The Early Bird Sessions
The Conference kicked off with an Early Bird session on Thursday. Jeff Gerke taught on The Irresistible Novel and a panel of writers conducted a critique clinic.
Realm Makers officially begins
The full conference opened Friday with Robert Liparulo’s keynote address, an editor and agent panel, intensive workshops, and single session workshops.
Tweets from Realm Makers: Day 1
LB Graham just did an AWESOME summary of the danger of over-promoting naturalism in desperation to avoid magic. Laura V Baugh @Laura_VAB
Do Christian writers set up false barriers with their fiction? Can we enlarge our market? #realmmakers2015 #DavidFarland. Jason Joyner @JasonCJoyner
Loved the session “Landmines in Book Contracts”! @stevelaubeagent #RealmMakers2015. Janeen Ippolito @TheQuietPen
Speculative writers have a unique opportunity to share the gospel. #RealmMakers2015. Celesta Thiessen @CelestaThiessen
“Satan masquerades as an angel of light—he’d probably show up in a bonnet rather than fangs.” @cerebralgrump #RealmMakers2015. H. A. Titus @HATitusWriting
Writing conferences: the place you go to realize you need to rewrite everything. But strangely also be inspired…. #RealmMakers2015. Jesse Koepke @jessekoepke
Jedi and faeries at the buffet. #RealmMakers2015
You want a Yoda editor who will steer you away from the Dark Side to become a Jedi Master of #writing. #RealmMakers2015
Costumes and the awards dinner
Following the teaching time, the conferees took a break to prepare for the evening’s main event, the costume and awards dinner. The most prominent awards are the Parable Award for best novel cover, the Escape Award for best contest short story, and the Clive Staples Award for the best novel published in 2014.
And the winners:
*The readers choice short story contest Escape Award winner, Pam Halter.
*The Parable Award for Excellence in Cover Design winner, The Ghost Box, designer Kirk DouPonce.
*The Clive Staples Award winner, The Warden & The Wolf King by Andrew Peterson.