Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium aka LTUE

Taken from LTUE’s website: LTUE “is a three day academic symposium on all aspects of Science Fiction and Fantasy. LTUE is comprised of panels, workshops, presentations and papers on writing, art, literature, media, science and other aspects of speculative fiction.”

I attended it the first time several years back and have been a few times. It has changed over time growing from a small student-run symposium for active Brigham Young University students being held in random rooms on campus to taking over the Continuing Ed building to now being held in a nearby hotel. Although it is held in Provo, Utah and run by the Mormon students of BYU, everyone is welcome and it is not religious based.

One time I attended, Richard Hatch, Apollo from the original Battlestar Gallactica, gave a two hour presentation. I was in full Battlestar-loving-geek mode sitting in the front row… six feet from my favorite teenage crush idol. I have to think Richard Hatch is used to the glazed looks and drooling women cause he is as cute as ever!

But I digress. This is a great event. I’ve met authors like David Farland, James Dashner, Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Larry Correia, James Eric Stone, J. Scott Savage, Lee Allred, Jessica Day George, and Howard Tayler at LTUE.

It’s small enough that you can easily visit with the presenters and panelists. They have readings, panel discussions, presentations, Q&As, workshops and book signings. There are generally three or more activities occurring at any one time and you can literally go from event to event for five to ten hours a day… for three days.

Some stand outs for me over the years have been a workshop on how to create your own language, how costuming affects how we see characters, how accurate do you need to be with facts and history in fiction, how to generate ideas, how to create plot, many aspects of world-building, tips on collaborating, how to create web-comics/comic books/graphic novels, how to do research, writing stellar openings, marketing, editing and revision and too many more to mention.

It is a feast of options, knowledge and networking. People travel to attend this event because it provides so much for the crazy reasonable price of only $30 for three days (and it used to be free).

I do recommend as soon as the schedule is available, highlight the topics you are most passionate about seeing and plan out your day. You have a few minutes to get from talk to talk, but trust me, you’ll want to know in advance where you are going to next. Bring lots of paper or a device for note-taking. In the past, I’ve taken snacks with me so I didn’t have to miss anything by taking a lunch break. They have evening fun like filking and a banquet as well.

If you are anywhere near Utah or can get here February 14-16, 2013, I highly recommend you do. LTUE is worth attending in ways you can’t even imagine.

Anyone else attend LTUE before and want to share?

7 responses on “Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium aka LTUE

  1. Colette

    This is one of those conventions I hear about more and more each year. Everyone says it’s awesome. It’s on my list of conventions to attend, but I haven’t yet been able to make it work with my schedule. Someday…

  2. Frank Morin

    I attended LTUE last year for the first time, and it was excellent. Met many well-known authors and re-connected with others. It’s a fairly small convention, but packed with professionals. The panels were excellent, and well worth the time. I want to try to make it this year, so need to get in gear and get my travel scheduled. Thanks for the reminder.

    I highly recommend LTUE for anyone who can make it.

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