latest news & announcements

Congratulations to Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle

We want to extend a big CONGRATULATIONS to Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle. Their urban fantasy thriller, The Love-Haight Case Files, just won three Silver Falchion Awards at the Killer Nashbille mystery writer's convention! Jean Rabe is the founder of the Gen Con Writer's Symposium, and Donald J. Bingle is a long time guest of the program. Needless to say, we're excited about their big win. Congratulations to them both!

You can get all the details in the press release below!

Town Hall Meeting At Gen Con to Discuss SFWA's New Game Writing Guidelines

SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) made an announcement a couple days ago (http://www.sfwa.org/2016/07/sfwa-admit-game-writers-starting-august-1st-...) that they were going to start welcoming game writers into their organization, an announcement many game writers looked forward to immensely. However, as with any big announcement, it was greeted on social media by a plethora of questions and discussion.

Sponsor Spotlight: Worldbuilders!

If you are a science fiction or fantasy fan, chances are you've seen the name "Worldbuilders" floating around from time to time. Worldbuilders is a charity organization created by bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss that gets readers, authors, artists, and more involved to help make the world a better place. Every year Worldbuilders has auctions featuring items like signed books and art prints, one of a kind items, and rare collectibles.

Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winners To Be Announced At Symposium

The Gen Con Writer's Symposium would like to congratulate the finalists of the 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award!

From Baen's press release:

The grand prize winner and two runners up will be announced at the start of the Baen Roadshow panel on August 6, 2016 as part of the Writer’s Symposium at GenCon in Indianapolis. The contest, launched in 2014, recognizes short stories which exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and storytelling crucial to great fantasy. The winning story will be published on the Baen.com website.

Bestselling Author and Story Doctor David Farland Offers Super-Sized Workshops

David Farland (aka David Wolverton) is well-known for his Runelords series and other internationally bestselling fantasy and science fiction novels, and many authors are familiar with him via his daily "Kick in the Pants" emails he sends with awesome writing advice. He is also the judge for the Writers of the Future contest. This year, David is bringing his writing expertise to the Gen Con Writer's Symposium, and will be teaching 3 day-long writing workshops that both aspiring and experienced writers will not want to miss.

Here is what David says the workshops will offer:

The Platonic Ideal Panel Moderator

People who attend panels (and those who are on them) know that one thing that can make or break a panel is the moderator. At the Gen Con Writer's Symposium, it is vital to us that our audiences receive the best programming possible, and to that end, we try to be sure our moderators are experienced and knowledgable, not only in the topics they are presenting, but how to moderate the panelists. We're are extremely lucky to have had such a wonderful crew of moderators over the years, and attribute this as a big part of the Symposium's success. Susan J.

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