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Saturday, October 24 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Writing Believable Characters with Mental Illness, Disabilities & Other Issues

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Writing characters living with schizophrenia, somewhere on the autism spectrum, coping with depression or OCD … how do you make the characters believable and not a two-dimensional cliché?

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C.R. Asay

C.R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at the age of 17. After spending time in the 625th Military Police Corp she transferred to the 19th Special Forces group as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college... Read More →

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Gregory Hyde

Gregory R. Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW).  An Advanced Translations Engineer for a 9-11 telecom company by trade (after a long career as a mental health professional), he's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable... Read More →
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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy recently completed the Twelve Kingdoms trilogy with the May release of THE TALON OF THE HAWK. All three books in this series so far have received awards and critical acclaim. All were nominated by RT Book Reviews for Book of the Month, with the second book, THE TEARS... Read More →
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Kristi Helvig

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. Her first novel, BURN OUT (Egmont USA/Lerner Publishing), which Kirkus Reviews called “a scorching series opener not to be missed,” follows 17-year-old Tora Reynolds, one of Earth’s last survivors... Read More →
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Stephanie Slater

Dr. Stephanie Slater is a cognitive scientist specializing in how people of all ages and backgrounds learn to navigate the intersection of science and culture. Currently, she is the Director of the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research. After undergraduate studies... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor