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Activities Literary

Comicpalooza's Literature 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, and meet their favorite writer.

Types of Literature Events

The Literary program has approximately 60 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. Comicpalooza’s Literature Festival provides a number of styles for listening, exploring, and discussing literature.

Author Lead Panels and Q&A
Do you want to ask where that brilliant idea came from or learn the process to uncover your creative genius? Do you have a lot of questions or simply want to sit and listen to professional authors who you admire? Come to one of our many panels and have a seat while we discuss the wonderful worlds of literature.

Fan Roundtables
By fans, for fans, with fans! Join your fellow readers for a rousing, interactive discussion including YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, FanFiction and Thrillers: good, bad and ugly. Bring your favorites to share! NOTE: Roudtables typically have a limited-seating capacity. Sign-up in advance to ensure you have a seat at the table.

Literary Fan Roundtable: Science Fiction | Fri, May 10 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Literary Fan Roundtable: Young Adult | Sat, May 11 | 12:00 pm -  1:00 pm

Literary Fan Roundtable: Fantasy & Urban Fantasy | Sun, May 12 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

 

 

Read and Critique Sessions
Are you an aspiring author? Do you want professional and peer critique of your work? Bring your pages and join us for these daily interactive small-group critique sessions. You’ll have a set time limit to read aloud and receive feedback. NOTE: Workshops have a limited-seating capacity. Sign-up to participate. 

Literary Read & Critique Session | Saturday, May 11 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Literary Read & Critique Session | Sunday, May 12 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

 

Character-building Springboard Writing Workshop
Drawing from popular television, movies, and books, this workshop explores how to create in-depth worlds in your novels and short fiction. Feel free to bring a piece you are working on, or start something new using exercises from the workshop.  

Featured Literature Events           

With so many panels to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. Some offerings that might be of interest: 

Featured Guest Q&As and unique discussions for avid readers include:

  • Open Mic Reading for All Genres

  • Timothy Zahn Introspective

  • Cory Doctorow Introspective

  • Wesley Chu & Sam Sykes Introspective

Ravenous readers might enjoy these entertaining panels:

  • The Storytelling of Game of Thrones

  • Writing Robots and AI

  • Evil-ution of Literary Horror

  • Blood! Gore! How to Write Heroic Fantasy

  • Cyberpunk Returns, but Did It Ever Really Go Away?

  • Magic Systems for Writers

  • Horror for the 21st Century: Film and Literature

  • Beyond Earthsea: Ursula K. Le Guin's Writing Legacy

  • Writing and Reading Mysteries and Thrillers

  • Setting the Hook, Screenwriting and Your First 10 Pages

  • Creature Horror: Why We Are Drawn To It, and How To Create Montsters

Aspiring writers, those that teach, write for fun or want to learn about the process can take advantage of workshops and didactic offerings:

  • World-building for Short Stories, Novelettes, and Novellas

  • Help! I'm an introvert!: Networking and Marketing for Writers

  • Art & Writing Crossovers from Comics to Artist Collaborations

  • Stop Copycats: Protect Your Ideas

  • Idea to Publishing: Behind the Scenes with Indie Authors

  • Writing Powerful Women in Genre Fiction

  • Writing With/Against Your Gender/Orientation/Ethnicity/Identity

  • Copyrights and Conduct: The Legal Side of Conventions

  • Worldbuilding Tips and Tricks: How to Create Believable Worlds

  • Words Matter: Crafting the Perfect Sentence

  • How to Avoid Legal Potholes in Your Writing and Publishing

Kids might enjoy delving into discussions about:  

  • The Storytelling of Star Wars

  • Pottermore: Harry Potter and Beyond Fantastic Beasts

  • Sci-fi Writers on the Next Gen of Star Trek

  • Speculative Poetry Deathmatch!

Featured Authors


Timothy Zahn

Star Wars Thrawn Alliances, Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy, Cobra Series, Conquerors' Trilogy, Blackcollar Trilogy, Manticore Ascendant Trilogy

Wesley Chu

The Lives of Tao, The Deaths of Tao, The Rebirth of Tao, Time Salvager, Time Siege, The Rise of IO

Cory Doctorow

Walkaway, In Real Life, Homeland, Pirate Cinema, Little Brother, Rapture of the Nerds, Makers, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Sam Sykes

Seven Blades in Black, The Bring Down Heaven Trilogy, An Affinity For Steel, Brave Chef Brianna

Martha Wells

Star Wars: Razor's Edge: Empire And Rebellion, Raksura Series, Ile-Rien Series

Authors


Ammar Habib

Memories Of My Future, Dark Guardian Series

Amy Sisson

Author

Andrea Barbosa

Author

Ashley Nemer

Author

B. Alan Bourgeois

Spirit Never Dies, Short Stories By Texas Authors

Barbara Ann Wright

Children of the Healer, Coils

Bev Vincent

The Dark Tower Companion, The Stephen King Illustrated Companion

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

The Orangery, Strange Monsters

C. Stuart Hardwick

Author

C. D. Lewis

Author

Carrie Patel

The Recoletta Trilogy, Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire

Cassandra Rose Clarke

Author

Channing Whitaker

Author

Chantell Renee

Author

Cheyanne Young

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney

Fangs and Halos Series

Cornelia G. Amiri

Author

D. C. Gomez

Author

D.L. Young

Dark Republic Series, Juarez Square and Other Stories

D. Marie Prokop

The Red String, The Shorter Things Collection

Dantzel Cherry

Author

Deborah L. Davitt

Author

Dennis Calloway

Author - Return to Earth

Dicey Grenor

Author

Dominick D'Aunno

NASA Physician-Scientist

Dorothy Tinker

Author - Peace of Evon Series

Doug Goodman

Author - Cadaver Dog series, Kaiju Fall

E. L. DuBois

Author

E. L. Russell

Deadly Awakenings

Emily Evans

Author

Fern Brady

Author

Gerald Hanks

Author

George Wright Padgett

Author

Glenn Lazar Roberts

Author

G.M. Kelso

Author

H.C.H. Ritz

Author

Holly Lyn Walrath

Glimmerglass Girl

Ian Michael Everett

Inheritors

Ira Domnitz

Patent, copyright and trademark attorney

Jae Mazer

Chrysalis and Clan, Gahl's Door

Jacqueline Patricks

Author

Jay Brandon

Author - Shadow Knight's Mate, Deadbolt, Fade the Heat, Loose Among the Lambs

Jessica Raney

Oddballs

Jody T. Morse

Author - TexasLiving, ArtHouston

John Shade

Author

K.J. Russell

Author

K.M. Tolan

Author - Tracks, Blade Dancer

Kate Pentecost

Elysium Girls

Kelly Lynn Colby

Author - Tarbin's True Heir

Kevin Tumlinson

The Girl In The Mayan Tomb, The Coelho Medallion, Wordslinger Podcast

Laura Liddell Nolen

Author

Leo King

Author

Lisa Vasquez

CEO of Stitched Smile Publications, Author of THE UNFLESHED: Tale of the Autopsic Bride

Manning Wolfe

Author

Margo Bond Collins

Legally Undead, Bound By Blood

Marianne Dyson

Author/NASA Flight Controller

Marshall Ryan Maresca

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

Martine Lewis

The Gray Eyes Series

Melanie Bragg

Author - Crosstown Park

Melanie Fletcher

Author

Melissa Algood

Author

Melissa Schroeder

Author

Michael Wilson

Author

Michael Glazner

Michelle Muenzler

Author

Missy Jane

Author

P. J. Hoover

Author: Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, Solstice

Patricia Flaherty Pagan

Trail Ways Pilgrims: Stories

Patrick Hemstreet

The God Peak, The God Wave

Patrice Sarath

The Crow God's Girl, The Sisters Mederos

Rhonda Eudaly

Author

Russell Little

Author

Shannon Winton

Author

Raven Raye

Author

Rose Garcia

Author

Saba Syed Razvi

Author

Tex Thompson

Author - Children of the Drought

Wayne Basta

the Aristei Series

William Ledbetter

Author

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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