Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LTUE, the Place to Be (in February)

by Deren Hansen

Life, the Universe, & Everything (LTUE) 32, which runs February 13-15, 2014 at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, is among the best bang-for-the-buck Utah conferences for writers.

"LTUE is comprised of panels, workshops, presentations and papers on writing, art, literature, media, science and other aspects of speculative fiction. It is the longest, student run symposium of its nature in the nation (or so we have been told)."

The registration fee will set you back $15 a day but it's a small price to pay for three days packed* with panels and presentation. [*Packed means the conference runs hourly sessions from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm with no scheduled breaks.]

Orson Scott Card is this year's guest of honor, and special guests include Blake Casselman, Michael Collings, Michaelbrent Collings, David Farland, Brian Hailes, L. E. Modesitt Jr., James A. Owen, Brandon Sanderson, and Anne Sowards.

LTUE is organized into the following tracks: Academic, Books, Create Your Own World (CYOW), Educator's Conference, Film, Gaming, Graphic Art, Special Events, and Writing. If past conferences are any indication, writers will have a hard time deciding what to miss, particularly between the writing and CYOW tracks.

The only major downside is that the conference runs through February 14th, but if you have any facility at all with wordsmithing and storytelling you should be able to convince your valentine that sharing conference sessions in Provo is, in fact, the pinnacle of romance.

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Deren Hansen is the author of the Dunlith Hill Writers Guides. This article is from Sustainable Creativity: How to Enjoy a Committed, Long-term Relationship with your Muse. Learn more at

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