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07 June 2019 @ 10:55 am

Here's my Schedule for Readercon 30, July 11-14, Quincy Marriott, Quincy, MA:

Writing Craft and Mentoring Programs
Jack Dann, Theodora Goss (mod), Kate Maruyama, Kenneth Schneyer, Holly Walrath
Fri 12:00 PM, Salon 4
Those who want to learn the craft of writing popular genre fiction have more options then ever. MFA programs and workshops of excellent repute are popping up all over the U.S., from Stonecoast in Maine to Clarion in California, as well as in other parts of the world. With so many options, how does one choose? Panelists who have participated in these programs as mentors or mentees will discuss their experiences.

From Seed to Story: How to Escape the Slush Pile
Martin Cahill, Scott Edelman, James Patrick Kelly (mod), Benjamin C. Kinney, Kenneth Schneyer
Sun 1:00 PM, Salon 4
As Ann Leckie explained in a 2013 blog post, even great writers will have stories rejected if they write 7,000 words around an underdeveloped idea. So what kind of research should go into a short story? How much plot and exposition are called for? What questions should the writer be asking and answering before they even start writing? Panelists will explore various methods by which a story seed can be nurtured into something publishable.

Reading: Ken Schneyer
Sun 2:30 PM, Salon C

For those who aren't familiar with Readercon, you can read all about it here:  http://readercon.org/index.htm

01 August 2018 @ 09:34 am
Nice surprise this morning: apparently Rhode Island Public Radio has rebroadcast my 2014 essay "The Truth of Revision" on their This I Believe New England program.  I've already had two e-mails praising it.  🙂

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07 July 2017 @ 03:39 pm
For anyone who's in the Boston area next weekend, here's my schedule for Readercon:

Thursday, July 13:
8:00 PM   Salon 5    How to Moderate a Panel. Alex Jablokow, Victoria Janssen (leader), Kathleen Jennings, Tom Purdom, Kenneth Schneyer. The moderator plays a crucial role in making panels run smoothly and enjoyably for participants and attendees. This panel will cover how to get questions rather than comments from audience members, how to deal with a panelist who goes off the rails, and how to make sure everyone gets equal time, among many other topics.

9:00 PM  Salon 6/7/8   A Hero by Any Other Name. Randee Dawn, Greer Gilman, Elaine Isaak, Kenneth Schneyer (leader), Tamara Vardomskaya. Would Maleficent be less terrifying if her name were Suzy? Would Arthur Dent and Zaphod Beeblebrox have been able to have each other's adventures? In literature, names can serve as shorthand to imply a character's age, ethnicity, time or place of origin, and emotional and psychological makeup. This panel will explore the art and psychology of character names.

Friday, July 14:

1:30 PM   Salon A    Reading: Kenneth Schneyer. Kenneth Schneyer. Kenneth Schneyer reads a work in progress.  (I'm thinking it'll be either "Paradigm Shift" or "Transitional States.")

Saturday, July 15:

3:00 PM   Salon C    The Season Away from Omelas: The Fifth Season in Conversation with "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". Martin Cahill (leader), Kiini Ibura Salaam, Alena McNamara, Lauren Roy, Kenneth Schneyer. In Ursula K. Le Guin's classic short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," readers are left with the uncomfortable question of how they would handle knowing that a good life came at the expense of one hidden, abused child. Would they stay and accept it, or would they leave? N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season and its sequels offer a third way: smash the entire structure to pieces. Jemisin explores the decisions characters are forced to make in an Omelas-like world, and subtly brings in parallels to current political situations. Panelists will discuss both works and the conversation the authors seem to be having across the years.

Sunday, July 16:

1:00 PM   Blue Hills Room   Filing Off the Serial Numbers. Gillian Daniels, Randee Dawn (leader), Catt Kingsgrave, Naomi Novik, Kenneth Schneyer. Many traditionally published works started life as fan fiction. Sometimes tales grow in the telling and veer away from fanfic; sometimes an author is deliberately modifying a completed fic to render it suitable for publication; and sometimes it's more complicated. What are the benefits and pitfalls of filing off the serial numbers, with regard to creativity, logistics, and reader reaction?

Happily I'm on panels with some of my favorite people!  And for those of you who've never been to Readercon, remember that the Thursday night panels are free and open to the public!
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27 February 2017 @ 02:51 pm
I'm very happy to announce that Trevor Quachri at Analog Science Fiction & Fact has bought my novelette "Keepsakes".  My guess is that it will appear sometime late in the year.
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12 January 2017 @ 11:37 pm

Here's my schedule for Arisia, January 13-16, Westin Boston Waterfront. Hope to see many of you there!

Friday, 8:30 PM
Reading: Greer Gilman & Kenneth Schneyer - Writing, Reading - 1hr 15min - Hale (3W)

Saturday, 1:00 PM
In Praise of Unlikeable Characters - Literature, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 1 (2E)

Bring us your curmudgeons, your cantankerous jerks, your deliberately unlikeable characters of all genders without which the plot might not move so smoothly. Someone’s got to do the dirty work, after all. Let’s talk about our favorite unlikeable characters in genre fiction, and the purposes they serve
Gillian Daniels (m), Maya Garcia, Lorrie Kim, Ken Schneyer, Sonya Taaffe

Sunday, 10:00 AM
How to Self-Edit That Steaming Hot Pile of Crap - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Adams (3W)

Have you ever gone back to edit your story, only to ask “Who wrote this $#!t?” Can you fix it? Where do you start? Our experts will teach you how to identify which elements you wish to save, how to spot plotting and pacing issues, why adverbs are so bad, and what tools are available to make self-editing easier. Bring a butcher knife...it’s time to conduct surgery on your baby...
Trisha Wooldridge (m), Jacqui B., Alexander Jablokov, Matthew Kressel, Ken Schneyer

Sunday,   7:00 PM
Grounding Your Audience in a Sensory World - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Douglas (3W)

The five senses are appallingly underrepresented in modern fiction. Without sensory information, it’s difficult to grab your audience and drag them into your protagonist’s body. How do you portray senses other than sight? Can you use it to portray emotion? Where can you scrounge up alternatives for the words see, hear, feel, taste and smell, or ‘sixth sense’ (psychic intuition)? Come learn how to describe your world in all of its glorious, sensory detail.
Ken Schneyer (m), Ruthanna Emrys, Greer Gilman, Keffy R.M. Kehril, Sonya Taaffe

Monday, 10:00 AM
Imaginary Friends: Crafting Memorable Characters - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 3 (2E)

Even the most gripping plot will fail if you don’t have memorable characters. How do you create a sympathetic protagonist? How much backstory should you give them? How do you develop interesting supporting characters to accompany them on their journey? There are many ‘tricks’ you can use to flesh out characters, as well as ways to juggle multiple character viewpoints. Come learn how to write characters so realistic your audience will be talking about them long after they finish your story.
Ken Schneyer (m), Michael Bailey, Justine Graykin, Elaine Isaak, Felicitas Ivey
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29 December 2016 @ 11:47 am
Because my ability to edit my Writertopia page seems to have vanished, I am now "transferring my flag," as it were, to LJ.  From now on, my bibliography will appear here (until and unless I get a web site of my own):


Short Fiction:


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03 August 2016 @ 12:40 pm
I will be attending MidAmericaCon II in Kansas City, August 17-21: my first Worldcon ever!  I'm very excited.

Here's my schedule:

Whose DNA is it?
Thursday, 1:00 p.m., Room 2206
Helen Pennington (moderator), Marguerite Kenner, Howard Rosenblat, Kenneth Schneyer
Panelists discuss DNA and your privacy, from a legal perspective. What can be done with your DNA without your permission, and what is your recourse if you discover it has been used?

Debut Author Showcase
Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Room 2208
Kenneth Schneyer (moderator), Martin Shoemaker, Becky Chambers, Chelsea Mueller, Nick Wood, Adam Rakunas
Authors whose first published works have either just happened or are about to occur talk about their first sales, whether their perceptions of themselves as authors has changed, and what their next steps are as they break into publishing.

50 Years of Star Trek, Part Two: The Influence
Friday, 4:00 p.m., Room 3501H
Matthew S. Rotunda (moderator), Toni L. P. Kelner, Stepfan Rudnicki, Kenneth Schneyer, John Tibbetts
Star Trek is fifty years old. It has inspired writers to write, children to become scientists, scientists to become astronauts and fans to write erotica. It has an enormous influence and in this session we take a look at the myriad of ways it has done so for a disparate group of people around the world.

Replacing Copyright
Saturday, 4:00 p.m., Room 2208
John R. Douglas, Matthew Johnson, Kenneth Schneyer
Many believe that the current copyright regime does not fit well with current technologies, audience priorities, or artistic practices. If copyright were to be replaced with a different system that had the goal of providing compensation for artists with a better fit for the contemporary world, what would it be like? What would be its boundaries, parameters, and assumptions?

Magazine Group Reading: Lightspeed Magazine
Saturday, 5:00 p.m., Room 2202
John Joseph Adams (moderator), Sarah Pinsker, Kenneth Schneyer, Carrie Vaughn, Carolyn M. Yoachim, John Chu
Our Magazine Group Reading Series continues with a special group reading that features authors from Lightspeed Magazine.

Fanfiction Myths
Sunday, 12:00 noon, Room 2206
Elise Matthesen (moderator), Elaine Stiles, Kenneth Schneyer, Leo d'Entremont, Susan Eisenhour
Members of fanfiction communities are regularly faced with a litany of myths about themselves and their work. They are assumed to be heterosexual, white females who can't get any sex but desperately want it, and their work nothing but terribly written pornography. These myths and more will be discussed and beaten down. Whether you are new to fanfiction, or want to share some joy with your community, come and join us.

Time Travel and the Search for Redemption
Sunday, 1:00 p.m., Room 3501D
Kenneth Schneyer (moderator), Rosemary Claire Smith, Jason Heller, Jack McDevitt
Much of literature involves characters’ fraught relationship with the past. They are haunted by memories or spend their lives regretting a single horrible decision.  Time travel permits the character to confront the past directly, to make literal what in mainstream fiction is only metaphorical. Join us as we discuss stories where time travel is a metaphor or device for witnessing and learning about the past or wishing to correct personal flaws and errors.

I also plan to attend the SFWA Business Meeting (Saturday 11:00) and the Hugo Awards (Saturday 8 p.m.).  I'm not sure yet of my other plans, but I arrive Wednesday night and I'll probably leave mid-afternoon on Sunday.
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My strange little story "Some Pebbles in the Palm" is now available in both text and audio formats on Lightspeed Magazine.

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03 July 2016 @ 10:25 pm
My schedule for Readercon 27, which will take place July 7-10, 2016, at the Quincy Marriott, Quincy, MA (new location):

Friday July 08

2:00 PM C Cozy Dystopia. Gili Bar-Hillel, Bart Leib, Shariann Lewitt, Kenneth Schneyer (leader), Sabrina Vourvoulias. When we think of the world of Harry Potter, what comes to mind first—the magic and childish delights of Hogwarts, with its cozy dormitories and feasts and flying lessons, or its numerous, creeping dystopian elements (even discounting Voldemort!), from the enslaved house elves to Umbridge to the Dementors, which are, frankly, the tools of a fascist state? Can we make an argument that HP is actually more like a dystopia than a fantasy? Even if we're half joking, there's still an interesting discussion here: how do these two sides of the wizarding world play off each other, and how do they compare with other dystopian YA? Maybe we need a new subgenre: Cozy Dystopia.

4:00 PM BH Integrating the Id: What Fanfic can Tell Us About Writing Sex, Sexuality, and Intimacy. Victoria Janssen, Natalie Luhrs, Kate Nepveu (leader), Kenneth Schneyer, Ann Tonsor Zeddies. Sex scenes can be difficult to do well, but when they succeed, they can be highly efficient ways to reveal aspects of character. What are some pitfalls of writing sex scenes, and can fanfic teach us how to do it well? Does a sex scene need to be explicit, and does it even need to have "sex" at all, or is the key the intensity and intimacy that we associate with sex?

5:00 PM 6 Non-Explanation in Fiction. John Chu, Scott Edelman, Kenneth Schneyer (leader), Ann Tonsor Zeddies. "Never complain, never explain," said the Lady Mendl, and "Fuck the exposition," said David Simon, "just be," but as Junot Díaz said, "Motherfuckers will read a book that's one third Elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they think we're taking over." What are the pleasures of writing for an audience that already gets it—and the dangers of assuming they'll understand? What can you get from reading works that don't cater specifically to you? And how can refusing to spell it out bring depth to the fantastic?

Saturday July 09

10:30 AM B Reading: Kenneth Schneyer. Kenneth Schneyer. Kenneth Schneyer reads "A Lack of Congenial Solutions"
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24 January 2016 @ 04:00 pm
Here's my schedule for Boskone 53, February 19-21, 2016, at the Westin Boston Waterfront:

Friday, 7:00 PM, Griffin
Reading: Kenneth Schneyer. I'll be reading my short story, "Who Embodied What We Are".

Saturday, 10:00 AM, Marina 4
Theories of Time Travel
As improbable as it seems, is time travel possible? What scientific theories are out there that hint at what it might take to turn time travel into a reality? What practical issues need to be considered? What are some of the best time travel stories and how does their science hold up? Who’s doing it right? And is time travel really just science fiction?
James Cambias (M), Heather Albano, John R. Douglas, Kenneth Schneyer, Jo Walton

Saturday, 1:00 PM, Harbor III
100 Years of Relativity
Next month marks a century since Albert Einstein published his seminal work The Theory of General Relativity. It was our first clue that space bends, time warps, and black holes’ gravity sucks at both light and time. What did Einstein get right — and wrong? Do his ideas still ripple through our own time? For extra credit, panelists will reconcile general relativity with quantum theory.
Mark L. Olson (M), Janet Catherine Johnston, N.A. Ratnayake, Kenneth Schneyer

Saturday, 9:00 PM, Marina 1
Superhero Open Mic
Kapow! Live from Boskone … enjoy the knock-out stylings of our program participants and audience members who share their open mic skills in the first-ever Superhero Open Mic. Each person gives his/her best 5-minute superhero performance – story, poem, song, skit, interpretive dance, or whatever! OPTIONAL: For extra appeal, feel free to come dressed as a superhero! The Rules: Boskone members are invited to join our participants in the open mic by signing up for one of the eight open slots at the door to the event, which opens for sign-ups at 8:30 pm. Each performer is given a firm 5-minute time limit (max), including set-up time. So a quick transition between acts is key. Walter H. Hunt (Emcee), Kenneth Schneyer (Emcee), C.S.E. Cooney, Carrie Cuinn, E.C. Myers, Garth Nix, Don Pizarro, Lauren Roy, Mary Ellen Wessels

Sunday, 10:00 AM, Marina 4
Dealing With Rejection
Getting rejected is difficult. It can be hard to find the motivation to go on when you feel like you’re not gaining any headway. Our panelists share their own experiences with rejection, what kept them going, what hard truths they faced, and what changes they made to keep working.
James Patrick Kelly (M), Barry Goldblatt, Bob Kuhn, Kenneth Schneyer, Darlene Marshall

Sunday, 11:00 AM
Room: Marina 2
Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop Reading
This year is the 35th anniversary of the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop. Come join local members for their annual reading at Boskone!
Steven Popkes (M), Sarah Smith, Heather Albano, James Cambias, Kenneth Schneyer, Alexander Jablokov

And I'm proud to announce that my son will be on a panel this year too!

Friday, 6:00 PM, Marina 2
What Kids Are REALLY Reading
This savvy panel of teenage fans shares what they’ve been reading lately. Also, find out what’s on their “To Be Read” lists, what they’re actively avoiding, and what they’re tired of trudging through. Plus … what kinds of stories do they look for when they’re browsing the booksellers?
Emma Caywood (M), Alexis Baker, Ophelia Goss, Arek Schneyer, Iris Wilde
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