Sunday, February 17, 2008

LTUE experience

Last Friday, my husband and I went to the Life, the Universe, and Everything: symposium on science fiction and fantasy at BYU. We dropped our son off at my mom's house for the day. We went to four presentations/panels. I know my husband was bored a lot of the time, but it meant a lot to me that he volunteered to accompany me. All of the participating authors were excellent.


The ones I went to: Resonance in Fairy Tales; the Main Address by Orson Scott Card; The Realities of NY Publishing; and Putting Romance in Your Novel. Orson Scott Card is hilarious. I really enjoyed listening to him in person. Surprisingly, the romance panel was most interesting to my husband. We hadn't realized how much romance adds to a story, even as a very minor subplot. I realized most of my writing naturally has a strong current of romance.


The weather was perfect (well, ten degrees or so colder than perfect). Clear sky, and little to no wind. Much nicer than the super cold and storms earlier in the week.


My initial plan was to go the Writing Workshop for one hour, then end with Women of the Fantastic, but didn't have any of my own work to share, and knew my husband would be out of place. So we left early, went to the mall, and then ate at the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner before picking up B.


I'm going to type up my notes this week. I'll share any new insights I find. I'm happy with the results of my first writer's conference.


  1. I have read and enjoyed works from Orson Scott Card that date back to 20 years ago - Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead, two examples. It would have been a great joy to have met Mr. Card. You have the full force of all my envy, Mary. ;D

    I was fortunate to be able to swing the time and afford the total cost of my first and only Writers Workshop last June, at the Iowa City Writers Summer Workshop Festival. It was a great time for me, a humbling experience to be around some very creative writers, a great benefit to be instructed by John Dalton, a published author as well as professional instructor on novel writing. I was able to come home with a signed copy of his book, the first ever for me from any notable author.

    It's a shame these events can be so expensive, travel and lodging adding a huge expense to the justifiable cost of the workshop. How do we, poor and part-time writers as we tend to be, find the time and money to glorify our trade and learn all that we can?

    Thank you for sharing your adventure. By any chance did take pictures, especially of Mr. Card?

  2. I didn't even think to bring a camera! I'll keep that in mind next time. This conference was small and local, so no fee for attendance. Though if a bigger conference is hosted nearby, with agents and editors attending, my husband now knows the benefits of networking and would likely support me in going.

  3. Sounds like you had a great time--my favorite part of LTUE is that it's FREE! I really have to go one of these years.