Princess Alethea at RoberCon



I am so excited to announce that I will be heading to Binghampton, New York September 29th and 30th for RoberCon! 

Here is where you can find me during the convention:

Saturday, September 29th

1PM – Aiming for the Middle (Grades): How to Write Fiction for Young Adults
Location: Activity Lab (second floor of museum)
Presenters: Paul D. Smith (moderator), Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe, Alethea Kontis, Julie
Description: Middle-grade and young-adult fiction are among the most popular types of literature on the
market. What are the secrets of writing for youths? How do you keep young people interested in
reading? What do young readers want to read about? All are welcome as we talk about
literature for this fascinating age group.

4PM – From Dark to Light: The Different Shades of Urban Fantasy
Location: Activity Lab (second floor of museum)
Presenters: Nancy Holzner (moderator), Anne Bishop, C.W. Briar, Alethea Kontis, Deborah
Description: Urban fantasy is a broad genre that ranges from light, humorous stories to tales so dark they
bleed into horror. Panelists will discuss different shades of fantasy and where their work fits on
the spectrum.

Sunday, September 30th

10AM – Rethinking ‘Happily Ever After’: Turning Fairy Tales on Their Heads
Location: Activity Lab (second floor of museum)
Presenters: Crystal Sarakas (moderator), Alethea Kontis, Deborah Blake, Nancy Holzner
Description: Sleeping Beauty. Little Red Riding Hood. Hansel and Gretel. Fairy tales are as popular as ever,
but how do we keep adding new twists to old stories? Hear from authors who have taken these
traditional tales and given them a 21st-century spin.

11AM – The Unusual Suspects: Unexpected Creatures in Urban Fantasy
Location: Activity Lab (second floor of museum)
Presenters: Nancy Holzner (moderator), Anne Bishop, C.W. Briar, Deborah Blake, Alethea
Description: Urban fantasy draws from many different folklores and mythologies. This panel examines
paranormal characters and creatures apart from the vampires and werewolves that have
dominated books and TV shows over the past 20 years.

12PM – Tales from the Word Trade: Bestselling Authors Share Their Stories
Location: Carousel Theater (first floor of museum)
Presenters: Anne Bishop, Tamora Pierce, Alethea Kontis, Crystal Sarakas (moderator)
Description: Every aspiring writer dreams of making it on the bestselling lists. Join us for a conversation with
three bestselling authors – Tamora Pierce, Alethea Kontis and guest of honor Anne Bishop – to
find out how they did it and whether it’s everything they dreamed about.