Tom Crosshill Speaks at Latvia TEDx Conference to Exclusive Audience on The Use of Fiction Writing Skills to Make a Difference in Difficult Life Decisions

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest Winner Pays It Forward Just as He Learned in Contest Workshop

Tom Crosshill from Latvia, invited to speak at the June conference of TEDx in Riga, Latvia, spoke to the exclusive live audience on how fiction writing skills can help you make difficult life decisions -- that everyone can benefit from learning to tell better stories. He was joined by a diverse group at the Splendid Palace Theater and the conference also covered the subjects of classical music, comics, science journalism, law and community activism to name a few. The event was covered by national media, streamed live online and was also shown on Latvian digital TV.

Crosshill was himself an L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future winner in 2010 with his story, "Seeing Double" being published in the 26th Volume of the anthology. He is proud to say that his publications since winning have been bestsellers in his homeland of Latvia.

Crosshill sees this as "paying it forward", just as he learned in the Writers of the Future workshop, when he was mentored for a week with writing essays by L. Ron Hubbard and talks by several contest judges including; Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides), Kevin J. Anderson (Dune Series), Larry Niven (The Ringworld Series), Dr. Jerry Pournelle (A Mote in God's Eye), and others for an entire week.

Now in its 31st year, the Writers of the Future Contest began in 1983 and attracts entries worldwide in science fiction and fantasy. Twelve quarterly winners receive prize monies and, along with selected finalists, are published in an annual anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Galaxy Press). The book is sold in bookstores and at and gives the winners the exposure that they need.

Inspired by multiple New York Times best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard, the merit-based Writers of the Future Contest was initiated by him to discover and encourage talented beginning writers of science fiction and fantasy, and thus launch careers.

The idea has proved very successful. Hundreds of winners have had successful writing careers following their win and publication in the anthology, and to date has launched the careers of 12 New York Times bestselling authors including: Jo Beverley, Tobias S. Buckell, Nancy Farmer, Eric Flint, Karen Joy Fowler, Tim Myers, Patrick Rothfuss, Lisa Smedmen, Dean Wesley Smith, Elizabeth Wein, Sean Williams, and Dave Wolverton aka David Farland.

Prospective entrants should visit for more information on how to enter the contest.

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