus she edited the local clubzine, helped to start two apazines... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

1:00pm EDT

What Professional Agencies Can Do For You
Odds are you've heard of groups like SFWA, Codex, RWA and more. But what does these organizations actually do? Why might you want to join? And if you're already in, how do you navigate the huge amount of information you have access to?

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Carole Lewis

Jennifer Carole Lewis

Jennifer Carole Lewis is an Ottawa author of paranormal romance, romantic suspense and urban fantasy. Her Lalassu series is about a secret society of superheroes while her new series, Special Investigations, focuses on the challenges of everyday people faced with superpowers. She... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to... Read More →
avatar for Rati Mehrotra

Rati Mehrotra

Born and raised in India, Rati Mehrotra makes her home in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of epic science fantasies MARKSWOMAN and MAHIMATA. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Apex Magazine, AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review, IGMS, Podcastle, Cast of Wonders, and... Read More →
avatar for Mandy Rosko

Mandy Rosko

Mandy Rosko is a USA Today Bestselling paranormal romance author of nearly 300 works, between her main name and pseudonym. She’s a hybrid author, self-publishing and published by Siren and Eighth Ripple Press. You can find Mandy on innovative platforms like Wattpad, Patreon, and... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

2:00pm EDT

Ask Augur Magazine!
Want to get published in a Canadian spec fic magazine? Curious about how a magazine even works? Come chat with the Publisher and Editors of Augur Magazine! Augur was launched in 2016, kickstarted in 2017, funded by the Ontario Arts Council is 2018, and is currently wrapping its second year of publication. The team is interested in bringing together realist and speculative work, and work that doesn't fit neatly into either category—and publishes with an eye out for intersectional representation.

Panelists
avatar for Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, FIYAH Magazine, Uncanny, and elsewhere online and in print. She is the senior poetry editor of Augur Magazine, a speculative and surrealism literature journal, and she is the author of chapbooks... Read More →
avatar for Kerrie Seljak-Byrne

Kerrie Seljak-Byrne

Publisher, Augur Magazine
KERRIE C. BYRNE is an autistic, queer, and nonbinary editor/writer/cat lover living in Toronto, ON. They are the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Augur Magazine, where they publish speculative works by Canadian and Indigenous creators, as well as writers from around the world. Their... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

2:00pm EDT

What the Evolution of Barnes and Noble Means for Writers
The sale of Barnes and Noble will likely mean a dramatic change for the book industry in the United States and elsewhere. What might happen next, and what will that mean for writers and editors?

Moderators
avatar for Arley Sorg

Arley Sorg

Associate Editor, Locus Publications

Panelists
avatar for Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Executive Editor, Tordotcom Publishing
Lee is the Executive Editor at Tordotcom Publishing, and the former Senior Editor of Angry Robot Books. He also use to publish Hub (an electronic fiction eZine). A few years ago he was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long Form), which was a bit weird (but good weird) and... Read More →
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Literary Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and has taught as an adjunct... Read More →
avatar for Sheila E Gilbert

Sheila E Gilbert

Publisher, DAW Books, Inc.
Sheila E. Gilbert has worked in publishing for 49 years, starting at Ace Books in 1970, then moving to Signet/NAL in 1972, where she ran the Signet science fiction line. In 1985, Sheila joined DAW Books where she is the executive vice president, and co-owner and co-publisher with... Read More →
avatar for Brett Savory

Brett Savory

Brett Savory is the Managing Editor of ChiZine Publications, and has had over 50 short stories published—some of those collected in No Further Messages—as well as three novels, A Perfect Machine, In and Down and The Distance Travelled. He’s halfway through his fourth novel... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

2:00pm EDT

Writing and Resistance
We’re inundated today with political news and commentary, and many creators today seem to feed that directly into their work, from the subtle messaging about race and politics in Brooklyn Nine-Nine or the direct, oppositional commentary in The Good Fight. How important are creators as political or social commentators – should we even be part of it? Does a work need to balance overt commentary with being entertaining and engaging, or can it just be the former? And is creative work becoming too infused with political commentary?

Moderators
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Millie Ho

Millie Ho’s short stories appear in Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Fireside Magazine, and others. Her poems appear in PRISM international, Strange Horizons and Uncanny Magazine. Her poem “3D-Printed Brother” was a finalist for the 2019 Rhysling Awards.

Panelists
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Attendee
Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →
avatar for Craig DiLouie

Craig DiLouie

Craig DiLouie is a Canadian author of sci-fi/fantasy, horror, and thriller fiction. His most recent novel, OUR WAR, was published by Orbit in August 2019.
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, the Seven Kennings trilogy, and co-author of the Tales of Pell. He lives near Ottawa with his family, paints miniatures, plays with dogs, and attempts to take pictures of birds.
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor. She has written for tor.com, Fireside, Uncanny and numerous other venues. Her debut memoir ALONE IN THE LIGHT releases in 2021 from Tiller Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

2:00pm EDT

BFTW Recording with Leah Bobet and E. L. Chen (closed room - no audience)
Panelists
avatar for Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet's most recent novel, An Inheritance of Ashes, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award, Sunburst Award, and Copper Cylinder Award. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple Year's Best anthologies, been transformed into choral work, and is taught in Canada, Australia, and the US... Read More →
avatar for E. L. Chen

E. L. Chen

E. L. Chen's first novel, The Good Brother, was published by CZP in 2015 and her next, Summerwood/Winterwood, will be out in fall 2019. She lives in Toronto with her son. Everything else she doesn't mind you knowing can be found at elainechen.com.


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Salon A - Pitches, Blue Pencil, Meets

3:00pm EDT

Back to the Future is a Bunch of Bull
... and time travel is famously very hard to write! And yet, stories crafted around the premise of time travel and time manipulation continue to abound. What is it about stories that break the rules of linear time that has such enduring appeal for writers, and for readers? Are there stories that cannot be told in any other way, are we determined to defy the pronouncements from physicists that such things are impossible, or do we really just want to hang out with Mozart?

Moderators
avatar for Su J. Sokol

Su J. Sokol

Su J. Sokol is a social rights advocate and a writer of speculative, liminal, and interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City, she now makes Montréal her home. Su is the author of two novels, Cycling to Asylum, which was long-listed for the Sunburst Award... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Geoffrey Hart

Geoffrey Hart

Geoff works primarily as a scientific editor, specializing in authors who have English as their second or third language. He's a fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and has published hundreds of articles and several books to help others communicate better. In his spare... Read More →
avatar for Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield

Attendee
Kate Heartfield writes science fiction and fantasy, including the Aurora-winning novel Armed in Her Fashion and the Nebula-shortlisted novella Alice Payne Arrives, along with dozens of stories. She is the author of The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop, both of which... Read More →
avatar for Kim-Mei Kirtland

Kim-Mei Kirtland

Kim-Mei Kirtland joined the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in 2013. She is a lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, particularly hard science fiction in the vein of Greg Egan and Peter Watts, and is actively looking for fiction in those genres. Other areas of interest to... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson

Writer, SFWA
Kelly Robson is an award-winning short fiction writer. In 2018, her story “A Human Stain” won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and in 2016, her novella “Waters of Versailles” won the Prix Aurora Award. She has also been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

3:00pm EDT

Return of Amazing Stories Magazine
The first science fiction magazine, started in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback, has been publishing for over a year. This panel will look at the history of the magazine and, perhaps more important, how the new editorial team has made it relevant for a modern audience.

Moderators
avatar for Ira Nayman

Ira Nayman

Proprietor, The Alternate Reality News Service
Ira Nayman writes comedy so that you don't have to. His latest Alternate Reality News Service books are THE ANGELS OF OUR BITTER NATURE and IDIOTOCRACY FOR DUMMIES, an omnibus volume that includes ANGELS, ARNS AND THE MAN and E DEPLORABLES UNUM. His sixth multiverse novel for Elsewhen... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for David Clink

David Clink

David Clink is the poetry editor (along with his sister, Carolyn) of Amazing Stories Magazine. His poem, “A sea monster tells his story” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. His poetry has appeared in over 50 journals, including Analog five times and Asimov’s three... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Hirst

Elizabeth Hirst

Elizabeth Hirst has loved fantastic fiction since she first put pen to paper. She has worked as an animator, online game writer and founder of her own small publishing label, and during that time, representing the people, places and culture of Ontario has remained close to her heart... Read More →
avatar for Shirley Meier

Shirley Meier

Shirley Meier has been writing professionally since the 1980s and lives in Toronto. She is launching her latest book, ‘Blood Marble’, a Fifth Millenium fantasy, later this year and is working on a YA novel to come out early next year. As well as being an award-winning author... Read More →
avatar for Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Writer
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm has published or aired mainstream and speculative short fiction in Prix Aurora-winning or nominated anthologies, The Sum of Us, (Laksa Media), 49th Parallels (Bundoran Press) and Shades Within Us (Laksa Media) and, most recently, in Over the Rainbow (Exile Press... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

3:00pm EDT

The Ace of Possibilities
Time and again in speculative fiction, sex is portrayed as a universal definition of the human experience, but in reality that's not the case for everyone. How has asexuality been treated in speculative fiction? What authors are writing from an asexual perspective today? In a future world where advanced reproductive technologies exist, should sex even be a thing anymore?

Moderators
avatar for Kari Maaren

Kari Maaren

Instructor, Ryerson University
Kari Maaren is a writer, cartoonist, musician, and academic whose first novel, the YA fantasy Weave a Circle Round, was published by Tor Books in 2017. It tied for the 2018 Copper Cylinder Award (YA category), was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Phoebe Barton

Phoebe Barton

Attendee
Phoebe Barton is a queer trans science fiction writer of short stories and interactive fiction. Her fiction has appeared in venues such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact, On Spec, and Persistent Visions, and anthologies from Bundoran Press and Alliteration Ink. She lives with a robot... Read More →
avatar for Mikayla Micomonaco

Mikayla Micomonaco

Attendee, The Web of Queer
Mikayla Micomonaco is an aerospace engineering master’s student. When not desperately writing their thesis, they can be found talking about queer representation and Doctor Who on The Web of Queer podcast and writing about asexual and aromantic representation.
avatar for Sienna Tristen

Sienna Tristen

Sienna Tristen is a writer and artist based out of Toronto. She is the author of The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming, the flagship fantasy story of The Shale Project, and her first work of poetry, The Insomniac's Assistant , is available through Penrose Press. A purveyor of many skills... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

4:00pm EDT

Difficult Passages
Struggling to write a particular scene? Authors who have experienced that same challenge read a short passage they struggled to write, followed by a Q&A on writing difficult scenes.

Panelists
avatar for Charlotte Ashley

Charlotte Ashley

Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor and bookseller living in Toronto. Her fantasy and science fiction short stories have appeared in F&SF, Clockwork Canada, Luna Station Quarterly, Kaleidotrope, PodCastle, and elsewhere. Her historical fantasy, “La Héron,” was nominated for... Read More →
avatar for Chadwick Ginther

Chadwick Ginther

Chadwick Ginther is the Prix Aurora Award nominated author of the Thunder Road Trilogy (Ravenstone Books), Graveyard Mind (ChiZine Publications) and numerous short stories. His comic writing has appeared in Spacepig Hamadeus and the Captive Planet, Mythfits (co-created with Samantha... Read More →
avatar for Linda Poitevin

Linda Poitevin

Like most romance writers, Linda Poitevin is a firm believer in happy-ever-afters...especially since she's living her own. But she also knows how hard you have to work at those sometimes, and that's reflected in her stories about people who are as real to her as she hopes they'll... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon B - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

4:00pm EDT

Experts of Indie Publishing (SIGN UP IN ADVANCE ONLY AT REGISTRATION)
Interested in self-pubbing, or having trouble standing out in the crowd? Want help brainstorming ideas or making a plan to promote your work? Sit down with one of our established indie authors for a one-on-one strategy session to help figure out what you can do on social media, Patreon, etc. (Sign-up at registration.)

Panelists
avatar for S.M. Beiko

S.M. Beiko

Based in Winnipeg, S.M. Beiko has worked in the speculative fiction publishing industry since 2010 as a consultant, developmental editor, and graphic designer, and has done so for novels, short fiction, children's books, and graphic novels. She is also an author of young adult fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Kerrie Seljak-Byrne

Kerrie Seljak-Byrne

Publisher, Augur Magazine
KERRIE C. BYRNE is an autistic, queer, and nonbinary editor/writer/cat lover living in Toronto, ON. They are the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Augur Magazine, where they publish speculative works by Canadian and Indigenous creators, as well as writers from around the world. Their... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

4:00pm EDT

Getting Industry Gossip That You Need: Conversation with Locus Associate Editor Arley Sorg
If you're an SFF writer aspiring to getting into the traditional publishing world, you should probably be reading Locus. It's more than just a business magazine covering the SFF publishing industry. It's a window into what's hot in the publishing world, what books are being sold by which agents to which publishers, what's being made into movies, who's winning awards and more. Get a taste of what Locus covers and does every issue in this one-on-one chat between Locus Associate Editor Arley Sorg and Ottawa writer Brandon Crilly.

Moderators
avatar for Brandon Crilly

Brandon Crilly

Attendee
An Ottawa teacher by day, Brandon Crilly has been previously published by Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, PULP Literature, On Spec, Flame Tree Publishing and other markets. He also reviews fiction for BlackGate.com and serves as a Programming Lead for Can*Con in Ottawa. With... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Arley Sorg

Arley Sorg

Associate Editor, Locus Publications


Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

4:00pm EDT

NaNoWriMo Plan-In
National Novel Writing Month is upon us again! We all need a place to plan, and Ottawa’s NaNoWriMo coordinators are here to help. Bring a pen and paper or a device and get ready to start outlining your novel and planning your November.

Panelists
avatar for L.X. Beckett

L.X. Beckett

Toronto author and editor L.X. Beckett frittered their misbegotten youth working as an actor and theater technician in Southern Alberta before deciding to make a shift into writing science fiction. Their first novella, “Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling,” appeared in the July/August... Read More →
avatar for Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul has three great loves in life; writing, drawing, and dragons. She is also a gigantic geek and grew up on a healthy diet of Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dragonlance. As such, she has developed a fascination with awesome stories, quippy characters... Read More →
avatar for Kim McCarthy

Kim McCarthy

While living her public-servant-by-day, writer-by-night life, Kim McCarthy is responsible not only for her various novels but also for serving as a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) municipal liaison. As one of the NaNoWriMo community’s fearless leaders she works diligently... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon A - Pitches, Blue Pencil, Meets

4:00pm EDT

Podcasting 201
Don’t deny it: podcast is a huge medium these days, especially in terms of the amount of content. Some podcasts succeed based on the host’s name recognition alone, but for everyone else, standing out takes time and effort. Our expert panelists go beyond the basics of podcasting to discuss things like maintaining content long-term, advanced promotional strategies, how to engage shy or difficult guests, and more.

Moderators
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Evan May

Evan May is the author of the supernatural thriller novels 'The King in Darkness' and 'Bonhomme Sept-Heures'. He also one of Can*Con's Lead Programmers and co-host of the 'Broadcasts from the Wasteland' podcast. Finally, Evan teaches history and hangs out with imaginary people.

Panelists
avatar for Jen R. Albert

Jen R. Albert

Editor, ECW Press
Jen R. Albert is an editor, writer, and former entomologist working and living in Toronto. She is an acquisitions editor at ECW Press, an award-winning independent publishing house, where she enjoys working on books of all kinds, including science fiction and fantasy, pop science... Read More →
avatar for KT Bryski

KT Bryski

Author
KT Bryski is a Canadian author, playwright, and podcaster. She has stories in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Apex (among others), and her audio dramas Coxwood History Fun Park and Six Stories, Told at Night are available wherever fine podcasts are found.She’s won the Parsec and... Read More →
avatar for Warren Frey

Warren Frey

My day job is working as a reporter/editor/video producer in Vancouver, with occasional forays into Toronto, for two construction-focused trade newspapers. On the side I write fiction, make videos, and co-host and produce Radio Free Skaro, One of the more popular Doctor Who podcasts... Read More →
avatar for Gregory A. Wilson

Gregory A. Wilson

Gregory A. Wilson is Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing, speculative fiction, and various other courses in literature. In addition to academic work, he is the author of the epic fantasy The Third Sign, the graphic novel... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

4:00pm EDT

The Realness of Fabulism
Arguably the most literary of fantasy genres, fabulism comes with its own challenges and pitfalls. How do you craft a world where the magic is subtle and undefined, but still stands out as “magic”? Does it need to, or can the sense of wonder include never knowing the “realness” of that magic? How does an author balance between too much and too little in the way of rules of magic when writing fabulism?

Moderators
avatar for Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet's most recent novel, An Inheritance of Ashes, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award, Sunburst Award, and Copper Cylinder Award. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple Year's Best anthologies, been transformed into choral work, and is taught in Canada, Australia, and the US... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Attendee
Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →
avatar for Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Executive Editor, Tordotcom Publishing
Lee is the Executive Editor at Tordotcom Publishing, and the former Senior Editor of Angry Robot Books. He also use to publish Hub (an electronic fiction eZine). A few years ago he was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long Form), which was a bit weird (but good weird) and... Read More →
avatar for Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, FIYAH Magazine, Uncanny, and elsewhere online and in print. She is the senior poetry editor of Augur Magazine, a speculative and surrealism literature journal, and she is the author of chapbooks... Read More →
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Sarah Tolmie

Sarah Tolmie is a poet, speculative fiction writer and professor of British literature and creative writing at the University of Waterloo. Her poetry collection The Art of Dying is nominated for the 2019 Griffin Prize, and her poem “Ursula Le Guin in the Underworld” is nominated... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

5:00pm EDT

"SuperCrip": Disabling Comics
Comics have often profited from displaying disabled characters, but often do so problematically. Figures like Daredevil, Echo, and Professor X present disability as something to be overcome, something that is secondary to another power. Disability is often presented in an ableist way in comics, but comics can also provide a space for expression and imagining the disabled experience. This panel explores the nuances of representing disability in comics, what works are challenging assumptions, and how the power of the comic industry to rethink disability.

Moderators
avatar for Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille (they/them) PhD ABD is a queer, nonbinary, disabled activist, artist, author, and academic. Derek teaches at Trent University, where they research representations of disability in Canadian Speculative Fiction. Derek has two new books out this year - We Shall Be... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Stephen Graham King

Stephen Graham King

Stephen Graham King lives in Toronto. His first book, Just Breathe, tells the funny, blunt, uncompromising story of his three-year fight against metastatic synovial sarcoma. Since then, he has concentrated on writing speculative fiction, in particular, queer themed space opera, and... Read More →
avatar for Kari Maaren

Kari Maaren

Instructor, Ryerson University
Kari Maaren is a writer, cartoonist, musician, and academic whose first novel, the YA fantasy Weave a Circle Round, was published by Tor Books in 2017. It tied for the 2018 Copper Cylinder Award (YA category), was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction... Read More →
avatar for Lynne Sargent

Lynne Sargent

Lynne Sargent is a writer, aerialist, and Ph.D student currently studying at the University of Waterloo. Her work has been published in venues such as Strange Horizons, Wild Musette, and Twisted Moon Magazine, among others. She was a 2018 Rhysling and 2018 Aurora Award Nominee.
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor. She has written for tor.com, Fireside, Uncanny and numerous other venues. Her debut memoir ALONE IN THE LIGHT releases in 2021 from Tiller Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

5:00pm EDT

CBC's Off the Shelf Live!
For the past two years, CBC’s Alan Neal has challenged young readers to defend the one book they think their peers need to read over all others. Now the winning judges are coming to Can*Con for a new debate, this time choosing one recent SFF title to defend. Which book do they think is the top read of the last two years? Find out live Saturday night.

Moderators
avatar for Alan Neal

Alan Neal

Alan Neal is host of Ottawa’s favourite drive home show All in a Day, on CBC Radio One, 91.5 FM. All in a Day is music, news, current affairs, culture, theatre, movies, politics, history, humour and conversation – all wrapped up in an engaging and entertaining package. Airing... Read More →

Panelists

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

5:00pm EDT

Designing a Planet Live
Ever wanted to see a planet created on the fly? We’ve assembled a team of experts who will do just that, creating a fictional world from scratch in fifty minutes (or less)! Watch the science unfold and take notes on what you need to consider when creating a world for your writing.

Moderators
DB

Dylan Blacquiere

Dylan Blacquiere is a stroke neurologist at the University of Ottawa, with research interests in medical education, stroke systems of care, and rural/urban disparities in stroke care. He has written several short stories and worked with medical humanities interest groups at Dalhousie... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to... Read More →
avatar for Geoffrey Hart

Geoffrey Hart

Geoff works primarily as a scientific editor, specializing in authors who have English as their second or third language. He's a fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and has published hundreds of articles and several books to help others communicate better. In his spare... Read More →
avatar for Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson is a Canadian adventurer, storm chaser, and meteorologist. Recently named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Mark has chased (and has been chased) by tornadoes across Canada and... Read More →
avatar for Sienna Tristen

Sienna Tristen

Sienna Tristen is a writer and artist based out of Toronto. She is the author of The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming, the flagship fantasy story of The Shale Project, and her first work of poetry, The Insomniac's Assistant , is available through Penrose Press. A purveyor of many skills... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

5:00pm EDT

The Glam Dames of Aurora Short Fiction
Meet all the Aurora Award-nominated short story authors in one place and time, as they quiz each other about their work, methods and Canadian short fiction in general. Laughs and revelations guaranteed!

Panelists
avatar for Julie E. Czerneda

Julie E. Czerneda

What is magic? As imagined by Julie E. Czerneda, it’s wild and free, a force of nature and source of wonder. She first explored this theme in her Night’s Edge series, starting with the award-winning Turn of Light. In The Gossamer Mage, Julie goes further, envisioning magic not... Read More →
avatar for Susan Forest

Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups
Susan Forest writes SF, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds. She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at... Read More →
avatar for Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield

Attendee
Kate Heartfield writes science fiction and fantasy, including the Aurora-winning novel Armed in Her Fashion and the Nebula-shortlisted novella Alice Payne Arrives, along with dozens of stories. She is the author of The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop, both of which... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson

Writer, SFWA
Kelly Robson is an award-winning short fiction writer. In 2018, her story “A Human Stain” won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and in 2016, her novella “Waters of Versailles” won the Prix Aurora Award. She has also been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore... Read More →
avatar for Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Writer
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm has published or aired mainstream and speculative short fiction in Prix Aurora-winning or nominated anthologies, The Sum of Us, (Laksa Media), 49th Parallels (Bundoran Press) and Shades Within Us (Laksa Media) and, most recently, in Over the Rainbow (Exile Press... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

6:00pm EDT

Body Positivity is Slim Pickings
Fiction has come a long way in its portrayal of (some) minority groups, and so has the idea of acceptable targets. Yet fatness is still too often seen as undesirable at best, and downright proof of villainy at worst. While some fat villains have been reclaimed as fat icons, what can be done to dismantle fatphobia on a worldbuilding level? What are the challenges that come from portraying fat positivity across all genders, races, and abilities?

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Carole Lewis

Jennifer Carole Lewis

Jennifer Carole Lewis is an Ottawa author of paranormal romance, romantic suspense and urban fantasy. Her Lalassu series is about a secret society of superheroes while her new series, Special Investigations, focuses on the challenges of everyday people faced with superpowers. She... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Elizabeth Hirst

Elizabeth Hirst

Elizabeth Hirst has loved fantastic fiction since she first put pen to paper. She has worked as an animator, online game writer and founder of her own small publishing label, and during that time, representing the people, places and culture of Ontario has remained close to her heart... Read More →
avatar for Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson has been writing since a young age when he realized he could be writing instead of paying attention in school. Since then, he has created many worlds in which to live his fantasies and live out his dreams. He is a number-one bestselling author—he likes to tell people that... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

6:00pm EDT

Everything in the Past is Made Up
The best works of historical fiction are lauded for their authenticity and the meticulous research that underpins them. But historians increasingly understand that our understanding of the past relies on our own concerns, interests and priorities: the Victorian world looks very different to a 21st century historian than it did to one in the 1950s! Does this mean that all our versions of the past are imaginary, and therefore that all historical fiction is, inherently, speculative fiction? What is the difference between historical fiction and historical fantasy, if there is a meaningful distinction to be made?

Moderators
avatar for Luke R. J. Maynard

Luke R. J. Maynard

Founding Director, Cynehelm Press
Dr. Luke R. J. Maynard is a writer, poet, scholar, lapsed medievalist, musician, and wearer of sundry other hats in the arts & letters. Born in London, Ontario, he received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Victoria and his JD from the University of Toronto's Faculty... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for E.C. Bell

E.C. Bell

E.C. Bell is the author of six novels in the paranormal Marie Jenner Mystery Series. The latest is Haunting the Haunted, coming from Tyche Books at the end of October. She has also published short stories and anthologies, won a couple of Aurora Awards, a Bloody Words Light Mystery... Read More →
avatar for K.V. Johansen

K.V. Johansen

K.V. Johansen is the author of the five-book epic fantasy series Gods of the Caravan Road, which includes the Sunburst-shortlisted Blackdog and the just-released concluding volume, The Last Road, all published by Pyr. She has an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

6:00pm EDT

D&D One-Shot hosted by Gregory A. Wilson
Moderators
avatar for Gregory A. Wilson

Gregory A. Wilson

Gregory A. Wilson is Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing, speculative fiction, and various other courses in literature. In addition to academic work, he is the author of the epic fantasy The Third Sign, the graphic novel... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Charlotte Ashley

Charlotte Ashley

Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor and bookseller living in Toronto. Her fantasy and science fiction short stories have appeared in F&SF, Clockwork Canada, Luna Station Quarterly, Kaleidotrope, PodCastle, and elsewhere. Her historical fantasy, “La Héron,” was nominated for... Read More →
avatar for Gerald Brandt

Gerald Brandt

Gerald Brandt is an International Bestselling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His current novel is The Rebel – A San Angeles Novel, published by DAW Books. His first novel, The Courier, also in the San... Read More →
avatar for Geoff Gander

Geoff Gander

Prior to writing fiction, Geoff Gander was heavily involved in the roleplaying community and wrote many game products. He has been published by Metahuman Press, AE SciFi, Exile Editions, Nelson Publishing, Expeditious Retreat Press, and Sentinel Hill Press. One of his horror pieces... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 6:00pm - 8:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

7:00pm EDT

Criticizing Criticism
In a world of Amazon and Goodreads reviews, is there a still a need and a place for the professional critic? Have critics been failing to keep pace with new technology and changes in how writing about writing is consumed, or has the craft become lost between the academic and the popular? How can critics and book reviewers reclaim the trust and attention of readers? In a world of algorithms and '5 stars!', what is it that critical writers bring to the table that can't be crowdsourced?

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Crowe

Jonathan Crowe

Jonathan Crowe blogs about maps at The Map Room. His nonfiction has appeared in AE, The New York Review of Science Fiction, the Ottawa Citizen and at Tor.com. His sf fanzine, Ecdysis, was a two-time Aurora Award finalist. He lives in Shawville, Quebec, with his wife, their three cats... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Shirley Meier

Shirley Meier

Shirley Meier has been writing professionally since the 1980s and lives in Toronto. She is launching her latest book, ‘Blood Marble’, a Fifth Millenium fantasy, later this year and is working on a YA novel to come out early next year. As well as being an award-winning author... Read More →
avatar for Michael Skeet

Michael Skeet

Michael Skeet is an award-winning Canadian writer and broadcaster. Born in Calgary, Alberta, he began writing for radio before finishing college. He has published two novels (A Poisoned Prayer; A Tangled Weave) with Five Rivers Publishing, a third (Dixie's Land) under his own HLPL... Read More →
avatar for Una Verdandi

Una Verdandi

Una Verdandi is an editor and writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. When she is not exorcising her muses into a Word document, she is probably painting, embroidering, or pondering the meaning of life. (Just kidding—life is meaningless.) As a professional editor, she helps... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 7:00pm - 7:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

7:00pm EDT

Glorifying the Villain: From Joker to Punisher to Deadpool
  1. Why do certain villains, especially in comics, achieved cult-like popularity among fans? Why do we celebrate characters (like the Joker) who aren’t morally ambiguous, but morally reprehensible? Should we be drawing conclusions about society from this trend, or do people just like to root for the bad guy sometimes?

Panelists
avatar for S.M. Carrière

S.M. Carrière

Panellist
When S.M. Carrière isn't brutally killing your favourite characters, she spends her time teaching martial arts, live streaming video games, and cuddling her cats. In other words, she spends her time teaching others to kill, streaming her digital kills, and cuddling furry murdere... Read More →
avatar for John Haas

John Haas

John Haas is a Canadian author living in Ottawa with his two wonderful sons, who give him plenty of motivation to succeed. His fiction appears in such recent anthologies “UnCommon Evil” & “Spring into SciFi”. In the final quarter of 2018 his story “Damned Voyage” won 3rd... Read More →
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Elizabeth Hirst

Elizabeth Hirst has loved fantastic fiction since she first put pen to paper. She has worked as an animator, online game writer and founder of her own small publishing label, and during that time, representing the people, places and culture of Ontario has remained close to her heart... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 7:00pm - 7:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

8:00pm EDT

Advanced Marketing for Indie Authors
There’s no one path to success in the indie world, and savvy indie authors use a variety of tools to help attract readers and stand out online. Between Amazon algorithms, Facebook ads, crowdfunding and more, there are a lot of ways to be successful, and a lot of ways to waste your time or stumble through the dark. What has worked for our panelists, and what hasn’t? What strategies do indie authors avoid, due to ethical or other concerns?

Moderators
avatar for Beverly Bambury

Beverly Bambury

Beverly Bambury Publicity
Beverly Bambury is a publicist and social media specialist for authors and comic creators. She also edits comics and graphic novels, and sometimes proofreads and copy edits prose, too. Learn more about Beverly at beverlybambury.com.

Panelists
avatar for J. M. Tibbott

J. M. Tibbott

J. M. Tibbott has writing stories since childhood. Known in her other life as Marilyn Kleiber, she is an award winning author. She planned a series of seven novels covering the story of Kat, a strong minded video game designer. The first novel, The Arrival achieved a Kindle #1 Best... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Burke

Jenn Burke

Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Jenn is the author of a number of paranormal and science fiction romance titles, including the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

8:00pm EDT

Today's Golden Age of TV
If all goes according to plan, we’ll be back here for Can*Con 2049 discussing fiction of the early twenty-first century – particularly television. What shows today will be proclaimed as defining genre television of 2017-2020 and why? Which shows will likely be forgotten?

Moderators
avatar for Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson has been writing since a young age when he realized he could be writing instead of paying attention in school. Since then, he has created many worlds in which to live his fantasies and live out his dreams. He is a number-one bestselling author—he likes to tell people that... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for C.J. Lavigne

C.J. Lavigne

Attendee
C.J. Lavigne is a Canadian speculative fiction writer who divides her time between Ottawa, ON, and Red Deer, AB. Her hobbies include petting the cat, drinking coffee, and being a full-time college communications professor. Her debut novel, In Veritas, is a literary urban fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

8:00pm EDT

Writing Effective Dialogue
truggling to figure out your characters’ voices? Authors demonstrate how to write effective dialogue by reading a short passage from one of their favorite works and discussing how to shape dialogue in a way that works.

Panelists
avatar for Una Verdandi

Una Verdandi

Una Verdandi is an editor and writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. When she is not exorcising her muses into a Word document, she is probably painting, embroidering, or pondering the meaning of life. (Just kidding—life is meaningless.) As a professional editor, she helps... Read More →
avatar for E.C. Bell

E.C. Bell

E.C. Bell is the author of six novels in the paranormal Marie Jenner Mystery Series. The latest is Haunting the Haunted, coming from Tyche Books at the end of October. She has also published short stories and anthologies, won a couple of Aurora Awards, a Bloody Words Light Mystery... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm EDT
Salon B - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada
 
Sunday, October 20
 

10:00am EDT

Advice to Aspiring Writers on the Craft
Now a Can*Con staple! Established pros discuss their hardest lessons, the watershed moments in their careers (both creative and business) and offer their tips and tricks to emerging and aspiring writers.

Moderators
avatar for Eric Choi

Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer, AeroScribe Consulting
Eric Choi is a Toronto-based writer, editor and aerospace engineer. His work has appeared in over 20 publications. He co-edited the hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens with Ben Bova and the Chinese-themed anthology The Dragon and the Stars with Derwin Mak. His latest story “F... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for KT Bryski

KT Bryski

Author
KT Bryski is a Canadian author, playwright, and podcaster. She has stories in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Apex (among others), and her audio dramas Coxwood History Fun Park and Six Stories, Told at Night are available wherever fine podcasts are found.She’s won the Parsec and... Read More →
avatar for E. L. Chen

E. L. Chen

E. L. Chen's first novel, The Good Brother, was published by CZP in 2015 and her next, Summerwood/Winterwood, will be out in fall 2019. She lives in Toronto with her son. Everything else she doesn't mind you knowing can be found at elainechen.com.
avatar for K.V. Johansen

K.V. Johansen

K.V. Johansen is the author of the five-book epic fantasy series Gods of the Caravan Road, which includes the Sunburst-shortlisted Blackdog and the just-released concluding volume, The Last Road, all published by Pyr. She has an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval... Read More →
avatar for Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm is an award-winning editor, playwright, novelist and short story writer. His first novel, A Circle of Birds, won the 3-Day Novel Writing competition; it was translated and published in French. His trilogy, The Steele Chronicles, were each nominated for an Aurora Award... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

10:00am EDT

Can Fantasy Escape The Real World?
Many of our most popular fantasy stories have settings that include overt or subtle parallels to real world politics, religion, culture, history, and language. Does a fantastic story have to be analogous to the real world, and why is that case? Can we imagine a fantasy world with no parallels to the real world at all, and would it work in a story if we could?

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Sagara

Michelle Sagara

Michelle's author bio was written with care, thought, and incredible attention to detail. Unfortunately, while reading a fantasy novel, she folded it in half and stuck it in the book as a bookmark, and she hasn't been able to find it. Her house is also full of books, and sadly, completely... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Julie E. Czerneda

Julie E. Czerneda

What is magic? As imagined by Julie E. Czerneda, it’s wild and free, a force of nature and source of wonder. She first explored this theme in her Night’s Edge series, starting with the award-winning Turn of Light. In The Gossamer Mage, Julie goes further, envisioning magic not... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Huff

Tanya Huff

Born in Halifax, N.S., raised (mostly) in Kingston ON, Tanya Huff lives in rural Ontario, with her wife Fiona Patton seven cats and two dogs. Her 32 novels and 79 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. Her Blood series was turned into... Read More →
avatar for C. L. Polk

C. L. Polk

Attendee
C. L. Polk is the Aurora-nominated writer of Witchmark, a romantic fantasy mystery about bicycles and apple trees. The sequel, Stormsong, is forthcoming in February 2020.


Sunday October 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

10:00am EDT

The Stories You Love - Now With Diversity!
Retellings of myths, fairy tales, and public domain works are always popular, but they can get tedious if they're told the same way every time. Genderbending and racebending are two ways we can reimagine familiar stories through a more diverse lens. What opportunities are there in retelling old stories with a greater variety of people - and what dangers? How does the story change, and how do we as readers change with it?

Moderators
avatar for 'Nathan Burgoine

'Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. Being "that tall queer guy who mostly writes short fiction," (almost always spec-fic), he released his first short fiction collection, Of Echoes Born, but has also written... Read More →

Panelists
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Millie Ho

Millie Ho’s short stories appear in Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Fireside Magazine, and others. Her poems appear in PRISM international, Strange Horizons and Uncanny Magazine. Her poem “3D-Printed Brother” was a finalist for the 2019 Rhysling Awards.
avatar for Kari Maaren

Kari Maaren

Instructor, Ryerson University
Kari Maaren is a writer, cartoonist, musician, and academic whose first novel, the YA fantasy Weave a Circle Round, was published by Tor Books in 2017. It tied for the 2018 Copper Cylinder Award (YA category), was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction... Read More →
avatar for Rati Mehrotra

Rati Mehrotra

Born and raised in India, Rati Mehrotra makes her home in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of epic science fantasies MARKSWOMAN and MAHIMATA. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Apex Magazine, AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review, IGMS, Podcastle, Cast of Wonders, and... Read More →
avatar for Su J. Sokol

Su J. Sokol

Su J. Sokol is a social rights advocate and a writer of speculative, liminal, and interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City, she now makes Montréal her home. Su is the author of two novels, Cycling to Asylum, which was long-listed for the Sunburst Award... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

11:00am EDT

Don't Look, Don't Speak: The Politics of Ability in Horror
From Bird Box to A Quiet Place, forcing someone to restrict their own abilities can be a great scare tactic for horror stories. However, it also walks a fine line between centering the experiences of disabled people, and exploiting them for drama. How can we use these types of stories for a good scare, while also respecting the daily struggles of real people? Even better, how can we design them as vehicles for empowerment?

Panelists
avatar for Ada Hoffmann

Ada Hoffmann

Ada Hoffmann is the author of the space opera novel THE OUTSIDE, the collection MONSTERS IN MY MIND, and over 60 published speculative short stories and poems. Her work has appeared in professional magazines such as Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and Uncanny, and in three year’s-best... Read More →
avatar for Tonya Patricia Liburd

Tonya Patricia Liburd

Attendee, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Tonya Liburd's fiction is used in Nisi Shawl's workshops and Tananarive Due’s UCLA Horror course. Her poetry has been nominated for the 2017 and 2018 Rhysling awards, and her fiction has been longlisted for the 2015 Carter V. Cooper (Vanderbilt)/Exile Short Fiction Competition... Read More →
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor. She has written for tor.com, Fireside, Uncanny and numerous other venues. Her debut memoir ALONE IN THE LIGHT releases in 2021 from Tiller Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.


Sunday October 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

11:00am EDT

Old Punk and New Punk
Cyberpunk made hacking and computer advances attractive and intriguing, suggesting a sometimes dark, transhumanist future. Today, solarpunk attempts to subvert that vision through sustainability and environmentalism. Is one on the path to replace the other? Does the popularity of new creations like Cyberpunk 2077 prove that cyberpunk is still thriving? How do the two genres overlap, and how can they work together to envision different futures?

Moderators
avatar for L.X. Beckett

L.X. Beckett

Toronto author and editor L.X. Beckett frittered their misbegotten youth working as an actor and theater technician in Southern Alberta before deciding to make a shift into writing science fiction. Their first novella, “Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling,” appeared in the July/August... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Brandon Crilly

Brandon Crilly

Attendee
An Ottawa teacher by day, Brandon Crilly has been previously published by Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, PULP Literature, On Spec, Flame Tree Publishing and other markets. He also reviews fiction for BlackGate.com and serves as a Programming Lead for Can*Con in Ottawa. With... Read More →
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Elliott Dunstan

Elliott Dunstan is an Ottawa-based historian, poet and author with a special interest in queer history, mental illness, trauma and the places that time forgot. He is currently self-publishing an online serial novel available on his website, and has also been published by Queen of... Read More →
avatar for Kim-Mei Kirtland

Kim-Mei Kirtland

Kim-Mei Kirtland joined the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in 2013. She is a lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, particularly hard science fiction in the vein of Greg Egan and Peter Watts, and is actively looking for fiction in those genres. Other areas of interest to... Read More →
avatar for Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson is a Canadian adventurer, storm chaser, and meteorologist. Recently named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Mark has chased (and has been chased) by tornadoes across Canada and... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

11:00am EDT

Ready, Steady, Flash!
Four authors. One topic. Five minutes to craft a story and present it to the audience. Editor GoH Lee Harris leads a group of brave and competitive authors through several rounds of spontaneous flash fiction, with a live audience to cheer them on! May the best author win!

Moderators
avatar for Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Executive Editor, Tordotcom Publishing
Lee is the Executive Editor at Tordotcom Publishing, and the former Senior Editor of Angry Robot Books. He also use to publish Hub (an electronic fiction eZine). A few years ago he was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long Form), which was a bit weird (but good weird) and... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Attendee
Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →
avatar for Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield

Attendee
Kate Heartfield writes science fiction and fantasy, including the Aurora-winning novel Armed in Her Fashion and the Nebula-shortlisted novella Alice Payne Arrives, along with dozens of stories. She is the author of The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop, both of which... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson

Writer, SFWA
Kelly Robson is an award-winning short fiction writer. In 2018, her story “A Human Stain” won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and in 2016, her novella “Waters of Versailles” won the Prix Aurora Award. She has also been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya is a Canadian writer. Her short fiction has been published in Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Over The Rainbow: Fairy Tales From The Margins (Exile Editions), and GigaNotoSaurus. Her stories "The Metamorphoses of Narcissus" and "The Three Dancers of Gizari" were... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

12:00pm EDT

Experts of Indie Publishing (SIGN UP IN ADVANCE ONLY AT REGISTRATION)
Interested in self-pubbing, or having trouble standing out in the crowd? Want help brainstorming ideas or making a plan to promote your work? Sit down with one of our established indie authors for a one-on-one strategy session to help figure out what you can do on social media, Patreon, etc. (Sign-up at registration.)

Panelists
avatar for Rebecca Diem

Rebecca Diem

Author
Rebecca Diem is a writer, music lover and nerd. She is the author of the indie steampunk series Tales of the Captain Duke, about a defiant young aristocrat who saves a band of airship pirates from certain peril and talks her way into joining their crew. Somewhere between reading Virginia... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Carole Lewis

Jennifer Carole Lewis

Jennifer Carole Lewis is an Ottawa author of paranormal romance, romantic suspense and urban fantasy. Her Lalassu series is about a secret society of superheroes while her new series, Special Investigations, focuses on the challenges of everyday people faced with superpowers. She... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

12:00pm EDT

Mental Health and Comics
Many of our comics use mental health as a plot device, creating characters whose mental health is related to their abilities, powers, and sense of self. Figures like Alpha Flight’s Aurora express Dissociative Identity Disorder as a way to divide between mutant and human. Characters like Legion and Crazy Jane experience Dissociative Identity Disorder and each personality has a different power. It’s time for us to look at these portrayals of mental health and question why we are still using mental illness as a plot device.

Moderators
avatar for Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille (they/them) PhD ABD is a queer, nonbinary, disabled activist, artist, author, and academic. Derek teaches at Trent University, where they research representations of disability in Canadian Speculative Fiction. Derek has two new books out this year - We Shall Be... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Von Allan

Von Allan

Writer/Artist, Von Allan Studio
Von Allan was born in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada, in 1974. When he was still very young, his parents separated, and he spent the remainder of his youth split between a troubled mother and a gruff father. In 1980, he and his mother moved to a working class neighbourhood in Ottawa. Coping... Read More →
avatar for S.M. Beiko

S.M. Beiko

Based in Winnipeg, S.M. Beiko has worked in the speculative fiction publishing industry since 2010 as a consultant, developmental editor, and graphic designer, and has done so for novels, short fiction, children's books, and graphic novels. She is also an author of young adult fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul has three great loves in life; writing, drawing, and dragons. She is also a gigantic geek and grew up on a healthy diet of Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dragonlance. As such, she has developed a fascination with awesome stories, quippy characters... Read More →
avatar for Mark Shainblum

Mark Shainblum

Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal, where he and illustrator Gabriel Morrissette co-created the acclaimed indy superhero series Northguard. Later, the team created the parody series Angloman, which appeared in two bestselling books from Signature Editons, and later as... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

12:00pm EDT

The Haunting of Hill House: 60 Years Later
Shirley Jackson’s 1959 short novel has had a long and powerful legacy, inspiring several adaptations since its publication, most recently as the first instalment in a new Netflix anthology series. How did the novel and its reception change gothic and horror literature? How has its relevance and appeal evolved over time? How have contemporary horror fictions responded to and drawn from Jackson’s classic (including acclaimed Canadian novels like Michael Rowe’s Wild Fell or Gemma Files’ Experimental Film)?

Moderators
avatar for Sean Moreland

Sean Moreland

Professor, UOttawa
Sean Moreland teaches in the English Department at the University of Ottawa. Their essays, primarily focused on Gothic, horror and weird fiction in its literary, cinematic, and sequential art guises, have appeared in many collections and journals, most recently Vastarien, Horror Literature... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Amelinda Berube

Amelinda Berube

Amelinda Bérubé writes about ghosts and monsters and other things that go bump in the night; she is the author of two spooky YA novels, The Dark Beneath the Ice and Here There Are Monsters. In her other lives, Amelinda is an editor, a mother of two, and a passionate gardener. She... Read More →
avatar for David Demchuk

David Demchuk

David Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, digital and other media for nearly 40 years. His debut horror novel The Bone Mother won the 2018 Sunburst Award in the Adult Fiction category, and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Toronto... Read More →
avatar for Matt Moore

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is an Aurora Award-winning author, poet and columnist. His collection It’s Not the End and Other Lies was published by ChiZine Publications in 2018. He’s also a Contributing Editor for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

1:00pm EDT

Love As A Catalyst
Love can be a powerful element in a story without the romance taking over the plot – and love doesn’t actually need to be “romance.” Panelists discuss how love functions in a variety of speculative favorites, such as Kell and Rhys (Shades of Magic), Zoe and Wash (Firefly), Frodo and Sam (LOTR), or Essun and Nassun (The Broken Earth Trilogy).

Moderators
avatar for Nathan Fréchette

Nathan Fréchette

Nathan Fréchette is a queer, transgender sequential artist, publisher, illustrator, designer, and author. He has published over a dozen graphic and prose short stories, as well as five novels, three graphic novels, two works of nonfiction, and the online comic Some Assembly Required... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Claudie Arseneault

Claudie Arseneault

Attendee, The Kraken Collective
Claudie Arseneault is an asexual and aromantic-spectrum writer hailing from Quebec City. Her love for sprawling casts invariably turns her novels into multi-storylined wonders. Her latest, Baker Thief, explores the way romance tropes can be reimagined for aromantic characters. Claudie... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Ripley

Jessica Ripley

Jessica Ripley is a paranormal and sci fi romance writer. She’s also an expert marketer, specializing in social media, SEO, and keywords. She’s led workshops for OPL, Invest Ottawa, ORWA, and more. In 2015 she started Eighth Ripple Press, a small local publisher. This October... Read More →
avatar for Avi Silver

Avi Silver

Co-founder, The Shale Project
Avi Silver is one of the co-founders of "The Shale Project" and author of the project's second novel, "Two Dark Moons". Through Shale, they have also worked as the editor for Sienna Tristen's "The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming", and authored the web serial "Tales from a Library... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Simkin

Rebecca Simkin

Rebecca Simkin has many fancy gowns in her wardrobe from her work as a non-profit sector fundraiser, but she’s most happy writing in pyjamas in her home office. Between planning galas, coordinating volunteers, writing press releases, direct mail letters and funding proposals, she... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

1:00pm EDT

Stealing From Outside SFF
Successful writing in SFF often comes from drawing on other genres or forms, whether it’s cozy mystery, opera or WWE. Creators in these fields have different tricks for making characters come to life, creating tension and conflict, and constructing a world, all of which can be mined to make a novel or story stand out. Panelists discuss their favorite storytelling forms and what they wish they saw more in SFF.

Moderators
avatar for Ira Nayman

Ira Nayman

Proprietor, The Alternate Reality News Service
Ira Nayman writes comedy so that you don't have to. His latest Alternate Reality News Service books are THE ANGELS OF OUR BITTER NATURE and IDIOTOCRACY FOR DUMMIES, an omnibus volume that includes ANGELS, ARNS AND THE MAN and E DEPLORABLES UNUM. His sixth multiverse novel for Elsewhen... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Marie Bilodeau

Marie Bilodeau

Co-Chair (Corporate), Can*Con
Marie Bilodeau is an Ottawa-based author and storyteller, with eight published books to her name. Her speculative fiction has won several awards and has been translated into French (Les Éditions Alire) and Chinese (SF World). Her short stories have also appeared in various anthologies... Read More →
avatar for Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet

Leah Bobet's most recent novel, An Inheritance of Ashes, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award, Sunburst Award, and Copper Cylinder Award. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple Year's Best anthologies, been transformed into choral work, and is taught in Canada, Australia, and the US... Read More →
avatar for Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Executive Editor, Tordotcom Publishing
Lee is the Executive Editor at Tordotcom Publishing, and the former Senior Editor of Angry Robot Books. He also use to publish Hub (an electronic fiction eZine). A few years ago he was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long Form), which was a bit weird (but good weird) and... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, the Seven Kennings trilogy, and co-author of the Tales of Pell. He lives near Ottawa with his family, paints miniatures, plays with dogs, and attempts to take pictures of birds.
avatar for Jay Odjick

Jay Odjick

Jay Odjick is an Anishinabe writer and artist from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin Nation in Quebec. After KAGAGI: The Raven was published by Arcana Comics, Jay co-founded a production company that produced a television series called Kagagi based on the graphic novel and is... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats

2:00pm EDT

Hierarchy and Oppression in SFF
Ideas related to oppression and treatment of marginalized communities are common in science fiction and fantasy today, and a reflection of ongoing societal concerns. How do you make a realistic story involving oppressive social strata without making it too bleak? Is it problematic to create obvious parallels to the real world, or is that the point? How do you create a story that focuses on these and is still hopeful and interesting?

Moderators
avatar for 'Nathan Burgoine

'Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. Being "that tall queer guy who mostly writes short fiction," (almost always spec-fic), he released his first short fiction collection, Of Echoes Born, but has also written... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Attendee
Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →
avatar for Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, FIYAH Magazine, Uncanny, and elsewhere online and in print. She is the senior poetry editor of Augur Magazine, a speculative and surrealism literature journal, and she is the author of chapbooks... Read More →
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Elliott Dunstan

Elliott Dunstan is an Ottawa-based historian, poet and author with a special interest in queer history, mental illness, trauma and the places that time forgot. He is currently self-publishing an online serial novel available on his website, and has also been published by Queen of... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats

2:00pm EDT

Worldbuilding Focus: Religion
Nearly all civilizations throughout history have had some sort of institution or belief system that we would recognize as religion. How do we work this into our world-building in a way that is organic and original, perhaps drawing on existing traditions without stealing or merely creating a "fantasy" version of an existing system? How do we account for the fact that religions are generally extremely varied, even internally, and how do we work that into a story in a way that doesn't feel overwhelming? Is there space to include some of the strange stories that nearly all religions have?

Moderators
avatar for Ada Hoffmann

Ada Hoffmann

Ada Hoffmann is the author of the space opera novel THE OUTSIDE, the collection MONSTERS IN MY MIND, and over 60 published speculative short stories and poems. Her work has appeared in professional magazines such as Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and Uncanny, and in three year’s-best... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner is the author of ten published novels and numerous short stories. His most recent novels are ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT and THEY PROMISED ME THE GUN WASN’T LOADED, both from Tor. He has won the Aurora Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Huff

Tanya Huff

Born in Halifax, N.S., raised (mostly) in Kingston ON, Tanya Huff lives in rural Ontario, with her wife Fiona Patton seven cats and two dogs. Her 32 novels and 79 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. Her Blood series was turned into... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats