Asian SF Literature, Friday 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
What is the state of our genre in Asian countries and languages? Are there themes and qualities informed by geography?
Writing Erotica, Friday 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
How do you write great sex scenes? What should be mentioned, and what left to the imagination? Can you write a good sex scene that runs counter to your own sexual orientation or interests, but still make it hot? How do you market sexy material in a more mainstream market?
Adapting Folklore in Speculative Fiction (academic track), Saturday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Feminist Rewritings of the Ramayana and the Matter of Britain: Differences in Approach and Execution: Using the recently-published anthology Breaking the Bow: The Speculative Ramayana, Nina Paley's film Sita Sings the Blues, and various Arthurian retellings, particularly Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon, as starting points, this paper will compare re-envisionings of two cultural myths / tales � the Arthurian saga, also known as the Matter of Britain, and the Ramayana, which is both religious text and epic tale. I hope to offer a preliminary analysis of some of the differences in approach, particularly in terms of feminist retellings, between South Asian and British approaches to re-envisioning these oft-told tales. As part of the analysis, I'll discuss my own choices in rewriting Sita's story for my story, "The Princess in the Forest," which was published in Breaking the Bow.
Geeky Knitting, Saturday 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn how to get involved in geeky knitting! Find out the basics of where to find geeky patterns, what is out there, and where to get materials! Note: Basic knitting skills are required.
Reading: Mary Anne Mohanraj & Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Sunday 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.