The LTUE is one of my favorite writer conferences. Quick catch up for those who don't know...
Life, The Universe & Everything
The Marion K. "Doc" Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy
February 9-12, 2012
Cost: $30 Students Free with Current ID
Utah Valley University
And here are some of the stars you'll get to meet...
(“Starchild” and “Here There Be Dragons”)
Writing Excuses Podcast Team:
Acquisitions Editor for Shadow Mountain.
David Farland (Saturday only)
Tracy & Laura Hickman (Saturday only)
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Saturday only)
Brandon Mull (Saturday only)
Are you starting to see why I love this conference? It's simply a blast. I guess that's really why it's one of my favorites. This is the conference where writers become friends. Authors have conversations. There's hardly any pressure (no pitches to national editors or agents) and it's just a bunch of great information from people who know the business.
I know I'm not the only one who knows this, but I'll let you in on the secret to this conference.... yes be good and go to classes- but also SKIP some classes too. I know. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it's the key. Plan on what classes will make you happy, and then plan on some blocks of time outside of the rooms. This is how you get to have conversations. Or think. Or write. But at the end of the conference, if you do this, you'll end up with new friends.
Friends that will be in the writing industry for a good long time, and if that's where you plan on being, it's good to have some friends there.
Go if you can. It's the cheapest conference, and there is so much to learn. The panels are awesome, and there are plenty of editors there to keep things real. Tons of authors too.