Crowdfunding Strategies:  So you want to fund your film, book, game or invention? Come to this panel and hear the tricks, tips, downfalls and reality of making your next level maneuver in crowdfunding. Learn about the different platforms, styles and methods to help you gain maximum success.

  • Sunday 10:00 AM – Newmarket:  Thomas Gofton,  Charlotte Ashley, Beverly Bambury, Darrell Drake, Vanessa Ricci-Thode, Kari Maaren

Estrangement in Speculative Fiction:  Estrangement, or alienation is a common theme in speculative fiction. The protagonists often feel alienated from their society or world, which enables them to examine it critically. Panelists will discuss some reasons for this estrangement, and how they see it reflected in speculative fiction novels.

  • Sunday 1:00 PM – Richmond B: Jane Ann McLachlan, Steve Stirling, L.E.  Sterling, Eli K.P. William, Gregory Wilson, Selena Middleton

Exploring gender terminology in fantasy and science fiction:  We as humans use terms like man, woman, girl and boy when referring to others in writing. At what point however when applying these labels to science fiction or fantasy creatures do they become non-applicable? Is there a defined line where these terms can no longer be used? Does it have to do with how uncanny the species is to us?

  • Friday 8:00 PM – Oakridges: A.A. Jankiewicz, Jane Ann McLachlan, Suzanne Church, Cathy Hird, Christina Vasilevski

Historical Fantasy:  What is it and how does it differ from fantasy or historical fiction? What makes for good historical fantasy? What are some variations within this genre?

  • Saturday 11:00 AM – Richmond CD: Jane Ann McLachlan, Guy Gavriel Kay, Steve Stirling, Rebecca Diem, Mike Rimar

Project Management for Writers:  The self-publishing industry evolves and the writers move towards an increased interest in learning more skills as well as improving their writing methods. Every book becomes a writing project that requires not just naming it as one but applying a project management methodology.   This panel will allow to present some of the research done and also discuss what the participants use.

  • Sunday 11:00 AM – Aurora: Emanuel  Grigoras, Suzanne Church,  Costi Gurgu, Matthew Bin, Dean Italiano, MJ Moores

Self Editing 101 (Workshop):  In this 50-minute presentation, participants will learn from two multi-published authors how to identify and remedy some of the most common storytelling errors in their own draft manuscripts.

  • Sunday 11:00 AM – Newmarket:  Jane Ann McLachlan, Arlene Marks

Space Opera and New Directions:  The meaning of Space Opera has gone through many changes through the decades, and some would argue that Space Opera is the epic form of science fiction. New authors such as Ann Lackie, Aliette de Bodard and Yoon Ha Lee as infusing Space Opera with new voices. What new directions can we read in the tea leaves?

  • Saturday  1:00 PM – Richmond B : Derek Künsken, Jon Oliver

The Art of World Building:  Do you like to create? Creating fictional properties can seem like an overwhelming task. Do you begin from the small village or city and work your way out, or do you think of the grand schemes of the universe that govern your world and work your way all the way down to the very house your characters will start in? Learn a few tips on making your worlds make sense.

  • Saturday 12:00 PM – Richmond CD: Thomas Gofton, Anne Bishop, Julie Czerneda, Arlene Marks, Brandon Sanderson, Steve Stirling

Transitional Media Techniques:  How do you best enjoy getting your geek on? Do you like to snuggle up with a hot chocolate and read a good book?  Are you the one with the crinkled popcorn bag opening night at the theatre?  How about being that person that deposits first day on a new video game title? And, do you have regularly scheduled board game nights with friends trying the latest in dice rolling mayhem? There are a plethora of ways to get your ideas out to their audience. Learn how to cross platform your intellectual property to hit a larger demographic.

  • Saturday 1:00 PM – Oakridges: Thomas Gofton, Brandon Draga, Gregory Wilson

So you want to be a Screenwriter?  Hosts Robert J. Sawyer, Glenn Norman and Michelle Goodeve will share tips and hints on getting started in Screenwriting and  writing Screenplays that sell, from their experiences in the industry.

  • Saturday 3:00 PM -Richmond A: Robert J. Sawyer, Michelle Goodeve, Glen Norman