I'm a participating author at ConFusion in Detroit, January 17 to 20. ConFusion is a wonderful genre convention which mixes a strong literary focus with a laid-back and accessible attitude.
Here are the panels I'm taking part in. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
Friday January 18 at 6:00 PM
The Future of Masculinity
Jason Sanford (M), Pablo Defendini, Michael R. Underwood, John Chu, David Anthony Durham
Masculinity and “manliness” are social constructs, and like all social constructs, they evolve and change over time. How will our definitions of masculinity evolve over time? How can we portray positive visions of masculinity in speculative fiction? This is a follow-up to last year's well-received ConFusion panel on "Visions of Positive Masculinity" featuring many of same people.
Sunday January 20 at 11:00 AM
Tense and Point of View in Fantasy Today
Theresa Nielsen Hayden (M), Jordan Kurella, Dyrk Ashton, Jason Sanford, Amy Sundberg
Aesthetic trends in genre writing are constantly evolving--and tense and point of view are no exception. The Princess Bride uses an omniscient viewpoint to excellent comedic effect, framing it inside a conversational first-person narrative. In the time since it was published, present-tense narration has grown in popularity, especially in Young Adult fiction. Where are fashions heading around tense and point of view? Which works are showcasing what the common viewpoints and tenses can contribute to a story?