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FenCon IX will be held September 21-23, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza North Dallas/Galleria. (That's at 14315 Midway Road in the north Dallas suburb of Addison, Texas.)

  • guest of honour
  • workshops
  • conventions
When Sep 21, 2012 12:00 AM to
Sep 23, 2012 12:00 AM
Where Dallas
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FenCon and the Dallas Future Society are happy to announce that our eighth annual Writers Workshop will be hosted by Karl Schroeder. We are thrilled to welcome him as our Special Guest instructor for 2012.


The Workshop will be an intense series of sessions beginning on Thursday, September 20th, held in conjunction with FenCon IX. It will be personally supervised by professional author and editor Karl Schroeder.


The focus of this year's Writers Workshop will be on outlining, scene transitions, sequence, and plot rhythm in novels. Participants will submit a chapter or two (or even just an outline) which Karl Schroeder will present to the group for analysis on its structure and rhythm using a variety of methods to compare with archetypal literary patterns. Unlike seminars which emphasize critiques, Karl will help the group to answer a question every writer must ask: What happens next?


Additional details:


  • Writer's Workshop memberships are on sale as of February 17, 2012.
  • The Writer's Workshop will be limited to 20 participants.
  • Each participant must be a paid attending member of FenCon. Either a full Regular Membership or Friend of the Fen Membership meets this requirement. See themembership page for details
  • There is a $40 fee for participating in the Workshop in addition to the FenCon membership fee.
  • Writer's Workshop sessions begin on the evening of Thursday, September 20, 2012.

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About Me

I'm a member of the Association of Professional Futurists with my own consultancy, and am also currently Chair of the Canadian node of the Millennium Project, a private/public foresight consultancy active in 50 nations. As well, I am an award-winning author with ten published novels translated into as many languages. I write, give talks, and conduct workshops on numerous topics related to the future, including:

  • Future of government
  • Bitcoin and digital currencies
  • The workplace in 2030
  • The Internet of Things
  • Augmented cognition

For a complete bio, go here. To contact me, email karl at kschroeder dot com

Example: The Future of Governance

I use Science Fiction to communicate the results of actual futures studies. Some of my recent research relates to how we'll govern ourselves in the future. I've worked with a few clients on this and published some results.

Here are two examples--and you can read the first for free:

The Canadian army commissioned me to write Crisis in Urlia, a fictionalized study of the future of military command-and-control. You can download a PDF of the book here:

Crisis in Urlia

For the "optimistic Science Fiction" anthology Hieroglyph, I wrote "Degrees of Freedom," set in Haida Gwaii. "Degrees of Freedom" is about an attempt to develop new governing systems by Canadian First Nations people.

I'm continuing to research this exciting area and would be happy to share my findings.

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