LTUE 2012 Schedule


LTUE 2012 Schedule as of 9 February, 2012

(There MAY be readings added to Saturday.)

Note: (M) indicates the moderator of the panel.

NOTE: PLEASE check the board by registration for changes.

Register outside SC206GH.  Second floor of the Sorensen Center (SC) at UVU.

Programming is primarily on the second floor.  We also use Center Stage on the first floor

Saturday we also use the Pope Science (PS) building on Saturday.

LTUE 2012 Schedule

Thursday, February 9, 2012

9:00 AM:

-Weapons and Worldbuilding

(Adam Meyers)

-Marketing and Publicity--what can you do?

(Jenn R. Johansson, Bree DeSpain (M), Elana Johnson, Lynn Hardy, Chris Schoebinger)

- Weaving a Complex Narrative

Deren illustrates the way that simple, iterative patterns can produce intricate and beautiful structures. Using examples from classic fantasy, he shows how writers can apply the same process to their storytelling in order to simplify the work of weaving a complex narrative.

(Deren Hansen)

10:00 AM:

-What Exactly Does an Editor Do, Anyway?

(Rick Walton (M), Stacy Whitman, Joshua Perkey, Lisa Mangum, Kirk Shaw)

-What a new author goes through getting that first book published

(J. D. Raisor)

-Podcasting for Writers

(Daniel Coleman, Stephen Gashler, Robert J Defendi, Robin Weeks (M))

11:00 AM:

-Queries and Pitches

(Lisa Mangum, Kirk Shaw, Donna Milakovic (M), J. Scott Savage, Chris Schoebinger)

-Middle-grade books for boys

(Tyler Whitesides, E. J. Patten, Michael Young, Stacy Whitman (M))

-Creating Effective Villains

(Leigh Averett)

-The History of Chocolate

(Karen Evans)


-Ebooks--A good way to get published?

(LL Muir (M), Carolyn Nicita, Daniel Coleman, Andrea Pearson)

-Fractured Fairy Tales

(Rick Walton, Mette Ivie Harrison (M), E. J. PattenDanyelle Leafty)

-Collaborating with a family member-

(Kevin Evans, Karen Evans, Michaelbrent Collings, Sandra Tayler)

"Alcatraz Versus the Comedian: How Metafiction Makes These Books So Gosh Darn Funny"

(Samantha Jarvis)

1:00 PM

-Writing for LDS markets

(Tristi Pinkston, Lisa Mangum, Berin Stephens, Laura Bingham (M), Chris Schoebinger) 

-Writing for Movies

(Michaelbrent Collings, Blake Casselman)

-Anime/Manga--what's good in SFF? (Or those who already know the basics.)

(Peter Ahlstrom, Jessica Harmon, Joe Monson (M), Emily Martha Sorensen)

-From Idea to Story: How to take your work from idea to finished product.

(Jess Smart Smiley)

2:00 PM

-Feeling Fake: What to do about that pervasive feeling that everyone belongs in the publishing world except you.

(Sandra Tayler, Jason Alexander, Ami Chopine (M), Stacy Whitman, Chris Weston)

-Tolkien and Lewis: why they are still relevant after seventy years

(Michael R. Collings, Robin Weeks (M), Jessica Harmon, James A. Owen)

-Making a Book Trailer

(Paul Genesse, Heather Monson (M), Dan Wells, Angela Corbett, Lani Woodland)

-Creating a Team Between Author and Publisher

(Annie Oswald)

-BOOK SIGNING: Michael Young

3:00 PM

-Comic Books--publishers, where to go, how to approach

(Jess Smart Smiley, Blake Casselman, James A. Owen, Brian Hailes (M))

-Putting Technology Ramifications into your World Building

(Roger White)

-Using Reviews to Improve Your Writing.

(J. Scott Savage)

-Rewriting Classics: Taking classic literature and rewriting it with a twist to appeal to modern readers.

(Jenni James, Jessica Harmon, Robert J Defendi (M))

4:00 PM

-Writing Humor

(Howard Tayler)

-Avoiding Cliché Like the Plague

(Michael Young)

-The Video Game Art Pipeline: Doing it right from concept to completion

(Justin Kunz)

-Dialog Tags and Speech Patterns

(Angie Lofthouse (M), David Butler, Kasie Wes Lani Woodland, Tyler Whitesides)

5:00 PM

-Evil in Fiction: creating conflict

(James Dashner, Clint Johnson (M), J. Scott Savage, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Al Carlisle)


(Isaac Stewart)


(Brian Hailes, Aneeka Richins, Jess Smart Smiley (M), James A. Owen)

-It’s all about who you know: A guide to building professional relationships in the publishing world (AKA Stalking your dream agent without getting arrested.)

(Donna Milakovic)

6:00 PM

-Writing Action

(Larry Correia)

-Can Poetry Help Your Prose, or, Writing with Rhythm --discussion of ways writers have used/can use poetic techniques to improve storytelling, including rhyme, meter, rhythm, alliteration, etc.

(Steven L. Peck, Michael R. Collings, Charlene Harmon (M), Karen Evans)

-The Road to Self-Publication: How to Successfully Self-Publish.

(Andrea Pearson)

"The Flaw in the Plan: Did Dumbledore Plot Snape's Death?

(Mary Jo Tansy)

7:00 PM

-A Vampire is NOT your Boyfriend! Real Vampires

(Mette Ivie Harrison, Michael R. Collings, Dan Lind, Stacy Whitman (M))

-100 Story Ideas in an Hour.  Come see how easy it is to come up with workable ideas.

(Lesli Muir Lytle, Nathan Shumate (M), Jaleta Clegg, Dan Wells)

-Constructed Languages, part 1 (2 hours)

(Dirk Elzinga)

-Drawing Faces

Draw along with artist Rebecca Greenwood as she demonstrates how to draw the human face, including classic facial proportions, male and female, different features, and races.

(Rebecca J. Greenwood)

8:00 PM

-Constructed Languages, part1 (cont.)

(Dirk Elzinga)

-Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

(Jaleta Clegg, Zachary Hill, Carter Reid, Blake Casselman (M))

-WOTF Basics: what it is and how to enter

Basic information about the Writers of the Future contest.

(Brad R. Torgersen)

-What the Filk? A Concert Not Just for nerds

(Dave Butler, Sam Peery)


Friday, February 10, 2011

ANYTIME: One-on-One Poetry Workshop.  Stop by Dr. Michael R. Collings' table in the dealer's room with a copy of a poem you wrote and he'll help you improve it.  Not only that, he'll help you know WHY it should be better.

9:00 AM:

-Story Structure Workshop

Dan and Rob Wells put together a story outline based on cues from the audience.  Part presentation, part improv routine. Dan and Rob take your ideas and turn them into a story and build a basic outline.

(Dan Wells, Robison Wells)

-Military on Military SF

(Roger White, Steve Harmon (M), Brad R. Torgersen, Zachary Hill, Jeffrey Meeks)

-Creating magic systems

(Larry Correia (M), Brodi Ashton, Stephen Gashler, Bron Bahlmann)

-Life at 30: 30 Years of LTUE

A lot has happened over the past 30 years. LTUE has grown from an idea to a well-respected symposium.  Come here a few past chairs talk about the journey.

(David Doering (M), Charlie Harmon, Scott Parkin, Jenna Eatough)

10:00 AM:

Self-Editing and Revision

(Tristi Pinkston)

-Stealing from historical and current events

(Eric Swedin (M), Abel Keogh, Scott Parkin, Heather Frost, Kevin Evans)

-Monsters and Mormons

(Nathan Shumate, Dan Wells (M), Eric James Stone, Jaleta Clegg, EC Buck, Steven Peck)

"Informed Consent: How Best to Mentor the Chosen One"

(Jonathan Ellis and Kathryn Olsen)

11:00 AM:

Main Address: James A. Owen


-How to write a good short story

(Eric James Stone, Suzanne Vincent, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, Heather Frost, Dan Willis (M))

"Myth and Symbol, History and Fantasy"—The Taliesin. Joseph Smith and King Arthur poems. Dr. Collings discusses and reads selections from his epic poem.

(Michael R. Collings)

"Proud to Be an American: Perceptions of American Patriotism from 1945-2009 in United States of America through the Medium of Captain America Comic Books"

(Timothy Alan Boyer)

1:00 PM

-Writing Excuses Podcast (2 hours)

(Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, James A. Owen (1-1:30), James Dashner (1:30-2:00))

"World War Z: A New Dystopia for Contemporary Fears"

(Michael Kimball)

=Military Characters and how a military unit works in the real world

(Jeffrey Meeks)

2:00 PM

Writing Excuses Podcast (2 hours)

(Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Larry Correia (2-2:30), Michael R. Collings & Michaelbrent Collings (2:30-3:00))

-The Principles of Suspense

(James Dashner, Berin Stephens, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, Clint Johnson, J. Scott Savage (M))

-Art Tools of the Trade

(Jessica Douglas (M), Justin Kunz, Bobbie Berendson, Jess Smart Smiley, James A. Owen)

-Ecology and Evolution in Science Fiction

(Dr. Steven Peck)

3:00 PM

-Injecting romance into ghost stories

(Anna del C. Dye, Laura Bingham, Elana Johnson (M), Shirley Bahlmann, Elizabeth Mueller)

-The Secret Mind of a Serial Killer.

(Dr. Al Carlisle, Steve Harmon)

-The Good and the Bad: Five Things to Do and Five Things to Avoid in Writing Speculative Fiction

What are some of the Achilles' heels in speculative fiction that new and old writers alike can avoid, and what are some of the must-haves for any speculative fiction story? This class goes over ten points for tightening writing, particularly writing with speculative elements.

(Kirk Shaw)

Military Strategy, technology, and operations in a complex world environment

(Jeffrey Meeks)

4:00 PM

-Local Publishers

(Lisa Mangum (M), Chris Schoebinger, Kirk Shaw, Lynn Hardy, Jennifer Fielding) -How to Read Aloud

 Mary Robinette Kowal offers a workshop filled with tips for writers, readers, and public speakers on how to give a good reading. She’ll discuss how to select the scene, the number of characters, language, and give other pointers that make writers better readers.

(Mary Robinette Kowal)

"A Grain of Truth: Research in Storytelling"

(Kevin Clemons)

Reading (25 minutes)
Elizabeth Mueller (4:00 – 4:25)

Brandon Sanderson (4:25 – 4:55)

5:00 PM

-Encounters at the Edge of the Solar System

(Dr. Jani Radebaugh)

-Effective Book Signings: How to get people to come to your book signings.

(Bill Housley, Jaleta Clegg (M), Larry Correia, Bree DeSpain)

-Build A Bare Story: A character-driven approach to plot development

(Eric Patten)

-Science Fiction and Computing

(Howard Tayler, David Ferro, Eric Swedin (M))

6:00 PM

-You've Written Your Book--Now What?

(Laura Bingham, Kirk Shaw, J. Scott Savage (M), Jennifer A. Nielsen, Chris Schoebinger)

-Writing Query Letters

(Elana Johnson)

-Constructed Languages, part 2

(Dirk Elzinga)

-Book Bombs: How to make an bestseller

(Randy Tayler (M), Robison Wells, Larry Correia, Stacy L. Whitman, Michaelbrent Collings)

7:00 PM

-Why we love horror

(Nathan Shumate, Michael R. Collings, Jenn R. Johansson, Robin Weeks (M))

-How to lay out comic pages and make them look good

(Emily Martha Sorensen (M), Jess Smart Smiley, Carter Reid)

-Constructed Languages, part 2

(Dirk Elzinga)

8:00 – 10:00 PM

Mass Signing

(See list)


Saturday, February 11, 2012

9:00 AM:
-Accomplishing Your Goals as a Writer (Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven and Beyonders)

(Brandon Mull)

-Building different economies/politics

(L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Robison Wells, Dan Willis (M))

-Dave Wolverton Reading

-Tech for Teachers

(Canda Mortenson, Heather Price, Sheri Copler)

10:00 AM:

-Free Books Are Worth Every Penny: A discussion on the revolution in nemedia publishing and its impact on the craft of professional writing. New models of publishing explored. Why the point is no longer about being published ... but about being READ.

(Tracy & Laura Hickman)

-How to Draw Dragons

(Brian Hailes (M), James A. Owen, Jeff Brimley)

"Terrifying Sci-Fi: Defining Science Fiction by Reflecting on Cinematic Horror"

(Kade Parry)

"The Echo, The Whisper, and The Wargarou:
Building Character Through Character Building"

(E. J. Patten)

11:00 AM:

-Writers on Writing:

Four bestselling authors talk about writing.
(Dave Wolverton (M), Brandon Sanderson, Tracy Hickman, L. E. Modesitt, Jr.)

-Little Stories Everywhere: using blogging as practice for writing fiction

(Sandra Tayler, Jessica Harmon, Peggy Edelman, Shelly Brown (M), Jenni James)

-How does geography affect your story?

(Joshua Perkey, Howard Tayler, Isaac Stewart, Robert J Defendi (M))

-Living with Asperger Syndrome

(Jaleta Clegg, Toad Cox, Carolyn Nicita)

Brandon Mull


-Religion in Science Fiction: Is It Possible?

(L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Zachary Hill, Paul Genesse, Scott Parkin, Dan Lind (M), Eric James Stone)

- The Book of Jer3miah and the Power of Transmedia Storytelling

The Book of Jer3miah, an award-winning web series created in 2009 by Jeff Parkin and Jared Cardon, is a groundbreaking example of the new "transmedia" storytelling. Season One of the series will be released on DVD by Excel Entertainment in March 2012; the novelization, co-written by Luisa Perkins, follows in August. Using examples from the series, Jeff, Jared, and Luisa will discuss transmedia's unique challenges and its exciting opportunities for immersive, emotional connections between author and audience.

(Luisa Perkins, Jeff Parkin, Jared Cardon)

"Preparing Creative Kids to Create"

(Will Terry)

-Residual Hauntings Ghost Hunting

(Tom Carr, Russ Cook, Jessica Rice)

"The Icon of an Armored Woman"

Christina Faria)

-NaNo WriMo: The National Novel Writing Month phenomenon and how it’s influencing people to WRITE.

(Jessica Harmon (M), Danica West, JayRod)

Readings (25 minutes each):

Jennifer A. Nielsen (12:00 – 12:25)

Daniel Coleman (12:25 – 12:50)

Brandon Mull

1:00 PM

-What to Put in Your Art Portfolio

(Jessica Douglas, Justin Kunz, Bobbie Berendson Clark (M), Jeff Bingham)

-Writing Cross-Culturally: Mistakes to Avoid, or, How to Avoid Cultural Misappropriation.

(Stacy Whitman)

"Science Fiction in the Classroom: Reasons & Resources"

(Diantha Smith)

-What I wish I had done, if I could do it all over again

(Brad R. Torgersen, Elana Johnson, Mette Ivie Harrison, Andrea Pearson, Kevin Wasden (M))

-Residual Hauntings Ghost Hunting, cont.

(Tom Carr, Russ Cook, Jessica Rice)

Readings (25 minutes each):

J. D. Raisor (1:00 – 1:25)

Stephen Gashler (1:25 – 1:50)

Heather Frost (1:00 – 1:25)

Emily Martha Sorensen (1:25 – 1:50)

BOOK SIGNING (1:00 – 2:30):

Tracy & Laura Hickman, L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

2:00 PM

-Plots, Subplots, and Foreshadowing

(Bree DeSpain (M), J. Scott Savage, Brandon Sanderson, James A. Owen, Stacy Whitman)

-Screenwriting 101

(Blake Casselman, Michaelbrent Collings)

"The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books for Youth"

(Patricia Castelli, Marilee Clark)

-Book Covers--what separates a beginner from a pro?

(Nathan Shumate (M), Jessica Douglas, Rebecca J. Greenwood, Kevin Wasden, Jeff Brimley)

-Breaking into the market

(James Dashner (M), Brodi Ashton, Kasie West, Jenn R. Johansson, Jennifer A. Nielsen)

BOOK SIGNING, CONT. (to 2:30):

Tracy & Laura Hickman

Readings (25 minutes each):

Luisa Perkins ((2:00 – 2:25)

Roger White (2:25 – 2:50)

Jaleta Clegg (2:00 – 2:25) (may go over)

3:00 PM

- The Published (and aspiring) Author's Toolbox: Learning skills for networking, blogging, social media, and self-promotion.  This workshop will teach principles and give you a chance to practice skills to integrate networking, blogging, social media, and self-promotion into your professional life without being the person who annoys and without pulling you out of balance with yourself. 

(Sandra Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal)

-WAYNE OF GOTHAM: Tracy Hickman's upcoming Batman novel is being released May 8th. Hear an exclusive reading from the book by the author and get your questions answered about Tracy's vision of the Batman universe.

-Space travel without warp drive

(Laura Swift Lind, Roger White, Brad R. Torgersen (M), Dan Lind, Bill Housley)

-How Role-playing Can Help Your Writing

(Elizabeth Mueller, Al Carlisle, Adam Meyers, Dan Willis (M))

Readings (25 minutes each):

Paul Genesse (3:00 – 3:25)

William Housley ((3:25 – 3:50

LL Muir (3:00 – 3:25)

David Butler ((3:25 – 3:50

Kasie West (3:00 – 3:25)

4:00 PM

- The Published (and aspiring) Author's Toolbox: Learning skills for networking, blogging, social media, and self-promotion.  This workshop will teach principles and give you a chance to practice skills to integrate networking, blogging, social media, and self-promotion into your professional life without being the person who annoys and without pulling you out of balance with yourself.  (Continued)

(Sandra Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal)

-First Novelists' Panel

(Bethany Wiggins, Amber Argyle (M), Heather Frost, Brodi Ashton, Angela Corbett))

Breaking into Hollywood

(Dave Wolverton)

-Artists on Art

(Howard Tayler (M), Kevin Wasden, Brian Hailes, James A. Owen)

-Contemporary/urban fantasy

(Bree DeSpain, Kasie West, Dan Lind (M), Laura Bingham, James Dashner)

-The Leading Edge Magazine Presentation

(Daniel Friendly, et al)

Readings (25 minutes each):

Nathan Shumate (4:00 – 4:25)

Berin Stephens  (4:25 – 4:50)

Lynn Hardy  (4:00 – 4:25)

Andrea Pearson  (4:25 – 4:50)

5:00 PM:

-2012--The End of the World: What is so fascinating about doom-and-gloom prophecies? How can you use them in your own storytelling by giving them a new and exciting slant?

(Robison Wells, Roger White, Aneeka Richins, Robert J Defendi, Dan Wells (M))

Readings (50 minutes each):

Eric James Stone, Mary Robinette Kowal

6:00 PM:

Readings (50 minutes each):

James A. Owen, Larry Correa, Dan Wells

7:00 PM


Thank you all for attending LTUE 30!