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Convention producers wanted to offer attendees useful genre-focused panel time and a Big Easy dose of inspiration. Their goal is to perpetuate an annual convention package that caters to science fiction, horror, and fantasy genre writers, surrounded by the allure and ambiance of the City that Care Forgot,
Dark Oak Press and Media Managing Editor Allan Gilbreath opened his speech by welcoming attendees and guests to the Friday night Meet and Greet at the Howlin’ Wolf Den in New Orleans. Next, he asked if anybody’s head was ready to explode, alluding to the attention everyone had given toward the full day of panels.
Laughter ensued and whatever ice remained within that steamy New Orleans venue was broken instantly. Then the sorcery that Gilbreath works so well began to swirl about the room in a haze of colored can lights.
Allan discussed the availability of writers’ conferences for ‘everything on the planet’ from romance to how-to books.Per Gilbreath, “I’m not sure that’s writing. That’s teaching you how to type eloquently. Let’s face it. Genre is last.”
Then he turned it around, with, “Geek is chic. I love that right now.”
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