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Monday, 9 April 2012

Another Swancon comes and goes

Easter is over and I’m feeling sad. That’s because Swancon, the annual Western Australian Science Fiction Convention, is over for another year. Every year, as summer draws to a close, I start to look forward to four days of socialising with fellow fans and sitting in on panels — usually in the audience but sometimes on the podium — about books, writing and other topics of interest to aficionados of genre fiction in all its forms. This is the eighth one I have attended and Swancon has never yet disappointed me. There are always interesting, knowledgeable guests from Australia and overseas, as well as plenty of good company.

This year was no exception. We had two excellent Guests of Honour: American author Brandon Sanderson, successor to the late Robert Jordan and author of well over a dozen excellent books and the very versatile and gifted Marianne de Pierres, author of the Sentients of Orion trilogy, the Parrish Plessis series and, writing as Marianne Delacourt, the Tara Sharp books, as well as several novels for teenagers.

Local authors, including Bevan McGuiness, Stephen Dedman and Sue Isles, also lent their presence to various panel discussions on books, comics, games, reading, writing, authors, film, TV programs – two or three panels or talks in an average of eight time slots on each of four days. There is no way any one person could be at all of them!

There were a couple of book launches, several author talks, classes on subjects as diverse as poi twirling, how to run a convention and how to play the game ‘Magic the Gathering’, a favourite pastime of our overseas guest, Brandon Sanderson.

I always enjoy the panels on the techniques of writing. Our guests offered many hints on finishing a manuscript, breaking through writers’ block, inventing new worlds and other aspects of the craft, among other salient subjects.

I was involved in three panels: one on how to rewrite or revise a manuscript, one on how fairy tales are used in modern films and books and one on what happens — or should happen! — after you’ve finished your manuscript. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them as I had excellent team mates including my fellow Egobooers Helen Venn and Carol Ryles and fellow editors Alisa Krasnostein and Jonathan Strahan.

But sadly, it’s all over now until next year.Hopefully, I'll be able to attend at least a couple more cons before then.

3 comments:

Jo said...

I am now green with envy. I would love to meet Brandon Sanderson. I am eagerly awaiting the last book in the WOT series as well as his next book in his own new series - name escapes me right now. I love his writing and have devoured everything he has written so far.

Sue Bursztynski said...

I'd go every year if it was on this side of the continent. I've been to three, myself, and always found it not only interesting but friendly, with none of the lit versus media nonsense I have seen elsewhere. I remember bring greeted, my first time, by many people with, "Hi!Is this your first Swancon?" Still, there's Continuum to look forward to.:)

Satima Flavell said...

Brandon S. is a very nice, approachable man, Jo. I interviewed him for The Specusphere and will get it online tomorrow or the next day - waiting on photos. But you'll be sad to know that we have to wait two years fort he rest of The Way of Kings as there are two other books that his publishers want first.

Sue, I hope you'll get over for another Swancon sometime. But I'll see you at the Natcon in June, all being well!

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