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Reminder: League of Utah Writers Fall Conference and VR Presentation

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 5, 2017

At the League of Utah Writers Fall Conference tomorrow, I’ll be co-presenting an “ask the expert” class on Virtual Reality. This class will be in rooms 023/025 at 1:00 in the afternoon. There is still time to register, and it’s FREE on Friday. So… yay!

The full conference (including Saturday and the awards banquet Saturday night) costs a bit more, but it’s worth it. The presenters are often working-class authors with expertise in their fields and current with the modern trends and issues. There’ll be other expert classes on portraying horses, courtroom scenes, explosives, and archery authentically without embarrassing yourself. There’ll be craft classes teaching different aspects of writing. There’ll be plenty of classes on the business of writing, including things like finding the right agent, marketing, professionalism, and so forth. There are classes that will teach you how to better use certain tools (like Scrivener) or how to take advantage of other resources available to you as a writer. Want to know how to get your book into the public library system? A veteran of the public library system (and author) will offer a presentation on that.

Other cool resources include publishers taking in-person pitches for books, and free manuscript evaluations by editors. The latter is more of a “sampler” experience so you can try out editing services and see if they’d be a good match for you.

I had a tiny bit of a dry run this week with a presentation on game development to youth. That was a lot of fun, and there were several questions about Virtual Reality. Almost all of them had enjoyed some kind of VR experience, so these weren’t all beginner questions. But what I do expect to be a common theme is how close we are to Ready Player One, Sword Art Online, etc. (I keep feeling disappointed that nobody else seems to have read the Dream Park series.) Those really are good questions, and the answers (plural) are not simple.

Anyway – for those who are coming – I’ll see you there!

Filed Under: Events, Virtual Reality, Writing - Comments: 2 Comments to Read

  • Kyle Haight said,

    FWIW, I read the “Dream Park” series. I thought the first one was by far the best.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    I recently picked up The Moon-Maze Game, which I didn’t even know existed. But before reading it, I wanted to go back and re-read the whole series, since it’s been DECADES. I started re-reading the first one, but then got bombarded with stuff (including requests to read friends’ books), so I’ll have to circle around to it again soon.