SFWA Named Jane Yolen Grand Master

SFWA has announced the Jane Yolen has been named the next Damon Knight Grand Master, to be inducted at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh the weekend of May 18-21. Yolen has published novels for juvenile, young adult and adult readers, as well as short fiction, picture books, and poetry as well as edited several anthologies. In 1986, her short story “Sister Emily’s Lightship” received a Nebula Award, as did her novelette “Lost Girls” in 1997.
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Alpha Receives Heinz Grant

Alpha, a Pittburgh-based writing workshop for young writers has received a $10,000 grant from Heinz Endowments. Alpha will recieve the money in installments over the next three years for use in funding scholarships for students for whom workshop tuition presents a financial hardship. This year, Alpha will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus from July 25 – August 3.

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Return of Confluence

After cancelling Confluence 25, scheduled to have been held in 2013 due to lack of an hotel, Confluence 2014 will be held the weekend of July 25-27 at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars, Pennsylvania. William H. Keith has been announced as the Guest of Honor with W. Scott Snyder as the featured Filk Guest.

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Confluence Cancelled

Pittsburgh convention Confluence 25 has been cancelled due to a lack of hotel. Confluence selected a new hotel this year after their previous hotel raised their rates. Unfortunately, the new hotel has announced plans to close four days before Confluence’s scheduled dates. A quick look was unable to find an available hotel, so the committee has cancelled this year’s event and plans to continue the convention in 2014.
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Obituary: Ann Cecil

Pittsburgh fan Ann Cecil (b.1940) died on January 11, a couple of days after entering hospice. Cecil was active in convention-running, having co-founded PARSEC, Confluence, SouthWrites, and the Pittsburgh Filk Underwriting Initiative. She was the Listener Guest at OVFF 12 and Fan Guest of Honor at Off-Key Contraption in 1994.