David Hankin is a Writers of the Future Volume 39 winner with his story, “Death and the Taxman.”
Writers and illustrators combined to learn about promoting their work, themselves, and each other.
A gala celebration of the winners of the Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests took place on April 28, 2023 in Hollywood, California.
Workshop attendees heard from Dr. Beatrice Kondo, Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, Bill Fawcett, Scot and Jane Noel, and Brian C. Hailes. The illustrator winners received portfolio reviews from the Contest judges.
Guest writer instructors Kevin J. Anderson, Dean Wesley Smith, S.M. Stirling, Nancy Cartwright and illustrator instructors Brittany Jackson, Dan dos Santos, Larry Elmore. Followed by a live radio performance of Hubbard’s “If I Were You” and a tour of Author Services, Inc.
The writers submitted their 24-hour stories and learned about professionalism, while the artists learned the basics of commercial art.
Monday opened with a video play of L. Ron Hubbard in His Own Voice. Then the illustrators met Coordinating Judge Echo Chernik, while the writers learned about conventions and traditional vs. self-publishing.
Winners in L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future contest arrive in Hollywood, while the writers learn about story elements.
When others have helped smooth the way for your success as an author, it’s only fair that you do the same by paying it forward.
So, there you are, writing away when the f-bomb splatters onto the page. Some markets won’t have a problem with this, but what if you’re writing for a PG-13 market, or what if your target market is OK with some profanity, but you like to use it a lot?