08 August 2015

Countdown to Matsuricon!

Original banner (c) Matsuricon. 

I'm happy to announce that the schedule for Matsuricon is publicly available, which confirms the time and location for my most popular writing panel, Fanfic into Fiction, which will make its Matsuricon debut this year!

I've presented Fanfic into Fiction regularly since 2013, with versions that last anywhere from 60-90 minutes depending on the size and scope of the convention. Matsuricon is jam-packed with events this year, so I'll be doing the shorter presentation this time around.

So what is Fanfic into Fiction? In a nutshell, it's a creative writing and appreciation panel of fan fiction. It's also a little bit like a lecture module, because I devote segments to providing a general understanding of fair use and copyright; developing writing skills from creating derivative works; and moving beyond fan fiction into writing for publication and general audiences.

I'll be offering it on Saturday, August 15th, at 2pm in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Matsuricon website has a link to the maps for the convention, as it's spread out between three locations this year: The Crowne Plaza, the Hyatt Regency, and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Here's a copy of the map I lovingly defaced so you can find me next Saturday:

Original map by Matsuricon and the GCC. 

Art (c) Pulpfest.
Running the same time as Matsuricon is another great pop culture convention, Pulpfest, where "hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials" meet up to express their love and appreciation. This year's theme for Pulpfest is celebrating H. P. Lovecraft!   Lovecraft, well-known for the Cthulhu mythos, is one of the great contributors to modern horror. He has a famed history with the pulp magazine Weird Tales, which is also being honored at Pulpfest.

There's a special deal for convention attendees where you can purchase discounted admission to Pulpfest when you show them your Matsuricon badge at registration. The same deal goes for Pulpfest attendees, who can purchase a discounted Matsuricon badge, as well.

For more on this awesome deal, (pump up your weekend!) check out the information on Matsuricon's website here.

When it gets closer to convention time, I'll be sure to post another reminder, and as always, will review my convention experience upon my return. Stay tuned, and thanks for your support!

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