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Friday, October 18
 

10:00am EDT

WORKSHOP - Keep Your Players Hooked! w/ Geoff Gander (sign-up in advance)
A good roleplaying adventure is an interactive story, and what keeps a reader turning the pages is often similar to what keeps your players coming back to the gaming table. Join published fiction and game author Geoff Gander (Sentinel Hill Press, Fat Goblin Games, and others) as he walks you through the structure of a good adventure storyline, and shares the tips and tricks to turn your module from a one-shot into an immersive mini-setting! Participants will also have the opportunity to work with Geoff one-on-one for an hour (time to be negotiated) after the workshop to further develop their projects.

Panelists
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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 →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

10:00am EDT

WORKSHOP - Medical Mistakes 101 w/ Melissa Yuan-Innes (sign-up in advance)
Want to make sure the medical details in your manuscript are more accurate than the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy? Join Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes – who writes as Melissa Yi – for a discussion of common medical mistakes in books, TV, and movies, with a Q&A session. Melissa Yi is an emergency physician and award-winning writer. In her newest crime novel, GRAVEYARD SHIFT, Dr. Hope Sze confronts a killer stalking the hospital corridors after midnight. Previous Hope Sze volumes were recommended by the Globe and Mail and CBC Books as best suspense novels of the season.


Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada

1:00pm EDT

WORKSHOP - Diving Into Fantasy Locations w/ Derek Newman-Stille (sign-up in advance)
In this workshop we will delve into new environments, explore geographies and the ways that they shape characters and also the way that we shape our environments. We will explore extreme locations on our own planet and imagine possibilities for how these environments can shape characters and the way people behave and interact with their world. We will look at different architectural features and think about how the spaces we live in not only reflect us, but also shape us, and by doing so, we will think about how our characters are shaped by the architecture they live in and with. This workshop will be particularly helpful for thinking about setting, but will also explore the way that setting impacts character development and plot.

Panelists
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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 1:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats

1:00pm EDT

WORKSHOP - Draw Your Way Out w/ Julie E. Czerneda (sign-up in advance)
Every writer has their own way out of a plot jam. CanCon Special Guest and author Julie E. Czerneda happens to draw her way out–no kidding! It’s been her secret for decades. Join her for a workshop on how a pencil and Very Large piece of paper (supplied) can be an author’s best friend. Get new ideas and who knows? You might even solve some of your plot jams!

Panelists
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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 →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon C - 20 seats 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2, Canada
 
Saturday, October 19
 

2:00pm EDT

Workshop: Introduction to Interactive Narratives
Novelist turned game creator Jim Munroe will establish the principle of player agency vs. authorial control, briefly demo his touchscreen-friendly, browser-based interactive fiction tool Texture, and end with a workshop that demonstrates the emotional potential of choice-based games via some pencil and paper prototyping. Laptops welcome but not required.

Panelists
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Jim Munroe

Jim Munroe is a “pop culture provocateur” according to the Austin Chronicle. His graphic novels and prose novels have been praised by Pulitzer-winner Junot Diaz and comics legend Neil Gaiman, and his lo-fi sci-fi feature films by Wired and the Guardian. His political videogames... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats