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Friday, July 19 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Writing Rules of Magic

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A panel of authors and editors discuss building the expressions and limitations of magic in fantasy realms, portal universes, and alternate histories. What can magic do -- and what are its limitations and costs? Where does power draw from, how is it invoked, is it innate or learned? How do authors and editors decide what lines to draw -- and how do they keep themselves consistent? Authors may also discuss their sources of inspiration and challenges they’ve encountered.


Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan is the award-winning author of over 25 novels including the Magic University series, and the editor of over 100 anthologies of short stories. Her fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Ms. Magazine, Strange Horizons, and many other places. Keep up with her at ceciliatan.com... Read More →


Sarah Guan

Sarah Guan is an associate editor of science fiction and fantasy at Orbit Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. She has previously worked both for other SFF publishers and for a literary agency. She enjoys fiction that asks hard questions and expands one's horizons, all while... Read More →

Stephanie Guerdan

Stephanie Guerdan works in editorial at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she acquires and edits middle grade and teen. Some of the books she has worked on include the acclaimed debut We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia and the Soldier Dogs series. She likes queer fiction... Read More →

Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar is one-third of the writing team behind THE PROS OF CONS, along with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman. As a solo author, her work includes the YA contemporary fantasy ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES (Andre Norton award nomination), and the YA genie duology THE ART OF... Read More →

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Plaza A/B Doubletree by Hilton at Tarrytown