I attended my first CONFLUX over the long weekend. Conflux is all about speculative fiction and it's focussed very much on authors. It's conducted each year by the Canberra Speculative Fiction Group (CSFG). I only joined the CSFG a month ago and attended my first monthly meeting at the Canberra Writing Centre. It was great to share some time with other authors and aspiring writers.
This year it was conducted at the Novotel on Northbourne Ave in the centre of the city. It was a good venue for the size of the Convention, which I estimate was around 200+ participants.
The program was very full. With three different streams running, I found it impossible to participate in every session I wanted to. But that's a good thing. I attended the following sessions:
For me the highlights were the Q&A sessions during the talks and panel discussions. It was then that myself and my fellow authors got to engage with the presenters. I would like to single out Dave Wolverton who gave of himself very generously throughout all the sessions he was involved with. I particularly enjoyed his last session on writing enchanted prose. It was chock full of gems on how to improve one’s writing style.
Overall I found CONFLUX to be a good investment of my time and energy. I met a lot of very nice people. I’ll be pencilling in the dates for next year.
PS Thanks to the CSFG members for organising CONFLUX.
Dave O'Connor is an award winning designer of computer war games, a consultant to the military in the simulation space, an expert in artificial intelligence and now author of the Warner's World series of sci-fi books. He is probably best known as President of Panther Games and designer of the Command Ops computer wargame series. He lives in Canberra, Australia, with his wife Joy. He has two adult children.
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