The post-Alt.Fiction breakdown, part two.

29 04 2008

The first panel I attended was Writing and the Internet featuring Lee Harris, Darren Turpin and Simon Spurrier.

I found this panel quite a let-down. It was good, but it didn’t really get its teeth into the subject, and seemed to focus more on the logistics of reading internet-published fiction rather than delving into any rights issues, discussing prejudices against e-publishing, or exploring whether writing and the internet are natural partners.

Most of the panellists seemed quite ill-at-ease, too. I know that all three are very lovely people (and on the run-up, Lee had been having a particularly crappy week to top off a particularly crappy couple of months), but I felt that the panel lacked any real, solid topic of discussion, and seemed to meander without reaching a conclusion as a result.

The Q&A session proved useful to the audience, and showed that I wasn’t the only person who was looking for something a bit more in-depth. The session could’ve really benefitted from a longer Q&A session and a little less of the preamble.

There was nothing ground-breaking, but it was a good start to the day, and maybe that was its intention: a gentle beginning rather than throwing us all in at the deep end.

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2 responses

29 04 2008
Darren T

Fair comment, Troo. But then we did only have 45 mins in which to dip our toes into a subject area that’s about as broad as the Pacific Ocean… 🙂

I’ll be sending some feedback to Alex D on the subject, and I’m thinking of asking him whether the whole ‘Writing Online’ thing can be expanded into more than the one panel, which would allow specific subject areas to be explored in greater depth. E-publishing and digital rights issues would certainly make for good agenda items for next year, if he’s interested.

29 04 2008
Trudi Topham

That’s along the lines of what I was thinking, Mr. T. It was far too broad a subject to really get in to, so could’ve done with a narrower focus or, as you say, splitting into more than one panel.

Fingers crossed on Alex’s response 🙂

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