Vancouver International Writers Festival 2005

October 24, 2005

Well, VIWF 2005 is done. Sessions I went to:

Neil Gaiman

This was interesting (considering I'd never read him before, although I have now) and entertaining. Found the session a bit short but I guess them's the breaks when the author is on a multi-city whirlwind tour.

Through the Wrong End of the Telescope - William Gibson and Spider Robinson

I really enjoyed this talk. And I managed to ask William Gibson a question without completely fan-boying him like I did another author last year who shall remain unnamed ("uh, I really like your work...").

Don't Quit Your Day Job

I was a bit disappointed in this session as it was mostly readings with very little panel moderation on what the topic of the session supposedly was: how to hold down a job and write at the same time. Since this is what I'm trying to figure out how to do, it was somewhat of a let-down. Also, except for one panelist, most had university jobs or other writing-related jobs (eg, journalist, creative writing prof). So the topic of how to balance a high-tech job with fiction writing didn't come up. Oh, well.

Completely in Character - Michael Crummey, Shanni Mootoo, Andrew Miller

This was also a really good talk and the question and answer session was much livelier. Maybe that was a function of the age of the crowd. I noticed more students, perhaps they ask more questions than their elders...

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