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Sunday, August 28 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Writing Weapons

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Many stories feature protagonists wielding phenomenal weapons with breathtaking skill. Many writers are not experts in combat or weapons. How do you bridge this gap to write entertaining scenes with interesting arsenals? Our panel of professional writers shares tips on how to research weapons, tips for writing outside your area of expertise, and how to balance entertainment with believability.

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Alex Bledsoe

Alex Bledsoe grew up in west Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (birthplace of Tina Turner). He's been a reporter, editor, photographer and door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. He now lives in a Wisconsin town famous for trolls, writes before six in the morning and tries to teach my three kids to act like they've been to town before. His novels include the Tufa series (the latest, "Chapel of Ease," will be out in September) and the Eddie LaCrosse novel... Read More →
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Melissa Olson

Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison where she eventually... Read More →

Sunday August 28, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Salon F-G