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Writing Workshop Planned (by Zoom)

We're planning another of our  Virtual writing workshops for August 1, 4 pm Pacific Time.
Our popular writing workshop matches 3 to 5 participants with a professional author for a critique of manuscripts 5000 words or fewer. DEADLINE to register: July 2, 2024. The Timeline for the Workshop is here: Timeline for our August 1 2024 Writing Workshop!
Go here for details on how to apply: https://fogcon.org/writing-workshop-online/


Panel: The Changing Landscape for Short Fiction

FOGcon has been quiet this past eighteen months, and so we're extra happy to bring you a Zoom panel discussion on The Changing Landscape for Short Fiction. It's on June 20, 2024 at 6pm Pacific.

While the landscape for short speculative fiction has been changing over the decades, this change seems to have accelerated in recent years. With online publishing giving access, more magazines are launched as "passion projects," providing both opportunities and vulnerabilities. Other story-telling options are becoming accessible, such as podcast, games, and visual media. Major players in online infrastructure - e.g Amazon, Twitter, Facebook - have changed abruptly, with user impacts. AI is spreading, both large language models and art. Meanwhile, short fiction remains an important area for both traditional narratives and experimentation. What are the major issues now? Where can we expect the field to go in the next few years?

Composite portrait of David Steffen, LaShawn Wanak, Julia Rios and Neil Clarke - panelists for a FOGcon panel discussion

We have a superb panel to address these issues. The discussion will be moderated by FOGcon's own Wendy Shaffer. Click through to the blog post for the Zoom link: Panel Discussion: The Changing Landscape for Short Fiction – June 20, 2024

DAVID STEFFEN is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Diabolical Plots, LLC which publishes Diabolical Plots and The Long List Anthology Series. He is also the co-founder and administrator of The Submission Grinder, the tool that many writers use to help find markets to which to send their stories, and to track their submissions.

LASHAWN M. WANAK writes speculative stories, essays, and poetry. Her work is published in venues such as Uncanny Magazine and FIYAH. She served as the lead writer for the art collective Meow Wolf on their permanent immersive exhibit, “The Real Unreal”, in Grapevine, TX. She is also the editor of the online speculative magazine GigaNotoSaurus.

JULIA RIOS (they/them) is a queer, Latinx writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Latin American Literature Today, Lightspeed, and Goblin Fruit, among other places. Their editing work has won multiple awards including the Hugo Award. Julia is a co-host of This is Why We’re Like This, a podcast about the movies we watch in childhood that shape our lives, for better or for worse. They’ve narrated stories for Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. They’re @omgjulia on Twitter.

NEIL CLARKE (neil-clarke.com) is the multi-award-winning editor of Clarkesworld Magazine and over a dozen anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. A twelve-time finalist and the 2022/2023 winner of the Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form, he is also a four-time winner of the Chesley Award for Best Art Director. In 2019, Clarke received the SFWA Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

Virtual FOGcon: Later, as we build out our calendar, we’d love to get suggestions for virtual events. We can’t promise to implement them, but we will certainly add them to our list of potential programs. Email us at fogcon@fogcon.org (with a copy to Fogcon20@gmail.com) with your ideas!
Meanwhile, we will notify FOGcon friends of interesting events from other organizations with similar interests, such as Two Hour Transport and Story Hour.

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