Spore Con 2012

Spore Con is back for another year of awesome analog gaming! It’ll be held at Pasir Ris East community centre (no fear, there are directions) over the weekend of 26 to 27 May, which is this weekend.

This year it’s extra-special because the Happy Smiley Writers Group will be there! Some of us will be speaking at a panel about genre fiction in Singapore on the first day.

Saturday, 26 May (Day 1)

11am-2pm – Reinventing the Local Wheel? – Panel Discussion on Creative Writing

2012 is an eventful year for local genre fiction: Low Kay Hwa had his first book launch; Dave Chua and Alfian Sa’at released The Beating and Malay Sketches; and Singapore’s first steampunk anthology made Internet waves after getting featured on io9.com and boingboing.net.

So are we looking forward to a greater variety of local writers and works? Join our panel of speakers as we discuss the nuts and bolts of creative writing (world building, character development, plot planning) and the channels we can go through to encourage and create more local works (submission techniques, collaboration networks, etc.)

Speakers: Happy Smiley Writers’ Group, Joyce Chng

Unfortunately I won’t be there, but others like Seriously Sarah and Joelyn Alexandra will be. Plus, Joyce Chng aka J Damask will be speaking at the panel too. She’s written lots of great stuff, including Wolf at the Door and Obsidian Moon, Obsidian Eye, both of which are excellent and highly recommended. Mostly because she’s brilliant and, c’mon, what is there not to like about Asian werewolves in Singapore, hmm?

We’re not the only talk, of course. Another panel is about East/manga-style and Western styles of comics, and lots of analog games. I’m rather annoyed I can’t go because they’re going to have a life-sized Angry Birds game (!!!) and Nerf there, plus lots of other card and board games.

You’ll also be able to buy our books there and it looks like great fun, so don’t miss this excellent local con! For more details on their schedule, games and panels, check out their official website.

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