ECCC Schedule, Part 1

It’s Friday, and we have the first of our detailed schedule postings to share with you!

Below, you’ll find a detailed breakdown of the panels we’ll either be moderating or being panelists on. All of these will be in the Writer’s Block panel rooms 309-310.





Friday, March 28

Time Panel Founder(s) Guest(s) Panel Blurb
11am Writing Dialogue that Works Ren Cummins Kiri Callaghan (Moderator), John Scalzi, & Lisa Mantchev Writing great dialogue does not always come easily to writers. Join John Scalzi and local authors to learn how to know if your dialogue works and what to do if it doesn’t. 


1pm Talaria Press Presents:  Self-Publishing: Gold Mine or Fool’s Gold Ren Cummins & Quiana Kirkland Without the right connections, getting your manuscript traditionally published can be nearly impossible. Are you thinking about self-publishing? If you’re not sure if self-publishing is for you or just don’t know how to get started, join local writers to learn how to make self-publishing work for you. 


3pm No Capes! Writing Fiction for Reality Quiana Kirkland (Moderator), Garth Reasby & Heather Reasby Dave Wolverton Husband and wife writers Garth and Heather Reasby are joined by bestselling author Dave Wolverton as they explore the trend of “realistic” superheroes and how to pull superheroes out of comics and into novels. 


5pm Breathing Life into your Characters Heather Reasby (Moderator) Cornelia Funke, Marie Frances, Emma Michaels Get ready for a fun and lively discussion about creating fully-fleshed characters who’ll take on a life of their own in your pages. We’ll share tips and techniques for getting to know your characters so that they can really shine. 


6pm Writing for Young Adult Audiences Ren Cummins (Moderator) Ellen Beeman & Lisa Mantchev Young adult novels are increasingly popular across all age levels, but is there really a difference between novels for adults and young adult novels? Join local authors for a discussion of how to know if your story and writing style are best suited for young adult audiences. 


And don’t forget, immediately following each panel, the panelists and moderators will be adjourning to the signing room next door for signing and meet-and-greet opportunities.

If you can’t make it to ECCC in person (and why wouldn’t you?! It’s an awesome place to be!), you need not miss out on the fun. ECCC has a partnership with to bring out all the programming, as well as live feeds of the show floor. Even better, many of the panels are available for free!

Check back tomorrow for Saturday’s schedule!


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