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Weyrfest 2011 Schedule!

AT LAST. AT GLORIOUS, GLORIOUS LAST.

I am so sorry, guys, that I haven't had this posted until now. Today I made the mistake of writing on our FB page that I was having a slow day at work and would be able to get our schedule posted ASAP.

Within MINUTES, I was buried in script revisions. Sigh. Doing WORK at work? Who knew!

Anyway. Here it is, fresh and shiny and hot off the digital presses! If you haven't heard it by now, you should definitely know that Anne McCaffrey will be returning as our guest of of honor! We are so, so, SO excited to see her for the first time since 2008. We're also very excited to welcome internationally recognized, multi-award-winning artist Michael Whelan, who has created some of the most memorable and timeless art of this or any genre.

Todd McCaffrey will be back (duh!), as will Jody Lynn Nye. Michael Whelan will be joined by his fellow artists Janny Wurts and Don Maitz, and Anne will be in terrific company with Elizabeth Moon, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and S.M. Stirling. We've even got a bevy of publishers and editors: Jody's husband and writer/publisher/editor/teacher/whoknowswhatallelse Bill Fawcett, Toni Weisskopf of Baen Books, and Shelly Shapiro of Del Rey will be along as well.

But where would all those authors, artists, and editors be without music to motivate them? Have no fear: Emerald Rose will be here!

Yeah. That enough for you? I hope so!

Before we jump into the schedule, there are a few things I want to point out.

There will not be a costume contest this year. I know Jody promised that if at least 20 people showed up to this year's contest, the winner's name would appear in one of her books. That was before we knew that Anne was coming! A lot of extra planning is required to make the schedule sync with the Dragonlady's needs and availability; given that plus the low turnout we've had for the costume contest the past few years, it was simply not tenable to put the contest on the '11 schedule.

I'm so sorry to anyone who's disappointed! If it's any consolation, Jody has generously offered to fulfill her promise next year. And we always, ALWAYS need costumed participants in the parade!

This schedule is still tentative. Yes, we're only a month shy of the convention now, but Dragon*Con reserves the right to make changes at any time. For that matter, changes may need to be made AT the convention! If that happens, we will try to make an announcement in advance, and will change the signage outside our room. Furthermore, the convention posts updates, cancellations, rescheduled panels, etc. in The Daily Dragon, which is available every day at any number of places throughout the convention. Finally, our Twitter page and our Facebook page will be updated as time and a decent internet connection permit.

I'm sure I'll have more notes and thoughts in the near future, but it's late and this director is very very tired! If you all have any questions, please don't hesitate to post them here, on Twitter, on Facebook, or through email. We'll get to them as soon as we can!

Thanks again for your patience, everyone. Let's make this another terrific show!


All panels are in Vinings, in the Hyatt, unless indicated otherwise.

Friday, September 2
10am: Pitching the Tents
Before you start a gather, you've got to set up your wares! Come mingle and relax while we get settled.

11:30am: Welcome to Weyrfest!
Find your friends, meet the staff, ask your questions... and hear a few ground rules from our beautiful and charming director.

1pm: Pern 101
As long as Pern's been around, there are always new readers! We'll straighten out Craft structure, dragon hierarchies, and how to pronounce "Menolly."

2:30pm: ToddTalk
Todd's back! He tells us what he's been up to since last year, and you ask him lots of juicy questions.
Todd McCaffrey

4pm: Delphic Oracle
By popular request! It's obvious the Oracle at Delphi relied on Talent to see the future. Now our guests will tell us a story -- one word at a time.
Todd McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon, Janny Wurts, Don Maitz, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, S.M. Stirling

5:30pm: A Reading with Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth tells us what she's been up to since we last saw her, then gives us a peek at some of her work.
Elizabeth Moon

7pm: Fantastic Worlds, Fantastic Art
Whelan, Wurts, Maitz: if anyone knows painting incredible beasties and far-off places, it's these three.
Michael Whelan, Janny Wurts, Don Maitz

8:30pm: If I could...
Anne has a gift for transporting us to other places and times. If you could ACTUALLY go to her worlds, what would YOU be? Let's dream out loud!


Saturday, September 3
10am: Dragon*Con Parade
It's time for the parade! Bring your Gather best, and meet up at our home base before we go to walk in one of Dragon*Con's biggest events.

1pm: A Reading with Jody Lynn Nye
Jody tells us what's new in her worlds (real and fictional!), then shares a passage from some of her latest work.
Jody Lynn Nye

2:30pm: What's the Wurts that could happen?
Revered fantasy artists Janny Wurts and Don Maitz know how to make dragons pop off the page. Let's talk art, writing, and being BFFs with AMC!
Janny Wurts, Don Maitz

4pm: The Track Who Sang
Last year, our live reading of a McCaffrey classic was a huge success. Pull up a chair as we revisit the moving story of the ship who loved.
Todd McCaffrey, Jody Lynn Nye

5:30pm: Dragon Poker!
When life gets hard, the Pernese don't just cope: they deal. Bring your poker face and we'll show you what we mean (but we won't show you our hand!).

7pm: Weyrfest Game Night!
Tired of running around? Come relax with us! Practice your Dragon Poker skills, or try your hand at the Dragonriders board game!


Sunday, September 4
10am: Big Girls, Bad Dragons
Let's face it: of all of AMC's awesome ladies, our favorites ride dragons. How come? Does the dragon make the girl, or the other way around?

11:30am: A Meeting of Minds
Anne has worked with some of the best in the business to write (or co-write!) her books. Come meet some of them!
Jody Lynn Nye, Todd McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon, Toni Weisskopf, S.M. Stirling, Shelly Shapiro

1pm: Anne McCaffrey Trivia
Brush up on your reading -- it's time for our annual trivia contest! Form teams to fight for the title of Anne McCaffrey trivia master.
Todd McCaffrey

2:30pm: Painting Pern: The White Dragon's Legacy
In 1977, an iconic image helped kickstart two incredible careers. Anne McCaffrey and Michael Whelan hatched Ruth -- but what did he hatch for them? Panel will be held in the Centennial I ballroom
Anne McCaffrey, Michael Whelan, Todd McCaffrey, Bill Fawcett

4pm: A Reading with Todd McCaffrey
Anne and Todd's latest collaboration, "Dragon's Time," just hit the shelves. Maybe if we ask nicely, Todd will read us some of it!
Todd McCaffrey

5:30pm: Dragon Sex!
We discuss, in no uncertain terms, the process -- and pleasures -- of dragon reproduction on Pern. Rated R for "raunchy"!

7pm: The Gather Square
Bring your tambourines and dancing shoes -- Emerald Rose returns!
Emerald Rose


Monday, September 5
10am: What's the deal with a Pern movie?
No, seriously.
Todd McCaffrey

11:30am: Anne McCaffrey's Worlds
There's just not enough time in a weekend to tackle the McCaffrey multiverse. Let's take turns talking about all the other AMC series we love!

1pm: Dead Dragon Party
Alas: all good things must come to an end. Join as we bid farewell to our Pern friends -- until next year!

Updates could happen at any time, so check back for the latest information!

Comments

Sounds like lots of fun this year! ^_^

autographs

I was wondering, and forgive me if this is the wrong place to post this, but will Anne and Todd be doing autographs ince ern is the best series of literature EVER. I would like to get a book signed. Thanks for the time.

Ken Gaus

Re: autographs

Sorry for the typing mistakes. "Since Pern is the best series of literature EVER"

Re: autographs

Ken,

Guests typically have autograph sessions specifically scheduled, yes. We know that Anne is set to have one, but we don't know exactly when yet. I promise I'll post it as soon as I hear something!

I should forewarn that Anne typically can't sign more than one book from each fan. I know that sucks, and I also know that she would LIKE to sign more if she could. But I'm not sure I would be able to sign hundreds of books NOW, much less at 85! So as you're getting yourself all excited for Dragon*Con (and you should be!), you'll want to give some extra thought to which of Anne's books you treasure the most. :>

Re: autographs

Getting even ONE book signed by her would be a dream come true!!! I'm a little surprised she still signs at all. :o
Might want to update, considering Anne's listed as cancelled on the DC website. :(
I'm a big poker fan so I was stoked to see it's happening at D*C. Is there a little more info on the Sat night session (prizes, rules, etc)? Also, will it continue to go on during the game night event?

Thanks!