Hey! Everybody! I’m doing convention stuff!

Creative Ink is a badass con for writers, held every year in Vancouver. It hosts people like multiple-Hugo-winner Robert J. Sawyer, among others, and it’s always worth going to.

If you’re in BC around that time, come on down. I’m doing crazy shit, breaking things, getting drunk. And by that I mean: doing panels and talks and behaving myself. Obviously.

Friday Night

Author Reading – 9.20pm 

This is a whole night of author readings, not just from me (as awesome as that would be) but from writers like Kristi Charish, Kristene Perron and KT Wagner. Come down. Laugh at my inept pronunciation and fumbled jokes!


12:00pm  – Writing the Future (Panel)

Barb Ferrer (M), Rob Boffard, Michele Fogal, Sadiq Somjee, Tom Wright

How do you create a credible near future? What things are likely to change, what will stay the same? How do you incorporate changes in the environment, economy, politics and culture into a believable future?

1:00pm  – No Spoilers Allowed (Panel)

Brenda Carre (M), Rob Boffard, Neil Enock, Randy McCharles

Sometimes, we don’t want our readers to know who the bad guy is until near the end of the story. How do you effectively hide your villain? How can you do it with them in plain view, without the reader catching on, yet when they are revealed, it makes sense?

4:00pm  – Easter Eggs (Panel)

Adam Dreece (M), Rob Boffard, Frank Talaber, Andrea Westaway 

Wait, she didn’t really put that in there, did she? What hidden secrets and nuggets are actually embedded in the stories? Is it a good idea? Or can it distract from the story and compromise your entire endeavour?


10:00am – Creative book promotion strategies – what works, and what doesn’t, with Rob Boffard (Presentation)

I’m giving a talk! Whoop! Selling books can be tricky – especially when every other author is trying to do the same. What can you do to creatively promote your book, and set you apart from the crowd? From ridiculous publicity stunts to deep-dives into data to figure out what readers want, this talk will break down what makes a good promo strategy. Books don’t become successes by themselves, and this talk will help you take the next step in your publishing career.

1:00pm – Valuing Your Work (Panel)

Brenda Carre (M), Samantha Beiko, Rob Boffard, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Are you a professional writer? Or do you aspire to be a professional writer? That means working for money, not just for fame and glory. Join a group of professional writers to learn more about turning your words into money. What kind of paying work is available to writers? How much can you or should you charge? And when is it okay not to charge for your work?

2:00pm – Build an Empire On the Fly (Panel)

Brenda Carre (M), Roxanne Barbour, Rob Boffard, Bevan Thomas, Sadiq Somjee

Our panelists will create an empire from the ground up. They’ll design everything they can think of: geography, races, culture, laws, history, etc, while our moderator will toss problems (like insurgent dissidents and earthquakes) their way. An artist will be on hand to sketch scenarios and to contribute to the discussion.

5:00pm – Plot Twists (Panel)

Barb Ferrer (M), Mel Anastasiou, Rob Boffard, Trevor Melanson

We love to read them, we love to include them in our stories, but how to do them successfully?

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