That’s right folks, I’ll be making my mark on Detroit’s second annual Motor City Steam Con held by the Capitol Steam Society.
For this event, I’ll be there as an author rather than a lecturer. In addition to doing a 30-minute reading from No Rest for the Wicked, I will be on panels with several of my fellow talented Steampunk scribes. Check out the descriptions for the panels I’ll be on below, or find the full description and schedule at the MCSC website.
|Steampunk Genre||Sarah Hans, Robyn Bennis, Leanna Renee Hieber, & Phoebe Darqueling||Friday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm||Salon 3||What separates steampunk from science fiction? How is it different from gaslamp fantasy or dieselpunk? What are some of the classic must-read examples of steampunk, and why do we love them so much? Panelists discuss all of this and more in this panel on our favorite genre.|
|Steampunk Villains||Leanna Renee Hieber, Tee Morris, Crysta Coburn, & Phoebe Darqueling||Friday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Cultivate||What makes a good steampunk villain? Between the gear-driven technology and the nefarious motives, how do the bad guys in our favorite steampunk tales set themselves apart, and why do we love to hate them|
|Theatre Making 101||Ashley Lauren Rogers & Phoebe Darqueling||Friday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm||Cultivate||Have you ever wanted to write a play? How about creating your own one person show? Award-winning NYC playwright Ashley Lauren Rogers will teach you how, through theatre games, discussion about what goes into contemporary dramatic structure and challenging your notions of “What is a play?”|
|Plausible Writability in Steampunk Fiction||Phil Chase, Phoebe Darqueling, Susan Hillwig, & Geoffrey Mandragora||Saturday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm||Salon 2||How do we as authors balance logic, description, and dialogue in our fantastic scenes and incredible plots to make them plausible to the reader and thus more compelling? What conventions (coined terms, “rubber” science, real-world scientific principles, character reactions, etc.) do we employ to get our unbelievable ideas across in a believable way? Both new and veteran writers of the Steampunk fiction genre will benefit from an interactive discussion with the panelists, who will provide a “look under the hood” with their writing process.|
|Character Creation Challenge||Thomas Gregory, Lori Holuta, Susan Hillwig, Tee Morris, Phoebe Darqueling, & P. R. Chase||Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm||Metro Grand Terrace||Want a real, live author to check out your costume and give it a backstory? Want to know what your clothes and gear say to a practiced creative’s eye? Let some of our authors build a character and steampunk backstory for you based on your original con-costume!|
|Writer’s Block Author Slumber Party||Emmy Jackson, Thomas Gregory, Lori Holuta, Robyn Bennis, Pip Ballantine, Susan Hillwig, Geoffrey Mandragora, Zig Zag Claybourne, Phoebe Darqueling, & Crysta Coburn||Saturday 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm||Salon IV (Writers’ Block)||We always hear our favorite authors reading from their own work, but what about the cool things they’ve read? What are some of the works that our writers think are must-reads, or have just always wanted to perform? Come to the Writer’s Block after hours, have some snacks, and pull up a chair for this freeform performance session!|