Yes. There's only one programming track. Put all your eggs in one basket. And watch that basket.
My own personal schedule:
F R I D A Y
3 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
5 p.m. Grinding Buttons and Pushing Axes for Fun and Profit
I hate stories with a “message”, particularly if I agree with the message, but maybe I’m wrong. Can it be done well and elegantly? How? What is the value in making your reader uncomfortable?
Elizabeth Bear (mod), Alec Austin, Emma Bull, Marissa Lingen, Sarah Monette
6:30 p.m. Dinner Break
9 p.m. A Very Shiny Evening of Readings and Celebration
An evening of readings in celebration of ten years of making shiny jewelry that inspires people with good imaginations and the willingness to make art. Readings begin at 9:30.
S A T U R D A Y
9:30 a.m. The Dreaded Second Draft
Elizabeth Bear (mod), Eleanor Arnason, Emma Bull, Pamela Dean, Catherine Lundoff, Caroline Stevermer
12:15 p.m. Lunch Break
3 p.m Playing with Structure
I like playing with structure. It gives me a whole new way to approach storytelling. It adds dimension, and layers. I wish I knew what it was.
Elizabeth Bear (mod), Alec Austin, Bernadette Bosky, Emma Bull, Jim Frenkel, Jon Singer
4:30 p.m. 21st Century Storytelling
Ever since the first artist used the first stone tool and vegetable dye, art and technology have been inseparable. In the 21st century, this threatens to get completely out of control– much to our delight. (Yes, this is the Shadow Unit panel. Comments from the peanut gallery encouraged.)
Steven Brust (mod), Alec Austin, Elizabeth Bear, Emma Bull, Sarah Monette, Will Shetterly
6 p.m. Dinner Break
8 p.m. Food, Fashion, and Fornication
Previous 4th Street conventions have established beyond doubt or question that good fantasy has good food values. What about fashion? Fornication? What about other things that may or may not begin with F?
Elise Matthesen (mod), Elizabeth Bear, Catherine Lundoff, Sarah Monette, Kit O’Connell, Jon Singer
(Hopefully music and hanging around in the evening)
S U N D A Y
10 a.m. Writing in the Negative Space
Music is the notes and the spaces between the notes. Storytelling happens in what you don’t tell the reader as much as what you do tell. Discuss. Be complete, concise, and specific.
Steven Brust (mod), Elizabeth Bear, Emma Bull, Kevin Maroney, Sarah Monette, Will Shetterly
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
2 p.m. Stuff
Elizabeth Bear talks about Stuff. Other people also talk about Stuff. This is the panel about Stuff, and theories of Stuff, and people discussing theories of Stuff.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden (mod), Elizabeth Bear, Emma Bull, Arthur Hlavaty, Sarah Monette
3:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
(skive off to go to St. Paul and climb things)
(Come back for a presumed dead dog party.)