Fantasycon: Panels, Workshops and Presentations List (Saturday Afternoon)
Here is the list for Saturday. Click on the activity you are interested in to find out more.
Often, writers emerse themselves in the subject material of their stories. If you don’t, you risk being pulled up by a well-informed reader when you get something wrong! Our panel discusses the ways they research stories and how that research helps their writing.
Fantasy and Science Fiction stories often feature a Dark lord or lady. Many 21st century stories examine these archetypes in more detail - beyond the surface agenda. This discussion covers the twisted rationales of these would be world tyrants and destroyers.
Guest of Honour Interview: Ian Whates - Saturday 1pm (Main Room).
Are you sending submissions and getting rejections? Our panel tries to explain the mysterious work of agents. How many submissions they receive, why they accept and reject and what happens after that. Join in to learn about the process from writer to publication.
They suck you in. Right up to the tips of your ears and beyond. Stories can be an escape, but sometimes that escape can become all encompassing and consuming. How do we get immersed? What are the best and most moving stories? The ones that scare, that thrill and make you cry.
Tales passed down through generations. Local legends re-imagined into lingering horror or magical fantasy. Folktales cross genres and remain as sources of inspiration for writers. We will discuss.
Launch: Flame Tree Press - Anna Smith Spark & Allen Stroud - Saturday 2pm (Main Room)
Where do you get your inspiration for writing? Does the creativity well ever run dry? If it does, what are your tips for finding your muse again? How do you preserve your creativity in a long writing career? This panel will consider the barriers to being and maintaining a career as a professional writer.
Between Genres - Saturday 2.30pm (Panel Room 2)
Allen Ashley (Moderator), Dan Coxon, Adam Millard, Frances White, Andrew Hook.
You can have spaceships and dragons. You can have magic and laser beams. The writer’s toolbox doesn’t have to be genre specific. Our panel discuss writing that can’t be put into one particular genre box and how they go about it.
A panel that looks at how different readers can see themselves in the fantasy worlds of authors. This is a consideration of identity and formative inspiration.
Launch: Titan - Saturday 3pm (The Main Room)
What are the new techniques and innovations in Horror? Is there a new scare? How does the tradition of horror writing help us develop new stories and new ideas? Join our panel to discuss and pick up some reading reccomendations.
Fantasy Fellowship sits down with experts from across the book industry to discuss what makes a book sell successfully and what draws readers to purchase their next book.
The combat scene panel returns! Expert authors discuss how they approach battles and duels in their novels. Who knows? They may even act out a few?
Telling a story for younger readers can be difficult. What are the dos and don’ts of writing fantasy, horror and science fiction that can inspire the next generation? What are the different categories and how do you define “Young Adult” or “Middle Grade”?
Guest of Honour Interview: Alistair Reynolds - Saturday 4pm (The Main Room)
Improving the way we portray gender, and the way in which sexuality is conveyed in fantasy, horror and science fiction is essential. There is always more to learn and more we can do. Our panel discuss positive representations and content, highlighting some ways in which writers could explore these elements thoughtfully.
Fantasy is improving, in terms of balance and the equity of characters and protagonists, but we have a ways to go. Our panel discusses positive developments of ‘F in F’.
Creepy Creepy - Saturday 4.30pm (Panel Room 3)
Kat Day (Moderator), David Watkins, C.C. Adams, Catherine Cavendish, Will (W. P.) Wiles.
The horror seeps in, gradually builds, lingers and stays around long after you’ve shut the book, or turned off your ereader. Join our panel for a conversation on how best to create a little squeam.