Tex Thompson

Tex Thompson

Editor / Panelist Guest / Writer

Arianne “Tex” Thompson was once described as “an explosion of 52 enthusiastic kittens latching onto everything at once.” In addition to writing the Children of the Drought epic fantasy Western series, Tex is the founder and chief instigator for WORD: Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. When she’s not leading the charge in Dallas, Tex brings her particular brand of ‘red-penthusiasm’ to conferences, conventions, and workshops all over the country, an egregiously enthusiastic, endlessly energetic one-woman stampede.

Twitter: @tex_maam

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/texianne

Website: http://www.TheTexFiles.com

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 1:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A3

Hands-On Research for Cash-Strapped Writers

Yes, Google is great. Books are even better. But no amount of reading in the comfort of your own living room can substitute for the real thing: going to a new place – talking to real live human beings – smelling, touching, and even tasting the world you need your readers to believe in. In this one-hour class, we’re going to talk about how to do all that when money is tight, time is short, and you don’t already have an uncle who works for the CIA. Come discover just how much you can do right in your own backyard – and how to make your next expedition equal parts frugal, fruitful, and fun!

Panelists: Tex Thompson

Tracks: Writing & Publication

Tags: Workshop

Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G

Noir's the Thing

The hard-boiled detective stories of the past; we love 'em. Who has successfully brought the genre to fantasy and sci-fi settings? What are some "must have" elements, and what are some favorites?

Panelists: Toni Weisskopf, Kevin J. Anderson, A. Lee Martinez, Bradley H. Sinor, Tex Thompson, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Writing & Publication

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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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