Laura J. Underwood

Laura J. Underwood

Panelist Guest / Writer

Laura J. Underwood keeps writing stuff, and people keep buying it, so she must be doing something right. She is the author of the Anwyn Baldomyre stories and the Ard Taebh stories, and has coauthored a set of mystery novels with Selina Rosen. Most of her books are available through Yard Dog Press. She is working to get a few more books, including the third Ard-Magister story, Shadow of the Faolan, and a modern fantasy titled Angels of Mercy into print. When not writing, she works as a librarian, plays harp, sews, and photographs and makes tiny props for her vast collection of ball-jointed dolls. Buy her books from Yard Dog Press at

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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Friday, June 7, 2019 8:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G

Yard Dog Roadshow

Join the crew from Yard Dog Press as they offer their usual brand of comedy.

Panelists: Selina Rosen, Tim Chessmore, Sherri Dean, Linda L. Donahue, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Rhonda Eudaly, Tim Frayser, James Hollaman, vickey malone kennedy, Lee Killough, Julia S. Mandala, Ethan Nahté, Bradley H. Sinor, Sue Sinor, Laura J. Underwood, Mel. White

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Performing Arts

Tags: Performance

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 5:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

Libraries in the Digital Age

In a world where we can get almost anything at the touch of a button, including books, (e-books and audio books), who needs libraries? YOU do! Come learn why libraries (and librarians) are the best soldiers we have in the war against ignorance.

Panelists: Craig Wolf, Cary Osborne, Tommy B. Smith, Martha Steele, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Writing & Publication, Internet Life

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Noble

Readings: Fantasy

Panelists: Julia S. Mandala, Dennis McDonald, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Writing & Publication

Tags: Reading

Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A

Three Types of Magic in Fantasy

There are charms (magic anyone can use with the right chant); invocations (getting a demon or the like to do it for you); and innate magic (it’s part of the magician). Does all magic have the same limits or are the limits flexible? Which is the easiest to use in your story?

Panelists: Linda L. Donahue, A. Lee Martinez, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Adrian Simmons, Christina Stiles, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Fantasy

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