Panels at CONvergence, Jul 3-5 2015, Bloomington, MN

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I’ll be on a few panels at CONvergence this coming weekend. Hopefully I’ll see a few of you there:

Thursday, July 2

8:30-9:30PM, DoubleTree Atrium 7
Using Folklore as Inspiration
Explore how writers and artists use folklore as inspiration in urban fantasy.
Panelists: Melissa Olson, Adam Stemple, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Ty Blauersouth, Haddayr Copley-Woods


Friday, July 3

11AM-12PM DoubleTree Bloomington:
How We Change the Stories We Tell About Disability
Join us for a discussion of hidden disabilities in the media – for example, Iron Man has PTSD – and how it changes our perceptions of ability in the real world.
Panelists: Haddayr Copley-Woods, Kiah Nelson, Vetnita Anderson, Emilie Peck, Sherry L.M. Merriam, MA, LPC

12:30-1:30PM DoubleTree Plaza 1
Long and Short of Storytelling
Join publishers and writers of fiction to discuss the differences between novels, novellas, and short stories, from germinating to print.
Panelists: Melissa Olson, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Elizabeth Bear, Wesley Chu, Michael Damian Thomas

3:30pm – 4:30pm DoubleTree Atrium 4
Diversity in Casting
Come discuss race, handicap, gender, diversity, and more in film and TV casting. Is it acceptable when an actor portrays a character with a different physical characteristic? When is it OK to divert from the source?
Panelists: Jonathan Palmer, Derek “Duck” Washington, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Wesley Chu, Cynnthia Michaels

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