Here There Be Dragons
Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy
Thursday, July 19 | 7:30pm—8:30pm | Room 24ABC
Every genre has its tropes, and Fantasy has many: swords and sorcerers, castles and cavalries, dungeon crawls and dazzling dragons. But with more than a century of fantastical storytelling behind us, how does a writer deliver fresh, exciting ideas while giving readers what they want and expect? Adron Buske (host of the Fictitious podcast) talks with a group of professional genre authors about writing to market, how to subvert cliches and expectations, and blazing new trails on the well-trod map of Fantasy.
- Tomi Adeyemi — author of Children of Blood and Bone
- Jason Denzel — author of Mystic & Mystic Dragon; founder of Dragonmount.com
- R.F. Kuang — author of The Poppy War
- Robert Jackson Bennett — author of Foundryside and City of Stairs
- Mary E. Pearson — author of Dance of Thieves and The Remnant Chronicles
Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest. Her debut West African YA Fantasy novel is Children of Blood and Bone (Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan). The movie adaption is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with Karen Rosenfelt and Marty Bowen (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.
Robert Jackson Bennett
Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. His sixth novel, City of Blades, is in stores now. His new novel, Foundryside, is coming August 2018.
Jason Denzel is the author of the Mystic Trilogy, a filmmaker, and the founder of Dragonmount.com, the leading online community for Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga. Since 1998, Dragonmount has been the web’s top destination for franchise-related news, features, blogs, theories, games, and discussion. Dragonmount.com has been featured in news outlets including USA Today, CNN, ABC, Wired, the Los Angeles Times, and Maclean’s Magazine (Canada). Jason sits on the Board of Directors for JordanCon, an annual convention held in Atlanta which celebrates the works and spirit of the late Robert Jordan. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Waygate foundation, a charitable organization which helps authors and other content creators raise funds for charitable purposes. He has independently consulted on the Wheel of Time film franchise, and was closely involved with the development of the final three Wheel of Time books.
R. F. Kuang is a graduate of the 2016 Odyssey Writing Workshop. She studies Chinese history at Georgetown University. The Poppy War is her debut novel.
Mary E. Pearson
Mary E. Pearson is the New York Times Bestselling and award-winning author of The Remnant Chronicles trilogy, The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams. Her latest novel, Dance of Thieves, is coming August 2018. She writes full-time from her home office in California.
Adron Buske has been a broadcast and digital media professional since 2001. He is the host of the Nerd For A Living family of podcasts, including Fictitious, about the storytelling craft of science fiction and fantasy. A frequent presenter at pop culture events and comic conventions around the country, Adron speaks about careers in genre entertainment and ways to power-up your personal and professional life using ideas from gaming and fiction. During the course of his career, he has worn many creative hats, including: video director, graphic designer, web developer, fashion photographer, performing musician, corporate executive, gaming festival organizer, voice talent, and comic creator.