Writing in cultures beyond North America or Western Europe. Working in new geographies offers readers and writers chance to step out of their comfort zones or reclaim their heritage. What are some of the challenges and which writers do this well?
Panelists: Eric M. Heideman (M), Michael Merriam, Adam Stemple, Ricky Foos, Marissa Lingen
Don’t Read What You’re An Expert In - 1:00PM Saturday - Veranda 5 /6
"How can this character be an expert on Chinese calligraphy when he doesn't even know how to pronounce 'Qing'?" Fiction on topics we know a lot about can be cringeworthy. In the extreme, glaring errors can ruin an otherwise good work. What topics set off our expertise alarms, when do we just suck it up and what (beyond infinite research) can authors do to avoid these problems?
Panelists: Rachel Kronick (M), Marissa Lingen, Magenta Griffith
Marissa Lingen Reading 2:00PM Sunday - Veranda 1
I don't know what I'll be reading yet. Requests, either of specific stories or of categories/types of story, will be considered.
Careful examination of the programming whatsit will indicate that I am also on a CS Lewis panel on Saturday, but I've just written to programming about that; since things got shuffled around to make it all work out, it ended up in too close a proximity to my other panels for me to be able to handle it with my current state of health, so I won't be doing that one. Hope it goes well, though. (Also kind of makes me want to discuss it with the people on the Invisible Disability panel--and simultaneously makes me want to clam up and discuss nothing in that regard. Ah, tight-jawed Scando impulses.)