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Apr. 10th, 2006 | 11:25 pm
So Context 19 doesn't happen until next October 6-8. The Guest of Honor this year is Maureen McHugh, author of China Mountain Zhang and Mothers and Other Monsters (Small Beer Press), and the Editor Guest of Honor is Ellen Datlow. The con is small enough that you'll actually have time to hang out and talk with them, especially if you buy tickets for the lunch.
This is my only convention attendance scheduled for this year. It'll also be the last writers' workshop I teach for the foreseeable future. Just sayin'.
Although it's only April, five people have already registered for the writers' workshop. What the heck?! This is the workshop that Tor authors Tobias Buckell and Paul Melko (It's official! Paul's first novel has sold to Tor) have been teaching with me for the past few years. Writers have come from Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Missouri, and a bunch of actually contiguous states to attend -- and then come back to attend again, so we must be doing something right.
On the off chance we aren't, this year the concom's adding more tracks to the writers' workshop, including programming with horror writer Gary Braunbeck, horror writer and media tie-in mogul Tim Waggoner, and screenplay writer Diana Dru Botsford digitalred93. If you've already learned everything Toby, Paul, and I have to teach, you might learn a thing or two from them. Gary and Tim taught the Context workshop years ago, when I attended it, before I sold anything, and they taught me some tricks I still use. I want to say that Diana's just trouble, but she's entertaining trouble, only she also knows what she's talking about, especially when it comes to Hollywood. So there you have it.
The con organizers are having a drawing for a free membership if you answer a very short questionaire, which I'll hide behind the
Oct. 7-9, 2006; Columbus, Ohio
Holiday Inn on the Lane
Maureen McHugh GOH
You may win a free membership if you fill out this
Feel free to fill out this questionnaire even if you
have never been to Context.
We would like your ideas in what you would like to see
Dear Context attendee:
We are in the process of setting up the program for
Context XIX,and we would appreciate your input. Please
answer the following questions:
(1) Are you planning to attend Context XIX, at the
Holiday Inn on Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 6-8
(2) What do you like most about the Contexts you have
(3) What programs would you like to see added?
(4) What would you like to see changed?
(5) List all of the activities that interest you.
Writer’s Workshop, Reading, Talking, Eating, Filk,
Anime, Video, Eating, Science Programming, having
lunch with the guests, meeting people who like to do
the same things as you.
City, state & zip_____________________________
Respond to this e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send to:
Fanaco, Inc; PO Box 16339; Columbus, OH, 43216 or fax
For more information, visit our website at
The drawing for the free membership will be made on
Aug. 15, 2006. If the winner has already paid for
his/her admission, the money will be refunded.
Hope to see some of you there, on panels and otherwise.