Nebula Conference 2021 Online

March 15, 2021

March 20, 2021

May 09, 2021

May 16, 2021

May 23, 2021

May 30, 2021

Grandmaster Reception Honoring Nalo Hopkinson

May 30, 2021 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Damon Knight Grand Master Reception Honoring Nalo Hopkinson!

Celebrate the newest Damon Knight Grand Master.

NOTE: You must be a ticketholder for the 2021 conference to receive an invite to the reception. If you are registered and did not receive or cannot find your invitation, email events@sfwa.org and we’ll get you sorted.

 

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June 04, 2021

Crafting the First Line (Sponsored by Plottr)

June 4, 2021 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Authors and editors discuss what makes a first line successful at a craft level, breaking down their favorites and sharing their own strategies.

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Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature… in Spaaaaace! (sponsored by 4theWords)

June 4, 2021 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Authors of middle grade and young adult science fiction discuss craft and career strategies to make this often hard-to-sell category more appealing to gatekeepers.

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Maintaining A Good Relationship With Your Agent (sponsored by Tor)

June 4, 2021 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Authors and agents discuss healthy strategies for maintaining a good business relationship—and how to know when it’s time to move on.

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Actually Writing the Comic You Promised (Sponsored by podium audio)

June 4, 2021 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Experienced comics writers discuss the unique challenges of writing a graphic novel script that’s already been sold.

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Being Your Own Marketer & Publicist: Promoting Your Novel (sponsored by liminal fiction)

June 4, 2021 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join indie authors as they discuss how to maximize paid advertisements, newsletter reach, and the promotional tactics that are working, now!

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What Sheltering-In Teaches Us About Our Speculative Worlds (Sponsored by Uncanny)

June 4, 2021 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Writers discuss what experiencing a real worldwide pandemic has taught them about crafting speculative worlds.

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Building an Anti-Racist Workshop (Sponsored by Clarion West)

June 4, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Writers explore the ways in which traditional workshop methods suppress the voices of writers of color and suggest ways to dismantle these structures for a more inclusive, anti-racist workshop.

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This Ain’t the Hero’s Journey: Writing for Video Games (Sponsored by 4theWords)

June 4, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Panelists share tips, tricks, and approaches that keep players engaged, maintain player agency, and craft a story that builds and engages.

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Hometown Heroes: Working and Writing Globally (sponsored by khōréō)

June 4, 2021 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Writers from a variety of countries discuss their experiences, their goals, and what they might need from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers “of America.”

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Bridging Verse and Prose in Speculative Writing (Sponsored by uncanny)

June 4, 2021 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Writers discuss how their experiences with verse and prose affect one another, where the two blend, and advice for writers trying to expand or improve their repertoire.

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June 05, 2021

Speed Date a Scientist (Sponsored by tor)

June 5, 2021 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Northern Illinois University hosts short exciting talks by STEM experts and the reactions of speculative fiction authors to the research, technology, and artistry that will transform our future.

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It’s My Story, Too! (Sponsored Plottr)

June 5, 2021 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Authors discuss their processes for creating side characters and their stories.

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Setting Boundaries (Sponsored by Podium Audio)

June 5, 2021 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Authors across the publishing spectrum discuss how they interact with, acknowledge, and encourage their readers while maintaining personal boundaries.

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Interrogating Scare Tactics: Today’s Horror Writing (Sponsored by Clarion west)

June 5, 2021 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Authors and editors discuss how current horror writers are subverting the genre’s troubling past and what new twists lay ahead.

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Thinking Big, Publishing Small (sponsored by liminal Fiction)

June 5, 2021 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Authors and editors discuss why they choose to publish with a small press rather than a “Big 5” house, including the ups and downs.

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Taxes and Finances for Non-U.S. Writers Publishing in the United States (Sponsored by Kurth Lampe Worldwide)

June 5, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Authors who are based outside the United States discuss their financial experiences with a publishing industry that is largely based in New York City and offer tips to those in similar situations.

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Beyond Superheroes: Indie Science Fiction Graphic Novel Showcase (sponsored by Robert Stadnick)

June 5, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join experienced creators and editors and discover new graphic novel authors and learn about the possibilities of this vital medium.

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Assembling a Short Story Collection (sponsored by Kurth Lampe Worldwide)

June 5, 2021 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Join short fiction writers for a discussion about best practices for assembling and publishing a collection of your own stories.

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Writing Speculative Justice (sponsored by L.E. grabowski)

June 5, 2021 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Authors discuss what we can and should be thinking about while building systems of justice into our speculative worlds.

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June 06, 2021

Hanging up Your Shingle: How to Start in Freelance Editorial (Sponsored by podium audio)

June 6, 2021 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Experienced freelance editors give insights on how writers and publishing professionals can set up their own businesses in editorial.

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Dude, Where’s My Flying Car? NASA’s Future of Aviation

June 6, 2021 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Panelists: James Kenyon, Susan Gorton, Paul Dees and Shannon Eichorn (moderator)

NASA Aeronautics experts discuss the future of advanced air mobility, sustainable subsonic transports, commercial supersonic aircraft, and the future airspace needed to manage it all.

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Taking Marginalization to Acquisitions (sponsored by Liminal Fiction)

June 6, 2021 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Panelists: Diana M. Pho, Ruoxi Chen, Angeline Rodriguez and Tiana Coven (moderator)

Editors discuss how they approach pitching books featuring marginalized identities and non-western inspired worlds in acquisition meetings to marketing and sales teams that might fear they are not “commercial enough.”

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Transitioning To Tabletop Games Writing (sponsored by 4thewords)

June 6, 2021 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Writers discuss what it takes to write well for TTRPGs, which skills transfer between mediums, and how to become comfortable with writing for both mainstream and indie tabletop games.

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Writing Through Pain and Fatigue (Sponsored by Tj Berry)

June 6, 2021 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Panelists discuss the methods that help them navigate writing through pain and fatigue, and share strategies for writers in similar situations.

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By Our Powers Combined: Writing Collaboratively (Sponsored by Tor)

June 6, 2021 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Writers across prose, games, and television share their collaboration stories and strategies.

 

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How Quarantine Has Changed the Middle Grade and Young Adult Markets (Sponsored by Candlewick press)

June 6, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Experienced authors and editors discuss how the middle grade and young adult markets shifted due to COVID-19 and how they stay agile as the rules begin to shift.

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Worldbuilding in Tight Spaces (sponsored by Uncanny)

June 6, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Authors discuss techniques for worldbuilding quickly in short stories.

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Writing and Parenting: Finding Balance and Time (sponsored by plottr)

June 6, 2021 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Authors (parents!) talk about finding time and balance between the needs of family and writing–how to keep motivation, and how to prevent and deal with overwhelm.

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Beyond Three-Act Structure (sponsored by khōréō)

June 6, 2021 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Writers and creators question received wisdom, share their ideas on building story, and highlight various non-three-act structural approaches you can incorporate into your writing toolbox.

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September 05, 2021

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September 19, 2021

September 26, 2021

October 03, 2021

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October 24, 2021

October 31, 2021

November 07, 2021

November 14, 2021

November 21, 2021

Narrative Worlds: Go Big or Go Home! Bringing Hefty Themes, Structures, and Influences to Doorstopper Novels (Webinar)

November 21, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Track:

Narrative Worlds is a monthly discussion between Kate Elliott and a guest, looking into a specific single worldbuilding topic in depth.

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November 28, 2021

December 05, 2021

December 12, 2021

December 19, 2021

Narrative Worlds: Using Character Interactions To Seamlessly Build Worlds and Narratives Without Infodump (Webinar)

December 19, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Track:

Narrative Worlds is a monthly discussion between Kate Elliott and a guest, looking into a specific single worldbuilding topic in depth.

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December 26, 2021

January 09, 2022

January 16, 2022

Narrative Worlds: The Puzzles Inside Worldbuilding: Constructing Narratives at Various Lengths (Webinar)

January 16, 2022 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Track:

Narrative Worlds is a monthly discussion between Kate Elliott and a guest, looking into a specific single worldbuilding topic in depth.

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February 20, 2022

Narrative Worlds: I Hate Worldbuilding And I Have To Do It Anyway: Why Are There No Shortcuts (Webinar)

February 20, 2022 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Track:

Narrative Worlds is a monthly discussion between Kate Elliott and a guest, looking into a specific single worldbuilding topic in depth.

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April 24, 2022

Narrative Worlds: How to Avoid the Monoculture: Writing Cultures in Isolation and Contact (Webinar)

April 24, 2022 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Track:

Narrative Worlds is a monthly discussion between Kate Elliott and a guest, looking into a specific single worldbuilding topic in depth.

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