My Panels at Renovation (WorldCon) 2011

As some of you may already know, I am going to be one of the panelists at Renovation (WorldCon) 2011 in Reno, Nevada, Wednesday August 17th through Sunday August 21st. If you’re coming, I hope to see you there. Here’s my schedule, a good mix the three Rs, Reading, Writing, and Reno ;).

Wed 12:00 – 13:00, Welcome to Reno (Panel), A02 (RSCC) An introduction of what to see and do in Reno by locals!

With: Arthur Chenin (M), Karyn de Dufour, Richard Hescox, Mignon Fogarty, and Susan Palwick

I’m looking forward to this one as much to learn other things I don’t know about what’s available to do in Reno as I think I might be offering a slightly different perspective than often expected, being more of a nature than city person.

Wed 16:00 – 17:00, Teaching SF: Stretching the Mind While Thinking Outside the Box (Workshop), A18 (RSCC)

With: Maurine “Mo” Starkey (M), Daniel M. Kimmel, Gregory A. Wilson, Stephen Potts, Gary K. Wolfe

This is part of the Teaching SF program which is an additional program available to WorldCon members and as a separate ticket. It will focus on using science fiction/fantasy to enhance education at all levels from elementary to college.

Fri 14:00 – 15:00, Anticipatory Anthropology: Study of Future Humans (Panel), A16 (RSCC)

Margaret Mead said “Anthropology has to date made very meager contributions to man’s developing concern with the future” (“Contribution” 3). Two decades later, the American Anthropological Association began awarding an annual prize for “Anticipatory Anthropology” in order to ameliorate this shortcoming, what Robert Textor (who sponsored the award and for whom it is named) called the discipline’s “tempocentrism”- i.e., its concern only “with the past, the ethnographic present, and the actual present”

With: Irene Radford (M), Juliette Wade, Patricia MacEwen

Anthropology has always been an interest of mine, with first contact and culture clash being a focus of my writing. This panel should be fascinating as we look at anthropology’s advantages when exploring what humans will become in the future. It reminds me of the phrase: If you do not know the past, you are doomed to repeat it, because there are patterns that can reveal what could happen next based on what we know.

Sat 12:00 – 13:00, Giving and Receiving Critiques (Panel), A16 (RSCC)

Many writers participate in writers workshops, but it can be difficult, especially for new writers, to give critiques helpfully and receive critiques gracefully. Experienced workshoppers discuss techniques for critiques.

With: Scott Edelman (M), Daniel Abraham, Sheila Finch, Tim Pratt

This one is rather self-explanatory, and near and dear to my heart. Several years ago, I wrote an article for Vision: A Resource for Writers called Dare to be Blunt in which I set out guidelines for critting to help without coddling. It should be fascinating to see different approaches and takes on this topic.

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2 Responses to My Panels at Renovation (WorldCon) 2011

  1. If Reno were closer to NC, you’d see my face in the place for sure…

    The panel on giving critiques would be one I’d make a special point of attending. Your crits of Saviors of the Galaxy, as I recall, were excellent…

    • MarFisk says:

      Aww, thanks :). I always like knowing that I helped, even if getting a crit from me can require some processing time to get over emotional reactions (or so I’m told ;)). Sad that you’re not coming out, but I’ll make it to the East Coast some year.

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