The Quill Track

Frequently Asked Questions | Guest List | Program Summaries

If you’re a fan of YA, general book geekery or an aspiring writer (original or fanfiction!), Ascendio has the programming track for you! The Quill Track will be an entire track of programming (both formal and informal!) dedicated to all things books and writing. Best of all, as long as you have a registration to Ascendio, you have access to Quill Track programming!

Click here for the Full Quill Track Schedule

Friday & Saturday Panels & Presentations
Note: Libba Bray and Veronica Roth will only be doing readings and signings on Saturday

Join a roster of authors, agents, editors and publishers for panel discussions, workshops and more! Current Quill Track special guests include:

  • Lev Grossman (author)
  • Beth Revis (author)
  • Libba Bray (author)
  • Veronica Roth (author)
  • Aimee Carter (author)
  • Michelle Hodkin (author)
  • Kaza Kingsley (author)
  • Ben Schrank (publisher)
  • Joanna Volpe (agent)
  • Lindsay Ribar (agent & author)
  • Carlie Webber (agent)
  • Mark Oshiro (MarkReads, author)
  • Cecilia Tan (publisher & author)
  • Omnific (publishing company)
  • Wattpad (fanfiction website)
  • Connie Neal (author)
  • Kele Moon (author)
  • Diana Copeland (author)
  • Sari Hernandez (agent)

For bios of our Quill Track special guests, click here!

Here are some of the great things you can look forward to:

  • “book club” readings/signings/discussions with YA authors, such as Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, Aimee Carter & Michelle Hodkin
  • panel discussions on hot topics in publishing, including commercial publishing vs. self-publishing, LGBTQ in YA, how to get an agent, and more
  • practical presentations by successful fans-turned-published authors on how to go from fanfic to pro writing, as well as how-tos on self-publishing ebooks
  • workshops on writing (fanfic and original) and critiquing
  • the opportunity to give a one page pitch & receive feedback from a real live literary agent! We have not one, but THREE literary agents who will be in attendance.

Of course, Ascendio is still all about Harry Potter, but we realize that many fans — including many of us on staff! — love books in general, and have been inspired by Harry Potter and fandom to move on to our own original writing. Hence, the Quill Track was born, by Harry Potter fans, for Harry Potter fans… who also love books and writing! You can expect most, if not all, topics on the Quill Track to relate to Harry Potter, though some will also discuss other titles in YA, middle grade and adult contemporary canon. All of the authors, agents and presenters on the Quill Track are Harry Potter fans, and many of them either wrote Harry Potter fanfic or have actively participated in HP geekery in the past.