The catch is that it's all about Science Fiction and Fantasy. Not to say that's a bad thing, but that is pretty much what everyone is talking about, so you really have to be into that kind of thing. Also, it's mostly for aspiring writers, which, some days I feel like I am, and other days I really really don't. But, I go with the thought in mind that it can be for readers, and author groupies, and those who love to hear about the writing process regardless of their future writing intentions!
Some of the classes I ended up at:
- a panel discussion on the difference between MG and YA... and between YA and Adult.
- a panel discussion on podcasts and how they can help writers.
- a panel discussion on science fiction and the movies
- a panel discussion on how to write cool dialogue
- a presentation on sound affects in the movies
- a random panel discussion where they talked about what ever they felt like!
- a panel discussion on copyright and the Internet
Some of the classes I wish I could have fit in:
- writing romance
- and the main address by Tracy Hickman, "Creative Reading."
But the most fun was watching two live broadcasts of the podcast that I love, Writing Excuses. Theses dudes are like celebrities to me! They are so funny, and give lots of wonderful writing advice, which, as I said before, is interesting even if you don't plan on writing. It's fun to listen to them from a reader perspective.
Some of the new and new-to-me authors I learned about:
- David Farland
- L.E. Modesitt Jr.
- Paul Genesse
- Anna del C. Dye
- Aprilynne Pike
- Rebecca Shelley
- Tracy and Laura Hickman
"Old" Favorites that were there:
- James Dashner
- Brandon Mull
- Brandon Sanderson
- Howard Taylor (from Writing Excuses)
- Dan Wells (from Writing Excuses)
- Mette Ivie Harrison
Anyway, it was all very fun. I even got to hang out with Natasha from Maw Books for a bit too!
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