Deborah Chester

Deborah Chester

Academia / Panelist Guest / Writer

Chester is the award-winning, best-selling, internationally published author of 42 novels and three non-fiction books. She has written fantasy, science fiction, historical romance, regency romance, young adult, and Western. Chester was named 1985 Oklahoma Writer of the Year; in 1994 was inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame. In 2004, she was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America. She is an active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Chester attended the University of Oklahoma and received her B.A. and M.A. in professional writing. Her most recent books include The Fantasy Fiction Formula Fiction, Formula Plotting, and Justice at Percha Creek.


Friday, June 7, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer A

Writing the Epic: Voices, Layers, Landscape

Panelists discuss writing a many-layered epic, whether science fiction or fantasy. What makes a story epic? What does it mean to think outside the Tolkien box? How do you pick POV? How many characters are too many? What elements have proven most challenging or most useful? Is epic still meaningful in the modern world?

Panelists: Tex Thompson, Kevin J. Anderson, Phillip Drayer Duncan, David Carrico, Deborah Chester, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Writing & Publication

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Sooner A

Words Are Hard: Writing Believable Dialogue

We all have trouble elucidating our thoughts at times. So how can writers do it for two or three (or more!) main characters and dozens of supporting characters? How can you encourage the reader to hear the voices in your head the same way you do? How do you write for a political view with which you may disagree, or a gender with which you don’t identify?

Panelists: Catherine Cooke Montrose, David Carrico, Deborah Chester, Lee Killough, Laura J. Underwood, Adam J. Whitlatch

Tracks: Writing & Publication

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon | Location: Oklahoma E - Autograph Tables


Panelists: Lou Antonelli, Deborah Chester, Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Autographs

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Sooner A

Body Language: How to Draw an Image in Your Fiction

More than half of our communication occurs through body language, much of which is instinctual rather than conscious. Because of this, non-verbal clues can be hard to recognize and therefore reproduce successfully. This panel discusses techniques to increase your awareness of body language and how to incorporate such descriptions into your fiction.

Panelists: Tex Thompson, Deborah Chester, Linda L. Donahue, Lee Killlough, Trakena Prevost, Tommy B. Smith

Tracks: Writing & Publication

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