If you’d like to extend your Sirens experience, we hope you’ll join us for the Sirens Studio! While Sirens is terrific, it can be hectic: so many people to see, so many conversations to have, not nearly enough time to grab a seat by the fire and just read. The Sirens Studio, however, gives you both what you love about Sirens and that down time that we all need: small-group workshop intensives led by exceptional faculty in the morning; flexible time to read, write, or relax in the afternoon; and on Tuesday night, both a reception with our exceptional Studio faculty and a guest of honor keynote address available only to Studio attendees.
More information about our 2019 Studio faculty is below, and workshop topics and schedule for the Sirens Studio will be available in early 2019. Tickets are available to registered Sirens attendees, and include access to the Studio’s workshop intensives, the afternoon quiet and discussion rooms, morning smoothies, the faculty reception, and the Studio keynote address. The Sirens Shuttle will be available on the evening of Monday, October 21, to facilitate Sirens Studio attendees’ transportation to the Hilton Inverness Hotel. In order to keep the experience conversational and somewhat intimate, we are limiting the number of Sirens Studio tickets to 70.
Dates: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, and Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday (and until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday)
Ticket Price: $100
You may purchase tickets here.
Studio Guest of Honor
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star-Touched series and Aru Shah and The End of Time, book one in the Pandava series. She grew up in Georgia, where she acquired a Southern accent but does not use it unless under duress. She has a luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. She is the 2016 finalist for the Andre Norton Award, and a 2016 Locus finalist for Best First Novel. Her short story, The Star Maiden, was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.
For more information about Roshani, please visit her website or her Twitter.
For more information about the conference Guests of Honor, please visit our Sirens Guest of Honor page.
Reading Intensive Faculty
Nia Davenport has always harbored a love of both science and crafting stories. After college, Nia studied and worked in the public health sector before discovering a passion for teaching. As an English and Biology teacher, Nia strives to make a difference in the lives of young people, minimize disparities in education for youths of color, and help students realize their dreams and unlimited potential. As a Black writer, her goals are much the same. Nia is also a freelance reviewer for Booklist.
For more information about Nia, please visit her Twitter.
Juliet Grames is the associate publisher at Soho Press, where she acquires and edits a range of fiction and literature in translation, and where she curates the award-winning Soho Crime imprint. Her debut novel, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, will be published in May 2019 by Ecco/HarperCollins in North America and by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK.
For more information about Juliet, please visit the Soho Press website or her Twitter.
Jen Michaels has a lifelong love of words that led her down an academic rabbit hole: first a BA in Linguistics from UCLA, then a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Now she spends far too much time reading all
the things, including but not limited to fantasy/sci-fi books, short story collections, graphic novels, manga, and visual novels. She can frequently be found attempting to cook recipes inspired by her favorite stories.
For more information about Jen, please visit her Twitter.
Rebecca Roanhorse is a speculative fiction writer, who has won both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award and been a Sturgeon/Locus/WFA Award Finalist, for her short fiction Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™. She has also won the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New SFF writer. Her debut novel Trail of Lightning
, Book #1 in the Sixth World series (Saga Press), is available now. Book #2, Storm of Locusts
, will follow in April 2019. She also has a middle grade novel coming in 2019 from Rick Riordan Presents, titled Race to the Sun
. And in 2020, a Mesa Verde-inspired epic fantasy Between Earth and Sky
(Saga Press). Her nonfiction can be found in Invisible 3: Essays and Poems on Representation in SF/F
, Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine and How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation
(Macmillan). She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.
For more information about Rebecca, please visit her website or her Twitter.
Writing Intensive Faculty
Mishell Baker is a 2009 graduate of the Clarion Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Redstone Science Fiction, and Electric Velocipede. Her urban fantasy series The Arcadia Project, released by Simon & Schuster’s Saga imprint, includes Borderline, Phantom Pains, and Imposter Syndrome. The series is narrated by Millicent Roper, a snarky double-amputee and suicide survivor who works with a ragtag collection of society’s least-wanted, keeping the world safe from the chaotic whims of supernatural beasties. When Mishell isn’t convention-hopping or going on wild research adventures, she lives in Los Angeles with her co-parent and two changelings.
For more information about Mishell, please visit her website or her Twitter.
Nilah Magruder is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. From her beginnings in the woods of the eastern United States, she developed an eternal love for three things: nature, books, and animation. She has written and storyboarded for television studios like DreamWorks and Disney. She also illustrates children's books, including the Dactyl Hill Squad series by Daniel José Older from Scholastic. Nilah is the author of M.F.K., a middle-grade graphic novel from Insight Editions and the winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and How to Find a Fox, a picture book. She has published short fiction in the anthology ALL OUT (edited by Saundra Mitchell), in Fireside Magazine, and for Marvel Comics. When she is not working, Nilah is watching movies, growing herbs, roller-skating, and fighting her cat for control of her desk chair.
For more information about Nilah, please visit her website or her Twitter.
Career Development Intensive Faculty
Sara Megibow is a literary agent with kt literary out of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She started working in publishing in 2006 and represents New York Times-bestselling authors Margaret Rogerson, Jason Hough, Jaleigh Johnson, and Roni Loren. Sara is actively acquiring and represents authors who write middle grade novels (all sub-genres), young adult novels (all sub-genres), romance novels (all sub-genres) and science fiction/fantasy for the adult market. Always LGBTQIA+ friendly!
For more information about Sara, please visit kt literary’s website or her Twitter.
Amy Tenbrink serves as Executive Vice President and Associate General Counsel-Revenue and Business Development for Univision Communications, the leading multimedia company entertaining, informing, and empowering Hispanic America. In this role, Amy both leads the legal team with respect to all revenue-generating businesses and other initiatives for Univision (including content distribution and advertising sales) and serves as a strategic business advisor with respect to those same businesses and initiatives. Prior to this role, Amy served as the Senior Vice President Business Affairs for Univision, and led the content distribution legal team in deals ranging from traditional MVPD distribution to innovative digital arrangements. Before joining Univision, Amy was Director and Senior Corporate Counsel for DISH Network, where she first supported a wide range of business units (including consumer, commercial and advertising sales) and later, led the legal team for DISH’s content acquisition group, which negotiates billions of dollars in content deals annually. Prior to her work at DISH, Amy worked in private practice, focusing primarily on technology, intellectual property, and finance. Amy holds degrees with honors from both the University of Southern California and the Georgetown University Law Center.
For more information about Amy, please visit her Twitter.