When: October 31 – November 3, 2019

Where: Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Los Angeles, CA.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
12:00 – 12:55 PM
Marquis 1-3

Writing Fantasy for Television

Genre television has most often been science fiction. Star Trek. Space 1999. Dozens more. But once in while, fantasy gets its turn. Highlander and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And, more recently, Outlander and Once Upon A Time. What are the ins and outs of writing fantasy for television?

Panelists: Lawrence Connolly, Eldon Thompson, John Shirley, Craig Miller, Gillian Horvath
Moderator: Denise Dumars

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
9:00 – 9:55 AM
Marquis 4-6

When Hollywood Comes to Call

You’ve written a book or a series of books. Now you or your agent gets a call from a producer. What happens next? What can you expect in this journey?

Panelists: Curtis C. Chen, Robert Silverberg, Bruce McAllister, John Skipp
Moderator: Eldon Thompson

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
4:00 4:55 PM
Marquis 4-6

Death and the Fantasy Character

Raymond Chandler was talking about prose when he said “Murder your darlings,” but George R.R. Martin might have misunderstood him when he started the Game of Thrones series. What are the reasons writers kill their characters? Is it fair when writers like Tolkien apparently kill off characters, only to have them return?

Panelists: Eldon Thompson, Kat Clay, Sarah Beth Durst, Terry Madden
Moderator: Susan Forest