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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

Context 19

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
and do.

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.


Telephone: (_____)____________________


City, state & zip_____________________________

Respond to this e-mail (contextsf@yahoo.com) or send to:

Fanaco, Inc; PO Box 16339; Columbus, OH, 43216 or fax
to 614-889-1930

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.

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from: silk_noir
date: Apr. 11th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)

It'll also be the last writers' workshop I teach for the foreseeable future.

How come?

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Apr. 11th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)

Because I need to do less of the other stuff around writing (like going to cons and teaching workshops), and do more writing instead. That's where my energy needs to be directed right now.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 11th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)

Hey Charlie,

I've attended the last two workshops you led and found them extremely helpful. Checking out the dates, I can see that there is a possibility to attend both Conjecture on the west coast and Context here.

This is a great Con, and with you at the helm in the workshop, Charlie, you gave me the confidence that perhaps some of my stuff may actually be readable.

I can understand, though your reasons for wanting to move on and concentrate on your own craft. Good luck, but you will be missed.

Now off to fill out the questionaire.

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Steve Nagy

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from: stevenagy
date: Apr. 11th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)

I'll have to keep this one on my radar, Charlie. Not sure if I'll be able to swing Worldcon in LA this year after Scotland last year, and a local con is so much more affordable. It will be nice to see Maureen.

And Columbus ... wow!

Was down for a wedding this past Saturday, same day drive in and drive out. Saw the convention center downtown. Rooting for them to win the bid big time for 2008.

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