F181. #interaction: How Social Media Changed the Conversation Between Audience and Author

Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Social media engagement, from Twitter book clubs, to live tweeting TV shows, to fansites, has changed the relationship between audience and author, opening up opportunities for conversation and collaboration between them. Audiences can take an active part not only in the experience of the art but also in helping to shape it. This panel will discuss ways in which this relationship has changed and explore what it means to be a fan and creator across genres and media in the digital age.



Mei-Lu McGonigle, a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in screenwriting,  worked in TV on Chicago Hope and Star Trek: Voyager. Her public relations clients have won numerous awards. Her Twitter book club activities garnered her a mention in The Wall Street Journal.

Julie Blumberg is an assistant professor of Screen and Television Writing at Ithaca College. Previously she wrote for film and television, most notably as a staff writer and story editor for J.J. Abrams first television series, Felicity. She holds an MFA from USC's School Of Cinematic Arts.

Cody Lee Rhodes is a Creative Writing graduate from Georgia College and State University. She is a social media strategist for 13WMAZ-TV in Macon, Georgia, bridging the gap between social media and local news programming.

Jessica Glenn started MindBuck Media Book Publicity in 2005 and has established relationships with a wide range of media sources, publishing houses, editors, and authors. She provides personalized full service author publicity campaigns.

Elle Beauregard, independent author of the Shift series and the Mythologicals Saga, leverages social media to reach an ever-increasing community of fans and colleagues. She is also co-founder of Social Times, a small social media professionals group in Seattle.


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center