4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 16–18, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN

Writers' Seminar: Story telling in other mediums

Friday June 16, 9 AM to 3 PM

In this seminar, you'll spend a few hours with Holly Black, Ben Dobyns, and Doris Egan discussing the differences between stories told in the novel/short story format and other formats such as movies, tv shows, games, stage production, etc. Regrettably, Will Shetterly will be unable to assist us as a lead at the seminar.

Lunch will be provided.

To register, head over to the conference registration page.

The schedule for this year is likely to remain fairly fluid based on how the discussion unfolds and where the group is finding the topic and exploration of it interesting. A starting guideline looks something like this:

9:00 AMIntroduction and overview
9:15 AMMovie and TV Show
10:30 AMBreak
10:45 AMGames
1:30 PMOpen discussion
3:00 PMWrap-up and Thanks

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

Ben Dobyns has been a driving force in the Seattle area film community for many years and is a founder of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment.

Doris Egan grew up in New Jersey and attended Barnard College in New York City. She sold her first short story, “Timerider,” to Amazing Stories magazine while working in computer support on Wall Street. The sale was such a shock to her that she went to the nearest racquetball court and smacked a ball around until she could think clearly. Over the next several years she published four novels: The Gate of Ivory, Two-Bit-Heroes, and Guilt-Edged Ivory (as Doris Egan), and City of Diamond (as Jane Emerson). Among her short stories, her favorites are “The New Tiresias,” called “a beautifully written Regency adventure of a city that never quite was,” which appeared in the anthology The Horns of Elfland, and “The Sweet of Bitter Bark and Burning Clove,” from Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (”a best-case partnering of Anne Rice meets John D. MacDonald.”)

Although Doris was married to books, she always wanted to have an affair with television. The time came when she could no longer put off the move to Los Angeles. Since then, she’s worked as writer and producer on quite a few one-hour dramas, including Torchwood, House, Smallville, Early Edition, and The Agency. She lives in a house in the hills with a garden, two dogs, and too many books, where she misses red and gold autumns and the time to write novels.