Readercon (www.readercon.org) runs July 12-15 in Burlington, MA.
Thursday, July 12, 9:30: solo reading
Friday, July 13, noon: Codex group reading (there's a chance I won't be able to get out of work in time for this one, though)
Friday, July 13, 5:00 PM: Why I Stopped Writing.
Panelists: Erik Amundsen, Nathan Ballingrud, Steve Berman (leader), Geary Gravel, Jennifer Pelland, Luc Reid.
We've all seen writers logging their word counts, charting their progress toward the next novel or short story. And we've heard the advice to keep writing and submitting. But is it ever a good idea to just stop? What can we gain from getting off the publishing merry-go-round, at least for a while? Is stopping a sign of failure, or just another stage in a writer's career? The panelists discuss how and why they stopped writing (and maybe started up again).
Sunday, July 15, 10:00 AM: The Seven Deadly Myths of Creativity.
Panelists: Andy Duncan, Joe Haldeman, Steve Kelner (leader), Toni L.P. Kelner, Matthew Kressel, Jennifer Pelland, Luc Reid.
What is creativity, really? How does it work? Many people think of it as somehow magical, but in fact there has been considerable neuropsychological research devoted to the process of creativity, and current evidence makes it clear that it is inherent in the human brain: everyone is creative; the question is how to harness it. Having said that, there are many myths about creativity which are not only unhelpful but have actively blocked or inhibited writers. Fortunately, many of these myths are entirely explicable and avoidable. Stephen Kelner, a research psychologist who is also a professional writer, will give an overview of the myths and the realities, and discussion will further explore individual participants' questions or challenges.
And then, after Readercon, I'm one of the performers in the Abraxas Dance Company's show Paradox: http://www.tinydancer.co/Tiny_Dancer/Paradox.html
The show starts Sunday at 7:00, and is at the Cambridge YMCA Theater on Mass Ave, just outside Central Square.