This is my (busy) schedule for Limestone Genre Expo, a genre convention happening in Kingston, Ontario the weekend of May 26 – 27, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Waterfront right in downtown. Learn more about Limestone Genre Expo on their website or buy your passes.
10 – 11 am: World-Building: What Makes A World Feel Real (moderator)
A look at the different ways that authors can make imaginary worlds come to life and why they sometimes fall flat.
11 am – Noon: Reading from It’s Not the End and Other Lies
I’ll be reading stories and selections from my new short story collection It’s Not the End and Other Lies.
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Mental Health Representation in Fiction: More than Villains
The “deranged” baddie has been overdone, and used to reinforce negative stereotypes. How does today’s writer change this?
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Crossed genres: How to make it work (moderator)
Paranormal romance, historical fantasy, a futuristic mystery. Your story can be more than one genre, but making them blend isn’t always easy.
7:00 – 9:00 pm: A Night with Michael Slade (host)
Reading, interview and Q&A with crime-horror hybrid novelist Michael Slade.
11:00 am – Noon: Film Tropes Are Killing Your Prose
The jump scare. Pages of witty repartee. Endless detail describing how cool something looks without saying how it feels. Slavishly following 3-Act structures. Never before has so much visual entertainment been so accessible. But is it killing your prose? Let’s talk about movie and TV tropes and clichés making their ways into prose, and how to stop them.
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Genre 101 for Writers
Writers of a particular genre to talk about the tropes, mechanics, clichés and essentials of their genre to help other writers.
3:00 – 5:00 pm: Workshop: Getting to “Yes” in Tradtional Publishing
Sir John A. Macdonald
Your novel is finished, your beta readers says it’s great, but publishers keep saying “no”. The problem might not be your work, but your pitch. Publishing is a business, and publishers, editors and agents want great works and good business relationships. If you’re trying to sell a novel, story collection, screenplay or graphic novel, come learn how to make your work stand out by showing you’re an author who professionals can work with.