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2014 – Kaffeeklatsches & Small Group Sessions

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A kaffeeklatsch is a great chance to get up close and personal with your favourite authors, or with people who work in the publishing industry, and ask them questions in a small group. This year, as well as traditional klatsches, we are hosting small group sessions with specific themes, including some hands-on workshops.

Places are free, but strictly limited to 9 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] bristolcon.org. Five places in each session will be available to book in advance, and four will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention*.

The sessions will take place in the room “Summit 1”, aka “The Snug”, which is located at the far end of the corridor that runs between the Art Show and Dealers rooms, and is opposite the second program room.

Time Description
11:00 – 11:45 A Tour of the Severed Streets with Paul Cornell Novelist, comics writer and screenwriter Paul Cornell leads you through the other-worldly London of his Shadow Police urban fantasy series.
12:00 – 12:45 Kaffeeklatsch with GoH Emma NewmanThis should really be called a Teeklatsch, as Emma is famous for her love of tea. Join the author of the fabulous Split Worlds series and host (with husband Peter) of the Hugo-nominated fancast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’ to talk about everything from evil faeries to lovely fairy cakes, including anxiety, writing and dressmaking.
13:00 – 13:45 Terry Jackman’s Writing ChallengeAll writers NEED deadlines, no really! So this not-too-serious challenge will get you writing, well, something, in 45 minutes. All comers welcome, for fun, to see if the experience of writing is for you, or to see just how much you can produce in the time, all with a little help from Terry.
15:00 – 15:45 How to Get an Agent with Jacey BedfordWrite a book, get an agent, sit back while the agent sells your book. Sounds simple, but it’s not! Jacey Bedford has hunted agents successfully, not once but three times, before getting that elusive book deal. She shares insights and practical advice. (ADVANCE BOOKINGS FILLED)
16:00 – 16:45 Getting Unstuck workshop with Peter NewmanA workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or established, at chapter 1 or 100: so long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.
17:00 – 17:45 Kaffeeklatsch with GoH Jon Courtenay GrimwoodJon Courtenay Grimwood has 15 acclaimed novels to his name – whether you seek insights into the machinations of an alternate 15th century Venice or how to write characters with unique voices, this is your opportunity to sit down with a master storyteller and talk to him about his work, and yours.
18:00 – 18:45 Mining the Past with Dev AgarwalTied in to Past Lives, Future Visions, and historical_fantasy, Dev hosts a small group on brain storming historical events for story ideas.  Come along with your favourite historical epoch and we’ll find ways to turn it into fiction.
19:00 – 19:45 Flash, a-ah! with Kevlin HenneyAt under a thousand words — sometimes under a hundred — flash fiction is the fiction of brevity, the fiction of immediacy, the fiction everyone can have a go at. Doesn’t matter whether you write tweets or epic fantasy doorstops, flash is for everyone of us. Come along, find out, try your hand.

*If pre-booking fills up we will put a note on this page. You’ll still have a chance to put your name down, but you may need to get to the convention early. At-con booking will open at 9:00am at the Committee Table, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis. We will only take a pre-booking for one session per person, but we will take your name for any additional session(s) and add you to the session if it doesn’t fill up. Please check with the Committee Table throughout the day for updates.

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