latest news & announcements

Guest Elizabeth Vaughan on Not Quitting the Day Job

Elizabeth Vaughan is the USA Today bestselling author of the Chronicles of the Warlands fantasy series, as well as a long-time member of the Writer's Symposium. Beth is a strong member of the writer community, always willing to help new writers and support her colleagues as she can. Her level-headed and sensible approach to writing have made her a valuable part of the Symposium, especially as a read and critique judge and panel moderator. Here, Beth shares some advice about day jobs and writing, and why she still has a career in addition to writing!

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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.

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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