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Activities Literary

Comicpalooza's Literature program educated and inspired. Published novelists, covering a variety of genres, shared their experiences with attendees. Writers, aspiring authors, and fans participated in workshops, attended panels, gained exposure within the industry, discussed projects, and met their favorite writers.

Types of Literature Events

The Literary program had over 60 hours of diverse offerings that included didactic discussions, read & critique sessions, writing workshops, author spotlights, and fan roundtables.  Fun genre panels encompassed discussions on horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and much more. Comicpalooza’s Literature Festival provided a number of styles for listening, exploring, and discussing literature.

Author Lead Panels and Q&A

Attendees came to one of our many panels while authors discussed the wonderful worlds of literature. Fans asked questions on where their brilliant ideas came from, learned processes on how to uncover their creative genius, and sat back and listened to the authors they most admired.

Fan Roundtables

By fans, for fans, with fans! Readers joined fellow readers for rousing, interactive discussions including YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, FanFiction and Thrillers: good, bad and ugly. Everyone brought their favorites to share!

Read and Critique Sessions

Aspiring authors brought their pages to Comicpalooza and joined daily interactive small-group critique sessions with professionals and their peers.

Wordbuilding Springboard Writing Workshop

Drawing from popular television, movies, and books, this workshop explored how to create in-depth worlds in your novels and short fiction. Participants either brought in a piece they were working on, or started something new using the exercises from the workshop.

Featured Literature Events           

There were so many panels to choose from this year at Comicpalooza. Take a look at what was included.

Avid readers enjoyed fan roundtables, 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 attended:

  • 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

Those that teach or those that write for fun, took advantage of our workshops or learned how to expand their 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 enjoyed 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!

2018 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

2018 Authors


Bev Vincent

The Dark Tower Companion, The Stephen King Illustrated Companion

Carrie Patel

The Recoletta Trilogy, Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire

Holly Lyn Walrath

Glimmerglass Girl

Ammar Habib

Memories Of My Future, Dark Guardian Series

Molly Vernon

Filmmaker and Film Professor

Margo Bond Collins

Legally Undead, Bound By Blood

John Moore

The Lightning Horse, A Fate Worse Than Dragons

Patrick Hemstreet

The God Peak, The God Wave

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

The Orangery, Strange Monsters

Bryan Thao Worra

Barrow, Demonstra: A Poetry Collection

Kevin Tumlinson

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

Patrice Sarath

The Crow God's Girl, The Sisters Mederos

B. Alan Bourgeois

Spirit Never Dies, Short Stories By Texas Authors

Barbara Ann Wright

Children of the Healer, Coils

C.M. Bratton

The Dragonlady Trilogy, Heart A Visceral Fantasy

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney

Fangs and Halos Series

Cheyanne Young

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

D. Marie Prokop

The Red String, The Shorter Things Collection

Dominick D'Aunno

NASA Physician-Scientist

E. L. Russell

Deadly Awakenings

George Wright Padgett

Author

Glenn Lazar Roberts

Author

Greg Leitich Smith

Borrowed Time, Chronal Engine

Ian Michael Everett

Inheritors

Ira Domnitz

Patent, copyright and trademark attorney

J. Lynn Else

The Forgotten: Heir of the Heretic, Descendents of Avalon

Jae Mazer

Chrysalis and Clan, Gahl's Door

Jessica Raney

Oddballs

Karen Bovenmyer

Swift For the Sun

Kate Pentecost

Elysium Girls

Laura Rich

Author

Manning Wolfe

Author

Martine Lewis

The Gray Eyes Series

Meg Hafdahl

Eve's Requiem, Her Dark Inheritence

Melanie Fletcher

Author

Michael Wilson

Author

Michelle Muenzler

Author

Missy Jane

Author

Patricia Flaherty Pagan

Trail Ways Pilgrims: Stories

Rebecca Nolen

Deadly Thyme, The Dry

T. Haven Morse

Author

Wayne Basta

the Aristei Series

Wren Michaels

Author

Cornelia Amiri

Author

Russell Little

Author

Lisa Vasquez

Author

Deborah L. Davitt

Author

H.C.H. Ritz

Author

Joy Kennedy O'Neill

Author

Marianne Dyson

Author/NASA Flight Controller

Melissa Algood

Author

Shannon Winton

Author

Dicey Grenor

Author

Amy Sisson

Author

Andi O'Connor

Author

Andrea Barbosa

Author

Artemis Greenleaf

Author

Ashley Nemer

Author

C. D. Lewis

Author

Chantell Renee

Author

Courtney Shockey

Author

Emily Evans

Author

Fern Brady

Author

Gerald Hanks

Author

Jacqueline Patricks

Author

Jennifer Theriot

Author

Joe Grisaffi

Author, Screenwriter, Director

K.J. Russell

Author

Kathryn Falk

Author

Kerry Beyer

Author, Screenwriter, Director

Leo King

Author

Raven Raye

Author

Rose Garcia

Author

Saba Syed Razvi

Author

Channing Whitaker

Author

Jessica Reisman

Author

Dantzel Cherry

Author

Alan J. Porter

Author

Courtney Sandifer

Author, Screenwriter, Producer, Director

Blaire Edens

Author

 

 

 
 
 
 
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