Conflux is Canberra’s annual convention for speculative fiction writers and is an event that’s close to my heart. I attended Conflux for the first time in 2009. I’d never been to a convention before and, being an introvert, I found the idea to be intimidating. I know I’m not the only one. However, as one of Australia’s smaller conventions, I found Conflux made a great portal to the speculative fiction community. Conflux has set the stage for a number of my firsts: first convention, first time sitting on a panel and first time moderating a panel. I launched my first anthology at Conflux. The people are unfailingly welcoming and over the years I’ve made a number of wonderful friends.
This year the convention will run from Friday 3 October until Monday 6 October. As suggested by the poster (which was designed by the amazing Shauna O’Meara), the theme is Journeys of Discovery. The Guests of Honour are Alisa Krasnostein, director of Twelfth Planet Press, and author Margo Lanagan. Although the convention focuses primarily on writers, fans are also welcome and it’s worth taking a peek at the program.
Where to find me
This year Conflux will be witnessing another of my firsts: my first ever workshop.
Working with your Editor
When: Friday 3 October, 10am – 12:30 pm
Where: Forest Room 3
Rydges Capital Hill,
17 Canberra Avenue , Forrest, ACT
Cost: Free for members of Conflux 10, $55 for non-members
This workshop gives an overview of the editing process for self-publishers as well as writers looking to pursue traditional print publication. It will also provide tips on how to establish a positive relationship with your editor as you work towards the successful publication of your story.
If you’d like to come along, please make sure you pre-register.
I’ll also be showing my colours as an anime fan.
When: Saturday, 4 October 1-2pm
Where: Forest Room 3
Is Otaku something that can be cured? Our panellists will explain why not and the joys of embracing this condition!
I had fun on last year’s panel, where I was introduced to John Samuel and his excellent anime review blog (if you like anime, do check it out. His recommendations have enlivened my anime viewing this year). I’m looking forward to repeating the experience.
If you have an interest in speculative fiction and can make it along, please stop by and say hi! I love getting to know new people. However, if Canberra is a little too far away for you or attending conventions is not your sort of thing, there’s no need for you to miss out entirely. I shall be posting a convention report once the excitement is over (and I’ve had the chance for a few restorative cups of tea).