Ann Cecil, an amazing woman and staff at all but the most recent Alpha, died this morning. She will be very much missed.
Ann was active in fandom and helped found PARSEC and Confluence. More than that, she committed part of each year to helping pass on her knowledge of science fiction and fantasy to the next generation of writers. Ann was known at Alpha for her cookies, as she spent a great deal of Alpha each year baking and watching twenty students and most of the staff thunder upstairs to get them. Her insights on story, though, made her invaluable. She not only read every single story at the workshop, her critiques were thorough and always helpful. The workshop will not be the same without her.