ICON 40

Just a week left until ICON 40 arrives. It’s the Cedar Rapids scifi and fantasy convention and if you’ve never been to it, you’re missing out. The organizers put on a great convention with lots to participate in. ICON 40 is this weekend – Oct. 16-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex.

This year, the Saturday Writers are pleased to be on several panels. You can find us here:

Barnes and Noble Author Signing – Thursday, October 15 • 6:30pm • AR, Rachel

An open event at Barnes & Noble to meet many of the Authors attending ICON 40 – how can you resist a chance to meet them and buy a couple (or more) books?? Come join us at this Pre-ICON 40 event to kick things off!

DreamCON III – Friday, Oct 16 • 1pm • AR, Cheryl, Rachel

DreamCON is a writing workshop for high school and college students running in conjunction with ICON. Participants who are aspiring writers will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with our guests of honor and honorable guests to learn more about the writing craft and the publishing world.

Genre Rules for Book Covers – Friday, Oct 16 • 6pm • Cheryl, Rachel

An interactive presentation on the genre expectations for book covers. Lots of examples of great covers. Can you guess the genre?

Monster Creation – Friday, October 16 • 10:00pm • Rachel

Every few years an author “reinvents” a classic monster. Glittering vampires, anyone? But what goes into reinventing classic monsters. Five authors share how they reinvented the old to make it new again.

Author Meet & Greet – Saturday, Oct 17 • 10:00am • AR, Cheryl, Rachel

There will be over 30 authors will be gathered and waiting for you to ask questions about their craft. This is your opportunity to fawn over your favorite authors and learn about new ones. Buy a book (or two or three), get it signed and watch your to-be-read pile GROW!

Human Rights and the Influence of Science Fiction/Fantasy – Saturday, October 17 • 12:00pm • Rachel

How scifi/fantasy has advanced human rights…a gateway to opening the conversation.

Trials of Writing a Strong (and Good) Female Protagonist – Saturday, October 17 • 3:00pm • AR

Katniss and Tris, Cerci and Daenerys have taken over the airwaves. But are they good examples of strong female characters? Stop by this panel to learn about the pros and cons of writing “strong” female characters and what makes a characteristics make up a “good” female character?

Animals as Plot Devices – Saturday, October 17 • 4:00pm • Rachel

Superman has Kypto. Harry Potter has Hedwig. The Doctor has K-9. Animals play a large role in our personal lives and in the lives of the fictional characters. This panel will take a look at the role of animals as plot devices and how they can serve or destroy a plot.

Is There Such a Thing as Being “Well-Read” in this Day? – Saturday, October 17 • 7:00pm •Rachel

With literally millions of books being written every year, can anyone realistic claim to be well read? What does it mean to be well read? Is it important?  On the same basic topic, are there classics that everyone should read/be familiar with? How important is that we have a shared culture of books? Or should we all just read according to personal preference?

Can I Use That? – Saturday, October 17 • 8:00pm • AR

Learn how to go about finding and using images for your website, blog, or book cover.

Author Reading and QA: Rachel Eliason – Sunday, October 18 • 11:00am • Rachel

Join Rachel Eliason as she reads from her novel, Bear Naked 3: The Hunted, followed by a question/answer session.

Self-Publishing 101 – Sunday, October 18 • 11:00am • Cheryl

You wrote A Thing. Now you want to publish The Thing. What are your options? What are your first steps? Learn the common missteps and tips about self-publishing Your Thing.

How Do I Use That? – Sunday, October 18 • 2:00pm • Rachel

The Internet makes it easy to find images and use them in all kinds of applications. Explore some of the options available for finding images and manipulating them.

Designing a Magic System – Sunday, October 18 • 2:00pm • Cheryl

Creating a magic system that makes sense in your fantasy world can be tricky. Join author Cheryl Corbin as she shares some tips and tricks for creating and maintaining magic system.