4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 17–19, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN

Writers' Seminar: Expanding Horizons


What fantasy writers learn from those who work in other categories will be explored through interviews, lectures, panel discussion and a question and answer session. Peter Hautman will discuss mysteries, Emily McKaskle will discuss romance, and Emma Bull will discuss screenplays and teleplays. Steven Brust will moderate. They will then join to gather for a panel discussion and interaction with the attendees. Lunch will be provided as part of the seminar program. To facilitate interactivity, the seminar registration is limited to 50 people.

9:00 amIntroduction
9:15 amWhat can fantasy writers learn from Romance?
10:15 amBreak
10:30 amWhat can fantasy writers learn from Mysteries?
11:30 amLunch
12:30 pmWhat can fantasy writers lean from Screenplays?
1:30 pmBreak
1:45 pmQuestions & Answers
2:45 pmConclusion

Lunch will be a buffet with: Chicken Wild Rice Soup, B.L.T. Lettuce Salad with Buttermilk Chive Dressing, Herb Roasted Chicken, Beef Pot Roast, Skin-On Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots and Green Beans, Assorted Rolls and Butter, Country Apple Pie, and Pecan Pie.

Steven Brust was born late in the Cenozoic Era at a place a mere 238,900 miles from the lonely, harsh desolation of the moon. From the moment of his birth, he launched a study of language, facial recognition, and tool using, while simultaneously beginning an intense regime of physical fitness. He fell into a life of crime under the influence of Tuli, the Evil Dog of Evilness, a life which continued for many years. At one point, aided by Captain Blondbeard the Space Pirate Kitty, he nearly succeeded in either taking over the world or destroying the universe, the record is unclear. The plot, which featured a machine (built by a mysterious parrot known only as “Doc”) that could predict the future, failed when the machine turned out to be only able to predict the plot of action movies. This led Brust to abandon his criminal activities and begin writing science fiction and fantasy novels. Only time will tell how much lower he’ll sink.

Emily McKay is a four time Rita nominee. She's published twenty-five books with Harlequin, Berkley, Walker Books for Young Readers and Entangled. In 2013, she won the Rita award for Best Young Adult Romance. She is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos on YouTube. When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor. She lives in central Texas with her husband, kids, two mildly-psychotic dogs, a nervous cat and nineteen chickens.

Emma Bull took her novel — and short story — writing skills to Los Angeles... where they mostly looked at her funny, except for a series of screenwriters who asked her to teach them to write novels. With husband Will Shetterly, she wrote scripts for the animated series Pocket Dragon Adventures and War Planets and an unproduced supernatural action movie for Stan Winston’s company, and developed a series bible for SyFy Channel. (They ended up making the Battlestar Galactica reboot instead.) She learned a lot, and got a tan.

Genre slut Pete Hautman has written thirty novels for adults and teens, including the 2004 National Book Award winner Godless, Los Angeles Book Prize winner The Big Crunch and three New York Times Notable Books: Drawing Dead, The Mortal Nuts, and Rash. His “young adult” novels range from science fiction (Rash, Mr. Was, Hole in the Sky, and the Klaatu Diskos trilogy), to mystery (Blank Confession) to contemporary drama (Godless, Sweetblood) to romantic comedy (What Boys Really Want). His “adult” novels include the New York Times Notable books Drawing Dead and The Mortal Nuts, crime novels set in Minnesota. With novelist, poet, and occasional co-author Mary Logue, Hautman divides his time between Golden Valley, Minnesota, and Stockholm, Wisconsin. His latest books are the YA novel Eden West, the story of a boy growing up in an isolated doomsday cult in Montana, and the middle-grade novel The Flinkwater Factor, a sci-fi comedy featuring a zombie, a sasquatch and, of course, a talking monkey. Pete is now working on a ghost story, because he hasn’t ever written one of those before. Learn more about Pete Hautman on his website: petehautman.com and his blog petehautman.blogspot.com.