October 7th, 2008

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Gaylaxicon 2008 schedule

Here's my schedule for this weekend at Gaylaxicon:

"The YA (Young Adult) Boom"
Saturday, 2:00 PM
Maybe it was Harry Potter, or maybe it was Buffy, but there's been a growing market boom in speculative YA works recently. These new YA works are complex, morally ambiguous, often feature young adults defying parents, and even include GLBT characters. These works are not just for young adults anymore. Who are some of the creators to read/watch for in this area?
Victoria Janssen, Steve Berman, RR Angell

"Is Sex A Viable Plot?"
Saturday, 10:00 PM
There's nothing wrong with sex, but can sex alone carry a story? What about erotica….does it need a plot too? Or porn? Is plot the difference between them?
Victoria Janssen, Cecilia Tan, Nathan James, Catherine Lundoff

"How To Break In"
Sunday, 10:00 AM
So you want to be a writer/creator? How do you break into the publishing world or the media production world? Beyond just having a great story to tell, what more do you need to do? Agents, contacts, editors……oh my!
Victoria Janssen, Joshua Bilmes, Lee Martindale

"Erotica In The Genre"
Sunday, 11:00 AM
It's time for works with erotic content to come into the light of day. Works like "Lust" by our Author Guest of Honor Geoff Ryman are incorporating significant sexual content in works intended for a non-erotica audience. Is the genre ready for this? Are there editorial or market concerns with including so much sexual content in a genre work? Will the inclusion of GLBT erotic content be considered part of the stereotype of the "hypersexxed" gay?
Victoria Janssen, Geoff Ryman, Rebecca Ore

"Romancing the Genre"
Sunday, 3:00 PM
Take a look at the bookshelves in the genre section these days and you'll clearly see a wealth of genre-romance crossovers. It's even had an impact on media works - with romantic relationships playing a major role in works like Torchwood and Battlestar Galactica and even Doctor Who. Why have we seen so much romance entering the genre? Has it been a good thing for the genre?
Joshua Bilmes, Victoria Janssen, Therese Szymanski, Anne Harris

Reading: Cecilia Tan, Victoria Janssen
Saturday, 3:00 PM