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Some of the best ways to get it right and make all the difference in the effectiveness of your story. (NB: embarrassingly, in a panel about facts, one fact is wrong--the Russian Tsar was Ivan the Terrible, not Peter the Great!) Barb Galler-Smit
Join prolific authors, Jonas Saul and Tracy Cooper-Posey, who've both had (or still have) literary agents and who have (and still do) self-publish. This interactive discussion covers the pros and cons of self-publishing and the ups and downs o
Does a satisfactory mystery depend on plot? Or has the classic whodunit evolved into a mainstream novel with a murder or other significant crime? Panelists debate the elements of a good crime/mystery book (e.g. plot, character, action) and whi
The rise of environmental fiction, both in literature and film, has spawned several sub-genres such as climate fiction, eco-thrillers, eco-mystery, eco-punk, and eco-romance. Is eco-fiction part of science fiction? Is eco-fiction simply a new f
Panelists Dave Sweet, Julie Hiner, P.D. Workman, Taija Morgan, and Dwayne Clayden (M) will take you on a deep dive into the minds of serial killers and the psychopathic and sociopathic thoughts during their horrific actions. (Some graphic cont
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,
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, J
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, mod
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 c
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
Showing what a character feels can be a big stumbling block for writers. Join a discussion on what works and what doesn't, and how we can move past generic description to create authentic, personal moments that will draw readers in. Panelists
Creating a character is a different process for everyone. Panelists Angela Ackerman, Karen A. Chase, Kevin Weir and Elissa McColl, share different strategies that work for them, the tools they use, and how much they need to know about a charact
Do writers need to visit a place to portray it accurately, vividly and with sensitivity? This discussion includes travelling for writers, memoirs by hunters, and finding the familiar in the foreign. Wherever you go, people are people. And remem
Spend an hour with Author James Alan Gardner as he offer a short reading, takes some questions and talks about Sleeping Beauty, superheroes, algorithms, publishers and view points.
GoH Leanne Shirtliffe takes questions on the diverse and ever-changing field of children's literature--from picture books to early readers to middle grade to YA. Learn about working with illustrators, creating your own conferences and master cl
This is the second best thing you'll hear all day! Former Kobo Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations Mark Leslie's alliterative perfectly practiced, passionately-professional, publishing presentation.
Self-doubt, confidence, passion and whisky/whiskey. Kat Flannery winds up this series of Keynote speeches from the 2019 festival.
Continuing our Keynotes series with Festival Guest Jonas Saul. He's taking a different approach than the previous three guests with advice on how to power through the difficult times.
Inspiration, classic poetry, the meaning of life, and channeling your inner Samuel L. Jackson with Calgary author Leanne Shirtliffe.
Have you ever wondered about the connection between science fiction and fantasy? James Alan Gardner has some thoughts on that.
Have you ever wondered about the connection between science fiction and fantasy? James Alan Gardner has some thoughts on that.
Festival guest Lisa Mangum on writing, editing, paperclips and Lamborghinis.
Calgary-area crime writers, J.E. Barnard, Dwayne Clayden, Susan Calder, and David Poulsen, tempt with excerpts from new books. Jointly sponsored by Calgary Crime Writers (CWW) and Crime Writers of Canada (CWC). PG for violence (crime writing is
Short stories can help develop writing skills and build a resumé. Are there other benefits? How do you learn to write them? Where can you get them published? Are contests worth it? And what defines a short story anyway? Is it all about word cou
In writing there is a real temptation to 'feel' everything. He felt hungry. She was scared. etc. etc. What are the physical and emotional indicators that would show this to your readers without having to 'tell' them to death?
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