For the past few years, I’ve joined forces with a rotating group of authors, editors, and publishers to present writing panels at Alberta conventions. Next weekend we converge on the colossal Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo, where we enjoyed surprisingly large audiences a couple of years back. The lesson we took from that occasion was that people want a diversity of panelist background but also fairly broad entry-level topics. Thus, we’re reviving the “Writing 101” moniker and bringing writers, editors, and publishers from comics, novels, short fiction, video games, and films together to offer some basic tips. We’re glad to offer more specific advice in the Q&A.
Here’s our what, where, and when for next weekend:
Writing 101: Building a Mystery
Friday, April 17 @ 1:00 pm
Designing a good mystery is like writing a story backwards, and only the author knows the true story before the big reveal. Our panelists share tips on constructing a “fair” mystery that keeps your readers guessing without making them feel stupid or deceived. Panelists: Margaret Curelas, Dave Gross (M), Axel Howerton, SG Wong.
Writing 101: Making the Super Seem Natural
Saturday, April 18 @ 4:30 pm
Whether your story includes wizards, ghosts, vampires, or other supernatural elements, you want to make them believable even as you create a sense of wonder. Our panel of authors and editors offer tips and anecdotes to help you blend the magical and the mundane. Panelists: Margaret Curelas, Andrew Foley, Dave Gross (M), SG Wong.
Writing 101: Maintaining a Dialogue
Sunday, April 19 @ 11:30 am
Without actors to provide your characters with an audible voice, you need to use the tools of printed language to bring their dialogue to life. Our panelists share their secrets and offer examples from their favorite writers on how to create written dialogue that expresses character without the benefit of an actor. Panelists: Andrew Foley, Dave Gross (M), Axel Howerton, SG Wong.
Writing 101: Editing Yourself and Others
Sunday, April 19 @ 3:00 pm
From both sides of the author-editor relationship, our panelists offer tips on how to remain open to change while preserving your vision. Panelists: Margaret Curelas, Andrew Foley, Dave Gross (M), Axel Howerton.
We hope to see you there!