Limestone Genre Expo

2018 Panels

Folklore, Fables & Fairytales: Old tales for a new audience. How do you make the stories of the Grimm Brothers (and others) relevant for a modern reader?

Where do story ideas come from and how do you turn them into novels? A  discussion on how to open the portal to a story and let it flow, and then turn the idea into a novel.

Using travel as way to generate ideas for novels. Personal experiences, be they weekend trips to the countryside or trips abroad, leave a lasting impact. Use these moments as inspiration in your writing.

Mary Shelley & 200 Years of Frankenstein. A discussion of the life and legacy of one of first female horror authors.

Comics & Graphic Novels: A Canadian perspective.  A discussion of the past, present and future of this medium in Canada.

Poetry & Spoken Word. Telling tales outside of the traditional novel or short story.

Why do we love a good whodunnit? Setting, plot or character? Why are we drawn to these types of stories?

Are there too many free eBooks available? Have author’s shot themselves in the foot (so to speak) by utilizing this marketing strategy for so many years?

Humour in fiction: How to make a story funny vs laughable. Make ‘em laugh with you, not at you.

Romance Tropes: The good, the bad and the sexy. A discussion of those that work, and those that are overdone.

World-Building: What Makes A World Feel Real.  A look at the different ways that authors can make imaginary worlds come to life and why they sometimes fall flat.

Self-Publishing After 2015. The world of self-publishing has changed dramatically with many different option available for authors. Let’s discuss distribution, pricing, serialized options like Wattpad and Radish, and more.

Film Tropes Are Killing Your Prose. The jump scare. Pages of witty repartee. Endless detail describing how cool something looks without saying how it feels. Slavishly following 3-Act structures. Never before has so much visual entertainment been so accessible. But is it killing your prose? Let's talk about movie and TV tropes and clichés making their ways into prose, and how to stop them.

Crossed genres: How to make it work. Paranormal romance, historical fantasy, a futuristic mystery. Your story can be more than one genre, but making them blend isn’t always easy.

What makes a great hero? A look at heroes and heroines: what creates a great protagonist and equally great antagonists and secondary characters?

Dystopian Fiction: How to write when the world is falling apart. Bringing the reader into a hostile, undefined or bleak setting isn’t always an easy sell.

Setting as character. How does an author discover in setting what is unique for the characters. How to go beyond description, beyond dialect, beyond local foods to bring setting into the story in a way that integrates it into the very fabric of the characters’ experience?

YA fiction: Not just for teens. The YA fiction market has exploded, and is drawing readers from all ages and stages. Let’s discuss why.

Science Fiction by Women. Ursula K. LeGuin. Madeleine L’Engle, Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Octavia E. Butler. A discussion of the women writers who forged the path in a traditionally male-dominated genre.
Mental Health Representation in Fiction: More than Villains. The “deranged” baddie has been overdone, and used to reinforce negative stereotypes. How does today’s writer change this?

Special Panels

Genre 101 for Writers. Writers of a particular genre to talk about the tropes, mechanics, clichés and essentials of their genre to help other writers.

Canadian Medico-Legal System: Fact vs. Fiction. A discussion with authors who are also medical/legal professional and representatives of the RCMP, local police and the Office of the Regional Coroner.