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Gen Con Writer's Symposium 2018 Guest of Honor!

We are pleased to welcome author of the bestselling Expanse series James S.A. Corey (https://www.jamessacorey.com/) to Gen Con this year as our guest of honor. But wait, did you know that James S.A. Corey is actually TWO people? Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck will both be at Gen Con this year, and will be taking part in Symposium programming. You'll be able to ask questions about their writing, having their work adapted for television, what it's like to work together, what it was like to write a Star Wars novel, and more!

2018 Gen Con Writer's Symposium Schedule!!!

It's here! The moment you've been waiting for (and a bit belated, for which we apologize)--The posting of the Symposium Event Schedule! We are currently working on uploading the events into the Gen Con system so you will be able to register for them on Sunday, May 6th.

Article: Aaron Rosenberg on Knowing Your Weaknesses

Author Aaron Rosenberg has been a guest at the Gen Con Writer's Symposium for several years now, and has a wealth of knowledge involving both the writing process and the business of writing to share with attendees. He is a prolific author, writing for properties such as Star Trek and Warhammer, as well as many projects of his own. His latest release is O.C.L.T.: Digging Deep, which is part of a paranormal mystery series featuring a group of misfits who protect NYC from strange happenings.

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:

2018 BAEN FANTASY ADVENTURE AWARD ANNOUNCED
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.

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