Speculative Fiction Lecture Series

Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017
Location: Carnegie Mellon University campus

Rex Jameson
Genre Writing Workshop: The Art of the Character Study
1:00 – 3:00 pm
In this workshop, we will discuss the creation of character studies and their incorporation into a storytelling narrative. Participants will learn the relationship between show and tell in character building, the importance of genre and perspective, and the art of moving plot forward while also developing interesting protagonists and antagonists.

Rex Jameson is the author of two novels Lucifer’s Odyssey and The Goblin Rebellion and half a dozen short stories. An avid history buff and an unabashed nerd with an appetite for science fiction and fantasy, he loves to create complex speculative fiction with layered characters. He earned a PhD in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University and researches distributed artificial intelligence in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Rex and his wife Jenny live in Pittsburgh where they enjoy hosting family and friends. Workshop will be in the Danforth Lounge, 2nd Floor of the Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213; registration required. Register here

Mary Robinette Kowal
Photo by © 2012 Rod Searcey

Mary Robinette Kowal
The Intersection of Puppetry and Science Fiction
4:00 pm
These two arts have a surprising amount in common. In this talk, award-winning author and professional puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal looks at how puppetry has shaped her creatively, and the tools that working writers can borrow from stage.

Mary is a three-time Hugo Award winning author of The Glamourist Histories fantasy novels. The talk will be in Room 1112, Doherty Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213; no registration, lecture is free.

Book Signing
Mary Robinette Kowal
and Rex Jameson
5:00 pm

Room 1112, Doherty Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213. Open to the public.

Parking: On Forbes Avenue, both the Morewood and the East Campus garage at CMU are free on weekends.

For more info, contact: Joe Coluccio / 412-287-0896 / president@parsec-sff.org
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Carnegie Mellon University supports the YA Lecture Series though its ProSEED_Crosswalk grant, so the lectures can be free and open to the public. The Series is also sponsored by the CMU English Department and two student groups: AB Lectures and Partners in Speculative Fiction.

Parsec, Inc. is a local, 501c3, non-profit, literary organization celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is the international organization of professional speculative fiction writers. Founded in 1965, SFWA is a non-profit organization composed of 1800 professional genre authors and is dedicated promoting literacy, supporting its members and presenting the annual Nebula Awards® to the finest science fiction and fantasy writers in the world.