The past 2 years we've had a blast at this massive celebration of pop and geek culture and we are very much looking forward to being there again this year with some fantastic authors, panels and workshops!
Come to our stand and the cozy corner for:
Author Sam Maggs will participate in the Gender & Genre panel on Saturday and give a lecture about Girl Geekdom at the DCC college Sunday. Sam will also come to ABC at SPUI 25 for a talk and interview about Wonder Women on Monday 27 March!
Barry Fitzgerald - Secrets of Superhero Science
The Fantastic Story Competition The Cosy Corner will be the stage for the Fantastic Story Competition.
On the Saturday, the stories of all finalists will be read on the stage. During the Sunday, we'll announce the winner of the Competition and we'll present the award.
Don't miss out on the final stage of this great contest!
American Book Center - The Craft of Writing From an empty page to a published book. As a writer, how do you make sure that when you finished a story, it will eventually sell in the book stores? Even though your story might be the greatest thing ever written, if it goes unpublished no-one will ever know about it.
Published authors will clue you in on ways to make sure your fantasy world not only exist on the papers in your room, but in the minds of many readers out there! Aspirant authors looking for a way to publish your novel, look no further than this interesting and compelling panel that teaches you all the ins-and-outs of the craft of writing and selling your stories.
American Book Center - Worldbuilding and using History for your Stories What makes Harry Potter's world so compelling? Why is it that we as readers want to explore Lord of the Ring's Middle Earth or the late Terry Pratchett's Discworld? How come the world of Star Wars has a weight to it that goes beyond any of them? The answer is worldbuilding!
How does one create a fantasy world that really brings the story to life? There is a clear difference between a fantasy world which underwent a lot of worldbuilding, and a fantasy world without it. It's the completeness of the world and the feeling that the world continues to work, even if you laid down the book for a couple of days, that keeps your mind occupied even when not reading about it.
When fictional worlds are done well, the reader can comprehend the world and its rules, either natural or man/goblin/alien-made. But how does one go about creating a fictional world, and are there tricks to make your fictional world more 'real'?
See for yourself when award-winning fantasy authors Zen Cho, Laura Lam and Vic James share some of their secrets at the Cosy Corner.