2021 Guests of Honor

Writer’s CONduit is pleased to present our Guests of Honor for our inaugural year, 2021!

Our guests are well known and well respected in the Twitch writing community. They are Twitch streamers, YouTubers, software creators, award-winners, and always, writers first!

Janet Forbes (J.D. Blythe)

Author, WorldAnvil Co-Founder

A fantasy author, game developer and velociraptor. In 2017 she co-founded World Anvil (http://www.worldanvil.com), the worldbuilding, writing and tabletop RPG platform which boasts a community of 1.5 million users. Janet publishes fantasy fiction under the pen name J.D. Blythe, and was the main author of The Dark Crystal RPG (2021) with Riverhorse Games and the Henson Company. As a D&D performer she has played professionally for the likes of Wizards of the Coast, Modiphius and Wyrd Games. Janet is passionate about teaching, and has given seminars on writing and other topics for Exeter University, GenCon, Dragonmeet, the Circle of Worldbuilders and more, as well as her own youtube channel where she shares advice and interviews. Janet holds a BA and MA in Early Music Performance, is an experienced archaeologist, and speaks 5 languages. 

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Dimitris Havlidis

Storyteller, WorldAnvil Co-Founder

One-eyed, Application Architect, Team Manager, User Experience researcher, designer, teacher, life long student and passionate storyteller that loves all things fantasy and science fiction and lemon pies. Used to take photos everyday and now wishes he had more time to do so. From a very young age I have found myself wearing many hats ranging from, front-end developer and back-end developer to photographer and designer and I consider myself lucky to had the opportunity to nurture these skills. I am passionate about architecting medium and large scale applications and User Experience research. I consider writing code extremely important for anyone who wants to keep in touch with his team and his art and I still do in some capacity. I am an advocate of Agile and more specifically Kan-Ban as well as life long education and I am doing my best to promote and help my teams to grow and learn something new everyday. Passionate about creating and writing as a hobby and evolved in a variety of projects, I keep busy and enjoy my life, living with my beautiful soprano of a wife and our three cats.

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Benjamin Cook

Benjamin Cook

Author, Editor, Tale Foundry

Says he’s an author, editor, writing coach, animator, artist, and narrator, but that’s just for appearances. Really, he spends the majority of his time pretending to be a robot. Five years ago he created the youtube channel Tale foundry, which is a channel where fiction writers can seek inspiration and encouragement. The show is hosted by Talebot and the taleoids, fictional robots with an obsession for human creativity. Since the creation of the show, it’s amassed a following of more then 230,000 viewers, and even better, spawned a tight-knit community of creatives passionate about building each other up. When he’s not producing videos, Benjamin is busy critiquing and workshopping amateur fiction on his weekly Twitch writing group stream, or writing short fiction of his own.

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