latest news & announcements

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 www.charlaineharris.com.

2017 Author Special Guests!

We're excited to welcome Brandon Sanderson, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, and Patrick Rothfuss as special guests for the 2017 Gen Con Writer's Symposium!

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!

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