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Dec 11, 2021

All fiction is speculative. Panelists will discuss the process and fundamentals of realistic worldbuilding, including how and when to combine imagined with real setting details for best effect.

@StrawmanKWeir, @monicasaglezwik, @AlienNextDoor, @scottfgray

Jul 6, 2021

The panel will discuss writing about other genders, races, classes, cultures with honesty and sensitivity. How can a writer be inclusive without appropriating or creating token characters? Panelists: Brandy Ackerley, Diane Terrana, Erin Weir,...

Jun 13, 2021

Location, location, location! applies not only to real estate. Your setting impacts tone, plot, character. It can include both time and space. Learn how and why our panelists chose their setting, from prosaic to exotic, city to wilderness, modern to historical time period. Jonas Saul, Jayne Bernard, Jim Jackson, Axel...

May 11, 2021

Does the crime have to be murder to make a good mystery? What other crimes can fuel a great story? Panelists Axel Howerton, P.J. Vernon, Alice Bienia, M.H. Callway discuss what types of crimes engage a reader for an entire novel; whether the crime has to be violent; and consider whether there are crimes that are too...

Apr 13, 2021

An open discussion on realistic themes in young adult fiction. What's out there, who's reading it, and how is it being received? Panelists Diane Terrana, Jenna Greene, Rhonda Parrish, Steve Swanson discuss trigger warnings, ratings, context and language. (Yes. This does come with a language...