Join authors Fonda Lee, Stephanie Kuehn, J.C. Geiger, and Bill Cameron for our 2018 Conference, Behind the Book: Fight or Flight, an event for writers and fans of Young Adult adventure stories and psychological thrillers. Registration now open!

October 12-14, 2018 | Lane Community College, Downtown

Benefiting Writers in the Schools

Conference Highlights

Fonda Lee, Award Winning Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer
Keynote and Teacher
  • Advice from a Worldbuilding Junkie (& It’s Not About the Maps)
  • Knock ‘Em Out: How to Write Action and Fight Scenes
Stephanie Kuehn, Award Winning Young Adult Writer & Psychologist
Keynote and Teacher
  • So What? The Never-ending Search for Relevance.
  • From Hitchcock to Fincher, from Scandal to Damages: What film and television can teach us about crafting suspense, character depth, and creating a compelling narrative.
  • Never Say What You Mean: Using Doubt & Misdirection to Craft an Effective Thriller
  • What Makes a Thriller Work?
J.C. Geiger, Young Adult Author
Conference Speaker
  • The Discipline of Fear
Bill Cameron, Mystery & Young Adult Author
Conference Speaker
  • Nerve Endings: Excavating the Hearts of Young Adult Characters at their Most Vulnerable
… and more exciting details coming soon!


Check out scenes from our previous Conferences:

Behind the Book: The Mechanics of Murder 2017 with D.P. Lyle and Katherine Ramsland!
Be Writing 2016 with Jacquelyn Mitchard, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and more!
Wordcrafters 2015 with Kevin O’Brien, Nancy Holder, Gail Tsukiyama, and more!
Wordcrafters 2014 with Terry Brooks, Elizabeth George, Susan Wiggs, Elizabeth Engstrom, and more!