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Event Date: February 22 - 24, 2019

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Saturday, February 23 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
High Concept

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Fantasy novels tend to be high-concept. THE LORD OF THE RINGS, the Narnia series, and the Harry Potter series all involve horrific global battles between good and evil. These are great fiction (in spite of certain well-known “flaws” in craft) because they are both high in concept and at the same time intensely personal. Can Science Fiction be high-concept? Our panelists discuss both sides.

Moderators
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R.S. Belcher

Writing
R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and journalist, as well as an author of short and long fiction in a number of genres. Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and... Read More →

Speakers
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S.C. Houff

Geek Life
S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
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Greg Smith

Executive Director, Agile Writers
Greg Smith founded Agile Writers in 2011 with the mission of finding a new approach to helping beginning writers complete a first-draft in six months. The Agile Writer Method is based upon the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, and psychology. He also co-authored the... Read More →
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Adam York

Artistic Director, Film
Adam York is an independent filmmaker from central, North Carolina. He is best know for his directing work on the run away hit, “The Devil's Lettuce.” A sequel entitled DL2 - Edible Evils is currently in post production and set to be released in 2019. Adam’s other directing... Read More →
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest, Writing
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest, Author
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror, urban fantasy, and science fiction: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of three series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Ballroom E