Live From Realm Makers: Day Two

Final day: science and magic, story structure, author meets.
E. Stephen Burnett | Aug 3, 2013 | 2 comments | Series:

Accompanying these rotating announcements are the soundtracks from How to Train Your Dragon, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Star Trek, and Captain America: The First Avenger. In other words, conference organizer Rebecca P. Minor stole my playlist.

Last night I announced the winner of the 2013 Clive Staples Award.

Today is the Realm Makers conference’s second and final day.

Already we’ve had a round-table discussion on science and magic, featuring Kathy Tyers, Grace Bridges, Kat Heckenbach, Andrew Winch, and Matt Yocum. Even as I type this, Bryan Davis is outlining The Hero’s Journey and why it works, and how authors can follow it.

Next events include:

  1. Robert Treskillard: THIRST — how to keep the reader turning pages
  2. Panel: Small Publishing 101, how it works, the road ahead
  3. Matt Yocum: Building Your Idea Into Comics
  4. Grace Bridges: Spotlight on Splashdown
  5. Grace Bridges: From Science Face to Science Fiction
  6. On the Spot: Would this Manuscript make the cut?
  7. Andrew Winch and Ben Wolf: Annoncement of Splickety Flash Fiction contest winner
  8. Jeff Gerke: Closing Keynote
  9. Group Signing with author Q and A, meet-n-greet

As with yesterday, follow photos from the conference by friending Speculative Faith on Facebook.

I’m also live-Tweeting the event, @SpecFaith with the hashtag #RealmMakers.


E. Stephen Burnett is coauthor (with Ted Turnau and Jared Moore) of The Pop Culture Parent: Helping Kids Engage Their World for Christ, which will release in spring 2020 from New Growth Press. He also explores biblical truth and fantastic stories as editor in chief of Lorehaven Magazine and writer at Speculative Faith. He has also written for Christianity Today and Christ and Pop Culture. He and his wife, Lacy, live in the Austin area and serve as members of Southern Hills Baptist Church.

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Michelle R. Wood

Thanks so much for all the tweets: hopefully I’ll be able to contribute next time.


The complete and utter sadness that I didn’t get to go (knew about it literally one day before it happened) and the delight that it exists (and that someone stole my idea, why is it I react happily when people steal my ideas? It’s the iPad all over again) contrast sharply in my soul.
Most amazing this ever (well, there’s a youth writer’s conference that’s pretty awesome too, but still). Delight and tears.
Does anyone know what website/newsletter I should be watching to know about the next one? Please telling me they’re doing it next year!