Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

My programming at the Winnipeg NASFiC

by Rob - July 15th, 2023.
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I have a metric ton of programming at Pemmi-con, the North American Science Fiction Convention, which starts in four days in Winnipeg, including a joint session with my old pal paleontologist Phil Currie (pictured). Come join me at these events:

Welcome to Canada

Format: Panel

20 Jul 2023, Thursday 10:00 – 11:15, Charleswood B (Delta Hotels Winnipeg)

Here’s your chance to quiz genuine Canucks about our great country. Once you’re done with the convention, where else can you go? What questions do you have about Canada? What surprises are in store for visitors, or even those who may have thought about setting up shop here?

Robert J. Sawyer, Gillian Clinton, Terry Fong (CanSMOF) (moderator)


Writing for Other Than the Printed Word?

Format: Panel

20 Jul 2023, Thursday 13:00 – 14:15, Charleswood B (Delta Hotels Winnipeg)

How do you write for TV/Movies/Radio? Do you write first for the printed word first and then adapt? How do you launch your career into that lucrative and that will land you those fast cars we keep hearing about?

Tanya Huff, Robert J. Sawyer, Wendy Van Camp, Heather Jones (moderator)


Research and Worldbuilding: How Much is Too Much?

Format: Panel

20 Jul 2023, Thursday 17:30 – 18:45, Assiniboina A (Delta Hotels Winnipeg)

One thing that sets SF/F apart from most writing genres is the fact that the fiction is set in a world that is almost entirely imagined. Some stories in this genre are in fact better-known for their settings than for their literary quality. Given the importance of worldbuilding to this writing, how much work does a writer have to do in order to make the story work? How do you know when it’s time to stop worldbuilding and settle down to writing? What are some examples of successful worldbuilding, and what are examples where the world overwhelms the story?

Jennifer Landels (Pulp Literature Press), Robert J. Sawyer, Gerald Brandt, Heather Jones (n/a)


Working with Social Media

Format: Panel

21 Jul 2023, Friday 16:00 – 17:15, York 4 (RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg)

Social media (SM) is now an important tool to authors, publishers and business in general. What are the dos or don’ts? Can you succeed without a SM presence? How helpful is it to create a loyal fanbase large enough to earn a living from or to otherwise succeed

(Focus is on how Social Media can aid a writer’s career)

Robert J. Sawyer, Wendy Van Camp, Marah Searle-Kovacevic (Buffalo in 2024 NASFiC bid), Tanya Huff


Editors are Sort of Human Too, You Know!

Format: Panel
22 Jul 2023, Saturday 11:30 – 12:45,

Panellists talk about their experiences with, and relationships to, editors and editorial intervention. The focus is on the positive: experiences that made the works better than they had been, and possibly even taught the writer something.

Karl Schroeder, Robert J. Sawyer, Sandra Bond (TAFF (2023 delegate), Edward Willett


Masterclass: A Thematic Approach to Science Fiction Writing

22 Jul 2023, Saturday 16:00 – 17:15, Tuxedo Boardroom (Delta Hotels Winnipeg)

Robert J. Sawyer


Two Old Friends Talk About …

Format: Talk

23 Jul 2023, Sunday 11:30 – 12:45, York 2 (RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg)

Two old friends, Dr. Phillip Currie and Robert J. Sawyer (pictured) catch up, and talk about how things are progressing in their lives and careers.

1 Response to My programming at the Winnipeg NASFiC

  1. I hope you have a wonderful time at the Winnipeg NASFiC.

    I also hope you’ll do another presentation or talk at the Toronto Reference Library sometime.

    I signed up to see the one you did there years ago but had a family emergency that day and wasn’t able to go.

    It would be cool to hear you speak!

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