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Friday, October 28 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Great Opening and Ending Lines

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From a line that hooks the reader/viewer from the beginning to one that leaves them satisfied, what are some memorable ones, guidelines to making them great, and pitfalls to avoid?

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Michael Grossberg

Michael Grossberg founded the Libertarian Futurist Society (www.lfs.org) in 1982 to sustain the Prometheus Awards for pro-freedom science fiction. He chairs its best novel judging. An award-winning journalist at newspapers in Texas, Indiana, California, and Ohio, notably The Columbus Dispatch (1985–2015), Michael was thrilled to interview Ray Bradbury, Mel Brooks, Carrie Fisher, Robert Heinlein, Timothy Leary, Joan Rivers, Mickey Rooney... Read More →

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Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp holds an MA in English and is a graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She is a 2012 Writers of the Future semifinalist and has taught writing for Writer's Digest University as well as at local writing conferences. She works at Nelson Literary Agency in Denver.
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James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt is a part-time high school English teacher and full-time writer in western Colorado. He’s been a finalist for a Nebula Award and been reprinted in many year’s best collections. His first young adult novel, Pandora’s Gun, was released from Fairwood Press in August 2015. James blogs at http://www.jamesvanpelt.com and can be found on Facebook.
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Jeanne Stein

Jeanne Stein is the bestselling author of the urban fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and, most recently, the Fallen Siren Series, written as S.J. Harper. She has many short story credits to her name, including “Love Story” in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten.
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Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View" (F&SF, March-April 2013), “The Body Pirate" (forthcoming in F&SF), and "The Dualist," a Writers of the Future Contest winner published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Abyss & Apex, Glorifying Terrorism, Electric Spec, and other publications. Aaron reviews books and interviews authors for Fantastic... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor