Today I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about the single most influential writing convention in my writing career to date. Every year, a group of students and volunteers put together the Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium at the Provo Marriott (this year it’s Feb 11-13th). Specifically geared toward science fiction and fantasy, the LTUE Symposium was the first convention I ever attended and was the catalyst for me becoming a published author. This year, I have the great privilege of being on several panels, but more on that later.
First, from the website, this is what the Symposium is all about, “Life, the Universe, & Everything: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy originated at Brigham Young University and has grown and changed a lot over the last thirty years. LTUE is a three-day academic symposium on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. Comprised of panels, presentations and papers on writing, art, literature, film, gaming and other facets of speculative fiction, LTUE is a place to learn all about life, the universe, and everything else you love. The symposium is, most importantly, a gathering place for fans of our creative and innovative world to hang out and share their love of all things amazing, obscure, and even not-quite-real.”
At only $50 for ALL THREE DAYS, you really can’t afford to miss it. Such amazing and talented writers as Shannon Hale, Brandon Sanderson, Larry Correia, Michaelbrent Collings, Johnny Worthen, and David Farland (Wolverton) teach classes and present on panels. And STUDENTS are FREE! Need a hotel room to stay at? Reserve before Jan 18th and the room is only $99/night.
If you’ve never been to a writing conference before, come to this. It is affordable and you’ll learn tons. With classes every hour on the hour, you won’t ever have a moment where there’s not amazing, published, bestselling authors, artists, and fans from whom you can learn. Everyone is kind, approachable, and you can talk to your favorite author in the hall if you find them with a free moment. I can’t recommend LTUE enough. Go! You really really should!
Here’s my schedule for the convention:
|Panel Name||Day||Time||Room||Other Panelists|
|Monsters, Fantasy, and Horror||Fri||10:00 – 11:00||Cedar||Michael R Collings, Michaelbrent Collings, Larry Correia, Jenn Johansson|
|Diving into the world of Terry Brooks||Fri||1:00 – 2:00||Timpanogos||Daniel Coleman, Ali Cross, Candace Thomas, Michael Young|
|Tectonics: When Plates Collide||Fri||2:00 – 3:00||Cedar||Derrick Duncan, Valerie Gardner, Josi Russell, Michael Young|
|Charismatic Villains||Sat||10:00 – 11:00||Amphitheater||Virginia Baker, D.J. Butler, David Farland, Craig Nybo|