Life, The Universe, and Everything

Of course, the original reference to this is the third book in the five-volume Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

This name has also been coopted by an annual educational symposium held in Provo Utah on speculative fiction writing which I’ve been involved with on and off for some time. This event gets successful authors and future authors together in a series of breakout panels so that those who know their trade can “pay it forward” by sharing some of their trade with upcoming talent.

This year, the Keynote speakers are award winning young adult novelist Alaya Dawn Johnson (Thursday) and graphic artist Kaitlund Zupanic (Friday).

The Last Sanctum of Nature by Kaitlund Zupanic

Physical venue limits are out the window this year, since it will be held online because of the Covid-19 pandemic. While in some ways this is a little bit of a bummer for those of us who have attended in the past for the networking and such, it also offers an opportunity for those around the country and the world who would like to learn to tricks of the trade but can’t travel to the Intermountain West in the United States. So to those, I appeal to you to sign up for LTUE and make arrangements to be sitting alone and undisturbed at a computer Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You will not be disappointed.

You might hear from me at the “Twilight Tales” release party on Friday, but the rest of the time you’ll hear from folks way smarter than me about up to date topics of great value to any practicing or perspective author. I’m writing a non-fiction book this year, but there will still be numerous panels that will help me complete it and sell it to publishers as well as promote it once it is released. My story “Adventures in House Sitting” in this year’s anthology “Twilight Tales” uses things that I learned at past LTUE events.

Whatever your writing project or planned project, your chances of success will multiply many fold by your attendance at this conference. Register today at It costs only $42 U.S. Dollars for all 2 and a half days of the event. If you are currently a student, (Highschool, college, whatever) then admission is only $5.

The $5 reduced student tuitions are funded in part by the proceeds from an anthology of stories that comes out every year, published by Hemelein Productions.

In addition, LTUE is offering two Master Classes on Thursday for additional fees. You have to register for these separate. One is on funding through kickstarters and the other is on story structure.

I look forward to seeing you there. (LTUE’s Facebook Page)


~ by Bill Housley on February 7, 2021.

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