StoryFest 2020 continues with a panel of top genre writers on creating unexpected narratives through mystery, puzzle, and surprise.
The most exciting stories play with the unexpected in their telling: puzzles to solve, mysteries to unwind, the past, present and fantastical wound up in one. These writers, across their genres, subvert our expectations of storytelling to give us unforgettable narratives that move us, shock us, and delight us.
Due to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, StoryFest 2020 is going virtual. From September 15 - September 24, we will premiere 12 live and pre-recorded author events, featuring authors slated to appear in person at StoryFest 2020. These events will feature top authors and creators in genre fiction, comics, young adult fiction, and middle grade fiction. And in cross-genre panels, they will explore the big ideas at the heart of telling stories in today’s world. For more info, click here.
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 7:00pm
The 5th Annual Broadleaf Writers Conference will return (virtually) October 17-18, 2020! To honor this milestone year, we’ve assembled the strongest list of writers you will ever find at a conference! As well, our list of agents, editors and publisher representatives will be deeper than ever! Combined with educational sessions and workshops, the 5th Annual Broadleaf Writers Conference will offer you all that you need to refine and improve your craft and get you on the road toward publication!
Featuring Karen Abbott, Becky Albertalli, Paul Jenkins, Clay McLeod Chapman, Rona Simmons, Roger Johns, as well as agents and publisher reps to take your manuscript pitches and critique your first page, our list is sure to be the best yet!
For more info on the conference and registration, click here.
SATURDAY, OCT 17th: 10:45 – 11:45 AM
“Oops, I did it Again: The Darwin Award Guide to Characters”
Panelists: Clay McLeod Chapman, Paul Jenkins, Rona Simmons, Moderator
As Anna Karenina can attest, the heart of a good story has nothing to do with happy
people doing well. Drawing out your character’s flaws can show your reader symptoms
of a challenging life they can relate to. This panel will offer insights and tips on how to
craft mistake-prone klutzes who can’t manage to do a darn thing right, and how you can
lead them down a path to realization and redemption.
SATURDAY: OCT 17th: 2:15-3:15 PM
“The Criminal Villain: Finding the Motivation for Your Antagonist”
Panelists: Karen Abbott, Clay McLeod Chapman, Roger Johns, Moderator:
A well-crafted villain can seduce your readers, test their loyalties, and even appeal to their baser instincts. It begins and ends with motivation. Though villains can be diabolical, manipulative, vicious, bloodthirsty, and ruthless, they’re more intriguing for readers when they have a reason for their actions. Join our panel for a discussion on creating a believable and motivated antagonist that your readers may secretly (or not so secretly!) root for.
SUNDAY, OCT 18th: 10:30 – 11:30 AM
“Writing for Comics”
Panelists: Clay McLeod Chapman, Paul Jenkins, Chris Negron, Moderator:
Comic books are one of the fastest growing segments of the publishing industry. More
writers, established and new, are turning to comics and graphic novels to tell their
stories. But how is it done? What differences are there between comics and novels? And
once you’ve written a comic, where do you pitch it? Join Paul Jenkins, the legendary
author of Wolverine: Origin (as well as countless others!) and Clay McLeod Chapman,
author of Marvel’s Scream: Curse of Carnage for a discussion on the comic book
industry and some pointers on crafting a comic of your own!
SUNDAY, OCT 18th: 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“I Think We’re Alone Now: Battling the Impostor Syndrome”
Panelists: Ricki Cardenas, Clay McLeod Chapman, Paul Jenkins, Shelli R. Johannes, Kimberly Jones, Kris Spisak, Moderator
When do you feel comfortable admitting that you’re a writer? When will you give
yourself that label and feel like it fits? No matter what success a writer has, they tend to
be their own worst critics. But take a moment. Breathe. You’re not alone in your fears,
your insecurities, and your doubts. Listen as our panelists discuss how they have faced
and fought the ever-present demon of Imposter Syndrome.
Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 12:00pm