Ann VanderMeer at World SF Convention (Montreal, Quebec)

Ann VanderMeer, fiction editor of Weird Tales, will be at the World SF Con as a Hugo nominee. Her panels include topics from music to literature, and she’ll also be participating in the “walk with stars”, too, if you want to get a chance to talk to her. Don’t miss it!

Clayton Books Talk/Reading (Clayton, CA)

I’ll be at Clayton Books talking about Finch and about Booklife and giving attendees a little teaser of the all-day Booklife workshop. Clayton is about an hour’s drive from San Francisco.

EXPLORING YOUR BOOKLIFE: In this new age of social media award-winning writer Jeff VanderMeer, the author of Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for 21st Century Writers, shows you how to achieve a sustainable career and sustainable creativity. The workshop touches in holistic fashion on both your Public Booklife and your Private Booklife. From dealing with white noise and “open channels” to multi-tasking your creativity, distinguishing process from habit, and rediscovering passion in your writing, this workshop is all about balance and working smarter. The workshop addresses questions like “How can thinking strategically about your career actually enhance your private writing time?” and “What types of promotion or networking enhance your life and which turn you into a dog chasing its own tail?” For beginning and intermediate writers. Whether you’ve just started submitting your work or have a couple of books published, this workshop will provide valuable strategies for enhancing your Booklife.

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Hugo House Booklife Workshop (Seattle, WA)

A workshop at the Hugo House sponsored by NW MediaArts. Details on how to sign up when I have them.

EXPLORING YOUR BOOKLIFE: In this new age of social media award-winning writer Jeff VanderMeer, the author of Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for 21st Century Writers, shows you how to achieve a sustainable career and sustainable creativity. The workshop touches in holistic fashion on both your Public Booklife and your Private Booklife. From dealing with white noise and “open channels” to multi-tasking your creativity, distinguishing process from habit, and rediscovering passion in your writing, this workshop is all about balance and working smarter. The workshop addresses questions like “How can thinking strategically about your career actually enhance your private writing time?” and “What types of promotion or networking enhance your life and which turn you into a dog chasing its own tail?” For beginning and intermediate writers. Whether you’ve just started submitting your work or have a couple of books published, this workshop will provide valuable strategies for enhancing your Booklife.

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Finch

World Fantasy Convention GoH (San Jose, CA)

Ann and I are two of the guests of honor. We will be participating panel discussions, signings, readings, and more at the convention. The convention will be held at the Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street, San Jose. Check the program guide for our events if you plan to attend.

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Shared Worlds (Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC)

This unique summer camp for teens (13 to 18 years of age) from all over the world provides a creative and fun approach to learning how to build Science Fiction/Fantasy worlds for the purpose of writing fiction, game development, or creating art—all in a safe and structured environment with award-winning faculty. Participants in this “teen think tank” will meet like-minded students from around the world and learn how to work together and be proactive on their own. During the first week, the camp will break up into groups of 8 to 12 students to create their own separate SF or Fantasy worlds. During the second week, they will choose either a creative writing, game development, or visual arts track and produce fiction, gaming modules, or art/illustration based on their particular world. The products that come out of the camp include complete world wikipedia entries, and a book of student art, fiction, and game modules. Faculty for 2009 will include Holly Black, co-creator of the Spiderwick Chronicles, World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer, Hugo Nominee Tobias Buckell, White Wolf game developer Will Hindmarch, Weird Tales fiction editor Ann VanderMeer, and many more.

Booklife
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