It’s that time of year again—let’s get awesome for AwesomeCon! The Washington convention center this year features celebrity guests Adam West, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Brett Dalton and Elizabeth Henstridge, and Jeremy London, just to name a few. And that makes us doubly excited! Because our very own Harrison Demchick will join these beloved actors and other esteemed panelists when he returns to speak to writers at this year’s event.
Cons like this feature ample opportunities for fun whether you are a writer or just a scifi/fantasy/horror geek (in other words, your non-writer friends and family will have plenty to do while you attend your workshops). There are opportunities to get autographs and interact with the celebrity guests as well as interesting and informative panel discussions, and so much more. AwesomeCon runs June 3-5, 2016 at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.
Harrison is giving his popular talk “It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine: Why Character, Consequence, and Reaction are Necessary for Conflict and Tension.” Everyone knows a good novel requires conflict and tension, but many are unclear on where it really comes from. It’s not the seriousness of the situation that causes conflict. Not even a nuclear apocalypse generates conflict on its own—not if the protagonist has a fully stocked fallout shelter he planned to spend the rest of his life hiding in anyway. A conflict only works if it acts upon the protagonist in a negative way. This talk will address the true origins of conflict and tension, and how they emerge specifically from a character’s reaction and the consequences they face.
You may check the AwesomeCon website for more information, or contact Becky Mezzanotte at email@example.com