November News for the 2020 Nebula Conference Online

We hope everyone had a great time getting your haunt on at last night’s SFWA Halloween Costume Party!! This is a reminder of our programming items scheduled for November.

Writing Dates – Writing dates take place every Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm Pacific Time. Here are our upcoming hosts:

•  TODAY, 11/1: Curtis C. Chen

•  11/8: Cecilia Tan

•  11/15: No Host

•  11/22: No Host

•  11/29: Christine Taylor-Butler

•  12/6: S.B. Divya

Author bios are available on the event website for each individual writing date on the schedule. Never fear! On weeks when there is no specific host for the writing date, our Flight Crew of volunteers will step in and lead the session. They make for great wingmen, we promise. Make sure to launch onto the Airship Nebula from the event schedule.

Narrative Worlds
– Our first episode of Narrative Worlds was a great success! The video is now available for viewing on YouTube here. Last month’s topic was “How Much Worldbuilding is Too Much? How Little is Too Little?” and the guest was Tade Thompson.

Who will Kate Elliott host for her next deep-dive into worldbuilding? Zen Cho!

On Sunday, November 15 at 1:00pm Pacific Time, Kate and Zen will discuss “Prose Style as Worldbuilding.” We hope you’ll join us live via the Nebula event page here. As with all Narrative Worlds episodes, the recording will be made free for public viewing on YouTube a week later.

Zen Cho is the author of the Sorcerer to the Crown novels and a novella, The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, as well as the short story collection Spirits Abroad. She is a Hugo, Crawford, and British Fantasy Award winner, and a finalist for the Locus and Astounding Awards.


Have you caught up on all the panels and presentations available in the 2020 Nebula Conference Online archive? With over 10,001 views from 34 countries so far, a lot of you have taken advantage of those replays! The archive remains open to all conference members through April 2021. Simply head here and click on the content you missed or you’d like to rewatch. How about “Planetology for Writers” or “The Small Press Experience: How to Get What You Want”?

The Bulletin Issue #215 Released

The next issue of The Bulletin, SFWA’s quarterly magazine, is now available for Nebula Conference members to download in PDF format! Issue #215 features our first guest editor: L.D. Lewis, who is FIYAH magazine’s art director, and FIYAHCON’s director. The cover art is “Merman” by Paul Kellam, and the issue includes articles from authors Tochi Onyebuchi, Shiv Ramdas, Arkady Martine, Karintha Parker, Henry Lien, and Evan Winter.

Download your copy from the Nebula event website here!

NaNoWriMo Cheering Section

Courtesy of NaNoWriMo

Recognizing that a great many of our Nebula attendees take part in the National Novel Writing Month, we want to give those of you participating a little extra motivation. Here are a few ways we plan to offer support, beginning November 1 and running through the month.

  • A dedicated channel on the Nebula Slack. You can join the Nebula Slack by following this link. Once there, choose to add the #nanowrimo channel and take part in cheering each other on.
  • Twitter check-ins. The SFWA Twitter account will tweet a 9:00 am Eastern Time reminder to get those words down every day. At 6:00 pm ET and 9:00 pm ET, we’ll also ask folks to share their daily word counts so we can celebrate our progress together or encourage each other to keep going.
  • Surprise Motivators! NaNoWriMo offers its own rewards, of course, and completing a manuscript draft is the biggest prize of all. But who couldn’t use an extra carrot now and then? SFWA will be tweeting encouragement for Nebula attendees participating in NaNoWriMo. Simply register here, and you may become the target of special support from our cheer squad, while supplies last!
  • Pep talks. Check the SFWA Twitter account occasionally for pep talks and tips from SFWA members who’ve won NaNoWriMo in years past


Thank you for your support for the 2020 Nebula Conference Online!


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