Author Events

2021 Events

Life, The Universe, and Everything 2021

Online February 11-13. You can find out more information about the symposium at Videos of these panels are also available on LTUE’s YouTube channel at:


  • 9 AM | Channel: U LeGuin
    Lovecraftian Horror
    Horror is not always about gore and shock. Some horror focuses on cosmic, unknowable forces that are too large to combat. Let’s explore the horror subgenre created, refined, and made famous by HP Lovecraft.
    Panelists: Ryan Decaria (moderator), Eric Swedin, Sarah E. Seeley, Stephen Gashler
  • 12 PM | Channel: JRR Tolkien
    Living Where the Sun Don’t Shine: Life in Caves, Spaceships, or Pluto
    Caves, spaceships, undersea domes, and planets far from stars all have the same problem: they have no natural light source. How do settlers live in such dreary places?
    Panelists: Shannon Babb (moderator), JL Curtis, Nicholas P. Adams, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 3 PM | Channel: U LeGuin
    Science Fiction: The Lines between Hard and Soft
    Science fiction seems to have its own split between hard and soft. We discuss the possible lines between these and how they differ. Is one better than the other? Come find out.
    Panelists: Charlie Pulsipher (moderator), Emily Martha Sorensen, Jason Fuesting, JL Curtis, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 5 PM | Channel: JRR Tolkien
    Losing My Religion: Realistic Portrayals of Crises of Faith
    Every person has fundamental beliefs about the world, and sometimes those beliefs are challenged. What makes facing these challenges so difficult? How does facing such challenges change a person?
    Panelists: Dr. John K. Lundwall (moderator), Ben Pistorius, J. M. Anjewierden, Michaelbrent Collings, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 6 PM | Channel: U LeGuin
    Your Favorite Author Recommends
    Have you ever wondered what books your favorite authors are reading? Come find out their recommendations and learn what inspires the works you love.
    Panelists: Holli Anderson (moderator), Alaya Dawn Johnson, Charlie N. Holmberg, Jessica Day George, M. Todd Gallowglas, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 7 PM | Channel: JRR Tolkien
    Miner Concerns: The Art of Extracting Resources from Rock
    Mining has been fundamental for centuries for getting the fuel and materials needed to build cities and equip armies. When did mining start, and how have mines evolved over the centuries with the discovery of new materials?
    Panelists: Scott E. Tarbet (moderator), Sarah E. Seeley, Shannon Babb


  • 11 AM | Channel: U LeGuin
    The Evolution of Science Fiction
    Where did science fiction begin and how has it evolved to get to this point? Science fiction has a great past and a wonderful future. Come explore what it is and what it will become.
    Panelists: Johnny Worthen (moderator), Beth Buck, Brad R. Torgersen, Eric Swedin, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 1 PM | Channel: CS Lewis
    Domesticity in Fantastic Settings
    Establishing “normal” in an unreal setting.
    Panelists: Drea Gryphon (moderator), C. R. Rowenson (Clark), Emma Preston, James Jakins, Keith Haus, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 4 PM | Channel: U LeGuin
    Romance and Horror: Two Sides of the Same Coin
    Romance and horror seem to manipulate a lot of the same emotions and depend on many of the same stakes. Some books exemplify this connection better than others. Join us as we discuss the themes, emotions, and stakes that link these two amazing genres.
    Panelists: Elizabeth Suggs (moderator), Courtney Alameda, Laya V. Smith, Miranda Renae, Sarah E. Seeley

2020 Events

Fyrecon 2020

Online November 12-15 at


  • 5:00-5:50 Hominins and Stone Tools: Why Your Fictional World Needs a Paleolithic
    Earth’s archaeological record is over 3 million years old, and it wasn’t all produced by Homo sapiens. This course covers a range of topics about prehistoric tech and behavioral evolution you can use to build the cultural origin stories of your fictional world.
  • 7:00-7:50 I Think I Want to Scream: Horror Genre Themes for Beginners
    Let’s talk about how horror developed as a literary genre, what it looks like today, some of the basic characteristics you might include, and some ideas to get you started on your own horror story.


  • 1:00-1:50 Reading: “Tarantella”
  • 4:00-4:50 Write Horror, Love Your Boundaries
    You don’t have to compete with extremes of the horror genre to write stories that push you emotionally and creatively. This course offers tools to help you evaluate story mechanisms and personal sensitivities so you can decide what you’re comfortable exploring and hone your intent.

2018 Events

Life, The Universe, and Everything Writing Symposium 2018

February 15-17 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Provo


  • 9:00-9:45 AM (Bryce) Terraforming and Colonizing Venus
    We tend to think of Mars as more hospitable for colonization than Venus, but Venus has certain advantages for colonization as well. What can we do to colonize Venus right now? What might we do to make Venus more hospitable to human life?
    Brad R. Torgersen, Scott R. Parkin (Moderator), Darci Rhoades Stone, Kevin Evans, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 2:00-2:45 PM (Maple) How Weather Works
    Weather is affected by all sorts of factors. How do oceans, mountains, latitude, tilt, and magnetic fields all contribute to weather? What happens when these variables are changed?
    Erekson Holt, Shannon Babb, Sarah E. Seeley (Moderator), Darci Rhoades Stone
  • 5:00-5:45 PM (Bryce) Paleontology for the Created World
    Now that you’ve created or discovered a new world, what can you expect its prehistoric life to be like? How would the fossil record be affected by life (mythical or otherwise) or robots that were created?
    Dr. Jonh K. Lundwall, Josi Russell, Nikhil Pillarisetti Rao, Sarah E. Seeley, Rowan North (Moderator)


  • 8:00 PM Mass Author Signing–Open to the public!


  • 10:00-10:45 AM (Arches) Biology & Physiology of Mythical Creatures
    Dragons, griffins, centaurs, werewolves, and so forth. What do we understand about the biology of mythical creatures?
    Nikhil Pillarisetti Rao, Sarah E. Seeley, C.A. Preece (Moderator), D.W. Dalton, Devon Dorrity
  • 2:00-2:45 PM (Canyon) What It’s Like: Writing in Somebody Else’s Milieu
    This is NOT a “how to write in somebody else’s milieu”; this is “what is it like?” Did you still like the milieu afterwards? We want stories from those invited to write.
    Karen Evans, Sarah E. Seeley, Todd McCaffrey, Brad R. Torgersen (Moderator), Brandon Sanderson

2017 Events

Salt Lake Comic Con 2017

September 21-23 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City

  • Saturday, 3:00 PM–War and Peace in Science Fiction (room 151A)
    Michael Bacera, Sarah Hanisko, John Morehead (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley, Eric Swedin, Timothy Zahn

Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience 2017

March 17-18 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City

Photo credit: Lisa Mangum

  • Saturday, 7:00 PM–The Art of Horror: Why People Loved to be Scared (room 151G)
    Courtney Alameda, Michaelbrent Collings, Robert J. Defendi (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley, Nathan Shumate, John Steiner

Life, The Universe, and Everything Writing Symposium 2017

February 16-18 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Provo


  • 11:00-11:50 AM: Natural Disasters (Birch)
    What makes natural disasters so devastating? How do we mitigate these effects? After a disaster, how do people and civilizations recover? This panel seeks to explain the answers using historical events.
    Daniel Friend, James Ganiere (M), Beth Meacham, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 12:00-12:50 PM: How to Make a Species: Adaptation and Evolution (Cedar)
    This panel will seek to explain how a species (real or fictitious) might come to be through the science of evolution and adaptation.
    Derick William Dalton, Helge Moulding (M), Scott R. Parkin, Howard Tayler, Sarah E. Seeley


  • 3:00-3:50 PM: Geology…in Space! Or, How to Make a Planet (Aspen)
    Using the theories of astronomy and geology to explain how a planet is formed, as well as planetary characteristics that might support life.
    Daniel Friend (M), Colton Goodrich, Sarah E. Seeley, Collin Jensen
  • 6:00 – 6:50 PM: Book Signing (2 hours)
    (Zion, Bryce, Arches, Timpanogos)


*I’ll be in the vendors room at the Immortal Works table all three days!

2016 Events

Salt Lake Comic Con

September 1-3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City

  • Friday, September 2–10:00 AM: Writing Science Fiction: An Inside Look at the Art of Creating the Fantastic (room 251A)
    Cecil Castellucci, David Farland (Moderator), Angie Lofthouse, Eric Swedin, Callie Stoker, Sarah E. Seeley
  • Friday, September 2–3:00 PM: Creativity as an Act of Courage: Allowing Your Art to be Seen, Read, Heard, Etc. (room 253A)
    Shannen Camp, Kristyn Crow, Brian Durfee, M. Todd Gallowglas, James A. Owen, Charlie Pulsipher (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley
  • Saturday, September 3–7:00 PM: “The Whole History of Mankind is nothing but Science Fiction.” How Science Fiction Has Shaped Our Future (room 253A)
    William Neidermeyer, Damon Ricks, Sarah E. Seeley, Blake Smith, John Steiner, Eric Swedin (Moderator), J. Christopher Thompson
  • Saturday, September 3–8:00 PM: Mass Consumption of Brains! How Horror Reflects the Current State of the World (room 255B)
    Jason A. Anderson, Michaelbrent Collings, Angela Hartley, Sean Hoade, Carter Reid (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley, Johnny Worthen

Sarah is selling books at booth #2226 on the vendor floor!

Salt City Steamfest 2016

August 12-14 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City

*Sarah will be selling books at the Xchyler Publishing table

Spring Into Books 2016

May 28 from 2:00-6:00 PM at the Viridian Event Center

*Sarah will have a table selling books at this event.

World Horror Convention

April 28-May 1 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Provo

  • Friday, April 29 — 12:45 – 1:45 PM: Readings (30 min. each) (Juniper)
    Sarah E. Seeley & Dave Butler
  • Friday, April 29 — 7:15 – 9:45 PM: Book Signing (Arches/Canyon)
  • Sunday, May 1 — 12:45 – 1:45 PM: Why We Love Lovecraft (Cedar)
    Eric Swedin, David J. West (Moderator), Nathan Shumate, Carter Reid, Sanford Allen, Sarah E. Seeley
  • Sarah will be a book vendor with authors S. A. Butler and David J. West all four days.

Salt Lake Comic Con Fan-Xperience

March 24-26 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City

  • Thursday, March 24 — 5:00 PM: Real Science in Sci-Fi Literature and Film (Room 255F)
    Charlie Pulsipher (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley, John Steiner, Eric Swedin, Howard Tayler
  • Saturday, March 26 — 8:00 PM: “Not Meant to Voyage Far”: Sceince in the Universe of H.P. Lovecraft (Room 255B)
    Nathan Croft, Sean Hoade (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley, Nathan Shumate, Eric Swedin, David J. West
  • I will be selling books and giving away squishy brains that shamelessly plug my writing all three days at the Xchyler Publishing booth, #1431 on the vendor floor.

Life, The Universe, and Everything Writing Symposium 2016

February 11-13 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Provo

2016 Panel Schedule:

Thursday, February 11

  • 2:00-3:00 PM: The Spread of Disease (Cedar)
    Charlie Pulsipher, Sarah E. Seeley, Holli Anderson
  • 5:00-6:00 PM: Applied Biotechnology (Timpanogos)
    Tyler Jolley, Sarah E. Seeley

Friday, February 12

  • 8:00-10:00 PM: Evening Mass Book Signing (Zion, Bryce, Arches, all three roomes opened up in one)

Saturday, February 13

  • 1:00-2:00 PM: John Williams: The Power of Film Score (Timpanogos)
    Renee Collins, Joe Monson, Craig Nybo, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 6:00-7:00 PM: Steampunk: Don’t Break Your World (Cedar)
    J Scott Savage, Sarah E. Seeley, Dan Willis,

**I will be selling books all three days! Look for me in the dealers room with S. A. Butler and Deren Hansen. I will also be helping a little at the Utah HWA booth when things aren’t too crazy.

2015 Events

Salt Lake Comic Con

September 24-26 at the Salt Palace Convention Center

Thursday, September 24

  • 3:00 PM: Outlining vs. Discovery Writing (Room 255F)
    Kevin J. Anderson, Larry Correia, David Farland, Tracy Hickman, Tyler Jolley, Sarah E. Seeley, Jill Williamson

Friday, September 25

  • 3:00 PM: Classifying Fear: Is There a Difference Between Horror and Suspense? (Room 151A)
    Jason A. Anderson, Michael R. Collings, Richard Kadrey, Adrienne Monson, Bree Ogden, Sarah E. Seeley, Nathan Shumate
  • 8:00 PM: God and the Devil in Horror (Room 150G)
    Jason A. Anderson, Michael R. Collings, Michaelbrent Collings, Angela Hartley, John Morehead, Sarah E. Seeley, Sean Smithson (Moderator)

*Selling Books at Dealer Table Black 17 all three days!

Browse Panel Schedule:

Full vendor list, follow this link:
(Scroll down and find the red box that says “Click Here to View Booth Number Assignments” for spreadsheets and relative maps of the vendor area).

Sarah’s online conference portfolio:

Salt City Steamfest

July 17-18 at the Sheraton Hotel in Salt Lake City

Friday, July 17

  • 4:00 PM: Writing Steampunk for Fun and Profit (Powder Mountain)
    Sarah E. Seeley, John M. Olsen, Jay Barnson, Scott William Taylor, Scott Tarbet (Officially: Xchyler)

Saturday, July 18

  • 5:00 PM: The Science of Steampunk (Orion)
    Paul Genesse, Sarah E. Seeley, Scott William Taylor (Officially: Paul Genesse, Thomas Willeford, Jason King)

CONDuit 2015

May 22-24 at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City

Saturday, May 23

  • 1:00 Reading (Eccles)
  • 2:00-4:00 Swap/Meet the Clubs/Signings (Stillwater)
    Paul Genesse, Sarah Seeley, Ann Chamberlin
  • 4:00-5:00 The Lovecraft Panel (Arches)
    Eric Swedin, Christopher Husberg, Carter Reid, Sarah Seeley, Eric James Stone

Sunday, May 24

  • 1:00-2:00 A Touch of the Macabre: The Thin Line Between Fantasy and Horror (Arches)
    Jason King, Carter Reid, Sarah Seeley, Christopher Husberg.
  • 3:00-4:00 40 Years of the Nights of Ni…Monty Python and the Holy Grail at 40 (Zion Ballroom)
    Blake Cassellman, Sarah Seeley

Life, the Universe, and Everything Writing Symposium 2015

February 12-14 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Provo

2015 Panels Schedule:


  • 9 AM: Pushing the Edge: How Far is Too Far in a Horror Story? (Nathan Shumate, Sarah Seeley, J. R. Johansson, Lehua Parker, Suzanne Vincent)


  • 11 AM: Beginnings and Endings (Larry Correia, Jacob Gowans, Aneeka Richins, Sarah Seeley, J. Scott Savage)
  • 3 PM: The Elements of Horror Fiction (Virginia Ellen Baker, Steve Diamond, Sarah Seeley, Nathan Shumate, Andrea Pearson)
  • 7 PM: So, You Want to Write Horror? (Sarah Seeley, Cody Langille, Lehua Parker, Johnny Worthen, C. H. Lindsay)
  • 8 PM: Mass Book Signing


  • 1 PM: Modern Fantasy & Its Relation to Folklore and Myth (Tracy Hickman, Jaclyn Weist, Sarah Seeley, Megan Hutchins, Karen Webb)

Salt Lake Comic Con Fan-Xperience 2015

January 29-31 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City

Come meet authors Jay Barnson, Candace J. Thomas, Scott Tarbet, Scott William Taylor, and me at our vendor booth! (Located at table Purple 8 in the exhibitor’s hall).

2014 Events

Salt Lake Comic Con 2014

September 4-6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

Thursday, September 4th

  • 7:00 P.M. – The Appeal of Fear (Room 255F): Sean Smithson, Sarah E. Seeley, Jonathan Ryan, Matthew J. Kirby, Elizabeth Fernandez, Michael R. Collings.

Friday, September 5th

  • 5:00 P.M – Magic, Myths, Legends, Archetypes and the Supernatural: What Writers of Speculative Fiction Have to Work With (Room 255E): Michelle Witte, Jill Williamson, Sarah E. Seeley, Jennifer Nielsen, Cindy Grigg, Platte Clark, Mikey Brooks.
  • 8:00 P.M. – Vampires: The Many Faces of the Most Adaptable Monster (Room 251A): James Wymore, John Steiner, Sarah E. Seeley, Adrienne Monson, Chris Lilly, Stephen Franck.

Saturday, September 6th

  • 12:00 P.M. – Monster Song Writing: Music With Teeth (Room 255B): Sarah E. Seeley, Craig Nybo, Angie Lofthouse, Nathaniel Drew, Dave Butler, Chris Aguilar.
  • 5:00 P.M. – Structuring Life to Support Creativity (Room 150D): Julie Wright, Scott William Taylor, Sandra Tayler, Sarah E. Seeley, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Mat Miner, Shannen Camp.
  • 8:00 P.M. – Mad Scientists, Supervillains, and Sociopaths: The Road to Insanity (Room 255C): Aaron Lee Yeager, Sarah E. Seeley, Craig Nybo, Matthew J. Kirby, Angela Hartley, Michaelbrent Collings.

*Sarah also sold books at Dave Butler‘s table of awesome indie authors, located at tables Yellow 38 & 39 of the Artist Alley in the Dealer’s room.

Fantasy Con & Westercon 67

July 3-6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center and the Marriott City Creek Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. (Sarah attended July 4th-6th)

Westercon 67

  • Saturday, July 5th at 1:00 PM in Deer Valley I & II (Marriott City Creek Hotel)–Literacy & Science Fiction: Bryce Moore (M), John D. Payne, Jayrod Pernell Garrett, Sarah E. Seeley.
  • Selling books at David Butler’s table, July 4th-6th.

Fantasy Con

  • Saturday, July 5th at 4:00 P.M. in room 150 G (Salt Palace Convention Center)–Mormon Mages

Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience

April 17-19 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

  • Book booth.

Life, The Universe, and Everything Writing Symposium

February 13-15, 2014 at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Provo.

This is Sarah’s schedule for the symposium. To learn more about LTUE, click here.

Thursday, Feb. 13th

  • 3:00 P.M. – Readings: S. A. Butler & Sarah E. Seeley
  • 7:00 P.M. – Reclaiming the Vampire: Adrienne Monson, Andrea Pearson, Janci Patterson, Jess Smart Smiley (M), S. A. Butler, Sarah E. Seeley.

Friday, Feb 14th

  • 12:00 P.M. – The Curse of the Jungle/Ice/Desert Planet: Brook West, Eric James Stone (M), Nancy Fulda, Jaleta Clegg, Sarah E. Seeley, Roger White.

Saturday, Feb 15th

  • 10:00 A.M. – The Engines of Exploration: J. David Baxter, Brett T. M. Peterson, Dan Willis, Sarah E. Seeley, E. A. Younker (M).
  • 1:00 P.M. – Death and it’s Consequences: Al Carlisle, Dan Willis, Heather Frost, Jason A. Anderson (M), Julie Frost, Sarah E. Seeley.
  • 4:00 P.M. – Horror on the Edge: How Far is Too Far? Andrea Pearson, C. K. Edwards (M), Dr. Michael R. Collings, Jason A. Anderson, Sarah E. Seeley, Steven Diamond.
  • 5:00 P.M. – Descripton in Writing: D. T. Read, David Powers King, J. D. Raisor, Mikki Kells, Sarah E. Seeley.

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