Programming

Narrativity offers a single track of programming, so ideas can carry through from one panel to the next and the conversation continues all weekend. In the evenings, we’ll have all the function space available for music, conversations, games, or other activities that take your fancy. If you’d like to organize something specific, let us know!

Here is a list of proposed panels for Narrativity 2023. As we get closer to the con, the ideas will be fleshed out more, additional ideas (including those from you!) will be added, and then the list will be narrowed down to fit into the time we have. If you have an idea for a panel or want to be a panelist for any of the ideas below, let us know! And feel free to check out previous years’ programming for an idea of the kind of things we get up to.

Plotting vs Pantsing
What I’ve Done Since Last Narrativity/How Last Narrativity Helped
Is Theme a Thematic Question
Summarizing Dialog – Threat of Menace
Writing Comedy – when humor helps the story
Writing to Market: Yes, No, and How
Voice Solves Everything
How to fix character with plot or plot with character
Sidekicks
How Hard Do You Make Your Reader Work?
How do you get your characters to talk to you?
How do you signal the reader?
How do you get the audience to trust you?
Closure vs ambiguity – What does finishing the work mean / How do I know I’m done? Finding the end of the story
Commerce in art: Threat or menace
What writers can learn from film directors
Stage it – how treating our book as a play will improve it. Looking at the techniques and limitations of playwriting
Where do you get your ideas?
This is what you call feminism? – Politics in storytelling
Lessons we can learn from the failure(s) of Star Wars
The Human Psyche
How to read your contracts
Ask the Agent
High-level creativity – finding the tools to create
When NOT to write
Writer’s block is a myth
Creating Yourself: How your writing persona can help you get readers
Location, Location, Location – how where you are feeds, starves, and otherwise influences your writing
Why are the Curtains Blue? Literary Analysis, Authorial Intent, and why it matters to the reader

Got a great idea for a panel? Want to be a panelist? Please contact our Plenipotentiary of Panels, Steven Brust, and Paragon of Programming, Erin Shanendoah, and let them know what you’re interested in.