Program live

The moment you have been waiting for is here!

THE CONFLUX 14 PROGRAM IS LIVE.

Featuring:

  • Guest of Honour presentations by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Rob Hood
  • The inaugural Book Love Fest where you will find out the latest and greatest books to love
  • Frankenstein’s 200th Birthday Party
  • 11 workshops on various skills of writing and producing our beloved spec fic
  • 8 book launches
  • 25 plus panels on topics ranging from LGBTQI heroes to the Unconventional Hero’s Journey
  • 3 publishers/agents you can pitch to
  • Academic stream
  • Con dinner
  • Kaffeeklatches, readings, trivia and games

Plus the Art Show and Dealers Room, which will be open throughout the con.

And that’s just what is happening onsite! Last year’s amazing Whiskeycon is on again.

There’s still room for more – so if you have an idea, pitch it and we’ll see what we can do. And if there are panels you are interested in doing, we can see if we have room there as well.

Otherwise – come along. Join the Conflux Family. We’d love to have you.

You can download the program here.

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And that’s a wrap!

And that’s Conflux over for (at least) another year!

Thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a fab con. It wouldn’t be what it is without the wonderful community of people it draws on and that is you. Yes, you.

An especial thank you to our wonderful guests and MC: Ellen Datlow, Angela Slatter, Meri Amber and Kaaron Warren.

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to participate in panels, or moderate the discussions; to our amazing workshop convenors; to the authors and publishers who launched their books at Conflux; to the publishers who took pitches; to the cosplayers who kept everything colourful; to the staff of the Hotel Vibe who where just awesome; and of course to the Conflux Committee who organised the whole thing and made it run so smoothly and the brave souls who have volunteered their time and energy to making the next Conflux happen.

As usual, you can relive all your Conflux memories by checking out Conflux on Instagram, or by checking out Cat Spark’s spectacular portfolio of Flickr pics.

Some announcements! Winners of the CSFG/Conflux Short Story Competition were:

  • 1st place: Marianna Shek, with If the Shoe Fits
  • 2nd place: Leife Shallcross, with Flawless
  • 3rd place: Zena Shapter, with The Kind of Man

Winner of the E G Harvey Award for Australian SF Art for 2017 is Shauna O’Meara

The theme for Conflux 14 will be The Unconventional Hero. Stay tuned for more information about when and where Conflux 14 will be held.

Until then…

Thanks again for another great year!

– the Conflux 13 Committee

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Last call for panelists!

Are you coming to Conflux? Would you like to participate on a panel?

We have places available on the following panels:

Friday

10am: Con 101

12pm: Once upon a silver screen (TV & movies influenced by fairy tales)

3pm: Cryogenics and Rip Van Winkle – the ins & outs of sleeping for 100 years

3pm: Use and abuse of the Tarot: using the Tarot as a literary device

4pm: The Long Long Journey to Earth2 – generational starships

Saturday

10am: Remembering Terry Pratchett

12pm: Feral Children or Where are the Parents? Orphans in peril

12pm: Who Woulda Thunk It? – Dr Who wassup

1.30: Frankenstein’s Apocalypse

3pm: Vampires – what’s changed?

3pm: POP! Fan stuff – Cool swag or cynical money making exercise?

Sunday

1pm: Vampire poetry

3.30pm: Terraforming the 7 new planets

4.30pm: Magical practices beyond the fairy tale – How have fairy tales borrowed from real-world magic systems?

If any of those strike your fancy, drop us a line at confluxchair@gmail.com.

If you’re not feeling up to being a panellist, consider offering to moderate a panel. We’ll hook you up with the panellists who will tell you what they want to cover in the discussion. You just have to come up with some crunchy questions and make sure your panellists all get a fairly even go on the mike.

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Program updated!

Our almost-final program is up on our Program page – why not have a look? It is chock full of delicious spec fic goodness, just waiting for your delectation come the end of September.

There may be a few minor tweaks between now and when our members arrive bright and early for registration at 9am on Friday, 29 September, but this should give you a good idea of what is on offer and how you’ll need to arrange your schedule.

We’re still looking for people to sit on (most) of the panels we have on offer, so if you see something you like, drop us a line at confluxchair@gmail.com and let us know you’d like to be involved (NB: to be on a panel, you’ll need to be a member of Conflux 13).

See you soon!

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Workshop and panellist callout!

We are very close to putting up our draft program for Conflux 13.

We’ve got a few gaps left, though, so this is your chance.

Is there a panel topic you really want to see on the program?

Do you want to volunteer to be on a panel or five?

Do you have a great idea for a guest presentation or a workshop you want to pitch to us?*

Now is the time to let us know. Please email the Conflux 13 Committee on confluxchair[at]gmail.com.

*You might get away with suggesting panel topics in the comments, but if you want to pitch a workshop or prezzo, you really need to email us.

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Program and Workshops

Greetings Red Fire Monkeys! Can you believe that Conflux 12 is just over two weeks away?

We have put updates of the Program and Workshop schedules up for your consideration (both pages have downloadable PDF versions as well)

Check them out, and if you are keen to participate, send an email to chair@conflux.org.au to let us know!

Note that this is not the final program and is still subject to (minor) adjustment.

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Conflux membership FAQs

Events

Q. How do I pay for two tickets to the banquet?

A. Rather than click the button twice to pay for two people, just open up PayPal and use the address paypal@conflux.org.au. Then note on the form what you’ve done.

And if the two people both have special dietary requirements, it’s probably best to use a form each so it doesn’t get confusing.

 

Q. Help! I can’t find the steampunk high tea registration form.

A. The sign-up sheet for the high tea and the Regency banquet are both on the events page on the website. You have to click on the link, which takes you to a downloads page. Then click on the link on the downloads page and the word document will open.

 

Q. Where do I send the completed form?

A. Email the completed form/s to conflux9@gmail.com

 

Q. I am bringing a friend. Do I need to complete two forms?

A. Yes, we need a completed form for each person

 

Q. I have paid for the banquet by PayPal. Do I need to enter my credit card details on the sign-up sheet?

A. No, just note on the sign-up sheet that you’ve paid by PayPal (please include the email you used to login to PayPal so we can match your payment with your sign-up sheet).

 

Day memberships

Q. I can only come for one day. Do you have day memberships?

A. Yes, day memberships will be available from early April. However, we recommend you sign up as soon as possible for any workshops you wish to attend, as they are filling up fast. Then you can pay for your day membership later.

 

Upgrading supporting memberships

Q. I have a supporting membership and need to upgrade. How do I pay?

A. You can pay by PayPal, using conflux9@gmail.com as the payment address. The below chart shows how much you need to pay depending on when you took out your supporting membership.

If you purchased a Conflux supporting membership, it’s now time to upgrade if you’re planning on attending the conference.  The below chart will tell you how much you owe us for the upgrade. Simply use your credit card to pay via PayPal (log in to PayPal and use the Conflux PayPal email address is paypal@conflux.org.au) or mail a cheque or money order to P.O. Box 903, Belconnen ACT 2616.

Purchased at: Conflux 7 (Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2011) 

Upgrade cost full – $110 Upgrade cost concession – $70

Purchased from: October 4 2011 – April 9 2012

Upgrade cost full – $120 Upgrade cost concession – $80

Purchased from: April 10 2012 – June 13 2012

Upgrade cost full – $150 Upgrade cost concession – $110

Purchased from: June 14 2012 – October 18 2012

Upgrade cost full – $170 Upgrade cost concession – $130

Purchased from: October 19 2012 – January 6 2013

Upgrade cost full – $195 Upgrade cost concession – $140

Purchased from: January 7 2013 – March 31 2013

Upgrade cost full – $220 Upgrade cost concession – $150

 

 

Workshops

Q. Will I be able to attend workshops on the day even if I haven’t pre-booked?

A. Tickets will be sold on the day pending availability. Credit card or cash payments will be taken on the day.

 

Child minding facilities

Q. Are there any child minding facilities?

A. No child minding facilities are available, however there are some activities specifically designed for children. Please see the Program pages.

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Conflux 9 program update

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The program is done. Workshops placed, panels organised, we’ve even allocated some rooms – excellent 🙂

A letter will be going out to potential panellists who are either already members or got in touch committing to attend, inviting them to participate in panels that the programming commitee, aka Donna and Nicole, thought appropriate. Thanks to third member of the committee, Maxine McArthur, for doing the grunt work on that. By early February, we’ll be able to start showing you a full program, with confirmed panellists.

Does this mean that if you want to participate, or you’ve got an idea for Conflux, that you’ve missed your chance? Not at all. Email conflux9 at gmail dot com to let us know. But note the following:

a) We are taking no more workshops. We’re full to the brim. Done.

b) The panels and such are set and there’s little room for adding additional panels so while we want to hear your ideas (because if you give us a brilliant one we will move heaven and hell to make it happen) be prepared to hear a ‘no’.

c) We have more flexibility in moving panellists around and not all the panels are full – List of panels is here – so please feel free to nominate yourself for some. We’re limiting numbers on panels and the number of people doing panels because there’s a lot of people wanting to be involved, and not enough panels. If we ran the con over a week, we’d be right…

d) The programming committee won’t be looking at the program again until February, so you won’t hear about your fab idea or your participation until mid-February. In other words – don’t expect us to instantly change the program and tell you what you’re doing right away. We need a set process in order for the changes to be dealt with efficiently and fairly to all.

Workshops will go on sale at the end of January and we’ve got some absolute rippers this time, as well as some old favourites that continue to draw the crowds.

We’re really excited about the fabulous program that has been pulled together for Conflux 9. It’s going to be an awesome con!

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