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Comicpalooza's Literary program educates and inspires. Published novelists, covering a variety of genres, share their experiences with attendees. Writers, aspiring authors, and fans have the opportunity to participate in workshops, attend panels, gain exposure within the industry, discuss projects, or meet their favorite writer.

Literature Events

Fan Roundtables

By fans, for fans, with fans! Fellow readers come together for a rousing, interactive discussion including Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fan Fiction, and Thrillers: good, bad and ugly.

Read and Critique Session
Are you an aspiring author? Do you want your work assessed by professionals and peers? Daily interactive small-group critique sessions allow attendees to have six minutes to read aloud their own work followed by four minutes of feedback. 
Wordbuilding Springboard Writing Workshop
Drawing from popular television, movies, and books, this workshop explores how to create in-depth worlds in novels and short fiction. Feel free to bring a piece you are working on, or start something new using exercises from the workshop. 


The Literary program has approximately 70 hours of diverse offerings that include didactic discussions, read & critique sessions, writing workshops, author spotlights, and fan roundtables.  Fun genre panels encompass discussions on horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and much more. 

Avid readers might enjoy a fan roundtable, or author lead panels and Q&As including:

Working on Novels vs. Comics with Jim Butcher and Mat Johnson
Meet Lev Grossman: Author of The Magicians Trilogy
Featured Guest Q&A: Jim Butcher

Aspiring writers should consider:

Creative Community - Finding Your Tribe
Manuscript Makeover: Revise, Rewrite, or Recycle?
Boredom-Proofing Your Story
Finding an Agent: When, How, and Why
The Delicate Art of Self-Promotion
Self-Publishing for Self-Starters
How to Publish a Short Story

For those that teach or those that write for fun take advantage of our workshops or learn how to expand your talents with:  

Worldbuilding Springboard Writing Workshop
Too Many Plot Bunnies: Managing Runaway Ideas
The Writer's Guide to Crossing Genres
Folklore and Mythology for Writers
Plotting and Pacing a Short Story
Legal Do’s and Don’ts of Fandom: Advanced IP, Writing and Conduct
Worldbuilding Springboard Writing Workshop

Kids will enjoy delving into fantasy fiction with:  

The Storytelling of Star Wars
Let’s Get Trekknical
Beyond Hogwarts: What's New in the Potterverse




2017 Featured Authors

Jim Butcher

The Dresden File, The Codex Alera, The Cinder Spires

Lev Grossman

The Magicians Trilogy

Mat Johnson

Loving Day, Pym, Drop, Hunting In Harlem

C. Robert Cargill

Screenwriter - Doctor Strange, Sinister, The Outer Limits

2017 Authors

Alyssa Breck

Author - Paranormal, Horror, Romance

Ammar Habib

Author - Dark Guardian, Memories Of My Future

Amy Sisson


Andi O'Connor

Author - Silevethiel

Andrea Barbosa

Novelist, Poet

Arylias Nova

Author - Parenting During The Apocalypse, A Peek Inside, Spark And Ignition

B. Alan Bourgeois


Barbara Ann Wright

Author, Blogger

Bev Vincent

Author - The Dark Tower Companion, Stephen King Illustrated Companion

Breandán Ó Ciarraí

Author - The Calling Of Heroes, Writer - Dark Nova Games

Bryan Thao Worra

President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Editor - The Martian, The X-FIles, Predator

C.D. Lewis

Author - Tangent, Blogger - The Jaded Consumer Blog

C.M. Bratton


C. Stuart Hardwick


Carrie Clevenger

Author - Crooked Fang Series

Carrie Patel

Author - Recoletta Trilogy, The Song Of The Dead

Cassandra Rose Clarke


Channing Whitaker

Author - Until The Sun Rises: One Night In Drake Mansion, Screenwriter - KILD TV

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney

Author - Fangs And Halos

Chantell Renee

Author - The Shifter Series

Cheyanne Young

Author - City Of Legends Series

Christina Escamilla

Author - 64 Deaths, The Day The Words Went Away, Welcome To The Future

Cornelia G. Amiri

Author, Celtic Romance Queen

Courtney Shockey


D.L. Young

Author - Dark Republic Novels, Indigo

Dax Varley

Author - Sleepy Hollow, Return To Sleep Hollow, Bleed, Sinful

Deborah K. Frontiera


Deborah L. Davitt

Author - Saga of Edda-Earth

Dicey Grenor


Doug Goodman

Author - Cadaver Dog series, Kaiju Fall

E.L. Russell


Elizabeth Anne Hamilton

Social Media Marketer and Consultant

Emily Evans


Fern Brady

CEO of the Houston Writer's Guild

George Wright Padgett

Author - False Echoes and Shadow

Gerald Hanks

Screenwriter - Curveball, Breathe Easy, We Are All Made Of Stars

Glenn Lazar Roberts

Author - Maalstrom, The Selk King, Frenzy, Judge Crater Takes a Powder

H.C.H. Ritz


Holly Lyn Walrath

Author, Associate Director of Writespace

Hank Schwaeble

Author - Damnable, Diabolical, American Nocturne

Ira Domnitz

Copyright and Trademark Attorney

Jacqueline Patricks


Jake Kerr

Music Industry Journalist, Author

Jason Kristopher

Author - The Dying Of The Light

Jennifer Yen


Jessica Reisman


John D. Payne


John Moore


John Shade

Author - Triangulation: Parch, Escape Pod, Singular Irregularity, Giganotosaurus

K.M. Tolan

Author - Blade Dancer series

K.J. Russell


Kate Pentecost


Kevin Tumlinson

Author, Podcaster

Laura Liddell Nolen


Margo Bond Collins


Mari Mancusi


Marianne Dyson

Author - A Passion For Space, NASA Flight Controller

Marshall Ryan Maresca

Author - The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder Of Mages, The Alchemy Of Chaos, An Import Of Intrigue

Martha Wells

Author - Books Of The Raksura, Lie-Rien series

Michael Ashleigh Finn

Author, Podcaster

Michael Wilson


Michelle Muenzler


Missy Jane

Author -

Naveen Ramineni

Author, Screenwriter - Backstabber

Nicole Wilson


Paige E. Ewing

Author - The Protectors, What Is A Hero?

Pamela Fagan Hutchins


Patricia Flaherty Pagan

Author - Trail Ways Pilgrims: Stories

Raven Raye


Rebecca Nolen


Rick Klaw

Author, Editor

Robert Bevan

Author, Blogger, Podcaster

Robert G. Ferrell


Rose Garcia

Author - The Transhuman Chronicles

Stacey Berg


Tex Thompson

Author - Children of the Drought

Tony Burnett

Author, Poet, Joiurnalist

Wayne Basta

Managing Editor of d20

William Ledbetter


Wren Michaels