April 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
Switch It Up! with Tina Connolly, Alex C. Renwick, and Kate Ristau
Fall in love again… with your manuscript.
Got a piece of writing you’ve been looking at so long you’re not sure what you’re doing anymore? Find yourself stuck at a literary impasse? Maybe you’re just feeling burnt out in general and wondering where the good times went. Bring your literary darlings for a play date with Tina, Alex, and Kate and have a little fun with form and function. Refocus on what you really love about your storyline, characters, or plot by building castles with us for a day in a whole different sandbox than the one you’ve been working in. Turn your elevator pitch into a haiku, your short story into song lyrics, your novel into a comic strip. Rewrite your hardcore urban fantasy novel synopsis as a gritty western, or pretend your space opera is a furry love story. We’ll free up those creative juices and find you a new way of looking at, thinking about, or honing your writing. Business, branding, rules — blah, blah, blah. Let’s make creating stories fun again and bring back the joy. This is a day to remember how much we love what we’re doing, and why.
Schedule:10-10:40 – intro, icebreaker exercise10:40-10:45 – 5 minute break10:45-12:15 – presenter #1 – Alex Renwick12:15-1:30 – lunch1:30-3 – presenter #2 – Tina Connolly3 – 3:15 – 15 min break3:15 – 4:45 – presenter #3 – Kate Ristau4:45 – 5 – 15 min break5-6 – sharing
Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her books have been nominated for the Nebula and the Norton. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more, and are collected in On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories from Fairwood Press. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Pseudopod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams’The End is Nigh series, and more. She is one of the co-hosts of Escape Pod, and runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.She is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, but she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
Alex C. Renwick has written dozens of short stories as Camille Alexa, including her award-nominated collection, Push of the Sky. She has edited fiction and poetry for anthologies and magazines, and is a senior reviewer for The Green Man Review. Her noir, weird lit, and cross-genre stories have appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, Fantasy Magazine, and inImaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing.
Kate Ristau is an author and folklorist who writes young adult and middle grade fiction. Her novels, Clockbreakers and Shadow Girl are now available from Indigo Sea Press. In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll live in Oregon with her husband, her son, and her dog.