Realm Makers Opens Registration to 2020 Writers Conference

Now in its eighth year, Realm Makers serves Christian authors of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and beyond.
on Feb 1, 2020 · No comments

POTTSTOWN, Pa., Feb. 1, 2020—Realm Makers has opened registration to its next annual writers’ conference, coming July 16–19 to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Planners expect over 350 attenders to share their stories and network at Bally’s Hotel and Casino, and expect even more guests to enjoy the bookstore and awards events.

“This is our eighth conference,” said Realm Makers executive director Rebecca P. Minor. “I’m thrilled to see how Christian writers of speculative fiction have gone from isolated individuals, or little pods of authors, to a vibrant, skilled tribe of like-minded creatives who have the confidence to stand tall as a fiction force to be reckoned with. With each year, I hope to connect even more writers with the support and skills they need to conquer their publishing dreams.”

Attenders can register at, and can take advantage of lower pricing before conference rates increase starting March 15.

Realm Makers 2020

Click here to learn more about Realm Makers and register for the 2020 conference.

Award-winning fiction author Thomas Locke will keynote the conference. Locke’s books have sold over 8 million copies worldwide and have been optioned for TV adaptations. He will be joined on the conference faculty by imaginative and bestselling story creators such as Wayne Thomas Batson (Isle of Swords), Steven James (Synapse, the Bowers Files series), C. J. Redwine (New York Times bestseller The Shadow Queen), and N. D. Wilson (100 Cupboards, Hello Ninja).

Attenders will choose from among twenty classes taught by industry professionals, including agents and independent publishers, who will cover the business and creative sides of novel writing. Teen writers can also sign up for their own course.

At 7 p.m. Friday, July 17, attenders and faculty members are invited to celebrate their fictional favorites at an awards banquet. Organizers encourage guests to wear costumes and enjoy dinner while Realm Makers announces nominees and winners in several categories for the best novels released in 2019.

On the next evening, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18, Realm Makers opens a public book festival. Book fans, readers, and anyone will be invited to browse the Realm Makers Bookstore, meet their favorite fantastical fiction authors, and get autographs.

Visit for more event information, including updated lists of faculty members, conference fees, available classes, and attendance figures.

About Realm Makers

Realm Makers began in 2013, and from small origins has grown to serve hundreds of Christian fiction authors at annual conferences, whose faculties have included bestselling novelists such as Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee, Brent Weeks, and N. D. Wilson. Realm Makers exists to help creative Christians in their journeys, providing education in craft, connections with industry professionals, and strategies for finding readers who love these kinds of stories. Meanwhile, the Realm Makers Bookstore offers a curated collection of speculative fiction from Christian authors, traveling to events such as renaissance fairs and homeschool conventions.


Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino
1900 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ


starts 4 p.m. Thursday, July 16;
concludes 12 p.m. Sunday, July 19

E. Stephen Burnett explores fantastical stories for God’s glory as publisher of and its weekly Fantastical Truth podcast. He coauthored The Pop Culture Parent and creates other resources for fans and families, serving with his wife, Lacy, in their central Texas church. Stephen's first novel, a science-fiction adventure, launches in 2025 from Enclave Publishing.

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