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Friday, June 28 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Fear and Loathing in the Writing Process: How to stop worrying and learn to love the terror

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This panel was pitched by the winner of our “pitch a panel” contest. How do you get over that fear of putting yourself down on the page…and then showing it to other people? How do you overcome all those feelings that prevent you from starting or finishing? What’s it like once the work is out in the world and people comment on it? What are we all SO AFRAID OF?

Moderators
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Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →

Speakers
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Amber Benson

Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion for the BBC along with Christopher Golden. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Amber's first solo novel, "Death's Daughter," was published by Penguin in 2009 with a children's book for Simon and Schuster called "Among The Ghosts" following later that year. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the cult hit show Buffy... Read More →
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Coe Booth

Coe Booth was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from college, she worked with teenagers and families in crisis, which inspired her first novel, Tyrell, which won the LA Times Book Prize. Her other books for teenagers include Kendra and Bronxwood. Coe lives in the Bronx, working as a full-time writer and a part-time writing teacher at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults... Read More →
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Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and soon Isla and the Happily Ever After, which comes out this fall. This will be her third LeakyCon after joining us for LeakyCon 2011 and 2012. She is married to Wizard Rocker Jarrod of Gred and Forge, and she believes all books and movies need more kissing. Read more about Stephanie on her website, stephanieperkins.com.
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Anthony Rapp

While best known for originating the character of Mark Cohen (off-screen and on) in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent, Anthony is also a writer, musician, activist, humanitarian and director. Anthony made his Broadway debut in 1981 in a musical based on The Little Prince. Since then he has also created memorable roles Adventures in Babysitting, Dazed and Confused, A Beautiful Mind, Six Degrees of Separation (stage and film), and more. He... Read More →
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Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is the author of the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, which is currently in preproduction for a film with Universal Studios. She has a degree in English from UC Berkeley and studied illustration at California College of Arts & Crafts. Laini attended LeakyCon 2012 in Chicago and is joining us again this year in Portland, where she currently... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Portland 252/253