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Eugen Bacon is African Australian, a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. Her work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or commended in national and international awards, including the Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Award, Nommo Award for Africans and Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards. Publications: Claiming T-Mo (Meerkat Press). Writing Speculative Fiction (Macmillan). In 2020: Her Bitch Dress (Ginninderra Press), The Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories (Meerkat Press), Hadithi (Luna Press Publishing), Inside the Dreaming (NewCon Press).  

Paula loves all types of creatures, from spiders and snakes to horses and dogs. Unicorns and dragons feature in her fantasy novels as well as presiding in her library at home. Believing that telling stories is one way to help restore the balance between humans and other species, she hopes to inspire fellow authors to include interesting animal characters in their writing. Paula has 7 novels traditionally published and regularly writes for horse magazines. She is a submissions reader for Aurealis Magazine and a judge for the Aurealis Awards.

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He's the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and a contributor to Ninth Step Station and Machina on Serial Box. Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science FictionOregon Reads Aloud, and elsewhere. His homebrew cat feeding robot was displayed in the "Worlds Beyond Here" exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum. You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint on the second Tuesday of most every month.

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Morgan Davie is a game designer and writer from Wellington, New Zealand. (Actually, from Lower Hutt, which is just around the harbour.) He is best known for the game design of multi-award-winning storytelling game for schools Game of Awesome, writing multiple books for the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game from Cubicle 7, and as lead designer on the upcoming A|State RPG from Handiwork Games. He is the game master and host of Diceratops, which brings games to the stage in Wellington and also presents games and interviews in podcast form as Diceratops Presents. He’s also written and staged interactive theatre events, published several short stories, and self-published a novel. He spends a lot of time walking the family dog.

Jude-Marie Green is a writer of genre (science fiction & fantasy, plus the occasional horror) fiction.  She lives in Southern California amid palm trees, orange trees, avocado trees, roses, and birds.  Lots of birds.

She is a fan of long standing.  Her first convention was in 1977 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott.  She attends many conventions, including NorWesCon in Seattle where she is frequently a panelist and professional author as part of the Fairwood Writers Workshop.

A few years ago a friend challenged her to write a short story.  She thought, “I can do that!”  Twenty six revisions later, that story still hasn’t sold, but she is a much better writer.  And has sold many other stories to online and print publications.

She discovered that most science fiction conventions these days have writers’ workshops, and she attended several while learning to write.  She found the James Gunn writing workshop and Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas, and participated several times.  She attended the second Borderlands Bootcamp workshop in 2006.  She went to the Rainforest Writers Workshop in 2009.  In 2010, she was selected to attend Clarion West, in Seattle, Washington.  She won the 2013 Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant.  She organized the writing workshops for Potlatch Convention in 2014 in San Jose, 2015 in Seattle, and 2016 in San Jose again.

Jude-Marie Green has co-edited Abyss&Apex Online (with Wendy Delmater Thies,) Noctem Aeternus (with Michael Knost,) and 10Flash Quarterly (with K.C. Ball.)

Recent publications include Rock, Paper, Scissors, Glass in Daily Science Fiction, Halo of Flies in Satan Is Your Friend, and Mothman In Love in Geek Out! II.  Her collection of short fiction, Glorious Madness, is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle. 

Raised on farms around the North Island of NZ, Bren MacDibble incorporates her love of the land into her enivronmentally themed children's books. Bren did the big backpacking OE in her 20s through Asia, Europe and Africa then settled in Melbourne for the next twenty years. A house fire and the loss of belongings prompted her to sell up, and spend two years living in a bus travelling around Australia. She has now dropped anchor in Kalbarri, WA.

Bren's first two trade novels, How to Bee, for children, and In the Dark Spaces, for young adults under the name Cally Black, both picked up New Zealand Book Awards in 2018. The first time anyone had won two categories in the same year. Her third novel, The Dog Runner, for children, also won a New Zealand Book Award in 2019. Bren has also won an Ampersand Prize, CBCA Book of the Year, a NSW Premiers Award, two Aurealis Awards, & a Qld Lit Award, and was nominated for a CILIP Carnegie Prize. 

Bren as Cally Black has also won multiple awards for In the Dark Spaces, a YA SF Thriller, described as blindingly original, vivid and immersive. Bren has another children's book being released simultaneously in the UK, Aus and NZ in early August 2020. Watch out for Across the Risen Sea.

Chris was born in Chicago, but largely grew up in Perth, Western Australia. His father was a long-time subscriber to Astounding/Analog and other sf magazines and encouraged his early interest in sf. In 1989, Chris started a fanzine, Mumblings from Munchkinland*, in order to stay in touch with other fans whilst serving as an Australian Volunteer Abroad in Peshawar, Pakistan in the early 1990s. He married Megan (another AVA) and they have raised three talented and beautiful daughters -- Ella, Lauren and Ruby -- in Tasmania, Samoa, Fiji and, currently, Canberra, where Chris manages a science library. He has continued to pub his ish in these and other countries over the past 30 years, despite Megan’s pleas for him to get a life. He writes mainly about his family, their travels, and early Australian fan history. * Available on

Emeline is an author, speaker and space entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder of International Space Consultants and SpaceBase – a social enterprise working to democratize access to space in emerging countries, starting with New Zealand. Emeline is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, and is the former Chief Impact Officer of Singularity University based in California, USA. Emeline has Physics, and Earth and Space Science degrees, and attended the International Space University Space Studies Program. She has worked and consulted for several space startups including Space Adventures and Zero Gravity Corporation. She was the Payload Flight Manager for Odyssey Moon. Emeline is co-author of the book Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight which was selected in 2013 for the US Air Force’s Chief of Staff Reading List.


This workshop looks at the questions writers should ask when creating animal protagonists, antagonists and companions. Using images of fascinating creatures, the workshop covers animal behaviours as well as biology. Whether the basis for a character is a real animal, a mythical being, an extinct species, or purely from the writer’s imagination, adding interesting and challenging facets to their lives will keep readers caring about the character and turning the pages.
Note: Images of sharks and spiders, people with phobias should be aware. Child Membership cannot sign up for this particular workshop.
Every writer has their approach to resolving plot problems and to generate new ideas. One that Julie Czerneda has used successfully for years is to "draw her way out." In this workshop, you'll use this technique to work though different story challenges, from character development to plotting. Attendees will be emailed worksheets to be used during the workshop, and must have their own large sheet of paper (minimum 40X40cm). There is no advance preparation required.
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Fans interrogating fans! See presentations from bidding Worldcons, and get a chance to ask them about their plans. Bids starting in 2023 will be available for questioning.The final of 3 Question Time sessions.

Part 1 happened on June 28 with the Questioning of the 2022 bids. Check here for the recorded video;

Part 2 was earlier today, with Questions directed towards the 2021 Worldcon. As soon as the recording is available, we will post the link to its listing in the Programme schedule.

At a time when we need bridges more than ever, international SF helps us build them--both across the world and into the future. What are some of the challenges in translations? What nuances need to be taken into account when trying to bridge linguistic and cultural differences?
Urban fantasy has evolved in recent years, and its popularity has spread, so that we now even have urban fantasy on TV. How has it changed, and what are good examples?