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Author Guest List for 2018!

We have most of our guest list settled, and so now is the time to announce the author guest list for the 2018 Gen Con Writer's Symposium! We will have a few additions as people get their schedules finalized, and this does NOT include our special guests or guest of honor, but this should give you an idea of most of the authors we'll have joining us!

This year, we are pleased to welcome:

2018 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Announced

The Gen Con Writer's Symposium is pleased to announce that once again, the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award will be presented at Gen Con 2018. It's been our pleasure to host this award in the past, and we feel it's an excellent celebration of new talent in the industry. Best of luck to everyone who enters!

Here is the press release from Baen:

Fifth Annual Contest for Best Original Fantasy Adventure Story
To be Presented at Premier Gaming Convention Gen Con

Presenting ARCHIVOS, One of Our 2017 Sponsors!

The Gen Con Writer's Symposium is very pleased to announce that ARCHIVOS is one of this year's sponsors! They will be helping to support our special author-only events, which are planned to help give our author guests some down-time where they can socialize and relax. Not only that, but they will be giving away 1-year subscriptions for Writer's Symposium attendees!

But wait...What is ARCHIVOS?

ARCHIVOS is a Story Mapping and Development Tool for writers, gamers, and storytellers of all kinds.

Author Aaron Rosenberg Writes Across the Menu!

Long-time Writer's Symposium guest Aaron Rosenberg is a writer of science fiction...and fantasy. And some horror, too. Mysteries, sometimes. Oh, and kids' books. In this article, he tells us why he doesn't just pick one!

When you tell people you’re a writer, the first thing they ask is usually, “Oh, what do you write?”

My answers tend to get a little complicated.

Announcing the 2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists!

Baen Books, one of the Writer's Symposium's generous sponsors this year, is pleased to announce the finalists in the 2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award! This award celebrates fantasy written in the style of some of the genres greatest authors such as JRR Tolkien, Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton, and many more. The finalists include:

“Purity” by Jennifer R. Donohue

“Dust of the Fallen” by Barbara Doran

“Thirteen” by Teresa Lynn Michals

“Tracks of the Pi Nereske” by Wendy Nikel

“The Gift of the Afyr” by Wendy A. Simpson

“My Monster” by Camille Singer

Howard Andrew Jones: Love Your Character

Fantasy author Howard Andrew Jones has been a guest of the Writer's Symposium for many years now, and here, he shares some of his advice on how to create characters you love, and how your characters can give you clues if you are stuck!

I guess it should probably go without saying that if you want to write fiction well you have to be in love with your characters. I don’t mean the creepy, smoochy Pygmalion kind of love. I’m talking about finding them fascinating, interesting, compelling and simply fun to work with.

Carpe Your Writing Diem! An Article by Linda Robertson

Linda Robertson has been called a triple threat of talent. Not only is she a great author of urban fantasy, but she is also a musician and artist, and she uses these skills together to strengthen each one. Most recently, she has written a musical score to go along with her newest novel Jovienne, which you can order on CD from her website! This year, the Gen Con Writer's Symposium is proud to welcome Linda as a guest and panelist at the convention, from August 17-20.

Author Guest of Honor Charlaine Harris!

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO's True Blood, NBC's Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the American South her entire life.

You can find out more about her career at