LTUE is BYU’s science fiction and fantasy symposium: Life, the Universe, and Everything. Being a university “symposium” it’s not quite as fan-based as a typical convention, but in practice it’s a really fun combination of author talks, science discussions, and people in costumes. It’s also free, so if you live locally there’s absolutely no excuse to not be there.

This year it turns out I’m far too awesome to be mentioned on their webpage, but rest assured that I will be there with a very full schedule:

Thursday, February 11
Noon – Mormons in Horror
From the program: “There is a growing number of LDS people who read, edit, and write horror fiction. What tensions do they see with their faith and culture and this genre? How does their belief color what they find ‘scary?'”
(Dan Wells, Eric Swedin, Michael R. Collings, Eric James Stone, Lee Allred (M))

Friday, February 12
Noon – Pacing and Story Structure
This is my first attempt at a full-on presentation–no panel, no back-up, just me and a slide show for 50 minutes straight. Also: it’s going to be awesome, and you want to be there. I’m going to present a larger, more interactive version of my Star Trek RPG structure system.
(Dan Wells)

5:00 PM -Writing a good suspense/horror story.
It’s more than just blood and gore–in fact, for a lot of people, blood and gore only get in the way of a really good scare. What makes suspense and horror good, and how can you do it well?
(Dan Wells, Eric Swedin, Scott Parkin (M), Larry Correia)

6:00 PM – Abnormal Psychology and how to use it in your fiction
I can make up all kinds of crap for this, but the real draw here is Dr. Carlisle, an excellent speaker and scientist who specializes in criminal and abnormal psychology. He’s an incredible resource.
(Dr. Al Carlisle, Jess Meeks, Dan Wells)

7:00 PM – Zombies: A cultural and social metaphor
Zombies are ridiculously popular right now: what’s the big deal? Are they just a convenient bad guy to be chainsawed by a plucky heroine, or is there something deeper at work–something that speaks to us on a cultural, social, and even political level? This is one of my favorite topics, so come prepared for a great discussion.
(Dan Wells, Eric Swedin, Aleta Clegg, Marty Brenneis, David Ferro)

Saturday, February 13
3:00 PM – The Experience of Writing a Good Blog
Whoever put me here has obviously never read my blog. You poor readers know that I’m probably intended to serve as the counter-example.
(Mette Harrison, Julie Wright, James Dashner, Dan Wells, Sandra Tayler)

4:00 PM – Writing Excuses Live
Your three favorite people in the entire world talk about writing and reading and goodness knows what else, recorded in front of a live audience and broadcast across the universe.
(Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells)

5:00 PM – Reading
In honor of my book not being released yet, I will be reading a selection of candy wrappers and restaurant napkins. Plus a little bit of my book anyway, plus (if you’re good) a choice selection from the second book, Mr. Monster. I will also have books and T-shirts to sell for anyone who wants them.

19 Responses to “LTUE 2010 — UPDATED”

  1. stacy says:

    Don’t worry. I’ve been far too awesome for two years or so for them to put me on their website.

  2. Darin Calhoun says:

    I am an aspiring author, and I am traveling all the way from LA too see you “Writing Excuses” guys.

  3. Arlene says:

    See you there!

  4. admin says:

    Darin: I hope you’re piggybacking a trip to LTUE on top of some other, more awesome reason for coming to Utah. That said, LTUE is a really good resource, so good for you. Make sure to find me and say hi.

  5. Alice says:

    Can’t wait to hear your panels and your presentation at LTUE. I have no doubt they’ll be awesome.

  6. WriterDan says:

    Planning on being there. Hoping for good things to come.

  7. Roxy says:

    Dear Mr. Wells,
    I am looking forward to hearing you at LTUE. The Provo chapter of the League of Utah Writers loves bacon, your work, and Writing Excuses. Awesomeness all the way around! Would you ever consider speaking at our spring workshop in May? We’d really enjoy learning from you. (I’m trying for a perfect balance of non-gushing praise and honest pleading here.) Thanks for reading this request:)

  8. admin says:

    Roxy, I would be delighted to speak at your workshop in May. I’ll try to be interesting, and if you’re extra lucky I’ll also be intelligent and helpful. I wouldn’t hold my breath, though.

  9. Darin Calhoun says:

    “Darin: I hope you’re piggybacking a trip to LTUE on top of some other, more awesome reason for coming to Utah. That said, LTUE is a really good resource, so good for you. Make sure to find me and say hi.”

    Nope I’m coming down to hang out with some fellow LDS writers. I just finished my first novel and am starting my journey as a writer. So I can use all the advice and encouragement I can get. I will definitely come by and say hello, and you can reassure Howard that I won’t be a “Booth Barnacle.” Besides, I have too much editing to do before I go to Dave Wolverton’s workshop in March. I don’t want to show up with an unpolished rough draft, so my visit down there will be a working vacation.

  10. John Brown says:

    I am so happy to join the awesome club! And I’m going to attend the structure presentation.

  11. […] Noon. Signing. (I’m trying to get this changed because I very much want to attend Dan Well’s Pacing and Story Structure presentation). […]

  12. admin says:

    Dangit, that means it has to be good.

  13. Steve D says:

    I’ll be there for Friday and Saturday. John Brown and I are due for a chat, and I need to talk with Larry Correia as well. As for you, Dan? I see you all the time, so I think I’ll avoid you.

  14. admin says:

    Oh good, I was worried this would be awkward.

  15. WEKM says:

    Once more a chance to resume my stalking of third tier celebrities.
    Don’t worry Dan, Howard has told me to leave my hammer at home. But I will have a question for the podcast.

  16. Sean says:

    Dan, I would love to be there for your Structure Workshop at noon on Friday, but I am way out in South Texas, expecting my first child, and flat broke. It isn’t going to happen. Is there a way I can get a recording or at least the cliff notes?

  17. admin says:

    Sometime next week I’ll see what I can do about posting the powerpoint on the site here. I may not be able to compile any of the notes to go with it, but I’ll see what I can do (or another reader can take good notes and post them if they want, hint hint).

  18. Justin says:

    The presentation was outstanding. Many here would love to get a copy of even just the power point (your notes would be a bonus, but nobody expected those).

    Thank in advance if you could post it. You obviously did your homework to put that together, and it would be a great tool for everyone else :)

    Thanks for the great words of wisdom.

  19. Stan Johnson says:


    You said you were a Battlestar Galactica board game fan. I’ve never played it, but I watched people playing it at Games People Play in the University Mall.

    If you ever want an easily-crushed opponent, I’m your man (besides, I think I’d like playing that one).

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