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2015 – Kafeeklatsches and Small Group Sessions

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Small group sessions, introduced at BristolCon in 2014, have been a great success and will be a fixed feature of the programme for the foreseeable future! Come along to one of our informal workshops or discussions and get the hands-on BristolCon experience.

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.

Places are strictly limited to 10 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] Five places in each session will be available to book in advance, and five will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention.

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 (located in the convention lobby), 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.

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
10:00 – 10:45 Critiquing Versus Editing with Terry Jackman

Any writer who wants to improve soon gets into critiquing, usually by swapping stuff with others. But editing is a different, tougher animal, especially editing your own work. This workshop gives you a taste of the difference, and how to tackle this daunting part of the writing to publishing process.

11:00 – 11:45 What You Can’t Learn in Creative Writing Courses

Jasper Fforde


12:00 – 12:45 Real Technologies Futures Report and Discussion with Rosie Oliver

Robotics, artificial intelligence, smart materials, 3D-printing, wearables, internet of things, personalized medicine and more… all these technologies will soon become everyday items in our businesses, homes, cities and countryside, reshaping our lives. What will they mean to us? How can we help Joe Bloggs cope with this strange future only a few years away? Where can science fiction fit in?

A report of the Future Technology Summit in London will be given on the latest predictions. After a round table discussion on possible implications, there will be workshop on how to use these predictions to generate science fiction ideas and stories.

13:00 – 13:45 Multipart Story Arcs How-to

Every story has a plot, but what if it also has the seeds of a greater story, an arc that builds through a series of narratives until the last is the dénouement of that slowly developing epic tale? If you’re a writer who is interested in a discussion on developing multipart story arcs or a reader who would like to eat popcorn while watching authors combust with panic over how to put together such a leviathan project, then this is the session for you. Join Jonathan L. Howard as he waves his hands about a great deal and almost gives the impression he knows what he’s doing. Popcorn not provided.

Jonathan L Howard

15:00 – 15:45 Fear and Writing with Emma Newman

Are you struggling to write the first draft of your novel? Are you researching endlessly but not actually writing the book? Have you had a book in your head for years but been unable to start it?

Do you have a drawer full of unfinished stories and manuscripts?

This workshop is designed to help you explore the reasons why you’re not getting that book written with practical tasks designed to help you start and finish that manuscript lurking at the back of your mind. Bring a pen and paper!

16:00 – 16:45 Kaffeeklatsch

An ideal opportunity for aspiring authors and eager readers alike to sit and quiz a BSFA Award-winning novelist and short story writer about his work and his approach to writing.

Gareth L Powell

17:00 – 17:45 Aspiring Authors’ Workshop with Misa Buckley

Aspiring to be an author? This small session, led by award winning sci fi romance author Misa Buckley, will discuss the casual writer verses full time author, paths into publication, and surviving the writing life.

18:00 – 18:45 Getting Unstuck with Peter Newman

With Peter Newman A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.