My Orycon Schedule (November 2023)

This is my draft itinerary for Orycon, AKA my stalker schedule if you want to stalk me. I plan to have at least some books with me for sale at my signing. 

Orycon 43

Itinerary for Pharaoh Francis, Diana (Diana Pharaoh Francis)

Moderators in Bold

Workshop: Blue Pencil Edit & Critique


Fri Nov 10 4:00pm – 4:50pm

Professional editors provide 10 minute response sessions. 3-4 page submissions due by November 10 at Choose a sample that represents your best current style written in the last year. 5 slots open per available editor.

David Boop, Jennifer Brozek, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Wendy N. Wagner

Intro to Contemporary Publishing


Fri Nov 10 5:00pm – 5:50pm

The world of publishing has been changing drastically in the last decade and can be very confusing for new writers. Hear about the basics of modern publishing as well as the many options available to today’s writers. Learn the difference between traditional, indie, hybrid, and self-publishing, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Diana Pharaoh Francis, Irene Radford, Dave Smeds, D.L. Solum, Wurts, Janny

Self Transformative Work

White Stag

Fri Nov 10 6:00pm – 6:50pm

How do you conceptualize or reflect on work that hits you hard enough to change who you are and how you think? When should you recognize change and lean into it? Share your experience with powerful creative moments that feel life changing!

K.G. (Karen) Anderson, Diana Pharaoh Francis, G.R. Theron

Pushing Past Blocks

White Stag

Sat Nov 11 10:00am – 10:50am

Are you staring at a blank page praying words or drawings appear, or despairing over stagnation? Creative blocks are amplified by their stigma and shame. How do you find the source of your block and treat it?

Luke Elliott, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Christopher Sebela, Dale Ivan Smith

Diana Pharaoh Francis Reading


Sat Nov 11 11:00am – 11:25am

Diana Pharaoh Francis reads from her works.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

The Lost Histories


Sat Nov 11 3:00pm – 3:50pm

If history is written by the winners, what happens to the losers’ stories, language, and culture? Are they doomed to disappear as living memory fades away and the unpreserved knowledge of these things is lost?

Alma Alexander, Judith R. Conly, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Joy Ward

Disaster Preparation


Sat Nov 11 5:00pm – 5:50pm

Nature often throws us curve balls: pandemics, earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, and so forth. What can we do to prepare for disasters?

Hugh S. Gregory, Pat Luther, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Debora Godfrey

Bad Ways to Hustle


Sat Nov 11 6:00pm – 6:50pm

Sure, it’s important to have an “elevator pitch” and conventions are a great way to network! But, there are methods that don’t work too and are likely to cancel the deal instead of seal it. Learn from our experts on the best and worst ways to hustle your story!

K.G. (Karen) Anderson, Bob Brown, Charish, Kristi, Frog Jones, Diana Pharaoh Francis

Manuscript Preparation

This one is tentative and likely will change.


Sat Nov 11 8:00pm – 8:50pm

A pretty manuscript doesn’t always cut it. You need to follow the guidelines in order to make editors happy. Learn the subtle art of manuscript prep and let’s talk about cover letters too.

Brian U. Garrison, Frog Jones, Susan R. Matthews, Diana Pharaoh Francis

Autograph Session 6

Ballroom Foyer

Sun Nov 12 11:00am – 11:50am

Bring stuff to get it signed.

Maitz, Don, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Irene Radford, Erica L. Satifka

SFWA Business Meeting


Sun Nov 12 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Business Meeting for SFWA

Walt Boyes, Laura Anne Gilman, Susan R. Matthews, Diana Pharaoh Francis

%d bloggers like this: