Do you wish you had a magic wand to turn your space odyssey or fantasy story into a published novel? Then the Wordsmith Institute Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writing Conference on October 16, is exactly what you need.


We don't have magic wands, but this one-day live conference brings together best-selling sci-fi/fantasy authors who will share their expertise. Get an insider’s view of writing and publishing sci-fi/fantasy novels from those who have achieved success.

Our goal is not only to provide you with wonderful sessions taught by bestselling authors, but we want this to be a fun online conference that has the feel of an in person event, without having to dress up and leave the house. Throughout the day we plan to have fun giveaways and a chance to connect with other writers. Register today to reserve your spot at this one-of-a-kind writing conference and move one step closer to your dream of being a published sci-fi/fantasy author. 



Rachel Aaron

Author of 18 sci-fi & fantasy books including the DFZ series. She enjoys video games, Minecraft, anime, manga, hanging out at conventions, and overdone, epic things.


Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Author, professional speaker and bookseller with more than a quarter century of experience in writing, publishing, and bookselling.

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Julie E. Czerneda

Award-winning author and biologist who is celebrating
The 20th anniversary edition of her acclaimed SF novel, In the Company of Others, this fall.


Drew Hayes

Author of novels including: Super Powereds, NPCs, Second Hand Curses, and Fred the Vampire Accountant.

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Event Details

Date: October 16, 2021
Time: 9:30-4:30 (MDT)
8:30am-3:30pm (Pacific)
10:30am-5:30 (Central)

11:30am-6:30pm (Eastern)

Location: Zoom


During this one day live event, the sci-fi/fantasy authors you love and admire,  will teach classes on all different aspects of writing and publishing sci-fi/fantasy novels. Our goal is to make this event fun, informative and inspiring. We want you to ask questions, connect with each other and for fun, we plan to give away fabulous prizes throughout the day. This is going to be different than any other online conference you have attended in the past.

Participating in an online writing conference is easy. A couple days before the event, you will receive an email with the link; click on it and you will have access to an exciting day of learning.  


Exclusive Facebook Group

Connecting with other authors is an integral part of any writing conference, so we have set up an exclusive Facebook group for participants of this event. Through this group you can meet other writers, ask questions, share resources and make new writer friends. During this time when you are encouraged to stay home and in-person events are on hold, this Facebook group allows you the chance to meet and connect with other writers, and provide support. Once your registration is finalized you will receive an invitation to the group. 

Pre-Conference Session

On the evening of October 14, we will have a special session to prepare you for the full day event and answer any questions you may have. We will go over the schedule for the day, and how it is all going to work. It also gives you a chance to make sure everything is working with your computer and familiarize yourself  with Zoom if you haven’t used it before. 



  • $99 (Full Conference)



All sessions will be recorded (including the pre-conference session) and you will have access to them for 2 months following the event. So even if you have to leave for a few minutes to pitch your book, you won’t miss anything because you can go back and watch the full session.

BONUS: In addition to the recordings of all the sessions, you will get 2 BONUS sessions as well, taught by Kerrie Flanagan.


  • Is Self Publishing Right for You?

  • Improve your Writing-Self-Editing and Self Revision


Times are listed in Mountain Daylight Time

9:30-10:30-Session 1-Using What’s Familiar to Make the Strange-Julie E. Czerneda

10:45-11:45-Session 2-Conversations With Swords-Rachel Aaron

11:45-1:00-Lunch & Networking

1:00-2:00-Session 3 - World building, Superheroes & The Author's Life - Drew Hayes

2:15-3:15-Sessions 4-Publishing Pitfalls for Authors-Mark Leslie Lefebvre

3:30-4:30-Session 5-Ask Me Anything Author Happy Hour


2021 Presenters 

Using What's Familiar to Make the Strange

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Biologist Julie E. Czerneda relies on the weird and wonderful about real living things when she designs her aliens and their ecosystems. Come along to see how she does it, and discover how much you already know about the life around you, waiting to be inspiring.

Canadian, biologist, award-winning author/editor Julie E. Czerneda shares her curiosity about living things and optimism about life through her science fiction and fantasy, published by DAW Books, NY. The 20th anniversary edition of her acclaimed SF novel, In the Company of Others, will be released fall 2021 (Philip K. Dick Award finalist; winner 2002 Aurora for Best English Novel). Just released is Julie’s
22nd novel, Spectrum, continuing Esen’s misadventures in the Web Shifter’s Library series, featuring all the weird biology one could ask. She also writes fantasy, including the current Aurora Award novel, The Gossamer Mage and is a prolific anthology editor.  Julie is represented by Sara Megibow, of KT Literary.   Find more at

Conversations with Swords


Best-selling author Rachel Aaron breaks down how she writes complex, cinematic action sequences that even readers who aren't here for the combat will love. If your goal is to write dramatic, gripping, visceral fights without becoming a martial arts master, this class is for you!

Rachel Aaron is the author of eighteen SFF books including NICE DRAGONS FINISH LAST, THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS Fantasy novels published by Orbit Books, and the Romantic SciFi action series PARADOX under the name Rachel Bach. 


Aside from her fiction, the internet knows Rachel best for writing very fast. Her bestselling writing book 2K TO 10K: WRITING BETTER, WRITING FASTER, AND WRITING MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE has helped hundreds of thousands of authors double their daily word counts. To learn more about Rachel and read samples of all her books, visit!

Publishing Pitfalls for Authors


Writers have never had more options, more choices, more pathways to success than ever in the history of publishing. But with choice come numerous pitfalls, traps, and career-limiting moves. The world of publishing is also rife with sharks and predators, nefarious operators seeking to prey on the hopes and dreams of writers. And the world is also filled with misinformation and half-truths created by either those same shameless Intellectual Property pirates or even from those with good intentions but limited understanding of the overall business of writing and publishing.


Join Mark Leslie Lefebvre, who draws upon more than three decades of experience in writing, publishing, and bookselling, to explore the pitfalls and hazards  writers should be aware of so they can navigate their own unique pathway to writing and publishing success.

Mark is the author of more than twenty books that include fiction and thrillers, and paranormal non-fiction explorations. He has also edited numerous anthologies. With three decades of experience in bookselling and publishing, Mark is a seasoned and trusted book industry professional who embraces both traditional and indie publishing options. His website is:

World Building, Superheroes & The Author Life


Join us for a conversation with bestselling author, Drew Hayes and we discuss effective world building, creating awesome super heroes and the author's life. 

Drew Hayes is an author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he's not familiar with what the term "employable" means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Author of novels including: Super Powereds, NPCs, Second Hand Curses, and Fred the Vampire Accountant.