Catherine Cooke, author of the Mask of the Wizard and The Winged Assassin fantasy trilogies, is also Catherine Montrose, the author of dark fantasy The Wendigo Border. She lives in Washington State with two grown sons, an engineer husband, and two standard poodles. She is currently working on an epic medieval fantasy, The Gentlefolk War, and a young adult series, The Wayfinders.
Friday, June 7, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Character Building Exercises
Some characters spring forth, fully realized as Athena. Others might be throwaways, or that guy who annoyed you in high school. Panelists share tips and techniques for keeping characters real and memorable.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Sooner A
Words Are Hard: Writing Believable Dialogue
We all have trouble elucidating our thoughts at times. So how can writers do it for two or three (or more!) main characters and dozens of supporting characters? How can you encourage the reader to hear the voices in your head the same way you do? How do you write for a political view with which you may disagree, or a gender with which you don’t identify?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Three Types of Magic in Fantasy
There are charms (magic anyone can use with the right chant); invocations (getting a demon or the like to do it for you); and innate magic (it’s part of the magician). Does all magic have the same limits or are the limits flexible? Which is the easiest to use in your story?