QuaranCon2021

Official Schedule

coming soon!

All events are free to all and will be 

broadcast on YOUtube

unless otherwise noted

Times should display in your local Time Zone

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QuaranCon Kick-Off with Virginia & Pam!

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Virginia McClain

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 3:30:00 p.m. UTC

Founder Virginia McClain & Scheduler Extraordinaire Pam Livingstone, welcome everyone to QuaranCon2021 and hopefully don't ramble on too much.

SPFBO Finalist Panel

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Justin Lee Anderson, Zack Argyle, Alexander Darwin, Robert H. Fleming, Patrick Samphire, Rachel Emma Shaw, Shaun Paul Stevens

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M.L. Wang

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 4:00:00 p.m. UTC

This year’s SFPBO finalists come together to discuss their books and what contests can (and can’t) do for your writing career.

Magical Systems

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Stephen Aryan, RJ Barker, Steve McHugh, Angeline Trevena, M.L. Wang

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Amanda Cherry

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 6:00:00 p.m. UTC

Should there be rules to magic? How do you go about defining the parameters of a supernatural regime? Join our panel as they discuss the ins and outs of structuring magical systems and how to convey them to readers.

Tropes: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

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Antoine Bandele, Amanda Cherry, Megan Haskell, Anna Smith Spark

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A.M. Justice

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 7:15:00 p.m. UTC

Quests, chosen ones, and battles between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are foundational themes in SFF, but all too often a beloved trope can turn into a despised cliché. Join us as we talk about subverting and inverting the old into new stories that fit the world as it is today.

Writing Short Stories

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Karen Diem, Patrick LeClerc, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Clayton Snyder

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J E Hannaford

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 8:30:00 p.m. UTC

A story is a journey; some are epics, told over years, while others may capture a single moment in time. What a writer conveys is more important than the word count, and a short story can be an intense experience, leaving you thinking for days. How does writing a short story differ from a novel?

Reading with D.H. Dunn

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Thursday, April 8, 2021, 9:45:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with Allan Batchelder

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Thursday, April 8, 2021, 10:15:00 p.m. UTC

Female Led Fantasy

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W.R. Gingell, Intisar Khanani, A. G. Marshall

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Suzannah Rowntree

Friday, April 9, 2021, 1:00:00 a.m. UTC

Join our female-penned, female-led panel to discuss what women are looking for in fantasy these days and why readers are flocking to indies to get their fantasy fix. Focusing on the female gaze and the heroine’s journey, our panellists talk about the power of women.

Reading with Virginia McClain

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Virginia McClain

Friday, April 9, 2021, 2:30:00 a.m. UTC

World Building 101

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David Green

Friday, April 9, 2021, 2:00:00 p.m. UTC

In this workshop, we'll be discussing hints and tips on how to build a world for your story to take place in; exploring the benefits of understanding the inner workings of your world to frame your narrative and how your characters, races and nations behave.

Editing

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Jess Lawrence, Alicia Wanstall-Burke, Halla Williams

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PS Livingstone

Friday, April 9, 2021, 3:30:00 p.m. UTC

Everyone needs an editor, no matter if it’s your first book or your twentieth. Our panel discusses the differences between editing your own manuscript and working with a professional, as well as their perspective on how editing influences their own writing.

Building a gripping narrative – characters, dialogue & pacing

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Autumn M. Birt, Peter McLean, A.F. Stewart, Gray Williams

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D P Woolliscroft

Friday, April 9, 2021, 5:00:00 p.m. UTC

A story’s plot is just the start. Believable, engaging dialogue from relatable characters and the right pace keep readers hooked and coming back for more. How is dialogue used to provide exposition, advance the plot, create mood and convey characterization? How do you build characters that connect and resonate with people? How do you pace your story to keep that narrative on point?

Fantasy vs SF – subgenre definitions

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Alexander Darwin, Madeline Dyer, Darran M Handshaw, Joyce Hertzoff, Cavan Scott

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A.M. Justice

Friday, April 9, 2021, 7:00:00 p.m. UTC

Is it science fiction or is it fantasy? What falls under the speculative fiction umbrella? Everyone has an opinion and booksellers think they know how to categorize books, but are they right? Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Reading with Daniel Kelly

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Friday, April 9, 2021, 8:30:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with Jessa Forest

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Friday, April 9, 2021, 9:00:00 p.m. UTC

Mental Health in SFF

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Sara Codair, Sasha Greene, Rob J. Hayes, Rachel Emma Shaw, Clayton Snyder

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Virginia McClain

Friday, April 9, 2021, 10:00:00 p.m. UTC

Writing can be a solitary slog at the best of times. For those with mental health concerns, it can seem impossible. Can stories and characters about mental illness help smooth the way? Are there enough books dealing with these issues? Our panel discusses stories tackling mental health and how the author’s state of mind influences their writing.

Reading with Amanda Cherry

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Friday, April 9, 2021, 11:15:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with PS Livingstone

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Friday, April 9, 2021, 11:45:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with J.D. Brink

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Saturday, April 10, 2021, 12:15:00 a.m. UTC

Bloggers & Reviewers

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Arina, Jodie Crump, Mihir Wanchoo, L.A. Young

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Beth Tabler

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 1:00:00 a.m. UTC

Bloggers and reviewers are essential to both readers and writers. Our panellists discuss the blogging and reviewing life, how they got into it, the ups and downs, and their views on trends in the genre. They also ask if the idea of 'originality' is a vital metric of quality.

Writing & publishing in a pandemic

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Victoria Corva, J.R.H. Lawless, Dixon Reuel, Rachel Emma Shaw

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PS Livingstone

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 12:00:00 p.m. UTC

The pandemic changed everyone’s life, including writers and readers. After a year of isolation, how has COVID influenced SFF? What impact has home confinement had on the themes of the genre? Is there an increased market for low conflict SFF? Our panel discusses how the pandemic has altered mindsets and creative choices.

Reading with Alex S. Bradshaw

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Saturday, April 10, 2021, 1:15:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with J.E. Hannaford

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Saturday, April 10, 2021, 1:45:00 p.m. UTC

Book Formatting 101

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E.L. Drayton

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 2:30:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with L. Diane Wolfe

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Saturday, April 10, 2021, 3:30:00 p.m. UTC

Indie Flavours – Find Your Publishing Path

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Dancing Lemur Press, J. R. Frontera, Kristin Helling, Michelle River

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Alex S. Bradshaw

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 4:00:00 p.m. UTC

How should one begin a writing career, and what are the different incarnations of indie publishing? From small presses to imprints to going solo, what are the options for authors who want something different from the Big 5?

Reading with Anne C. Miles

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Saturday, April 10, 2021, 5:15:00 p.m. UTC

Fantasy – Existing Mythologies

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Antoine Bandele, J. C. Duncan, Eli Hinze, Gabriela Houston

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Trish Heinrich

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 6:00:00 p.m. UTC

Folklore, history, and fantasy. Fantasy worlds are often based on existing mythologies and folklore has always existed alongside humanity, but it is best understood through stories and histories. This panel discusses where to delve deep into source material and where to diverge completely.

Reading with Sarina Dahlan

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Saturday, April 10, 2021, 7:15:00 p.m. UTC

Writing Fight Scenes

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Michael C. Bailey, Angela Boord, Stew Hotson, Andrea Stewart, Suzannah Rowntree

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Damien Larkin

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8:00:00 p.m. UTC

Fight sequences make for exciting reading but writing realistic ones can be a tumultuous experience. Watch our panel for advice on crafting exhilarating fight scenes that are still rooted in realism. From sword and shield combat to vicious futuristic warfare, explore what makes a fight scene gripping, vivid and believable.

Creating Audiobooks

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Feodor Chin, Natalie Naudus, Brian Nishii, Nancy Wu, Emily Woo Zeller

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JC Kang

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 9:30:00 p.m. UTC

Our expert panelists discuss what it takes to be a narrator and what authors should know when embarking on the creation of an audiobook. If we’re lucky, we may even see a live narration.

Characters 101

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Darian Smith

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11:00:00 p.m. UTC

Using psychology to develop characters. How the theories used by counsellors and psychologists can help you create characters that feel realistic, have understandable motivations, and will make your readers care.

Disability in SFF

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Dianna Gunn, Tyrean Martinson, Eli Hinze

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Anna Smith Spark

Sunday, April 11, 2021, 2:00:00 p.m. UTC

If you’ve been looking for a practical guide to writing more representative SFF, look no further. From writing effective combat scenes with those less physically able to putting neurodiverse individuals into the starring role, our panel will discuss creating characters with diverse abilities. Join us for a talk on accessibility worldbuilding.

Crowdfunding

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Dyrk Ashton, Victoria Corva, Quenby Olson, Timandra Whitecastle

Moderator:

Jon Auerbach

Sunday, April 11, 2021, 3:30:00 p.m. UTC

Is crowdfunding the future of indie and traditional publishing? Or already the present? A panel to discuss the process of crowdfunding, particularly Kickstarter, on a budget. Lessons learned, best practise, and fun stories.

Reaching Your Readers: An Inter-generational Approach

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JC Kang, ML Spencer, Stephanie Espinoza Villamor

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AK Faulkner

Sunday, April 11, 2021, 5:00:00 p.m. UTC

Reaching your target audience from Boomers to Gen-Z. What platforms to use? Mums on Facebook, teens TikTok, cousins on Twitter; join our panel to discuss marketing in the modern book industry.

Dark fantasy, horror & grimdark

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Taylor Ellwood, Carol A. Park, Anna Smith Spark, Phil Williams

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David Green

Sunday, April 11, 2021, 6:00:00 p.m. UTC

Grimdark vs dark vs horror. This panel discusses the horror elements of grimdark and dark fantasy as well as the particulars of the subgenres within the subgenres.

Reading with Gareth Hanrahan

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Sunday, April 11, 2021, 7:30:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with A.M. Justice

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Sunday, April 11, 2021, 8:00:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with Dixon Reuel

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Sunday, April 11, 2021, 8:30:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with David Green

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Sunday, April 11, 2021, 9:00:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with RJ The Story Guy

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Sunday, April 11, 2021, 9:30:00 p.m. UTC

Pitch Perfect 101

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Amanda Cherry

Monday, April 12, 2021, 12:00:00 a.m. UTC

Looking to get your writing in front of agents and editors? Wondering what it takes to get their attention and leave them wanting more? Join pitching powerhouse Amanda Cherry for this hour of skill building and get ready to do just that. You'll learn how to distill your work into a pro-level pitch package that's ready for your next writing conference, pitch festival, or serendipitous meeting in an elevator.

#TwitchWriters

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VlogANovel, ScottWritesStuff, BrenNailedIt, TravisTavernTalks

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EricaDrayton

Monday, April 12, 2021, 1:00:00 a.m. UTC

How indie authors and new writers use the Twitch platform to write, build a community, and learn from each other.

Story Structure 101

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AK Faulkner

Monday, April 12, 2021, 2:00:00 p.m. UTC

The fundamentals of structure for any length story, and how to get all your beats in the right places. This is very much a 101 level approach, and I will be using Die Hard as our example (so it helps if you can squeeze in a quick watch before we start, but isn't essential).

When series get epic

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J. R. Frontera, W.R. Gingell, Levi Jacobs, Dixon Reuel, Tao Wong

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Virginia McClain

Monday, April 12, 2021, 3:30:00 p.m. UTC

An epic discussion on how (and why) authors plan and write long series. Join our panelists as they debate the challenges and pleasures of writing in a single universe throughout multiple books. We fully expect a pantser vs plotter showdown.

Worldbuilding in SFF

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RJ Barker, Intisar Khanani, Andrea Stewart, K.S. Villoso, Evan Winter

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MD Presley

Monday, April 12, 2021, 5:00:00 p.m. UTC

Great authors create vivid, animated settings for their stories, enticing readers into another world, and make them yearn for places they’ve never been. They make the incredible credible and highlight the greater possibilities of life. Our expert panel discuss their inspirations and methods for building out of this world worlds.

Award Winners Announcement!

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PS Livingstone & A.M. Justice

Monday, April 12, 2021, 6:00:00 p.m. UTC

Top-down, Bottom-up, and Inside-out Worldbuilding Strategies

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M.D. Presley

Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:30:00 p.m. UTC

Most worldbuilders focus on top-down or bottom-up creation, but no one takes into account how audiences experience worlds from the inside-out. Learn to identify fantasy conceits and harness all three strategies to take your worldbuilding to the next level.

Food in fantasy

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Angela Boord, Intisar Khanani, Krystle Matar, Travis M. Riddle, K.S. Villoso

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A.M. Justice

Monday, April 12, 2021, 9:00:00 p.m. UTC

A panel to whet your appetite and tickle your tastebuds. Going beyond bread and stew, a fascinating discussion how to use food as a worldbuilding tool and why food in a fantasy novel is not just meaningless detail.

Asian Author Roundtable

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Aliette de Bodard, Vida Cruz, Andrea Stewart, K.S. Villoso, M. L. Wang

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JC Kang

Monday, April 12, 2021, 10:00:00 p.m. UTC

Asia represents dozens of cultures, and there are a growing number of reading choices. Focusing on more than your standard fare of East Asian fantasy, join our panel for a discussion on emerging Asian fantasy and what goes into creating these settings. Oh, and get some amazing recommendations.

Reading with Jeremy Flagg

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Monday, April 12, 2021, 11:30:00 p.m. UTC

Reading with Krystle Matar

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 12:00:00 a.m. UTC

Closing Thoughts from Virginia & Pam

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Virginia McClain

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 12:30:00 a.m. UTC