GenCon Writer’s Symposium Schedule

Originally around this time, I’d be in Indianapolis right now attending GenCon. While that’s no longer the case, I’m still attending GenCon’s Writer’s Symposium…just virtually!

Links to the panels I’m on are listed below in the title. The panels are pre-recorded, so the YouTube links do not become live until the time listed in the schedule. Also, please go to GenCon and acquire a ticket for the panel. They’re’ unlimited and FREE!

Putting All the Pieces Together in Worldbuilding: Saturday 3:00 PM EDT 
Tickets available here: https://www.gencon.com/events/189424

You have a place, a political system, cultures. But how can it all fit together in a way that is fresh and believable? Daniel Myers, Gregory Wilson, LaShawn Wanak, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Anton Strout

The Editor-Author Relationship: Sunday 12:00 PM EDT
Tickets available here: https://www.gencon.com/events/189426

An editor can be an author’s best friend. How can you stay on their good side, and what are tips if there are disagreements? Tom Hoeler, Jim Lowder, LaShawn Wanak, Gabrielle Harbowy, Elizabeth Vaughan 

JulyCon, GenCon and a New Interactive Story

A couple of quick updates:

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First. JulyCon is happening this Saturday, July 18 on Twitch. Greg Wilson has gathered a lovely collection of writers and editors to discuss writing and gaming on his Twitch channel. Since it’s only a one-day event, I’ll post the full schedule here. All times are Eastern.

  • Noon: Worldbuilding with Depth: E.D.E. Bell, Michael Underwood, Gregory A. Wilson, C.S.E. Cooney, Marie Bilodeau, Tracy Chowdhury, Iori Kusano, LaShawn M. Wanak
  • 1:00: Working with a Small Press: Lucy A. Snyder, Chris A. Jackson, C.S.E. Cooney, Marie Bilodeau, Chris Bell, LaShawn M. Wanak
  • 2:00: Narrative in Different Mediums: Toiya Kristen Finley, Jennifer Brozek, Daniel Myers, Gregory A. Wilson, Carlos Hernandez
  • 3:00: Running Productive Critique Groups: Sarah Hans, Lucy A. Snyder, Iori Kusano, Aaron Rosenberg, Brandon O’Brien
  • 4:00: Game Tie-in Writing: Sarah Hans, Jennifer Brozek, Chris A. Jackson, Tracy Chowdhury, Gregory A. Wilson, Aaron Rosenberg, Brandon O’Brien
  • 5:00: Intro to Publishing: Toiya Kristen Finley, E.D.E. Bell, Michael Underwood, Carlos Hernandez, Chris Bell
  • 8:00: D&D with an amazing cast!

Second, I’m also going to be participating in GenCon Online Writers Symposium July 30 through August 2. Like most cons these days, the conference will be virtual and FREE! GenCon is still putting together their schedule, so once I get it, I’ll update it here once it’s finalized.

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And finally NEW STORY ALERT!!! I am proud to announce my very first INTERACTIVE STORY (and my first romance as well)! “Dark Hunger Blue” follows Jayla, a scientist with a novel way to bring food to her barren asteroid home, who must decide if she should work with her former lover Sampson, who is now a bioship. Learn more at Sana’s website, download the app, and begin reading today!

LaShawn’s GenCon Schedule, and surprise—I’m the new editor of GigaNotoSaurus

So, let’s get the big news out the way. Remember when I made this tweet? Well, the title says it all—I’ve taken over editorial duties for the magazine GigaNotoSaurus. For those of you who don’t know, this is an online magazine who publishes one story a month, bigger than a short story, smaller than a novel. The last time I did editorial duties was back when I was an Associate Editor at PodCastle. Feels nice to dip my toes in these waters again.

That said, there’s a lot of backlogged stories for me to go through. If you submitted and you’re still waiting, please bear with me. It’s been a while since I read stories for publication. I’ll start cracking on those, starting with the oldest.

In the meantime, I’m going to be heading to GenCon this week and will be on panels at the Writer’s Symposium. Here’s my panel schedule, and feel free to come by and say hi!

Thursday, August 1

Writing About Places You Never Visited

10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Marriott Bllrm 1
How do you understand the vibe of a place well enough to translate it to your readers if you’ve never been there? Lucy A. Snyder, LaShawn Wanak, Seth Skorkowsky, and Corry Lee tell you how.

Work for Hire Writing: What Is It? How Is It Different?

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Marriott Bllrm 2
One way to make it as a writer is to have multiple income streams, and that could mean writing fiction for hire. LaShawn Wanak, James Lowder, Joseph Carriker, Jr., and John Helfers discuss this work.

Friday, August 2

Scrivener Demystified

10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Marriott Bllrm 4
So you’ve decided to ditch the notebook or Word to give this whole Scrivener program a whirl. Can this program make your process better? Come learn from LaShawn Wanak, A. E. Greenwood, and more

Capturing the Creepy: Getting the Details Right

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Marriott Bllrm 1
Horror and suspense writers want to captivate their readers without grossing them out, or worse, boring them. Lucy Snyder, Richard Byers, and others discuss how much detail is necessary.

When Characters Grieve: The Line Between Feelings and Melodrama

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Austin/Boston
LaShawn Wanak, Carol Berg, Devon Monk, and Jerry Gordon discuss how to show character grief without making readers roll their eyes.