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2016 – The Snug

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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 at 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, opposite Programme Room 2.

Time Description
10:00 – 10:45 Kaffeklatsch with Guest of Honour Sarah Pinborough
11:00 – 11:45 Cutting The Flab with Terry Jackman

‘Less is more’ is a golden rule in story writing, but how do we achieve that?
In this workshop writer and editor Terry Jackman looks at ways to approach self editing in a practical, no nonsense fashion. In addition, Terry will give anyone attending the workshop a free edit of the first page of their story or novel, either on the day or after the convention. Please bring a printed copy with you.

12:00 – 12:45 Your Questions Answered by Gareth L. Powell

A round-table discussion with award-winning author Gareth, in which he will do his best to answer your questions about writing and publishing genre fiction. An essential session for all aspiring SFF authors.
13:00 – 13:45 One-to-One Performance Coaching from Frances Kay

Three 15 minute slots are available for personal tuition on reading aloud.

15:00 – 15:45 Kaffeklatsch with Guest of Honour Ken MacLeod
16:00 – 16:45 In a Flash with Kevlin Henney

A hands-on, pens-down session on writing flash fiction, giving non-writers a chance to write, established writers a chance to try something different and anyone with writer’s block to chop that block into tinder.

17:00 – 17:45 Stage Managed Fighting with Dev Agarwal and Dolly Garland

An interactive and fun session in which Dev and Dolly will use props to discuss how to make fight scenes more realistic, look at what describing fighting can tell the reader about characters, and consider how fighting can be integrated into the wider story.

18:00 – 18:45 Writing Characters with Gaie Sebold

A workshop on creating story people we care about, and understanding how they drive the plot.