Sunday, October 12, 2008

Go West, Young(ish) Man!

And I will! Yee-haw!
  • Guest of Honour
    Pure Speculation
    Edmonton, Alberta
    October 17-19, 2008

  • Program Participant
    Surrey International Writers Conference
    Surrey (Vancouver), British Columbia
    October 23-26, 2008
    Rob will be offering this three-hour master class on on Thursday, October 23:

    "The Intimately Human and the Grandly Cosmic" — making your science fiction appeal not just to the mind but to the heart as well. The number-one reason mainstream readers don't even try science fiction is they think it has nothing to offer them emotionally: they wrongly believe that it's either too dry and intellectual, or that any character development is sketchy and any character drama is simplistic and juvenile. But the best science fiction is as emotionally complex, as heart-wrenching, as moving, and as uplifting as the best mainstream fiction. Learn how to balance both halves of the term "science fiction" without giving short-shrift to either.

    In addition, he will be doing this 75-minute workshop on Sunday, October 25:

    "Showing, Not Telling." Everyone knows you're supposed to show, not tell — but what does that mean exactly? How do you convey information without coming out and saying it? How can you show emotion without naming it? And when should you tell instead of show?

    And he'll be appearing on panels on "Speculative Fiction" and "Writing Best Sellers," plus giving a keynote address.
  • Program Participant
    World Fantasy Convention
    Calgary, Alberta
    October 30 - November 2, 2008

  • Readings and Talks with Hayden Trenholm
    Prince George, British Columbia
    Tuesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 5, 2008
    More info

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At October 26, 2008 5:49 AM , Blogger blacktrion said...

I can't believe I missed this opportunity to see you on Friday! Ah, now I really feel stupid. I was hoping to give you a copy of my sci-fi novel which I have published through Booksurge, titled, Blacktrion: Desolation. This is the first of nine novels. Anyway, enjoy your stay in Surrey!

-Colin Remedios

P.S. If you're really curious, you can check out my website,


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