LTUE 2016 Schedule – All Days

The LTUE 2016 schedule is listed below, divided by day and room. The focus of each panel or presentation is marked by color for a quick visual guide. Panels can be sorted by focus using the filter options. Click the name of the panel for a list of panelists, the moderator, and a more detailed description of the panel or presentation!

Please note that while the panels and presentations are confirmed and finalized, the schedule will continue to be updated with new information as it becomes available.

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Thursday, February 11

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Zion
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Zion
Anne McCaffrey: Creative Genius
Books
Joe Monson
Dene Low, Michelle Lehua Parker, Jenniffer Wardell

Science Fiction Hall of Famer, Grand Master, Hugo, and Nebula Award winning Anne McCaffrey and her dragons and dragonriders of Pern. Explore the creative genius and groundbreaking ingenuity of the works of Anne.

How to Pitch Your Novel
Writing
Lindzee Armstrong
Eric James Stone, Dene Low

A discussion about the strategies that will help you make an effective pitch.

Worlds of Wordfire
Writing
Kevin J Anderson
Rebecca Moesta

Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta talk about publishing and about the direction of stories they chose to publish.

Third Person POV
Writing
James Duckett
Shannen Crane Camp, Candace Thomas, Daniel Friend

An in-depth discussion of third person point of view and how to use it effectively.

Dragons of Myth and Legend
Writing
Charlie Pulsipher
J Scott Savage, Holli Anderson, Rebekah Ganiere, Paul Genesse

Dragons are some of the most loved and feared creatures known. Myths and legends about dragons appear in every major culture. With so many dragons why not receive inspiration from legends of old?

Tropes in Games
Gaming
Daniel Swenson
Derrick Duncan, Natalie Whipple, Dan Willis, Alan Bahr

What is it about princesses that makes them so kidnappable? Does Chekhov's gun really have to go off? This panel will examine the many tropes in games.

Modernizing Fairy Tales
Writing
C Michelle Jefferies
Jenniffer Wardell, Jaclyn Weist, Shannon Hale, Christopher Husberg

Authors explain why they chose to take traditional stories and modernize them.

Registration Opens

Book Trailers
Writing
J Scott Savage
Tracy Mangum, Jo Schaffer, Adam Sidwell, Brandon Ho

An in-depth discussion on how to effectively use book trailers to promote yourself and your work.

Bryce
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Bryce
Foreign Markets
Writing
Helge Moulding
J. R. Johansson, Dan Wells

An in-depth discussion on using foreign language markets to further your writing career.

Inhuman Love Interests
Writing
Holli Anderson
Bree Despain, Rebekah Ganiere, Mikki Kells, Alyson Peterson, Dan Wells

Vampires, were-wolves, ghosts...sometimes the love interest just isn't "human."

Transhumanism
Worldbuilding
Howard Tayler
James Ganiere, Wayne Hanewicz, Mikki Kells, Scott R. Parkin

A look at the technology which could change what it means to be human.

Flashbacks: Yea or Nay?
Writing
Tyler Jolley
Lisa Mangum, Eric James Stone, Joe Vasicek, Stacy Whitman, Dan Willis

An in-depth discussion about how to write an effective flashback, and when you should avoid flashbacks entirely.

Drones: What They Are, What They Do
Worldbuilding
Scott Forman
James Ganiere, Wayne Hanewicz, Charlie Pulsipher

The history of the modern drone. What drones can currently do, and what they could be capable of.

History and Politics of Maps
Worldbuilding
James Duckett
Ann Chamberlin, V. J. O. Gardner, Isaac Stewart

The effects maps and mapmaking have had upon history, and how maps are affected by (and affect) politics.

Writers on Reading
Books
Michelle Witte
Rebecca Moesta, Shannon Hale

Special Guests' Favorite Fiction Reads

Selling Fan Art
Art
Stan Crowe
Rachel Kelly, Howard Lyon, Brian C. Hailes

What are the legal and financial ramifications of selling fan art? Come learn what you can and can't do and how to protect yourself when making and selling fanart.

Registration Opens

Zachary Hill Memorial

Zack Hill passed away suddenly from a blood clot on January 15, 2016. He was 37 years old. Join us for a memorial at LTUE to share stories and remember our friend. Honor A Fallen Friend at the Zachary Hill Memorial Fund to benefit his wife, Mackenzie http://gogetfunding.com/honor-a-fallen-friend-zachary-hill-memorial-fund/

Arches
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Arches
Genre Innovators of Note
Books
Dan Wells
David Yurth, Michael R Collings, Cindy Grigg, J. D. Raisor, Callie Stoker

Sometimes a tale comes along that's so startlingly different from previous works that it starts a new movement or subgenre. Jules Verne and Lord Dunsany kicked off the science fiction and fantasy era over a century ago. In the 1960's Harlan Ellison rocked the science fiction world to its core as writer, editor and provocateur. In the 1980's William Gibson invented cyberpunk. Come learn about the Pandora's that went before, and maybe speculate on who the next one might be.

Communication Barriers
Worldbuilding
Dene Low
Dirk Elzinga, J. R. Johansson, Danny Potter, Michelle Witte

A discussion of barriers to communication, including language, world view, culture, and biology.

Writing Action Scenes
Writing
Larry Correia
Robert Defendi, Michael Glassford, Alyson Peterson, Kevin J Anderson, Peter Orullian

Learn how to write edge-of-your-seat action scenes.

Contracts for Writers
Writing
Michaelbrent Collings
M. Scott Boone, L.E. Modesitt

Authors and legal professionals discuss contracts with an eye toward what to look for and what to avoid.

X-Men: Superhero as Metaphor
Theater and Media Arts
Andrew Bahlmann, Daniel Swenson

Professor X is Martin Luther King, Jr. But Magneto survived the holocaust. Why do the X-Men stand in so well for so many minority sub-groups? Using Marvel's X-Men, an in depth look at what metaphors can accomplish, How broad metaphors can be. What makes metaphors resonate and connect with an audience? Is there anything we can learn about how to effectively insert metaphor into our fiction?

Selling Short Stories

Explore the market of short stories with the experts.

Magical Obstacles
Writing
Ann Chamberlin
Bree Despain, C Michelle Jefferies, Mary Robinette Kowal, L.E. Modesitt

This discussion will address common problems when creating magical obstacles.

Unfinished Business
Worldbuilding
Jonathan Ryan
Christy Dorrity, Stan Crowe, Danny Potter

What our culture believes about ghosts, and what other cultures believe.

Registration Opens

Timpanogos
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Timpanogos
Writers that Write Aliens and Extra-terrestrial life forms
Books
Scott R. Parkin
Eric Swedin

Get your green on as we explore aliens of note, from the "very tight limited third person" voice of C.J. Cherryh's "Chanur" and "Faded Sun", to the overlooked gem "Fade Out" by Patrick Tilley, and the classic greats like Card's "Ender's Game", Heinlein's "Starship Troopers", and Clarke's "Childhood's End".

Tween Titans of Literature
Books
Rose Cooper
Tyler Jolley, Cheree Alsop, Jaclyn Weist, Peter Orullian

What is the common thread that runs through Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", Edding's "Pawn of Prophecy", and Lowry's "The Giver"? Why is eleven the perfect age for a hero? Let's talk about the appeal of pre-pubescent protags.

Worldbuilder Speed bragging
Worldbuilding
Robert Defendi

Bring your big idea and brag about a world you've created. Max 5 minutes per person.

Tolkein won a Marvel NO-Prize
Theater and Media Arts
Blake Casselman
Rose Cooper, James Ganiere, Michael Jason Bacera

You can help improve the shows you watch as you sit on your couch by a simple attitude adjustment. We'll talk about how to do it, why you should do this, and when you shouldn't. What are the negative personal consequences of nitpicking? Is hate watching fun? Or good for you?

Alphabet Soup: Media Ratings
Theater and Media Arts
Blake Casselman
James Ganiere, L. Palmer, Brandon Ho

Join us as we demystify rating. We'll talk about where they come from, what they mean and what they can and cannot tell you as a viewer.

Marketing on a Budget
Writing
Michael R Collings
Michaelbrent Collings, Rachel Ann Nunes, Sandra Tayler, Alexi Vandenberg

An overview of strategies you can use to promote yourself and your work on a limited budget.

Applied Biotechnology
Worldbuilding
Wayne Hanewicz
Tyler Jolley, Sarah E. Seeley

What we can do with biotechnology and what we may be able to do soon.

Registration Opens

Olympus
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Olympus
Wayne Barlowe: Creature Creator
Art
Logan Kearsley
Bobbie Berendson W., Erin Kearsley

Wayne Barlowe has a distinctive career and a distinctive style. Talk about what makes his creatures unique, his books, and his mark on block-buster movies.

Dixon and Bonestell: Space Art
Art
Bobbie Berendson W

The lives and work of Don Dixon and Chesley Bonestell, pioneers in astronomical art.

Gaming Addiction
Gaming
J. R. Johansson
David King, Natalie Whipple, Michael Jason Bacera, Michael Call

For some, the love of games can turn to compulsion. This panel will examine this phenomenon, the issues behind it, and and the ways that people can overcome it.

Sword and Sparkle
Academic
Casey J. McDonald

Presentation of the academic paper Sword and Sparkle: Feminist Themes in Sailor Moon.

Potential Paonese
Academic
Logan Kearsley

Presentation of the academic paper Potential Paonese: A Reconstruction from Jack Vance's The Languages of Pao.

One-Way Friendships
Academic
Lindsay Greener

Presentation of the academic paper One-Way Friendships: How Film and Television Characters Promote Real-Life Empathy.

Registration Opens

Amphitheater
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Amphitheater
Film Festival

GMing for New Players
Gaming
Natalie Whipple
Robert Defendi, M. Todd Gallowglas, Michael Jason Bacera, Alan Bahr

We were all new players once. This panel will help GMs remember what that was like and how to help them help new players.

Fixing Monologues
Writing
J Scott Savage
Randy Tayler, M. Todd Gallowglas, Mary Robinette Kowal

An in-depth discussion about how to write a good monologue and when to avoid the trope.

Scrivener 101
Writing
James Duckett

Scrivener is the writing software of choice by the writing community, but it has a steeper learning curve than many people like. We'll cover the differences between the Mac and PC versions, the different writing modes, outlining, writing, some of the more basic tools (name generator, QuickReference, Statistics and Targets) and more.

How to Make Your Own Digital Brushes
Art
Aneeka Richins
Dennis Dorrity

Learn how to design and use your own digital brushes in programs such as GIMP and Photoshop.

Promotion Online For Artists
Art
Howard Lyon
Jessica Douglas, Dustin Foran, Carter Reid, Aneeka Richins, Richard Russell

How do you use the internet to promote your art? Discuss what websites are good to use and how to use them effectively.

Non-Tolkien-derivatives
Books
Cheree Alsop
Candace Thomas, David West, Christine Haggerty

Tired of fantasy that "looks like the next great fantasy tale" but reads like the past five plus? Want something other than noble elves and burly dwarves? Not to knock Tolkien, Lewis, or Alexander, but there's something to be said about exploring the pulp era and the roistering adventurers that followed it. Or, maybe New Wave's stylistic sharpness and existential inquiry, the fantasy explosion of the 1970s, or even the modern world and science fictional crossovers, and urban fantasy. But, first things first ". . . let's kill all the elves."

Puppetry 101
Theater and Media Arts
Mary Robinette Kowal

Learn how and why to get started in the fascinating world of designing and making puppets as well as the basics of telling a story through your hands.

History of Games & Chance
Gaming
Michael Call

Here, we will explore games through time, their effects on culture, and how we use them in our own lives.

Audio Books
Writing
Rose Cooper

A tutorial on the art and craft of audio book production through ACX by author, publisher, narrator, and audio book producer Deren Hansen.

Registration Opens

Aspen
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Aspen
Charity Magic Tournament

The cost is $15, and we will only be taking payment at LTUE at the door and at the registration table. The tournament will be officially sanctioned by Wizards of the Coast, so bring your DCI number. All of the proceeds will go to the family of Zachary Hill. Prizes and celebrity participation will come from our guests and other friends of LTUE.

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Real Science for the Sci Fi Writers
Books
John Baxter
Dene Low, Callie Stoker, Eric Swedin, Dan Wells

Exploring classics like Bill Bryson's "Short History of Nearly Everything", James Lee Burke's "Pinball Effect", Kurzweil's "Singularity is Near", Skoyle and Sagan's "Up From Dragons: The Evolution of Human Intelligence" (said to be the only book on our origins that will be read 100 years on), to "Hawking vs. the Google Group". What Science do you follow, and why?

Crowdfunding
Writing
Howard Tayler
Sandra Tayler, Alexi Vandenberg, Adam Sidwell

An in-depth discussion on crowdfunding venues and using them to advance your career.

Merit of Sci Fi and Fantasy
Books
Eric Swedin
Stacy Whitman, Rachel Kelly, Jonathan Ryan, L. Palmer, Susan Kroupa

Enter the recent debate among writers like Atwood, Le Guin, and Ishiguro on the literary merit of the Science Fiction and Fantasy writer's world.

Writing a War: Political Unrest
Writing
Luke Peterson
Michaelbrent Collings, Larry Correia, Dan Willis, Peter Orullian

Let's face it, war is about politics. How do you effectively handle political upheaval without infodumping or losing the integrity of your story

Working with an Illustrator
Writing
Brian C. Hailes
Shannon Hale, Brandon Sanderson

A discussion on what to look for in an illustrator, as well as what your illustrator needs you to do, and NOT do, to help your collaboration succeed.

Making Roleplay Characters the GM Won't Hate
Worldbuilding
Devin Andreason

Devin Andreason discusses gaming stereotypes and the proper way to make a story for your character. Also he knows what kinds of characters Game Masters hate.

A Beginners Guide to the Future
Worldbuilding
Wayne Hanewicz

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Birch
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Birch
Sybil's Scriptorium Contests Award Ceremony
Peter Orullian
Holli Anderson, Jason King, Craig Nybo, David West

Join Sibyl’s Scriptorium as they celebrate the 2016 winners of Æther Illustration Contest, DragonComet Short Story Contest, and Odyssey Poetry Contest. The winners will be announced and awards presented.

Managing a Giant Project
Writing
Howard Tayler
Sandra Tayler, Alan Bahr

Howard Tayler, Sandra Tayler, and Alan Bahr talk about the joys and challenges of putting together a massive project such as the Planet Mercenary RPG book. They’ll discuss how a project moves through stages of idea, development, fundraising, creation, production, and delivery, as well as the collaboration and organization necessary to successfully bring a big project to completion.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Preview
Theater and Media Arts
Michael Jason Bacera
Alexander Sousa, Paul Genesse, Andrew Bahlmann, Jenniffer Wardell

A look at the coolest movies that we have not seen yet!

Know Your Publishing Options
Writing
Christy Dorrity
Lisa Mangum, Rachel Ann Nunes, Tristi Pinkston, Joe Vasicek

A discussion on how current publishing strategies differ from more conventional strategies, and how to decide which is best for you.

A Glimpse of Horror
Writing
Johnny Worthen

Johnny Worthen discusses the origins of Horror as a genre, how it compares to other genres, and effective techniques for using horror in your fiction.

Reasons I Reject Submissions
Writing
Jason King

Jason King on common reasons that submissions get rejected.

Artisan Publishing
Writing
Deren Hansen

Deren Hansen invites writers to broaden their definition of success beyond the old bestseller pattern designed to serve the needs of commercial publishers

Vivid and Clear
Writing
John D. Brown

Despite the often repeated 11th commandment for writers—show, don’t tell—writers never show. They can’t. It’s all tell, tell, tell. The trick is to tell in a way that helps your readers imagine with such vividness and clarity that your story triggers an emotional response. In this hour we'll explore a number of simple but powerful prose techniques that help you do just that.

Best SF for Young Readers: Preschool through Teen
Books
Pat Castelli
Amy Sorenson

Librarians Patricial Castlli and Amy Sorenson list the year's best science fiction and fantasy reads. A reader's smorgasboard not to be missed.

Registration Opens

Cedar
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Cedar
Define and Measure Success
Professional Development
Angela Hartley
C Michelle Jefferies, Rebecca Rode, Michelle Argyle, Larry Correia, Peter Orullian

Success doesn’t define the quality of the work, but rather how closely you’ve met your goals. Whether your art pays the mortgage or simply fulfills an inner need, building a plan for each work and setting measurable goals and achievable expectations will help you better allocate your time and resources.

After Dark - Horror
Professional Development
Michelle Lehua Parker
Michaelbrent Collings, Steve Diamond, Scott Forman, Christine Haggerty, Angela Hartley

How does horror come into play with fantasy and sci-fi?

Know Who You're Talking To
Professional Development
Candace Thomas
Janine Weathers, Lisa Mangum, Michelle Witte

Breaking down how editors and publishers look at target markets and understanding how to write to appeal to specific audiences (narrow casting).

Learning the Lingo
Professional Development
Christine Haggerty
Scott Taylor, M. Scott Boone, Steve Diamond, Angie Fenimore

POD vs. print run? Net revenue vs. listed price? Galley proof vs. ARC? Content edit vs. copyedit? Understanding common jargon terms is crucial to successful negotiations, contract reviews, marketing plans or publication.

Drawing Spaceships
Art
Stan Crowe
Heather Monson, Howard Tayler, V. T. Workman

What do you need to consider when you design a spaceship? Discuss how to draw different styles of spaceships.

Military Units in Fiction
Worldbuilding
L.E. Modesitt, Ann Chamberlin, Johnathan Marson

How individuals and smaller team units function in relation to a larger military strategy. What they know, how they interact with each other, and what a small group can really accomplish.

Competent Man and Sci Fi
Books
Scott R. Parkin
Danny Potter, Josi Russell, Eric Swedin, David Yurth, Mikki Kells

Beloved SF stories and the intelligent problem-solver, the man (or woman) who buckles down and applies intelligence and skill to solve the problem. Classic characters who never fear. What is it with E. E. "Doc" Smith's "Richard Seaton", Robert Heinlein's "Lazarus Long", Poul Anderson's "David Falkayn", to Elizabeth Moon's "Kylara Vatta" and beyond? Scientists, soldiers, merchants and vagabonds to remember.

I, Robot & the Karate Kid: What's in a Title?
Theater and Media Arts
Michaelbrent Collings, Rebekah Ganiere, L. Palmer, Brandon Ho

Why buy the rights to a famous novel and not use half the book? Why use a title that literally has NOTHING to do with the movie just because it's an adaptation? Why does Marketing get to have such a big impact on TMA? Wouldn't the art be better if we could get rid of Marketing?

LTUE's Let me Recommend
Books
Brandon Sanderson
Michelle Witte

LTUE's 2016 Special Guests favorite fiction reading. Get your notebooks ready as you enter a list-maker's version of heaven--it's Goodreads IRL.

The Spread of Disease
Worldbuilding
Johnathan Marson
Charlie Pulsipher, Sarah E. Seeley, Holli Anderson

How diseases appear, spread, and disappear. Why some diseases are epidemics, and others return annually.

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Maple
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side on the Mezzanine Level.
Maple
Fiction in a Flash
Books
Jaclyn Weist
Christine Haggerty, Michelle Lehua Parker, KB Rylander, Steve Diamond

Do you like short shorts? We like short shorts -- stories that is. Join in the fun and explore this expanding (in popularity, if not size) genre of Twitter-sized novels told in as little 6 words, 12 words, or a maximum 140 character count story shorts.

Book Signings
Writing
Paul Genesse
Jen Greyson, L.E. Modesitt, Johnny Worthen

An in-depth discussion on how to effectively use book signings to promote yourself and your work.

Discovering David Brin
Books
Eric Swedin
Robert Defendi, Nancy Fulda, Scott R. Parkin, Howard Tayler

From "The Postman" to Brin's nonfiction "Freedom of Speech", and McGannon Communication Award winning "The Transparent Society". Hugely influential, Brin is a 2010 fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. In other words, he's too cool for you not to drop everything and go hear all about him. Right now.

Tragedy in Children's Literature
Books
Jo Schaffer
Callie Stoker, Sandra Tayler, Stacy Whitman

Tragic books of our youth--how old were you when you first experienced Paterson's "Bridge to Terabithia"? Did you wake up crying in the night? What about White's "Charlotte's Webb"? How do these, and other tragic books written for children, become never-to-be-forgotten classics? Discuss the new greats, Neil Gaiman's "Wolves in the Walls", and "Coraline" along with Emily Gravett's "Wolves" to name a few. What would Mister Rogers say, indeed?

Religion in Science Fiction
Worldbuilding
Jonathan Ryan
Stacy Whitman, Scott R. Parkin, Nancy Fulda

Discusses how religion has been expressed in science fiction, and ways it might be explored in a setting that focuses on what is sometimes considered its antithesis: science.

CGI: Modern Blockbusters
Theater and Media Arts
Adam Sidwell
Robert Defendi, Brandon Ho

Everyone knows CGI is ruining modern movies, right? Not so fast. Even movies you would never expect are using CGI and the movies that obviously use CGI are using it more than you expect. Take a look at how CGI lets filmmakers bend reality to tell the story they desire.

Monsters and Madness: HR Giger
Art
Bobbie Berendson W
Paul Genesse

A discussion of the work of HR Giger and how his art influenced the field of horror.

Drawing Sea Creatures
Art
Keliana Tayler, Devon Dorrity, Dennis Dorrity

Discuss what makes creatures suited to water and how to draw them, especially the fascinating creatures of the deep.

Registration Opens

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Friday, February 12

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Zion
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Zion
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Romance, Magic, and Historical Fiction
Books
Dene Low
Callie Stoker, Dan Wells, Amy White, Mary Robinette Kowal

Start with a cup of Clare B. Dunkle's Hollow Kingdom and a healthy handful of Mary Robinette-Kowal's Glamourist Historical Romances, add in Robert E. Howard, a bit of Cormac Mac Art, a sprinkle of Solomon Kane, two shakes of C.L. Moore, and a dash of Poul Anderson for the perfect receipt* to warm up a cold winter's night. *That's recipe for us modern-minded folks.

Kevin J. Anderson's Keynote Address - The Popcorn Theory
Writing
Kevin J. Anderson

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Author Branding
Writing
Howard Tayler
Alexi Vandenberg, Kevin J Anderson, Rachel Ann Nunes, Brandon Sanderson

As an author, your work is your product. Find out how to create an effective brand for your work.

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Mass Book Signing
Books

It’s LTUE’s traditional massive author-a-palooza, the Science Fiction and Fantasy autographing event of the year. Free entry with the purchase of an LTUE membership. This is the author signing to beat all author signings. Introduce yourself to your favorite authors and get your books signed. Don’t have all the books you want? Never fear, Barnes and Noble will be on-site with select titles. Buy more books, and then get your new books signed! This is one event not to be missed.

Sympathy for the Devil
Worldbuilding
Christopher Husberg
Dene Low, David West, Lynette White, Cheree Alsop

Guidelines to writing a great villain, including motivations, goals, and personality.

Ancient Myth and Modern Fantasy
Worldbuilding
Dene Low
Jenniffer Wardell, Jaclyn Weist, Lynette White, Lindzee Armstrong, Ann Chamberlin

What we gain from tapping ancient myths for modern fantasy, and what we might miss out on.

The Key to Mapmaking
Worldbuilding
James Duckett
Lon Franson, V. J. O. Gardner, Bobbie Berendson W, Isaac Stewart

When you include something in a map, you declare it as important or worthy of note. This panel focuses on how to decide which things to include.

Relevant Character Backstory
Writing
Larry Correia
Rachel Ann Nunes, Michaelbrent Collings

An in-depth discussion about how to flesh out a character without drowning your reader in unnecessary details.

Diversity in Gaming
Gaming
M. Todd Gallowglas
Natalie Whipple, Dan Willis, Michael Call, Shannen Crane Camp

Some argue that gaming culture excludes certain groups. However, it can be good at helping people that are often outsiders. How can we reconcile these two views, and what are the benefits of more inclusive gaming?

Registration Opens

Bryce
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Bryce
Setup

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Kevin J. Anderson's Keynote Address - The Popcorn Theory
Writing
Kevin J. Anderson

Bestiary 101
Worldbuilding
Howard Tayler
Stacy Whitman, Cheree Alsop, James Ganiere, Charlie Pulsipher, Josi Russell

Looks at what life requires, and conjectures on what the limits of life might be. Considers some of the stranger forms of life, both real and imagined.

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Mass Book Signing
Books

It’s LTUE’s traditional massive author-a-palooza, the Science Fiction and Fantasy autographing event of the year. Free entry with the purchase of an LTUE membership. This is the author signing to beat all author signings. Introduce yourself to your favorite authors and get your books signed. Don’t have all the books you want? Never fear, Barnes and Noble will be on-site with select titles. Buy more books, and then get your new books signed! This is one event not to be missed.

Kid's Genre TV
Theater and Media Arts
David King
Emily Sorensen, Candace Thomas, James Ganiere, Shannon Hale

What is there on TV for kids to watch that falls into genre conventions? Or is ALL kid's television genre? Then why do a lot of people grow out of it? What can a parent feel good about letting their kids watch? What should they avoid?

A Leisure Society
Worldbuilding
Luke Peterson
Joe Vasicek, James Ganiere, Alicia McIntire

A look at what becomes of people when computers and robots are doing all the work.

Cliffhangers
Writing
Callie Stoker
Holli Anderson, Michaelbrent Collings, Michael Glassford, C Michelle Jefferies

An in-depth discussion about cliffhangers and how to use them effectively in your fiction.

Hybrid Creatures/Creature Creation
Writing
Charlie Pulsipher
J Scott Savage, Michelle Witte, Devon Dorrity

Has radiation mixed up the genetic profiles of your creatures? How to effectively bring mutation into your story.

Science Fiction vs. Science Fantasy
Writing
Helge Moulding
J Scott Savage, Eric James Stone, Scott Taylor, L.E. Modesitt, Rebecca Moesta

Is there a difference between science fiction and science fantasy? Where does space opera fit in?

Distributing your Novel
Writing
Tristi Pinkston
Adam Sidwell, Sandra Tayler, John D. Brown

A discussion on how to effectively get your work into the hands of readers.

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Arches
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Arches
50 Years of Star Trekking
Theater and Media Arts
James Duckett
Mikki Kells, Jason King, Jenniffer Wardell, Dan Wells, Blake Casselman

One of the most influential science fiction franchises turns 50 this year. Join us as we talk about the past, the present and the future of this juggernaut. We'll talk about the cultural and technological impacts of this groundbreaking show. We'll talk about when we first found Star Trek and how to share it with EVERYONE!

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Kevin J. Anderson's Keynote Address - The Popcorn Theory
Writing
Kevin J. Anderson

Writing Military for Fantasy
Worldbuilding
Peter Orullian
Johnathan Marson, L.E. Modesitt

A look at how magic and fantastic creatures might affect war and militaristic forces. What happens when horses fly? Do guns get invented when people throw fireballs?

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Mass Book Signing
Books

It’s LTUE’s traditional massive author-a-palooza, the Science Fiction and Fantasy autographing event of the year. Free entry with the purchase of an LTUE membership. This is the author signing to beat all author signings. Introduce yourself to your favorite authors and get your books signed. Don’t have all the books you want? Never fear, Barnes and Noble will be on-site with select titles. Buy more books, and then get your new books signed! This is one event not to be missed.

Grants and Residencies for Writers
Writing
Danny Potter
J. D. Raisor, Daniel Coleman, James Ganiere, Luke Peterson

An in-depth discussion on finding grants and residencies for writers, and using them to your advantage.

Designing Your Cosplay
Art
Bobbie Berendson W.
Rebekah Ganiere , Mary Robinette Kowal, Heather Monson, Callie Stoker

So, you want to make a cosplay! Now you need to figure out how to turn pictures into patterns. Learn how to create an actual costume design from your source material.

Subcultures
Worldbuilding
Deren Hansen
Johnny Worthen, Christy Dorrity, Stan Crowe

Different people will have different reactions to the same events and circumstances. This looks at how subcultures form and interact with popular culture.

Create A Language Workshop
Worldbuilding
Dirk Elzinga

A presentation dedicated to helping you construct a new language.

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Timpanogos
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Timpanogos
Running the Babylon 5 Marathon
Theater and Media Arts
Blake Casselman
Robert Defendi, Scott R. Parkin, Emily Sorensen, Jenniffer Wardell, Johnny Worthen

JMS may have been the first, but in today's television 'golden age', more and more creators are getting to share their vision from start to finish, serving as show runner and chief writer. Why? How do you get this gig? Is auteur theory alive and well in TMA?

The Story of Howard's Conan
Books
Eric Swedin
Blake Casselman, Jon Clapier, David West

Regarded as the father of the Sword and Sorcery subgenre, Robert E. Howard's Conan was never published in his lifetime. Rediscover this Depression-era author of the pulp magazine,Weird Tales and how he became a post-life icon.

The Basics of Calligraphy
Art
Heather Monson
Callie Stoker, Bobbie Berendson W

Learn what it is, how it works, and how to create distinctive hands/fonts.

Drawing Cloth and Clothing
Art
Bobbie Berendson W.
Dennis Dorrity, Jessica Douglas, Richard Russell

Learn how to create patterns and textures for cloth and clothing in your art.

Elves and Druids: The Epic World of Terry Brooks
Books
Kevin Nielsen, Candace Thomas, Michael Young, Daniel Coleman

Terence"Terry" Dean Brooks, fantasy writer to be reckoned with. Explore the William Faulkner inspired worlds of just a few of Brooks' 23 NYT Bestsellers, including Shannara, Landover, and The Word and Void.

Crucible of Realms
Worldbuilding
Steve Setzer
Michelle Witte, M. Scott Boone, N. H. Bradson

A panel of experienced writers and gamers build a creative-commons fictional world. Audience Participation.

Crafting Good Subplots
Writing
Deren Hansen
C Michelle Jefferies, L.E. Modesitt, Randy Tayler, Renee Collins, Bree Despain

A discussion about using subplots to add nuance to your story without derailing your main plot entirely.

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Olympus
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Olympus
Horror Games
Gaming
Dan Wells
David West, Robert Defendi, Craig Nybo

This will look at how we incorporate horror into all kinds of games.

Indie Game Development
Gaming
Daniel Swenson
Alan Bahr, Derrick Duncan, Brennan Smith

How do you develop a game outside of a major publisher? This will cover different aspects of development, play testing, and marketing.

Board Game Design
Gaming
Daniel Swenson
Michael Young, Alan Bahr, Robert Defendi, Derrick Duncan

The process from start to finish of creating a board game.

Writing Verse
Writing
Michael Young
Virginia Baker, Michael R Collings

What forms of verse are there? What are the key points of writing verse? Where should I look for good examples of verse?

Drake vs. Fermi
Worldbuilding
Steve Setzer
Emily Sorensen, N. H. Bradson, Mikki Kells, Joe Monson

The Drake Equation predicts there should be a lot of intelligent aliens. The Fermi Paradox asks why we haven't seen any

Screenwriting
Writing
Nathan Shumate
David West, Ann Chamberlin, Michaelbrent Collings, Clint Johnson

An in-depth discussion on writing your story as an effective screenplay.

Fun Junior Fantasy
Books
Erin Summerill
Candace Thomas , Steve Setzer, Alyson Peterson, Susan Kroupa

Adventure with Sanderson's, "Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians", respect the "Rump" byShurtliff, take some pride in Alexander's "Prydain", joinBlackwood in "Jinx", and even meet up with a "Spirit Animal" or few by Mull and his tribe . Don't stop now, you've still got a "High Time (to be had) in Hades",then call it a wrap with an "Ever After High" by Hale --in case you missed it, it's junior fantasy free for all fun time.

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Amphitheater
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Amphitheater
Film Festival
Theater and Media Arts

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Kevin J. Anderson's Keynote Address - The Popcorn Theory
Writing
Kevin J. Anderson

Using Archetypes in Stories
Worldbuilding
Dene Low
Jenniffer Wardell, Amy White, Clint Johnson, Angie Lofthouse

A definition of archetype, a discussion of some common character archetypes, and the advantages and risks of using them in your story.

Plot a Novel in an Hour
Writing
Robert Defendi
Dan Willis

Trouble plotting your novel? Want to refine your plotting style? Just want to see Defendi in a shear panic for forty straight minutes? Come to Plot a Novel in an hour. Robert J Defendi will teach you his plotting method by creating a novel in one hour using suggestions from the audience. It will be fun. It will be informative. Defendi will burn about three thousand calories.

Scrivener 201
Writing
James Duckett

Geared toward those with a working knowledge of Scrivener. We'll explore more advanced topics, such as snapshots, inspector footnotes and comments, compiling your work, revision marking mode, backups, keeping track of research, using collections, and more.

Ten Things About the Brain That Every Writer Should Know
Writing
Danny Potter

Danny Potter discusses ways to improve your portrayal of your characters' psychological aspects.

What They DON’T Tell You About Getting An Agent
Writing
Alyson Peterson

Author and literary agent Alyson Peterson talks about common pitfalls and successful strategies for finding the agent you need.

Book Cover Design For Self-Publishers
Writing
Nathan Shumate

Nathan Shumate discusses book covers as a marketing tool with both good and bad examples, and teaches principles and priorities for graphically-minded indie publishers to create or commission competent, eye-catching covers that can allow their books to compete visually with traditionally published books.

Using Symbolism in Your Fiction
Writing
Angie Lofthouse

Symbolism is all around us. Using it in your writing can be a powerful way to engage the reader and make your stories more meaningful and memorable.

Cracking the Story Code
Books
Wendy Gourley, Amy White, Hyrum Allred

Target your audience. Find out why and how some books are doomed to failure and others succeed. Improve your chances of success with the Farmer method of Script and Text Analysis. Backed by over 30 years of research, this semiotic-based system helps writers, agents, editors, & publishers rise above the rest.

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Aspen
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Aspen
How to Lay Out Comic Panels
Art
Brian C. Hailes
Howard Tayler, Rebecca J. Greenwood, Aneeka Richins

Learn how to use your page effectively in comics and graphic novels to tell your story and make it flow.

Economics of Heroism
Worldbuilding
John Baxter, Nichole Giles, Andrew Bahlmann

A look at the economics of becoming a super-powered hero, including training, equipment, and masking your identity.

Economics of Supervillainy
Worldbuilding
Alexander Sousa
Aneeka Richins, Andrew Bahlmann, John Baxter, Deren Hansen

A look at the economics of being a supervillain, including a hidden lair and a fully stocked laboratory with competent assistants, cool gadgets, and an energy source.

20 Years of Pixar
Theater and Media Arts
Adam Sidwell
David King, Joe Monson, L. Palmer, Richard Russell, Brandon Ho

Pixar is the dominant animation studio in the world today. What are the strengths and weakness of digital animation? Why has digital animation largely supplanted traditional animation? Will it ever kill traditional animation?

Hooking Your Readers
Writing
Paul Genesse
Shannon Hale, Mary Robinette Kowal, Rebekah Ganiere

Many writers will tell you that one of the most important things is to hook your readers so they don't want to put your book down. We'll discuss how to do that in this panel.

The Role of Magic in your Story
Writing
J Scott Savage
Lynette White, John D. Brown, Michael Jensen, Brandon Sanderson

A discussion of magic and how to refine the role it plays in your story.

Roleplaying for Writers
Writing
Randy Tayler
Dan Wells, J. R. Johansson, Brandon Sanderson, Paul Genesse

Some of your favorite worlds and characters were tested during role playing sessions. Here authors will discuss the benefits of RPGs in the writing process.

Young Adult Novels
Writing
Jaclyn Weist
Shannon Hale, Mikki Kells, Lisa Mangum

An in-depth discussion on writing books for young adults.

All About Armor
Worldbuilding
Lynette White
Kevin Evans, J. D. Raisor

Forms of armor that have been used throughout history and in the modern world, as well as what has been conjectured for future armor.

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Birch
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Birch
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Kevin J. Anderson's Keynote Address - The Popcorn Theory
Writing
Kevin J. Anderson

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The Knight as Professional Athlethe: Anachronism in A Knight's Tale
Theater and Media Arts
Michelle Witte
Andrew Bahlmann, Jon Clapier, Christine Haggerty, Heather Monson

Anachronisms are not always mistakes. Why is there a general rule against anachronisms? When should we break it? Are the rules different for TMA vs. writing or graphic arts?

Writers of the Future - Increasing Your Chances
Writing
David Farland
Rebecca Moesta, Scott R. Parkin, Eric James Stone

Find out from judges and winners of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest, the largest contest discovering new talent in the field of science fiction and fantasy today, what makes good entry.

Best Books on Story Development for Writers
Books
Tyler Jolley
Craig Nybo, Scott R. Parkin, Kim Williams-Justeson, James Duckett, Virginia Baker

Books on developing story structure. Discuss the merits of what's been written and what's sitting on the bookstore shelves, from The Story Structure Architect, Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, etc

Drawing Action: running, falling, and fight scenes
Art
Aneeka Richins
Richard Russell, Rebecca J. Greenwood, Brian C. Hailes, Heather Monson

Learn how to draw movement and action to make your art come alive.

Law Enforcement in Fiction
Worldbuilding
M. Scott Boone
Daniel Coleman, Nichole Giles, Alicia McIntire, Johnathan Marson

How law enforcement is handled in fiction, and what might be done to portray it more accurately.

Current Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Roundup
Theater and Media Arts
Alexander Sousa
Andrew Bahlmann, N. H. Bradson, Shannen Crane Camp, Christopher Husberg

A look at the coolest TV on the net and on the air!

Beginning, Middle, and End: Writing and Beyond
Writing
Michael R. Collings

Q&A giving the audience an opportunity to talk to a professional novelist/poet, editor, and reviewer about three concerns for writers—Getting ideas down; editing, and what to do afterwords.

YA Fantasy Trends
Books

Trending popularity of the high fantasy royals (Red Queen, A Court of Thorn and Roses), the rise of the strong heroine in YA fantasy and the popularity of historical fantasy, and have we already passed the peak of time travel fantasy?

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Cedar
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Cedar
The Myths and Realities of Social Media Platforms
Professional Development
Jen Greyson
Michelle Lehua Parker, Jaclyn Weist, Cheree Alsop, Bryan Brandenburg

Understanding how to use (and not use) social media effectively to build (and not blow up) your writing career.

Have Books, Will Travel
Professional Development
Adrienne Monson
J Scott Savage, Teri Harman, Cindy Hogan

Dos and Don’ts for book signings, book clubs, book launches, Facebook parties, book bombs, sales booths, school presentations, presenting on panels—any event where authors appear with books in hand. We’ll talk about the difference between brand vs. gimmick and dressing for success.

It's a Book, Not a Baby
Professional Development
Adrienne Monson
Michelle Corsillo, Larry Correia, Christine Haggerty

Understanding how to move from a creation mindset to a business mindset regarding your intellectual property.

Becoming Wonder Woman & Superman: Managing Expectations
Professional Development
Angela Hartley
Adrienne Monson, Fiona Ostler, Jen Greyson, Shannon Hale, Peter Orullian

Tips and tricks for carving time for personal expression while working, going to school, raising a family, and fulfilling all of life’s demands. Effective time management and prioritizing. Gaining spousal support.

Under-rated and Under-Appreciated Reads
Books
Eric Swedin
Dan Wells, Stacy Whitman, Renee Collins

No Awards, don't care. Overlooked and under-appreciated reads for the discerning Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan.

After Dark - Romance
Professional Development
Christine Haggerty
Jen Greyson, Teri Harman, Michael Jensen, Adrienne Monson, Rebekah Ganiere

How does romance come into play with fantasy and sci-fi?

Tectonics: When Plates Collide
Worldbuilding
Michael Young
Derrick Duncan, V. J. O. Gardner, Kevin Nielsen, Josi Russell

How plate tectonics have affected geography and climate on earth. Includes a discussion of mountains and the water cycle.

Monsters, Fantasy, and Horror
Writing
Larry Correia
Kevin Nielsen, Michael R. Collings, Michaelbrent Collings

Monsters are staple elements of both the fantasy and horror genres. This panel discusses how and why to use monsters in your story, and what your genre means for your presentation of that monster.

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WotF - What is it?
Writing
Kevin J. Anderson
Rebecca Moesta, Scott R. Parkin, Brian C. Hailes, Virginia Baker, Julie Frost

Find out about the largest science fiction/fantasy contest for discovering new talent.

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Maple
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side on the Mezzanine Level.
Maple
Elementary School Horror
Books
Stacy Whitman
Michelle Witte, Michelle Lehua Parker

Take a walk on the dark side as we explore elementary school bookshelves and what's on the menu today. No, we're not talking lunch. It's the thrill of horror in the stacks, from Black's "Doll Bones", Gaiman's "Graveyard", to "Shan's Saga" by Darren Shan, and all that gore.

E-Sports
Gaming
Michael Call
Brennan Smith, Michael Jason Bacera, Natalie Whipple, Dan Wells

DOTA 2, League of Legends, Starcraft, etc, have had a quickly growing following over the last few years. This panel will talk about the current and future state of E-Sports.

Animals in Fantasy
Books
Steve Setzer
Daniel Swenson, Jenniffer Wardell, Stacy Whitman, Paul Genesse, Susan Kroupa

A horse is a horse, of course...and yes, sometimes they talk. Join a discussion of fantasy fiction that features animals as important elements in the story, often as the protagonists. Who knew rabbits could be so compelling?

Donaldson's Complex Hero
Books
Jon Clapier
Paul Genesse, Scott R. Parkin

Anti-Hero? Wounded Hero? Explore the psychologically complex, conceptually abstract, not to mention and morally bleak hero, Thomas Covenant. Exploring the complexity of Donaldson's writing style.

Education in Culture
Worldbuilding
Derrick Duncan
Michael Jensen, David King, Luke Peterson, Eric Swedin

A look at different forms of education and training, and how they interact with and create culture.

Drawing Birds and Dinosaurs
Art
V. T. Workman
Graham Bradley, Dennis Dorrity

Birds and dinosaurs are shaped differently and move differently than modern reptiles and mammals. Learn how to draw birds, dinosaurs, and similarly shaped creatures.

LTUE Oxford Style Debate
Theater and Media Arts
Lon Franson

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Zion
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Zion
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Finding Your Audience
Writing
Jason King
Alexi Vandenberg, Larry Correia, Paul Genesse

An author's target audience is an important consideration. This panel discusses how to find your target audience and how to identify the things they do and don't want to see in your story.

Writing Excuses Podcast
Writing
Brandon Sanderson
Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, Michaelbrent Collings, Mary Robinette Kowal, Shannon Hale, Becky McKinney, L.E. Modesitt

The Writing Excuses team records episodes of their award-winning podcast in front of a live audience.

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Banquet Gala

Great food, great company, and great entertainment. Come join us in closing off the symposium at the LTUE Banquet. A fully catered meal by the Marriott hotel, with a presentation by one of our esteemed guests as our Toastmaster. Meal options are a creole chix grilled chicken breast or a grilled pork chop with a maple cranberry glaze. Gluten free and vegan options available on request. To purchase tickets, please visit our Banquet Gala page.

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How to Increase Your Writing Productivity
Writing
Kevin J Anderson

LTUE: Ninjas and Superheroes
Writing
Sarah Andreason
Crystal Meyer

Would you like to Join the awesome LTUE team? Come find out what makes LTUE great and help make it even greater in 2017!

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Shannon Hale's Keynote Address
Writing
Shannon Hale

Bryce
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Bryce
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Guns and Those Who Wield Them
Worldbuilding
Larry Correia
Kevin Evans, Jen Greyson, John Harmston, David King

The mechanics of guns and psychology of their ownership and use.

Writing Excuses Podcast
Writing
Brandon Sanderson
Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, Michaelbrent Collings, Mary Robinette Kowal, Shannon Hale, Becky McKinney, L.E. Modesitt

The Writing Excuses team records episodes of their award-winning podcast in front of a live audience.

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Banquet Gala

Great food, great company, and great entertainment. Come join us in closing off the symposium at the LTUE Banquet. A fully catered meal by the Marriott hotel, with a presentation by one of our esteemed guests as our Toastmaster. Meal options are a creole chix grilled chicken breast or a grilled pork chop with a maple cranberry glaze. Gluten free and vegan options available on request. To purchase tickets, please visit our Banquet Gala page.

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The Editor's Panel
Writing
Tristi Pinkston
Stacy Whitman, Lisa Mangum, Christopher Baxter, Daniel Friend

Editors discuss the things they like to see in your manuscript and mistakes you should avoid.

Shannon Hale's Keynote Address
Writing
Shannon Hale

True Heroes
Books
Jonathan Diaz
Lisa Mangum, J Scott Savage, Adam Sidwell

"True Heroes" began with a simple idea: take photos of pediatric cancer patients expressing their dreams beyond a hospital room. From the photos grew stories which morphed into a book published by Shadow Mountain in September 2015 that is changing people’s lives. Come hear the about the remarkable project that brought kids, photographers, authors, costumers, editors, and publishers together in a celebration of life. All who worked on True Heroes generously donated their time and talents, and all proceeds benefit pediatric cancer patients.

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Arches
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Arches
Shannon Hale's Keynote Address
Writing
Shannon Hale

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The Limits of Magic
Worldbuilding
Jaclyn Weist
Rachel Kelly, Dene Low, J. D. Raisor, Howard Tayler

An examination of what putting limits on magic can do for a story, and what kind of restrictions to put on it in your stories.

Banquet Gala

Great food, great company, and great entertainment. Come join us in closing off the symposium at the LTUE Banquet. A fully catered meal by the Marriott hotel, with a presentation by one of our esteemed guests as our Toastmaster. Meal options are a creole chix grilled chicken breast or a grilled pork chop with a maple cranberry glaze. Gluten free and vegan options available on request. To purchase tickets, please visit our Banquet Gala page.

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Magnificent Maps
Art
James Duckett
Heather Monson, Bobbie Berendson W, Isaac Stewart

Now that you have figured out what to put on your map and where to put it, how do you make them look good? Discuss how to take landmarks and other aspects of a map pleasing to look at.

Bios, Synopsis, and Blurbs
Writing
L. L. Muir
Chersti Nieveen, Rachel Ann Nunes, Michelle Corsillo, J. R. Johansson

Bios, synopses, and blurbs are important to your success, but what are they and what jobs do they do for you?

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Writing Excuses Podcast
Writing
Brandon Sanderson
Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, Michaelbrent Collings, Mary Robinette Kowal, Shannon Hale, Becky McKinney, L.E. Modesitt

The Writing Excuses team records episodes of their award-winning podcast in front of a live audience.

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Timpanogos
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Timpanogos
Canon in the Walking Dead
Theater and Media Arts
Blake Casselman
Rose Cooper, James Ganiere

In today's pop media environment, it's common for an intellectual property to tell different stories in different media. With this in mind, what are the impacts on 'canon'. We'll try to define canon & why it matters. Walking Dead started as a graphic novel, turned into a TV show and a bunch of video games. How do different media complicate the canon, enrich it, and maybe even undermine it?

A Day in the Life of a Stormtrooper
Worldbuilding
Charlie Pulsipher
Kevin J Anderson, Tyler Jolley, L.E. Modesitt, Rebecca Moesta

A look at the daily life of military individuals, and how it might differ for stormtroopers or soldiers in a spacefaring civilization.

What About Sculpting?
Art
Emily Sorensen
Bobbie Berendson W, Devon Dorrity

What makes sculpting interesting and different from other art forms? Talk about different techniques such as additive vs. subtractive and what they are good for.

Costume Construction: Cosplay Part 2
Art
Bobbie Berendson W
E. A. Younker, Rebekah Ganiere, Heather Monson, Callie Stoker

You have your design, now what do you need to make it? Learn about different materials, sewing tips and tricks, and cheats to keep your costume functional while still looking cool.

John Williams: Film Scores
Theater and Media Arts
Renee Collins, Joe Monson, Craig Nybo, Sarah E. Seeley

You cannot IMAGINE Star Wars without the Imperial March, or the Main Title. And you can hum the Raiders of Lost Ark theme right now, can't you? Why do film scores have such impact? What's the difference between a score and a soundtrack. What skills do you need to appreciate a great score? Or write/perform one?

The Criminal Element
Worldbuilding
David King
Jo Schaffer, Robin Ambrose, Michaelbrent Collings

A look at criminals: personality, psychology, history, and why they commit crimes.

Before Katniss....
Books

Before Hunger Games, there was Gregor. An overlander hero of legend that hails from contemporary New York. Explore the underworld along with Gregor and his two-year-old sister,Boots. A heroic precursor to Collin's massively popular Hunger Games anti-hero Katniss.

Slower than Light Space Travel
Worldbuilding
Wayne Hanewicz
Helge Moulding, Steve Setzer, Joe Vasicek

The limits of and possibilities for life in space without faster than light travel.

Giving and Accepting Critique
Writing
Charlie Pulsipher
Julie Frost, Mary Robinette Kowal, Lisa Mangum, Chersti Nieveen

A discussion about gracefully accepting critique, and giving helpful critique to other writers.

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Time Travel and the Nature of Light
Writing
Bryan Brandenburg

Olympus
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Olympus
Picture Books
Art
Emily Sorensen
Sandra Tayler

Picture books usually have a distinctive feel to them, but what makes them like that? Come learn about what makes picture book art unique and distinctive, as well as attractive to children.

Traditional Beginnings for Digital Design
Art
Aneeka Richins
Keliana Tayler, Rebecca J. Greenwood, Devon Dorrity, Brian C. Hailes

Learn how to use sketches, paintings, and other physical media as a base for digital art, including what materials and methods work best, how to make the transfer, and how to integrate them into the final piece.

Games & Human Interaction
Gaming
Candace Thomas
Dan Willis, Johnny Worthen, Brennan Smith

How do people interact in both video and table top games? Are some formats hurtful or helpful?

Faith, Followers, and Fanatics
Academic
Bruce H. Allred
E. A. Younker

Presentation of the academic paper Faith, Followers, and Fanatics: The Concept of the Divine in Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The Women Have it
Academic
Alyssa Steed

Presentation of the academic paper The Women Have it: Portrayal of Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Television.

History Real or Feigned: Tolkien, Scott, and the Power of the Novel
Academic
Kaleigh Spooner

Presentation of the academic paper History Real or Feigned: Tolkien, Scott, and the Power of the Novel.

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Amphitheater
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Amphitheater
Shannon Hale's Keynote Address
Writing
Shannon Hale

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Anything Can Be: Photography
Professional Development
Michelle Lehua Parker
Jonathan Diaz

Jonathan Diaz discusses the art of photography and how he captures amazing images of children's dreams.

Anything Can Be: Image Manipulation
Professional Development
Michelle Lehua Parker
Jonathan Diaz

Jonathan Diaz discusses post-production photo manipulation.

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Film Festival
Theater and Media Arts

Charismatic Villains
Writing
Craig Nybo
Virginia Baker, David Farland, Kevin Nielsen, Peter Orullian

A discussion about writing villains that your reader can't help but like.

How Deep to Dig, How High to Build
Worldbuilding
Daniel Swenson
Michelle Witte, V. J. O. Gardner, Christopher Husberg, Stan Crowe

Different stories and projects require different amounts of worldbuilding. How to recognize whether or not you've done enough.

The Art of Fairies, Elves, and Sprites
Art
Bryan Beus
Jessica Douglas, Dustin Foran, Howard Lyon, Keliana Tayler

Learn how to draw the humanoid creatures of the fantastic world. Discuss what makes each kind of fantastical creature unique.

Many Limbs: What You Need to Know for Drawing
Art
Brian C. Hailes
Bryan Beus, Graham Bradley, Jessica Douglas

Most animals have four limbs- but what if you want to draw more? Learn about the considerations of anatomical structure and artistic presentation in designing a many-limbed creature.

Art Styles Around the World
Art
Rachel Kelly
Richard Russell, Brian C. Hailes

Discuss how artistic styles vary from country to country. What makes art look American, German, or South African? Are these stylistic differences evident in Science Fiction and Fantasy?

Putting Emotional Depth into Your Children’s Fiction

Putting Emotional Depth into Your Children’s Fiction
Writing
Sandra Tayler

Children love stories when they can see themselves in them and when the story draws out emotions that they have, yet children react to events in ways that are emotionally different than adults. Learn how to add realistic emotion that your young readers can connect to, without overpowering the story that you have written.

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Aspen
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Aspen
How to Write Great Dialogue
Theater and Media Arts
Robert Defendi
Craig Nybo, Michelle Lehua Parker, Peter Orullian, Michaelbrent Collings

Nothing kills a movie faster than it not having a voice. Each character needs their own unique voice. Come learn the rules for writing great dialogue... and examples of how to break those rules.

All the Best Lines
Worldbuilding
Christopher Husberg
Clint Johnson, Dene Low, Cheree Alsop, Steve Diamond

Looks at existing villains to examine why they are so fascinating and why they sometimes get the best lines.

Secret Identity? So Last Century!
Theater and Media Arts
Andrew Bahlmann, Graham Bradley, N. H. Bradson, Nichole Giles, Alexander Sousa

The pulp heroes of yesteryear donned masked and took code name to keep their identity a secret. Why? And why today are those things falling by the way-wide? Or are they?

Social Villainy
Worldbuilding
Alexander Sousa
Aneeka Richins, Nichole Giles

The social aspect of supervillainy. How villains interact with society, How minions are recruited and their loyalty won. How betrayal by friends and followers could be handled.

Escaping Semi Pro Hell
Writing
Julie Frost
Rebecca Moesta, Scott R. Parkin, Eric James Stone

So you have written a million stories and even been published. Now what?

Greek Mythology in the Modern Day
Books
Dene Low
Scott R. Parkin, David West, Paul Genesse, Christine Haggerty

From the D'Aulaire's to Riordan. Fascinating characters, monsters, creatures, and heroes taken from the Greeks. The use of Greek mythos and its lasting appeal to the modern day reader.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Science Fiction, B Movies, & Cult Classics
Theater and Media Arts
Robert Defendi, Rebekah Ganiere, Johnny Worthen, Johnathan Marson

40 Years ago, a light was turned on over at the Frankenstein place and cult cinema was never quite the same. What makes a cult film? Do cult films celebrate diversity or just replace conformity to the status quo with conformity to rebellion?

Video Game Design
Gaming
Rebekah Ganiere
J. D. Raisor, Brennan Smith, Michael Jason Bacera, James Ganiere

How to write a compelling story, create art, and form other factors into a video game.

Fantasy vs. Science Fiction Art Styles
Art
Keliana Tayler
Dustin Foran, Howard Lyon

There is a difference in the creatures we encounter across the genres of Fantasy and Science Fiction. For example, a giant spider vs a giant tentacled alien. Discuss what makes a creature fit into a fantasy world vs. a science fiction one, and learn how to convey that in your art.

Write a Novel in 3 Days
Writing
L. L. Muir

L.L. Muir presents strategies that will let YOU write a novel in 3 days.

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Birch
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Birch
Webcomics
Art
Emily Sorensen
Carter Reid, Aneeka Richins

How do you make a webcomic? How does the writing and art differ from traditional print comics? Discuss the pros, cons, and unique aspects of webcomics in relation to other media.

Best of the Worst: Villains and Anti-Heroes
Books
Blake Casselman, Rachel Kelly, Stacy Whitman, Andrew Bahlmann

Exploring the world of villainy and why every hero needs a nemesis. Villains of note and even the anti-heroes we admire. From pure evil to those with whom we can empathize. Who would you name as the foulest fiends in literature? Alternately, who would you name as the most relatable and likeable of the lot? Minions, Moriarty, to Milo the Mindbender and more.

Writing Natural Dialogue
Writing
Jason King
L.E. Modesitt, Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Shannon Hale

An in-depth discussion on how to write dialogue that feels natural.

TV vs Novel- Good, Better, Best.
Books
Jenniffer Wardell
Lindzee Armstrong, Blake Casselman, Robert Defendi, L. Palmer, Eric Swedin

Read the book before the movie, or watch the movie, then read the book? Which camp do you fit in? Who did it better and why?

Coffee, Tea, and Revolutions
Worldbuilding
Eric Swedin
David West, Mikki Kells

How coffee and tea have shaped history, and how to use them to enrich your own world's history.

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Cross Genre Successes
Writing
Alyson Peterson
E. A. Younker, Julie Frost, Mary Robinette Kowal

Crossing Genres, when done correctly, can bring a different flavor to your novel than sticking with the pure genre. Find out how to best meld the genres for maximum effect.

Succeeding as a Writer
L. L. Muir
John D. Brown

Unpolished Prose: Why Editors Reject Stories
Writing
Christopher Baxter

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Shannon Hale's Keynote Address
Writing
Shannon Hale

Cedar
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Cedar
Self-Publishing in 2016: The Channels
Professional Development
Jen Greyson
Mikki Kells, Andrea Pearson, Cheree Alsop, Dan Godard

Exploring publishing channel pros and cons—Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Barnes&Noble, WattPad, Draft2Digital, Smashwords, Createspace, Lightning Source, and others.

Self-Publishing in 2016: Marketing
Professional Development
Jen Greyson
Rebecca Rode, Cindy Hogan, Cheree Alsop, Alexi Vandenberg

Marketing from the standpoint of ROI. Tools to determine which marketing strategies are worth the expense as well as how to stagger efforts for maximum impact and data tracking strategies.

Gathering Your Tribe
Professional Development
Angela Hartley
Chad Morris, J Scott Savage, Dan Wells, Bree Despain

The importance of surrounding yourself with people who will lift you up, share ideas and successes, and kick you in the pants when you need it--and how to spot and eliminate negative people from your support group. It’s lonely at the top. Bring friends.

Making Martial Arts
Worldbuilding
Cheree Alsop
Johnathan Marson, Christine Haggerty, John Harmston

What martial arts consist of, and what to consider when choosing or creating a martial art style.

Pet Peeves in Publishing
Writing
Lisa Mangum
Tristi Pinkston, Stacy Whitman, Rebecca Moesta

Agents and editors discuss the things that they hate to see in a manuscript.

Writing Military for Science Fiction
Worldbuilding
Josi Russell
Kevin Evans, Eric Swedin

A look at how the military has changed and continues to change in response to available technology. How it might continue to change as technology advances.

Fight like a Girl
Books
Aneeka Richins
Erin Summerill, David Farland, Nichole Giles, Mikki Kells

Exploring novels where girls have to disguise themselves as boys to get where they need to go and do what has to be done. Delve into Alison Goodman's Eon and Eona, Knight Alanna of Trebond by Tamora Pierce, Patricia Wrede's Mairelon, Westerfeld's Leviathan, and our own Sara Larson's Defy novels.

Hitchhiking with Douglas Adams
Books
Johnny Worthen
Daniel Coleman, Robert Defendi, James Duckett, Daniel Swenson

Put your thumb in the air like you just don't care as we hitchhike through the works of the Sci Fi great Douglas Adams, humorist, satirist, and writer extraordinaire. Explore Adams' world beginning with his BBC radio comedy, take a long soul-searching dark tea-time break, and wind up the trip with a hop off into the universe of Dr. Who.

Steampunk - Don't Break Your World
Writing
J Scott Savage, Sarah E. Seeley, Dan Willis, Paul Genesse

Steam punk has unique technology and style. Learn how to write your steam punk world without losing the style.

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Making a Living as an Artist
Art
Howard Tayler
Jessica Douglas, Rebecca J. Greenwood, Richard Russell

Discuss how to sell your art, get contracts, and make a name for yourself as an artist. Learn about how the kind of art you make affects how you market.

Maple
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side on the Mezzanine Level.
Maple
Sociopathy and Psychopathy
Worldbuilding
Daniel Coleman
Dan Wells, Angela Hartley, Jo Schaffer

Sociopath and Psychopath are popular terms which refer to antisocial personality disorder. What is Antisocial personality disorder, really, and what is the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath?

Tales Dark and Grimm
Books
Christine Haggerty
Danny Potter, Callie Stoker, Stacy Whitman

The Wolf Must Die! Grimm tales and their lasting psychological impact on the minds of the young. Exploring culture warp on classic tales.

Arthur C. Clarke: Beyond Space Odyssey
Books
Scott R. Parkin
Eric Swedin, David Yurth, Robert Defendi, Johnny Worthen

Of course grand master Clarke is known for his hugely influential 2001: A Space Odyssey, but did you know about his role in satellite communications? That he was a space travel proponent? How about his multiple Hugo and Nebula awards? Wait, there's even more--but you'll have to come join us to hear about the rest.

Workshopping Your Fiction
Writing
Scott R. Parkin
Andrea Pearson, Tristi Pinkston, Julie Frost, C Michelle Jefferies, Chersti Nieveen

A discussion about effectively polishing a story by workshopping it with other authors you trust.

The Singularity is Near
Worldbuilding
Scott R. Parkin
Charlie Pulsipher, Wayne Hanewicz

The singularity is the point at which technology changes too quickly for us to keep up with it. A look at its potential causes and ramifications.

The Works of Shannon Hale
Books
Joe Monson
Luke Peterson, Candace Thomas, Michelle Witte, Dene Low

What makes Bayern creator Shannon Hale so cool. Explore it all from goose whispering to what it takes to become a proper princess, Newbery Award-winning author Shannon Hale can take you there. Delve into the words and worlds of Hale where all things have a language, ordinary villagers go to princess school, and heroines get locked away.

Short Stories/Novellas
Writing
Virginia Baker
David Farland, KB Rylander, Nathan Shumate, Eric James Stone, E. A. Younker

Where does a short-story end and a novella begin? What is a novelette? This panel discusses the nuances of how fiction is classified.

Saving a TV Show
Theater and Media Arts
N. H. Bradson
James Ganiere, Jen Greyson

Discussion on why TV shows are made from the point of view of the network and who pays for TV shows. YOU are the product. Can you save a TV show? Under what conditions can a show be saved? How can fans help save a TV show and what's the best you can hope to achieve?

The Culture of Immortality
Worldbuilding
Nancy Fulda
James Ganiere, Danny Potter, Jonathan Ryan, Lynette White, Lindzee Armstrong

Drawing Exoskeletons
Art
Heather Monson
V. T. Workman, Bryan Beus, Graham Bradley, Logan Kearsley

How to draw bugs, crustaceans, and aliens with exoskeletons. A discussion of the differences in drawing creatures who have their bones on the outside.

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Filking

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LTUE 2016 Special Events

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Boardroom (Thurs)
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Boardroom (Thurs)
Boardroom (Fri)
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Boardroom (Fri)
Boardroom (Sat)
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Boardroom (Sat)
Elm (Thurs-Sat)
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Elm (Thurs-Sat)
Canyon (Thurs)
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Canyon (Thurs)
Canyon (Fri)
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Canyon (Fri)
Canyon (Sat)
Located in the Parks area of the hotel on the northern side.
Canyon (Sat)
Juniper (Thurs-Sat)
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Juniper (Thurs-Sat)
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LTUE 2016 Artists' Alley

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Artists' Alley (Thursday)
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Artists' Alley (Thursday)
Artists' Alley (Friday)
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Artists' Alley (Friday)
Artists' Alley (Saturday)
Located in the Trees area of the hotel on the southern side.
Artists' Alley (Saturday)