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ECCC Writers Block

At ECCC, Writers Block is a good thing! Writers Block brings the world of literature to ECCC and is a haven for avid readers, writers and book lovers alike. Located on WSCC Level 6, this area features bookish panels and signings with several of today’s best and brightest authors. Hear your favorites tell their stories, discuss their careers in publishing, and give advice on how to get rid of that pesky, other writer’s block.

University Book Store

ECCC is proud to welcome University Book Store back to as our official bookseller. Don’t forget to visit them all weekend long on the 6th floor of the WSCC ! Come purchase your favorite author’s books and get them signed on the spot.

Panels and Programming

ECCC is proud to welcome University Book Store back to as our official bookseller. Don’t forget to visit them all weekend long on the 6th floor of the WSCC ! Come purchase your favorite author’s books and get them signed on the spot.

Warriors  Witches and Women Who Rule Worlds
Friday 12/2
12:45 - 1:45
With princesses who slay their own dragons  and damsels who get themselves out of distress  these authors speak about the role of the strong female character in speculative fiction.

Featuring: Greta Kelly, Author of THE FROZEN CROWN & THE SEVENTH QUEEN (Harper Voyager), J.S. Dewes, Author of THE DIVIDE SERIES (Tor) Genevieve Gornichec, author of THE WITCH'S HEART (ACE) Sara Bond, GRAVITY'S HEIR (Black Rose Writing) A.J. Super THE SEVEN STARS SAGA, and Jaye Viner, JANE OF BATTERY PARK (Red Hen Press)

Beyond the Stars: Worldbuilding in Science Fiction
Friday @ 3:45 – 4:45
Featuring: John Scalzi, Juliette Wade, Cat Rambo, J.S. Dewes

The greatest science fiction is all about grappling with the question “What else is there?” Whether it’s exploring far off galaxies or looking ahead to our tomorrow, these authors have seen beyond what is to what could be. Join them as they discuss how they created whole new worlds that still feel real and relatable and what issues they hoped to confront while leaving the present behind.

Authors on Writing Advice and the Business of Publishing
Friday @ 5:15 – 6:15
Featuring: Madeline Roux, John Scalzi, Fonda Lee, James Rollins, Charlie Jane Anders

Ever wanted to know what it takes to make it as an author? Join a panel of seasoned industry professionals as they talk about the best writing advice they ever got, what advice they’d give to aspiring authors and break down the business of being a full-time writer. Featuring Fonda Lee, John Scalzi, James Rollins, Madeline Roux and Charlie Jane Anders.

Speculative Journeys: A Guide to Finding Your Place and Your People in Other Worlds
Saturday 12/4
2:00 – 3:00
Featuring: John Scalzi, James Rollins, Seanan McGuire, Cat Rambo, Charlie Jane Anders

Join some of your favorite SF&F authors as they discuss their latest book journeys, and how their works explore found families, finding yourself, and big reveals: there's more to their worlds than their characters or readers may know.

Mechas, Con Artists, and Mages... Oh My!

Saturday 12/3 @3:30 – 4:30
Featuring: Margaret Owen, Zoe Hana Mikuta, Julia Ember

From giant fighting mechas to magic that is sung and crafty heists with plot twists you won’t see coming, these powerhouse YA authors deliver standout reads in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Join Margaret Owen (Little Thieves), and Zoe Hana Mikuta (Gearbreakers), and Julia Ember (Ruinsong) as they talk about everything from writing a swoon-worthy romance to action-packed fight scenes, bone chilling curses, and protagonists you can’t help but adore! This panel will be moderated by Cossette Woo (Teatimelit).

Crafting Asia-Inspired Narratives
Saturday @ 12:30 – 1:30
Featuring: Fonda Lee, Zoe Hana Mikuta

From deeply-rich characters to fantastical worlds, join a panel of writers as they discuss Eastern-influences in their work. These powerhouse authors will discuss the impact of culture, history and media used to inspire their own creations and touch on the processes of crafting Asian-inspired narratives. Featuring Fonda Lee (The Green Bone Saga) and Zoe Hana Mikuta (Gearbreakers).

Not Your Average Fantasy Novel: Fantasy for Readers of the 21st Century
Sunday @ 12:45 – 1:45
Featuring: Fonda Lee, Charlie Jane Anders, Seanan McGuire, James Rollins

Are dragons and knights still cool? Will classic myths and old fairy tales continue to influence today's writers? Join a panel of today’s successful fantasy fiction creators and hear their secrets on how they've kept their genre fun, fresh, and relevant for today's fans.