Do you need a programming topic? Want to encourage someone else to take on an idea? It’s time to brainstorm!
Here are a handful of ideas that might spark a presentation. We’d love to hear what ideas you have for others to present as well; please feel free to post them here. This is also a great time to start seeking co-presenters, and we’re happy to have you post here on the blog, on any post on our LiveJournal, on the Sirens Facebook, or on our message boards.
Let us know if you’d like to take on any of these ideas and we’ll cross it out (with no guarantee that someone else won’t propose it—just as a note that someone is working on it). A few of these are old suggestions, but always mentioned as topics people would love to hear more about.
- The Past Comes Back: Exploration of Past in the Works of X, Y, and Z
- The Age Line?: Differences Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fantasy
- Ghosts as Metaphor in…[Title]
- Better Worldbuilding…
- Programming on characters identified with nonbinary genders and orientations.
- The Lady Knight
- Cycles and patterns of particular tropes—what does it mean when our views on werewolves and vampires and fairies and witches change directions? What does it reflect?
- Panel or roundtable: Fantasy Future (Where fantasy is going, where it can go/boundaries it can push, where it isn’t going yet…but it could and we’d like it to.)
- Best/most useful social media, websites, and organizations for readers
- Fantasy to read next—great reads from small presses, from outside the U.S., being self-published, out of print or hard to find, etc.
- Ten Years of Women: Portrayals in Fantasy Film (Maybe animated? Or looking at when and where women are included?)
- Power and Personality in [Book? Series?]
- Women—creators and characters—in fantasy-related comics and graphic novels
Again, please feel free to look for collaborators, to add more ideas, to take ideas, and to discuss ideas in the comments.
Questions? Feel free to write to the programming team at (programming at sirensconference.org).
We have two chats scheduled for talking about programming ideas, books, travel, Sirens, and meeting potential travel buddies and roommates: Wednesday, April 2, from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern and Saturday, April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern. We hope you’ll join us!