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Friday, June 28 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Behind Platform 9 ¾: Building Compelling Worlds Through Fiction

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J.K. Rowling is a master world-builder.  Creating a believable fictional world requires evoking settings with rich sensory details, constructing logical rules for how the universe operates, and building social, political, technological and ecological structures.  In this panel, five experienced writers will share their world-building secrets with tips about process and exercises participants can use in their own writing.

 


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Kelly Garrett

Kelly likes to use her writing to play around in the real world, but she always has to add a magical twist. Based in Portland, OR, she uses her educational background in creative writing to craft middle-grade and young-adult mysteries, fantasies, and humorous fiction. Her work has appeared in the Sofa Ink Quarterly.
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Amber Keyser

Amber is a former ballerina and evolutionary biologist, who has published four books and many articles for tweens and teens. Currently, she’s the go-to-girl and young-adult novelist for Angel Punk. Amber blogs about critique and the writing process at VivaScriva.com. She is represented by the literary agent Fiona Kenshole. For more information, visit Amber's website atamberjkeyser.com or on Twitter at @amberjkeyser.
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Cidney Swanson

Cidney is a full-time writer of young adult sci-fi and fantasy, including The Rippler Trilogy and the Saving Mars series. Saving Mars was named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012. Cidney is fond of saying that, for her, “every day is NaNoWriMo!” When not writing, she’s easily distracted by shiny things such as books with raised foil on the covers, cleverly packaged bars of chocolate, or Mars set against an inky night sky. She... Read More →
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Emily Whitman

Emily loves traveling to different worlds as the author of novels for teens and children. Wildwing, a time-travel tale of mistaken identity, and Radiant Darkness, a retelling of Greek myth with a Persephone who makes her own choices, have received many honors. Emily’s past is checkered with studying history, working in libraries, leading storytimes, writing for educational publishers, and leading writing workshops. She lives in Portland... Read More →
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Cat Winters

Cat is the author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds, a young adult ghost tale set during the World War I era. She formerly worked in publishing and ran a popular paranormal/horror website for authors and filmmakers, and she recently launched corsetsandcutlasses.wordpress.com with other novelists of YA and middle-grade historical fiction. She lives outside of Portland, OR, with her husband and two kids. Visit her online at www.catwinters.com.


Friday June 28, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm
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