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Surprise! More Writer’s Block Panel Updates! | Avalon Expo | 48 Hour Writing Marathon

Surprise! We said we were done with the Avalon Expo Writer’s Block announcements, but we had one left! The winner of the 48-Hour Novel-Writing Marathon that took place in late June will be announced a week from today, Friday August 25 2017, during the 6:00pm-8:00pm – Author Social event!

Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew, Stacey Oakley, Katie Little, AJ Ryan, Heather Reilly, Amanda Labonte

Which of our participants will win the first ever 48-Hour Writing Marathon? Someone has to, and we’ll find out who in seven short days! Winners receive: bragging rights! A shiny seal to put on the cover of their book!  fast-tracked manuscript evaluation once their work is complete! Someone has to win, which will it be? 🙂

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Lit Wars: Tolkien v. King! Reilly v. Curtis!

The main event! The one we’ve been teasing since we started announcing panels for the Avalon Expo Writer’s Block is finally here: Lit Wars: Tolkien v. King! 6:00-6:50pm Saturday August 26 at MILE ONE Avalon Expo!

Lit Wars will be an hour-long debate to decide, once and for all, which epic fantasy is better: Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or King’s The Dark Tower. Teams of two will head off against one another to defend their respective kingdom and be crowned: the Lit Warrior!

For team Tolkien: Dr. Christopher Lockett, an associate professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Though his main area of specialization is twentieth century American literature, his enthusiasms (academic and otherwise) range widely into film and television, fantasy, cultural studies, and the ongoing definitions of humanism
And: Ellen Curtis, the editor of Fantasy from the Rock who has been a prolific fantasy author since the age of fifteen and currently writes for the Infinity series, Newfoundland Quarterly Online, and is a member of the WANL Board as Youth Representative.

For team King: Matthew LeDrew, the author of over a dozen books, including Questing the Dark Tower: An essay examining the concept of Stephen King’s Dark Tower as it applies to Derrida’s theory of the Pharmakon.
And: Heather Reilly, author of the Binding of the Almatraek series of YA fantasy novels, and recipient of the Noble Artist’s Author of the Month award for February 2015.

Moderated by Mike Connors of NTV! Watch as this Lit Nerds engage in Lit Warfare and… let’s be honest, it’s Matt and Heather against Ellen and a MUN Prof. You’re coming to watch Matthew get powned… in the nerd battle that will last from the time of Middle Earth until the crumbling of the Dark Tower itself!! Be there!!


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WANL Q&A Panel! | The Writer’s Block

If you’re starting out as an author, you need support: and there’s no better place than WANL: The Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador! Ask any questions you may have of a WANL board member and get them answered! Get a clear focus on what WANL does, and what they can do for you! 4:00-4:50pm, Friday August 25 2017!


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Multiple Author Social Events | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

Along with all the great writing panels at The Writer’s Block this month, there are also tons of great opportunities to relax and be social, and talk one-on-one with your favorite authors! They’re listed below!

Friday Aug 25
6:00pm-8:00pm – Author Social

Saturday Aug 26
10:00am-10:50am – Breakfast Write-In

Sunday Aug 27
10:00am-10:50am – Breakfast Write-In


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The Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel Ever! | The Writer’s Block

Everyone knew this one was coming: It’s the next installment of the Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel Ever! Social norms and politeness go out the window as authors argue over the ‘correct’ answer to your questions! This event will finish off The Writer’s Block at Avalon Expo, and be 90 minutes long, going from 3:30pm-5pm on Sunday, August 27, 2017!

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Writer’s Toolkit: Idea Generation | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

the-six-elemental_fireworksThe next Writer’s Block course we’d like to announce as happening during Avalon Expo is ‘Writer’s Toolkit: Idea Generation,’ which is tentatively scheduled for Friday August 25th from 2-2:50PM.

This discussion will focus on the first step in becoming an author: idea generation. Namely: how to generate ideas, how to deal with some of the criticism you may come under (even from yourself) for those ideas, how to know when your idea is ready to start drafting, and (perhaps most importantly) how our culture’s general ideas about idea generation and the author might not be correct!

Leading the panel will be veteran author Matthew LeDrew (Black Womb, Infinity) and the amazingly talented Ali House (The Six Elemental, Bluenose Paradox).

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Jacobi Street launch! | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

webAs we announced yesterday, reviews have been coming in for Jacobi Street and it looks like it’s set to be one of our most ambitious novels yet: a single book story (which we’ve never done before!) that brings the author back to his horror-roots. So of course we’re going to be launching it at Avalon Expo during the Writer’s Block, from 1:00-1:50PM on Friday, August 25, 2017! The event will actually kick off the whole Writer’s Block and be first first time the novel will actually be on sale!

This will arguably be the darkest story from the Engen universe but even after ten years of writing LeDrew is still able to paint a horrifying tale with his writing.” — Paul Carberry, Zombies on the Rock

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