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This is the Preliminary program schedule. These are the program items we're planning on having. New things may emerge, and any of these may disappear in puff of logic, all without warning. The program will be updated as information changes, but please check for official notifications during the convention.
Grid of Scheduled Events
(NOTE: All events are subject to change. Please check back often.)
Author's hallway table
Alan Loewen Reading
Writing Effective Reviews
Self-Publishing: Not a Dirty Word Anymore
Author Table Mears
Barbara Krasnoff Reading
Author Table Lowen / Wendland
Walter H. Hunt Reading
Well Worn Classics
War in Space
Unidentified Funny Objects 5 and Humanity 2.0 Anthologies Launch Party
Author Table Sparhawk
Kelly Szpara Reading
Author Table Freedman / Watt-Evans
What Ever Happened to the Standalone Novel?
Sarah Beth Durst Reading
Alternate History: How to Make it Work
Larry Hodges Reading
Son of Steampunk
Science and Fiction in Lewis Carroll's Works
Fictionalizing Real People
Fast Forward TV interviews Guest of Honor Sarah Beth Durst
Sarah Avery Reading
Author Table Berman-Gorvine
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen Reading
Who's the Bad Guy in a World Without Absolutes?
Have We Passed Peak Superhero?
An Animal World
Fast Forward TV interviews Guest of Honor Tim Powers
Point of View Workshop
WSFA First Friday Meeting
Small Press: Is It Still a Golden Age?
Podcasts and Short Fiction
Two worlds: Writing YA Fiction Vs. Writing Adult Fiction
Fast Forward TV Interviews of Andrew Hiller
Where's My Flying Car?
Concert : Randy Hoffman
Engineers and Non-Engineers Writing SF
Fast Forward TV Interview of Jon Skovron
Martin Berman-Gorvine Reading
Emmie Mears Reading
What the Heck Is a Dystopia Anyway?
Concert : Maugorn the Stray (Open Filk follows at Midnight)
Self-Publishing: Not a Dirty Word Anymore (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Panelists:Jim Freund, Betsy A. Riley, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M) There are multiple options for writers these days, giving authors a way to get more books to us. Learn the perils, pitfalls and joys of self-publishing.
Friday 5:00 pm
Well Worn Classics (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Panelists:Scott Edelman, Barbara Krasnoff (M), Karen Wester Newton, Lee Strong Description of Program
Some science fiction classics are so steeped in the time they were written, they are painful to read now. In some ways, getting the technology wrong is secondary to getting the sociology wrong, as when sexism and racism rear their now-ugly heads. What classic novels show their age but are still a pleasure to read, and which make us wince?
What Ever Happened to the Standalone Novel? (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Panelists:Anthony Dobranski, William Freedman, Barbara Krasnoff (M), Darcy Wold These days it seems like every book is part of a series. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the standalone novel and why has it become so rare? What are good recent standalone novels?
Son of Steampunk (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Panelists:Elektra Hammond (M), Elaine Stiles, Joan Wendland Steampunk genre caught on in ways nobody expected, spawning offspring genres (Dieselpunk, Atompunk, Clockpunk, etc.) achieve the same popularity? The panel will discuss these new subgenres, what defines them, and their staying power.
Science and Fiction in Lewis Carroll's Works (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Panelists:August A. Imholtz, Jr. (M) A presentation of mathematics and logic in Lewis Carroll's Alice books and science in his Sylvie and Bruno books.
Fictionalizing Real People (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Panelists:Tim Powers, James R. Stratton, Jean Marie Ward (M), Allen L. Wold When you put a real person in a story, how much do you need to know about that person? What biographical information do you keep or leave out? What are the pro's and con's of writing such a character?
Friday 8:00 pm
Who's the Bad Guy in a World Without Absolutes? (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Panelists:Anthony Dobranski, Hugh Taylor, Michael A. Ventrella (M) Heroes, villains, and moral relativism. Does speculative literature have any concept of Good or Evil anymore?
Small Press: Is It Still a Golden Age? (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Panelists:Hildy Silverman (M), Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace, Steven H. Wilson Where do small presses fit in this brave new world of different publishing sources: panel members will discuss the current state and why small press is still a vital force.
Podcasts and Short Fiction (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Panelists:Scott H. Andrews, Kate Baker, Jim Freund (M) A look at podcasting and how it is expanding the market for short fiction. A discussion on the best sites to find short fiction podcasts and how to get a work on a podcast.
Two worlds: Writing YA Fiction Vs. Writing Adult Fiction (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Sarah Beth Durst, Jon Skovron (M) Aside from the issues of language levels, what differences exist between writing young adults works as opposed to ones for adults?
Friday 10:00 pm
Where's My Flying Car? (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Panelists:Neil Clarke (M), Andrew Fox, Ian Randal Strock, Christopher Weuve Which science fiction inventions haven't arrived yet that you wish would hurry up and get here? Which SF future would you most like to see before you die? Which SF future are you most relieved has NOT come to pass?
What the Heck Is a Dystopia Anyway? (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine, K.M. Szpara (M), Martin Wilsey An exploration of defining a broad genre of speculative literature. This panel explores the various types of dystopias as presented in SF and fantasy.
Descending Into Darkness - and Back Again (Ends at: 10:55 am) Panelists:Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Catherine Asaro, V. Hartman DiSanto (M) In honor of the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign, the panel will explore works of SF/F that deal with characters fighting to hold on to or regain mental balance.
Augmented Reality (Ends at: 10:55 am) Panelists:T. Eric Bakutis, Kelly Dwyer, William Freedman, Martin Wilsey (M) Pokomon Go's success came through making fantastic creatures visible in real world settings. How has augmented reality been used in genre fiction and what's next for it both in story and reality?
Tap That Muse: Where Ideas Come From (Ends at: 10:55 am) Panelists:Jeanne Adams, Sarah Beth Durst, Barbara Krasnoff (M), J. J. Smith, Joan Wendland Non-writers often ask authors about this, as if writers have access to some secret, and limited, stash
which they are unwilling to share. The panel will divulge their methods for coming up with story ideas.
Saturday 11:00 am
A Feast of Fiction (Ends at: 11:55 am) Panelists:Dustin Blottenberger, Andrew Hiller (M), Kathryn Morrow, Brigitte Winter Food has played an important role in many works of fiction including that of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Brian Jacques, and J. K. Rowling. A discussion on the value of food and mealtime in fiction and how it can be used to enrich a story.
The Portal Story (Ends at: 11:55 am) Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine (M), Elektra Hammond, Victoria Janssen, Sarah Pinsker The portal story, where the protagonist travels to another place, world, or universe, has a long history and is a mainstay in genre literature. Panelists will discuss the best and the worst tales, as well as portal stories that defy the trope yet still stays true to the sub-genre.
Language in Fantasy Worldbuilding (Ends at: 11:55 am) Panelists:Scott H. Andrews, Emmie Mears, Karen Wester Newton, Jon Skovron (M) In secondary world fantasy, do you write dialogue in contemporary speech, or period language? How do you come up with names of people and places? What about slang and colloquialisms?
Alternate & Secret History (Ends at: 11:55 am) Panelists:Neil Clarke, Walter H. Hunt, Edward M. Lerner, James Morrow (M), Tim Powers Although alternate and secret history seem related, they are quite different. What are the differences? How do you tell them apart? What factors must you keep in mind when writing in either area?
Embracing the Multiverse (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Panelists:Catherine Asaro, William Galaini (M), Jesse Galena, Natalie Luhrs, Michelle D. Sonnier Our world and its history--to say nothing of the many realities of science fiction and fantasy--is diverse beyond any single writer or work. How do we encourage inclusivity in writing and publishing--and create safe, healthy forums for the expression of different perspectives?
Putting Real Science in Science Fiction (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Panelists:Michael Capobianco, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk (M), Ian Randal Strock With the recent popularity of books like The Martian where real science is front and center, what are some of the common errors and plausible speculations? And how do you write real science and still make the work a compelling read?
Time to the Power of Tim (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Panelists:John Ashmead (M), Tim Powers A look at how Tim Powers has incorporated scientific elements in his works, discussing the inspiration, use and reality of Tim's use of science.
The Care and Feeding of Critique Groups (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Panelists:Jeanne Adams, Deidre Dykes, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Larry Hodges, Gayle Surrette (M) Description of Program
Participating in a critique group can be a great way to improve your writing. Not all such groups work out well, though. The panel will discuss ways to keep a critique group helpful, vibrant, and long-lived.
Military SF: More Than People With Guns (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Panelists:Tom Doyle (M), Walter H. Hunt, Bud Sparhawk, Hugh Taylor The panelists will delve into the many non-military elements that help flesh out military science fiction, discussing the complex nature of this genre.
World Creation and Maintenance (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Panelists:Ann Chatham, Sarah Beth Durst, Victoria Janssen (M), Lawrence M. Schoen Authors are gods when it comes to world creation. The panelists will discuss not only how they create a world, but also how it can grow, especially if the story is part of a series.
Remembering David Hartwell (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Panelists:Catherine Asaro, James Morrow, Kathryn Morrow (M) A celebration of the life, the passions, and the extraordinary achievements of the editor who influenced science fiction more than anyone since John W. Campbell. He was a not only an editor but also a book dealer, book collector, publisher, superfan, and a friend.
Clothing as Character (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Panelists:Ann Chatham, Brenda W. Clough (M), Betsy A. Riley, James R. Stratton At a crude level you can always use clothing to signal status, occupation, and group affiliation, etc. Is there a larger, subtler characterization to be achieved with clothing in books?
Ask the Authors (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Panelists:Sarah Beth Durst, Edward M. Lerner (M), Sarah Pinsker, Tim Powers, Bud Sparhawk Panelists answer whatever questions the audience has on writing, editing, character development, agents, and others. Includes non-writer-parts-of-being-a-writer, such as being your own boss, setting schedules, and many more.
Saturday 10:00 pm
Technology from SF (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Panelists:Kelly Dwyer, Christopher Weuve (M), Darcy Wold From H.G Wells to Jules Verne to last week, science fiction writers wrote almost prophetically of technology unavailable in their day, which now we take for granted. This panel explores literary technology today available in stores as well as technology we have yet to see.
Eye of Argon Reading (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Panelists:Walter H. Hunt, Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M) The worst science fiction story ever written gets a reading by our brave panel as they compete to go the longest without tripping over a misspelled word or laughing uncontrollably. Audience members are also encouraged to take a chance. Can you keep a straight face, especially when the panel begins acting out the story?
Saturday 11:00 pm
Unused Secret Histories (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Panelists:Tom Doyle, Bjorn Hasseler, James Morrow (M), Jean Marie Ward Tim Powers' novels frequently use secret histories in which the recorded history does not change but the reasons behind the events are rather different. What historical events would make for a good secret history and what would be your explanation?
The Care and Feeding of Villains (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine, Bernie Mojzes, James R. Stratton, David Walton (M) With Fu Manchu, Emperor Ming, Darth Vader, and the Joker, fantasy and SF are filled with villains that are redeemable and unredeemable. For the next hour, explore with authors the role of vIllains both classic and modern as well as their transition from caricature to ones that are human enough to be your next door neighbor (and just might be).
Cthulhu Wants You! For Breakfast! (Ends at: 10:55 am) Panelists:Alan Loewen (M), Tim Powers, Darrell Schweitzer, A.C. Wise Love it or hate it, the Cthulhu Mythos and its related arcs are a literary phenomenon here to stay. Whether it be the Dreamlands, the Carcosa Cycle, the related King in Yellow, as well as other sub-genres, many a writer has cut their teeth on cosmic alienation and horror. Discuss the best and the worst of the lot as well as its future.
Sunday 11:00 am
SF about SF (Ends at: 11:55 am) Panelists:Andrew Fox (M), Jim Freund, Darrell Schweitzer Writing about science fiction is its in many ways its own subset of the genre. Panelists will discuss works about our literature, looking at the best resources.
Feeding Off Fairy Tales (Ends at: 11:55 am) Panelists:Deidre Dykes, L. Jagi Lamplighter (M), Bernie Mojzes, A.C. Wise Many authors use fairy tales as an inspiration or even the basis of a new novel. The panelists will discuss why we keep going back to these stories, which ones are the most popular and which ones are ripe for use.
Great Authors You Aren't Reading (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Panelists:Tim Powers, Darrell Schweitzer (M), Elaine Stiles, Lawrence Watt-Evans The panel will discuss authors who are overlooked today, such as Cordwainer Smith, Leigh Brackett and Clark Ashton Smith. Find out about hidden treasures just waiting your exploration!
Sunday 2:00 pm
Buildings with Power (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Panelists:Carolyn Ives Gilman, Andrew Hiller, Kathryn Morrow Libraries, museums, archives, bookstores .. all these have been used as places of power and mystery in literature. With our changing society, does this trope still hold true or are there new centers of energy?
Beyond Just Dirigibles and Dragons (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Panelists:Doc Coleman, William Galaini, Emmie Mears, Betsy A. Riley (M) Characters need to get from A to B. There are many magical spells and creatures to help them get there. Panelists discuss these alternate means of transportation.
Capclave Debrief (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Panelists: Tell the Capclave chairs what you liked about this Capclave and what should be changed for the next one
Friday 4:00 pm
Plotting Workshop (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Coordinator:Allen L. Wold (M) What makes a story a story? How do you construct a viable plot from a bare (naked) idea? We'll start at the beginning, and by the end, you should have everything you need to know to plot your story.
Limited to 25 participants: no late arrivals.
Duration: 2 hours
Friday 8:00 pm
Point of View Workshop (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Coordinator:Meriah Lysistrata Crawford (M) Many people think of POV as just a choice between first and third, and then omniscient, limited omniscient, or limited--or other similarly confusing terminology. But POV is really far more complex than that. Coming to a clearer understanding of the very wide array of options available to you will help you write more effective, more powerful fiction, and will help you avoid the POV violations that are common in fiction. Join us! Chocolate will be provided.
Limited to 15 people
Saturday 10:00 am
Writing Workshop (Ends at: 11:55 am) Coordinator:Andrew Fox, Michael A. Ventrella, Allen L. Wold (M), Darcy Wold Allen Wold will lead a panel of authors in a hands on workshop. Learn many skills as you work on a short story. All you need is a pen and paper. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 11:00 am
Submitting Your Work to Agents: When, Why and How (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Coordinator:Caryn Liz Fauerbach (M) A lot of queries to literary agencies get immediately rejected based on several factors that beginning authors often make. The do’s and don’ts of submitting, and why you need an agent if you are going the traditional publishing route. Everyone WANTS to find the next big unknown, but if you don’t follow the proper protocol, your work will get passed over and ignored.
Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 12:00 pm
Micro Fiction Workshop (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Coordinator:Dustin Blottenberger, Deidre Dykes (M), Brigitte Winter Micro Fiction, a subset of flash fiction, are stories of 300 words or less. Learn how these word count restrictions force writers to boil stories down to their most powerful core elements. You will create micro fiction pieces through a series of exercises, learn about exciting markets for tiny stories and discuss how micro fiction can be a useful tool for deepening your writing skills.
Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 2:00 pm
Reading Aloud for Writers Workshop (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Coordinator:Jim Freund (M) Jim Freund, host of the long-running "Hour of the Wolf" broadcast radio program as well as Lightspeed Magazine's podcast, provides practical advice and feedback on how to read your work aloud - whether for a podcast, radio audience, audiobook, or in front of a live audience. Limited to 15 people.
Saturday 3:00 pm
Short Fiction Contracts (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Coordinator:Michael Capobianco (M), Neil Clarke Workshop on understanding publishing contracts both for short fiction, what to look out for, what to negotiate. Limited to 10 people
Saturday 4:00 pm
Book Design 101 (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Coordinator:Danielle Ackley-McPhail Are you an aspiring publisher? Or perhaps an author considering going it on your own? This Q&A;workshop, run by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, will get you started on what you need to know to design and produce books in both print and ebook that can stand up beneath industry scrutiny. We will cover the basic elements of design and review examples of titles that both meet and fall short of the industry benchmark. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their own books for a brief review and recommendation session at the end of the workshop.
Limited to 15 people
Sunday 11:00 am
Internet Tools for Readers (Ends at: 11:55 am) Coordinator:Colleen Cahill, Paul Haggerty, Gayle Surrette Readers have even more tools on the Internet to find, read, listen and organize their books. Join this panel as we show you some hidden gems!
Friday 4:00 pm
Alan Loewen Reading (Ends at: 4:25 pm) Author:Alan Loewen
Feathered Dragons, Walking Whales & Terminator Pigs (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Presenter:Thomas Holtz (M) We need not look to fictional alien worlds to find bizarre and wonderful animals. The diversity of ancient vertebrate life goes beyond the disparate forms we see in today’s wilderness. A survey of some of the stranger (from our modern perspective) inhabitants of Earth’s past.
Saturday 5:00 pm
The Hunt for Alien Worlds (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Presenter:Inge Heyer (M) With new and more sensitive technology it has finally become possibly to search for planets around other stars. Since the age of science fiction people have imagined what other worlds might look like, now we can at least infer some of their characteristics. We will go on a journey, both fanciful and very real, to see what we have found in our search for alien worlds. We will compare some of our findings with worlds we've seen in Star Trek.
Sunday 11:00 am
Aircraft Carriers in Space! (Ends at: 11:55 am) Presenter:Christopher Weuve (M) Aircraft carriers are cool. Aircraft carriers in space are even more cool -- even if they might not make sense. This talk explores aircraft carriers in reality and science fiction.
Friday 10:00 pm
Concert : Randy Hoffman (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Musician:Randy Hoffman
Friday 11:00 pm
Concert : Maugorn the Stray (Open Filk follows at Midnight) (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Musician:Maugorn the Stray
Unidentified Funny Objects 5 and Humanity 2.0 Anthologies Launch Party (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Hosts:Alex Shvartsman (M)
Saturday 1:00 pm
Book Launch - Sarah Avery (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Host:Sarah Avery Sarah Avery book launch
Friday 8:00 pm
WSFA First Friday Meeting (Ends at: 8:25 pm) Panelists: All are welcome to join this brief gathering of the Washington Science Fiction Association, Capclave's parent organization.
Saturday 9:00 am
Morning Mixer (Ends at: 9:55 am) : New to Capclave? Or new to fandom itself? Or want to learn more about Capclave? Come to our Saturday morning mixer in honor of Brian Lewis and meet others like yourselves as well as the friendly folks that bring Capclave to life.
Saturday 7:30 pm
Mass Autograph Session (Ends at: 8:25 pm) : The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Saturday 8:30 pm
WSFA Small Press Award (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Presenter:Steve Stiles The WSFA Small Press Award winner will be announced. The Guest of Honor Gifts will also be presented.
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