coraa: (sirens)
Last one! (Yes, the spam will end soon, I promise.) This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart—partly because for all my life, but particularly as a teenager, my strongest social bonds were nearly always with other women. So it struck me odd how few strong female friendships we see in fiction (other than women's lit and chicklit).

Moderator: Mette Harrison ([livejournal.com profile] metteharrison)
Participants: Holly Black ([livejournal.com profile] blackholly), Rachel Manija Brown ([livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija), Janni Lee Simner ([livejournal.com profile] janni), Sherwood Smith ([livejournal.com profile] sartorias)

For privacy reasons, I'm only including LJs/blogs of people on the panels if their LJs or blogs include their names in some kind of clear fashion, on the principle that the connection is therefore already public. That said, if I have miscalculated and you want me to remove either your real name or your blog link, or if you want me to use a different link, please let me know and I'll do so immediately.

Notes behind the cut. People are attributed by initials; Q/C indicates an audience comment or question. As always, transcribed fast and edited only glancingly, misattributions and errors are my own, assume everything outside of quote marks is a paraphrase. ??? indicates something (usually a name) that I missed.

Panel Notes )
coraa: (matilda reads)
I confess: a big part of why I went to this presentation (which is about book covers, and how they function as advertisement, as hints to the tone and content of the book, and as genre indicators) was that the title was awesome. :D It was listed as a presentation in order that Faye could show slides, but it was held really as more of a roundtable, with lots of discussion.

Since so much audience discussion happened, by people whose names I didn't know or have forgotten, and since it went so fast, I'm just describing the content in prose rather than as a dialogue. Also, I apologize for the lack of images; finding and linking them all would have been so time-consuming that I wouldn't have probably ever gotten around to posting, so you get my descriptions instead.

Moderator: Faye Bi

Notes behind the cut. As always, transcribed fast and edited only glancingly, misattributions and errors are my own, assume everything outside of quote marks is a paraphrase.

Presentation/Discussion Notes )
coraa: (sirens)
This was a fascinating presentation, partly on biology in fantasy literature and partly on pedagogy. As someone who feels that science and fantasy don't have to be mutually exclusive from a literary point of view, I really enjoyed it.

Since it's a presentation rather than a panel, I've written it up in sort of a prose format rather than as a dialogue.

Presenter: Christina Blake

Notes behind the cut. People are attributed by initials; Q/C indicates an audience comment or question. As always, transcribed fast and edited only glancingly, misattributions and errors are my own (particularly, in this case, science errors are almost certainly errors of transcription rather than the presenter's errors), assume everything outside of quote marks is a paraphrase.

Presentation notes )
coraa: (sirens)
Another set of panel notes! (These are out of order, because some of these need more editing than others.) This was a fun one: I personally happen to think the golden age of YA, inasmuch as there is one, is right now; there were certainly great YA books when I was a teenager, but frankly most of the new and interesting things I see in fantasy these days is coming out in YA, and I quite cheerfully read mostly YA as an adult myself. (This is not meant as a zinger against my friends who write books for adults, nor is it universally true! It's just a trend I've noticed.)

Moderator: Rachel Manija Brown ([livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija)
Panel: Janni Lee Simner ([livejournal.com profile] janni), Malinda Lo (http://www.malindalo.com/), Sarah Rees Brennan ([livejournal.com profile] sarahtales)

For privacy reasons, I'm only including LJs/blogs of people on the panels if their LJs or blogs include their names in some kind of clear fashion, on the principle that the connection is therefore already public. That said, if I have miscalculated and you want me to remove either your real name or your blog link, or if you want me to use a different link, please let me know and I'll do so immediately.

Notes behind the cut. People are attributed by initials; Q/C indicates an audience comment or question. As always, transcribed fast and edited only glancingly, misattributions and errors are my own, assume everything outside of quote marks is a paraphrase.

Panel notes )
coraa: (sirens)
This was one of the panels I was looking forward to the most, because I really think that non-Western European fantasy is a topic and inspiration that has not been much tapped (in the Western market, anyway). Also, I was curious how the panelists were going to define "faerie" in a non-Western context. I wasn't disappointed: the panel was fascinating.

Moderator: Shveta Thakrar ([livejournal.com profile] shvetufae)
Panelists: Cindy Pon (http://cindypon.com/blog/), Andrea Horbinski ([personal profile] ahorbinski), Valerie Frankel (http://frankelassociates.com/calithwain/author.htm)

For privacy reasons, I'm only including LJs/blogs of people on the panels if their LJs or blogs include their names in some kind of clear fashion, on the principle that the connection is therefore already public. That said, if I have miscalculated and you want me to remove either your real name or your blog link, or if you want me to use a different link, please let me know and I'll do so immediately.

Notes behind the cut. People are attributed by initials; Q/C indicates an audience comment or question. As always, transcribed fast and edited only glancingly, misattributions and errors are my own, assume everything outside of quote marks is a paraphrase. ??? indicates a name I missed; if someone else can fill that in, I would be forever obliged!

Note: As Shveta disclaimed at the beginning of the panel, the terms "mythology" and "folklore" are used in the technical sense of "sacred stories" and "knowledge of the people," and not in the colloquial sense of "untruths." Use of the terms is not intended to cast any aspersions on the credence or truth of the ideas and beliefs. Some of the things being discussed are still part of a living religious tradition, and are respected as such. That being the case, I've preserved the terminology used in the panel itself.

Panel Notes )

EDIT: A link to the presentation handout.
coraa: (jenova your mom)
The Build a World panel is not what you might think from the name. It's not a panel discussing how to build a world, oh no. It's a panel in which the panelists actually do build a world. Out of random parts. With great enthusiasm.

This is how it worked, this year at least: the panelists named categories of things you might want to figure out about your world (specifically, this time, Climate, Atmosphere, Fauna, Conflict Resolution, Flora, Geography, Religion, and, this being Wiscon, Systems of Oppression). The audience threw out suggestions for ideas for each category, ranging from the ordinary (plants are carnivorous!) to the unusual (plants produce sex pollen!) to the truly bizarre (the system of oppression is based on prime-number-related ageism!) Then each panelist picked one from each category, for a total of three per category, and then had to create a world including all of them by riffing and bouncing things off each other.

It was delightful to watch. And then, once the world was built, they (and we) created a musical set in the world!

Since I had my laptop out and was typing madly, I got drafted into being the panel secretary, to write down the notes we came up with. So here they are: the parameters, the Planet of LOLCats, and I Can Has Musical, The Musical!

(I make no promises that this is funny or interesting or even makes sense if you were not at the panel. However, if you were at the panel, here it is! And you should write fanfic about it!)

Moderator: Benjamin Rosenbaum
Panelists: Yoon Ha Lee, Derek Molata, David Levine

yeah, so, that happened! )

(I was taking fast notes and fleshing them out later, so if I messed anything up, or if you remember anything to add, please let me know!)

(Also, since I know a number of attendees were interested in these notes, please feel free to link. ...and if anyone does write metallic multitentacled sex pollen absorptive music battle fanfic set on volcanoes, please, please, please link me to it. :D )
coraa: (carmen sandiego)
This was the panel that I had the most sheer fun at. It was also the panel that was most different than my expectations: I had kind of expected (I'm not sure why) discussion of actual guilty pleasures, but the panel was about why we use the term 'guilty' to refer to pleasures, the difference between guilt and shame, the difference between embarrassment and guilt, and what pleasures actually are harmful and people should feel guilty about.

It was fascinating.

Moderator: Vito Excalibur ([livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur)
Other Panelist: Lesley Hall, Sumana Harihareswara, John O'Neill

...and let me just say that if those four did a panel next year on washing machine repair, I would TOTALLY go. They were that good: funny, smart, thoughtful, funny, well-informed, opinionated, well-spoken, and did I mention funny? Seriously.

Notes behind the cut. People are attributed by initials; Q/C indicates an audience comment or question. As always, transcribed fast and edited only glancingly, misattributions and errors are my own, assume everything outside of quote marks is a paraphrase. This is especially true for this panel, which moved very quickly, with lots of ping-ponging discussion between panelists (which was a good thing).

Panel notes )

The inspiration for the panel came from here and here.
coraa: (girl with book)
And another one. This was a fun way to start the day, although I got in late (spent a lot of time wandering around looking for the Caucus room before I realized I was on the wrong floor) so I missed the introductions. Accordingly, I think I may have messed up the attributions for some of the early quotes, before I figured out which nameplate went with which person. Corrections are welcome.

Mod: Robyn Fleming
Panelists: Neesha Meminger, Katharine Beutner, Emily Horner, Megan ([personal profile] meganbmoore)

Everybody's attributed by initials; 'Q/C' means a question or comment from the audience.

As always, written fast, edited only glancingly, everything is paraphrased unless it's bracketed by quotes, and it's probably best to assume that mistakes are my own and not the panelists'. :)

Notes/Transcript )
coraa: (bookworm)
This isn't a panel report in the standard sense. Instead, since the "Writing the Other: Shout-Outs" panel was basically just people taking about things that worked for them and why, it's a rec list.

The list includes POC characters written by white authors, female characters written by men, disabled characters written by able people, GLBT characters written by straight people, and characters with one religion written by members of another religion. There may be more categories; those were the ones I noted.

The panel was great, smart and funny and interesting. It was moderated by Nisi Shawl and included Karnythia ([livejournal.com profile] karnythia), K. Tempest Bradford, and Moondancer Drake

As always, the notes were written on the fly. I've double-checked many of the spellings I was unsure of, but any remaining misspellings or misattributions are my own.

List beneath the cut. )

If you have any corrections, note them here and I'll fix. And feel free to share the link, of course!
coraa: (bookses)
Live-transcribed and only glancingly edited for posting; assume everything is paraphrased; all errors (and probably any infelicitous phrasings) are my own.

Panel description: What demands of craft are particular to the YA genre? What experiences are YA readers looking for and what pitfalls should writers new to YA avoid?

Moderator: Ellen Klages
Panelists: Karen Elizabeth Healey, Derek Molata, Sharyn November, Sarah B. Prineas

The Craft of Writing YA )

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