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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: Young Adult | Fri, May 25 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Literary Fan Roundtable: Crime/Mystery/Thriller | Fri, May 25 | 3:30 pm -  4:30 pm

Literary Fan Roundtable: Fantasy & Urban Fantasy | Sat, May 26 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Literary Fan Roundtable: Science Fiction | Sat, May 26 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 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 26 | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Literary Read & Critique Session | Sunday, May 27 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Wordbuilding 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.  Sign up and submit your work for consideration in advance.

Featured Literature Events           

With so many panels to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. Below are a few panels we recommend.

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

  • Literary Fan Roundtable: Crime/Mystery/Thriller

  • Seanan McGuire Introspective

  • Fostering Inclusivity and Multiculturism in the SFF Community

  • Women of Horror 

Aspiring writers should consider:

  • Words Matter: Crafting the Perfect Sentence

  • Plotting and Pacing a Short Story

  • Literary Read and Critique

  • Do-it-yourself Author Marketing

  • Leveraging Social Media For Fun and Profit

  • Finding Writing Inspiration

  • Publishing Tools: E-Books and Beyond

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

  • Plotting and Pacing a Short Story

  • Outlining? - The Best Way to Write

  • Copyrights and Conduct: The Legal Side of Conventions

  • Character-building Springboard Writing Workshop

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

  • The Editing Process (Revising Short Fiction for New Writers, Self-Editing Tips to Take Home

  • Literary Read and Critique

Kids will enjoy delving into fantasy fiction with:  

  • The Storytelling of Star Wars

  • Beyond Hogwart's: What's New in the Potterverse

  • Fun, Games & Prizes for Book Lovers

  • Open Mic Reading for All Genres

  • Speculative Poetry Deathmatch!

Featured Authors

Joe R. Lansdale

Bubba Ho-Tep, The Bottoms, Cold In July

Martha Wells

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

Seanan McGuire

Author - Beneath The Sugar Sky, Every Heart A Doorway, Incryptid

Mat Johnson

Loving Day, Hunting In Harlem, Pym


Alan J. Porter


Ammar Habib

Memories Of My Future, Dark Guardian Series

Amy Sisson


Andi O'Connor


Andrea Barbosa


Artemis Greenleaf


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

Blaire Edens


Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

The Orangery, Strange Monsters

Carrie Patel

The Recoletta Trilogy, Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire

Ashley Nemer


Channing Whitaker


Chantell Renee


Cheyanne Young

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

C. D. Lewis


C.M. Bratton

The Dragonlady Trilogy, Heart A Visceral Fantasy

Cornelia Amiri


Courtney Sandifer

Author, Screenwriter, Producer, Director

Courtney Shockey


Dantzel Cherry


D. Marie Prokop

The Red String, The Shorter Things Collection

Deborah L. Davitt


Dicey Grenor


D.L. Young

Dark Republic Series, Juarez Square and Other Stories

Dominick D'Aunno

NASA Physician-Scientist

E. L. Russell

Deadly Awakenings

Emily Evans


Fern Brady


George Wright Padgett


Gerald Hanks


Glenn Lazar Roberts


Greg Leitich Smith

Borrowed Time, Chronal Engine

H.C.H. Ritz


Holly Lyn Walrath

Glimmerglass Girl

Ian Michael Everett


Jacqueline Patricks


J. Lynn Else

The Forgotten: Heir of the Heretic, Descendents of Avalon

Jae Mazer

Chrysalis and Clan, Gahl's Door

Jennifer Theriot


Jessica Raney


Jessica Reisman


Joe Grisaffi

Author, Screenwriter, Director

John Moore

The Lightning Horse, A Fate Worse Than Dragons

Karen Bovenmyer

Swift For the Sun

Ira Domnitz

Patent, copyright and trademark attorney

Joy Kennedy O'Neill


Kate Pentecost

Elysium Girls

Kathryn Falk


Kerry Beyer

Author, Screenwriter, Director

Kevin Tumlinson

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

K.J. Russell


Laura Rich


Leo King


Lisa Vasquez


Margo Bond Collins

Legally Undead, Bound By Blood

Marianne Dyson

Author/NASA Flight Controller

Martine Lewis

The Gray Eyes Series

Meg Hafdahl

Eve's Requiem, Her Dark Inheritence

Melanie Fletcher


Melissa Algood


Michael Wilson


Michelle Muenzler


Missy Jane


Molly Vernon

Filmmaker and Film Professor

Patricia Flaherty Pagan

Trail Ways Pilgrims: Stories

Patrice Sarath

The Crow God's Girl, The Sisters Mederos

Patrick Hemstreet

The God Peak, The God Wave

Raven Raye


Rebecca Nolen

Deadly Thyme, The Dry

Rose Garcia


Russell Little


Saba Syed Razvi


Shannon Winton


T. Haven Morse


Wayne Basta

the Aristei Series

Wren Michaels