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Friday, May 3
 

4:00pm EDT

Ray Bradbury: A Fan Discussion
Bradbury's work crossed genre lines, publishing works in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery. Come join other fans to discuss his work.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Sarah has been having fun at Penguicon for over ten years. Doing DevOps for her day job, she enjoys participating in other geekeries outside of work, and loves how Penguicon lets her indulge a lot of them the same weekend.


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Baldwin

5:00pm EDT

Book Interior Design: How to Prep a Manuscript for Indie Publication and Why
Especially in self or indie publishing, the way you present your manuscript can impact how it is interpreted for interior design. Learn how to use Microsoft Word to prep a manuscript to reduce your cost and reduce potential ambiguity. Also, learn the basics of book interior design and what typesetting means in the 21st century.

Program Participants
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Managing Editor, Atthis Arts, LLC
Chris Bell is the managing editor for Detroit-based indie publisher Atthis Arts. A former chief system architect for Lockheed Martin who left that career to become a stay-at-home dad, Chris now manages the business and technical side of this small pressalongside wife and author E.D.E... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
EMC V

5:00pm EDT

Can I Get Some Trope Fries with My Trope and a Side of Trope Sauce?
Tropes are tropes, but are readers still eating them up? A discussion of all things trope.

Program Participants
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Montcalm

6:00pm EDT

Author Office Hours with Jen Haeger
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

6:00pm EDT

Expanse: The Politics of Mars, Earth & Belters - Program Participant errata
One of the attractions of the Expanse is how the characters interact in a landscape of dynamic interactions between Terra, Mars and Belters. Let’s explore their political structures, leadership and the role of trade and personal freedoms against a changing political tapestry.

Program Participants
avatar for Ericka Kahler

Ericka Kahler

I've lived in eight states, each progressively further north. At this rate my nursing home will be above the Arctic Circle, even though I really HATE snow. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in History. My short fiction has appeared in Night to Dawn, InfectivInk... Read More →
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Mark Haynes

Scrum Master/Agile Team Facilitator, Strategic Staffing Solution


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
EMC V

6:00pm EDT

Socially Conscious Fiction: What Should You Consider in Your Writing?
What issues do you consider regarding social responsibility when writing fiction? Representation? Tropes and stereotypes? Join our panel for an open discussion.

Program Participants
avatar for Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Attendee, Atthis Arts
Fantasy Writer, Executive Editor at Atthis Arts - here to listen and learn but also happy to chat or answer questions!
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Managing Editor, Atthis Arts, LLC
Chris Bell is the managing editor for Detroit-based indie publisher Atthis Arts. A former chief system architect for Lockheed Martin who left that career to become a stay-at-home dad, Chris now manages the business and technical side of this small pressalongside wife and author E.D.E... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Nicolet

7:00pm EDT

Selected Reading by Saladin Ahmed
Come enjoy some of Saladin's favorite excerpts from his selected works. Followed by a Q & A session.

Program Participants

Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Algonquin B

7:00pm EDT

Self-editing for Fiction Writers
Join us for a discussion of techniques and suggestions for authors interested in self-publishing, preparing a manuscript for submission, or before hiring an editor.

Program Participants
avatar for Jean Davis

Jean Davis

Author
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
avatar for G.S. Scott

G.S. Scott

Author G. S. Scott
G. S. Scott is the author of CLEANSED, and SORROW’S HEART, from the series THE CHRONICLES OF THE TRUE TREE. Mr. Scott spent his youth, sitting in a basement playing tabletop role-playing games. It got his creative juices flowing. Characters of all types banged around in his head... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Charlevoix A

7:00pm EDT

Writing Workshops: the DIY MFA
If you write sci-fi, fantasy, and/or horror, you've likely heard of Clarion, Clarion West, Odyssey, Viable Paradise, Taos Toolbox, and a host of other writing workshops. But what are they? What do they entail? Are they worth it? Which one might be right for you? Come listen to some writers who have been there, done that talk about their experiences.

Program Participants
avatar for Janea Schimmel

Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.


Friday May 3, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Nicolet

8:00pm EDT

Anthology Submissions: Advice from the Editor
Are you interested in submitting short stories to themed anthologies? Get tips and tricks from anthology editors.

Program Participants
avatar for Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Attendee, Atthis Arts
Fantasy Writer, Executive Editor at Atthis Arts - here to listen and learn but also happy to chat or answer questions!


Friday May 3, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Charlevoix A

10:00pm EDT

BoF: Developing an Open Source Novel
Birds of a Feather: Many people consider releasing a novel under a Creative Commons Sharealike license to be the literary equivalent of an open source project. But this ignores the initial development process through initial release. Can all the principles of open source software development (iterative, incremental, and distributed development) and its tools (bug tracking, version control and project forking) be used to create a true open source novel? If so, what might that look like? Join us to discuss the feasibility of creating a truly open source novel.

Friday May 3, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Baldwin
 
Saturday, May 4
 

9:00am EDT

Self-Publishing 2019
Self-publishing is no longer the hot new way to publish. It's not quite mature, but the options and tools have dramatically increased. It's not just "shove a book up on Amazon and profit;" we can sell hardcovers in Malaysia and audiobooks in China. Is self-publishing for you? What tools do you need? What works? What used to work, but doesn't anymore? How do you self-publish? SHOULD you self-publish? Would pro basketball be a better career goal? Come find out!

Program Participants
avatar for Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn

Author
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of... Read More →
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Nicolet

9:00am EDT

The Importance of Animals
From sentient characters to plucky sidekicks, animals have been featured in SFF since its inception. This talk will discuss which animal characters work, which don't, and perhaps how to create your own believable, non-human characters.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Charlevoix A

10:00am EDT

Author Office Hours with Cassandra Morgan
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

10:00am EDT

Author Office Hours with Michael W. Lucas
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

10:00am EDT

Music in Science Fiction
Join us for discussion between music scholars and the audience about the role of music in science fiction film and television.


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Algonquin B

10:00am EDT

P.O.V. for Dummies
Point of view seems so simple, and yet it's so hard to get right. In this panel we'll discuss why that is, and explore some tools you can take home to move your point of view beyond first, second, and third person.

Program Participants
avatar for Janea Schimmel

Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
EMC IV

10:00am EDT

Reading: Michael Cieslak & Nicole E. Castle
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Nicole E. Castle

Nicole E. Castle

Nicole e. Castle preferred to play by herself as a child, and out of her alone time, sprang a rich, vibrant imagination that loves all manner of monster. Her step-mother once said that Nicole would wake up screaming after seeing a scary movie, but it never stopped her from wanting... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

11:00am EDT

Blocking Writer's Block
The dreaded writer's block. What is it, and how do you get rid of it? Our panelists will ponder this pernicious plague upon creativity, and how to root it out of your writing practice. Writer's block can be beaten. We've done it.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.
FP

Fred Paffhausen

Gamer. Grant Writer. Research Editor. Nerd


Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Baldwin

11:00am EDT

Selected Reading by Saladin Ahmed
Come enjoy some of Saladin's favorite excerpts from his selected works. Followed by a Q & A session.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Charlevoix B

12:00pm EDT

Author Office Hours with Nicole E. Castle & Brigham Vaughn - Participant Errata
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn

Author
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of... Read More →
avatar for Nicole E. Castle

Nicole E. Castle

Nicole e. Castle preferred to play by herself as a child, and out of her alone time, sprang a rich, vibrant imagination that loves all manner of monster. Her step-mother once said that Nicole would wake up screaming after seeing a scary movie, but it never stopped her from wanting... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

12:00pm EDT

Getting Motivated to Write
Learn some ways to get into the writing frame of mind, including challenges, groups, and staying motivated.

Program Participants
avatar for Jean Davis

Jean Davis

Author
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of... Read More →
FP

Fred Paffhausen

Gamer. Grant Writer. Research Editor. Nerd


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Algonquin B

12:00pm EDT

Reading: Michael W. Lucas
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

12:00pm EDT

Redefining Myths and Legend - Magic vs Science
Historically, creatures of myth originated through magical means. In today's literature these same creatures can owe their beginnings to science. Explore and contrast both sides of the origin story.

Program Participants
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday May 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
EMC V

1:00pm EDT

Author Office Hours with Michael Cieslak & Mary Lynne Gibbs
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

1:00pm EDT

Improving your Writing
Writing is one of the hardest crafts to learn, and measuring improvement is nearly impossible. How do you improve your writing? What methods have worked for us, and which failed miserably? How did our panelists achieve success? If we can improve, so can you.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Baldwin

1:00pm EDT

Reading: David Erik Nelson & Christian Klaver
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Professional Writer of Things!


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

2:00pm EDT

Author Office Hours with Vik Walker & Ken Schrader
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

2:00pm EDT

Promptapalooza
Little Red Riding Hood as steampunk. Go! How many words can you write from a prompt in just 3 minutes? Come find out at Promptapalooza 2019! Short, generally silly prompts will get your creative juices flowing in a fun, social writing environment. Bring a laptop, a pencil and notebook, or just a smartphone, but come ready to write!

Program Participants
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Montcalm

2:00pm EDT

Reading: Mary Lynne Gibbs & Brigham Vaughn - Particpant Errata
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn

Author
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!


Saturday May 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

3:00pm EDT

Podcasts for Readers
There are now a slew of book related podcasts! How do you find the one which fits your needs? Are you looking for recommendations, reviews, publishing news, or bookish news?

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Montcalm

3:00pm EDT

Queer Theory for Everyone
Post-structural critical theory has been a hallmark of literary criticism in academia for years. However, Queer Theory and its related modes of inquiry like Critical Gender Theory, Critical Disability Theory, and Critical Race Theory, have been profoundly influential across disciplines from education to anthropology to technology studies. Come learn about the history and basic concepts of Queer Theory and how you can utilize it for better writing & editing, more socially-aware technology, and building more inclusive communities.

Program Participants
avatar for Mari Brighe

Mari Brighe

Writer/Editor/Speaker/Educator
Professional scientist and healthcare pro turned queer academic, essayist, editor, and speaker.


Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Charlevoix A

3:00pm EDT

Writer's Reception
Come shake hands and talk publishing and the craft of writing with the over two dozen attending authors of Penguicon. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday May 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

4:00pm EDT

Author Office Hours with Diana Kathryn Plopa & Jean Davis
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for Jean Davis

Jean Davis

Author
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

4:00pm EDT

Reading: Cassandra Morgan
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

4:00pm EDT

The Art of the Query
What does it take to stand out in a slush pile? Authors and editors describe techniques—beyond the basics of query structure—that make pitches grab attention.

Program Participants
avatar for Claire Winn

Claire Winn

Claire is a science fiction and fantasy author represented by the Belcastro Literary Agency. A gamer at heart, she writes books that are fast-paced, snarky, and driven by fierce, flawed characters. Since graduating from Northwestern University, Claire has worked as a legal writer... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
avatar for Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle is the co-author of the steampunk adventure The Emerald Key (Ticonderoga Publications). Her short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Grievous Angel and the Exile Publishing anthologies. She was a Pitch Wars '19 mentee. She has been signed by Molten Universe Media... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
EMC I

5:00pm EDT

Author Office Hours with BluRaven C. Houvener & Stefani Maynard - Participant Errata
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

5:00pm EDT

Authors Should Play with Dead Things
Vampires, werewolves, demons, for centuries they have been the villains of our tales...but what if you want to write them as heroes? The panel will discuss the creation of believable supernatural characters and the worlds they populate.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
avatar for Nicole E. Castle

Nicole E. Castle

Nicole e. Castle preferred to play by herself as a child, and out of her alone time, sprang a rich, vibrant imagination that loves all manner of monster. Her step-mother once said that Nicole would wake up screaming after seeing a scary movie, but it never stopped her from wanting... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Baldwin

5:00pm EDT

Reading: Jen Haeger & Leslie Gulvas
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Jen Haeger

Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

5:00pm EDT

Write Your Own Choose Your Own Adventure!
Excited by the possibilities after checking out Black Mirror: Bandersnatch? Learn the behind the scenes process of mapping out and writing your very own Choose Your Own Adventure story!

Program Participants
avatar for Mike Madigan

Mike Madigan

Director, Five Clover Films
Five Clover FilmsIndependent Digital CinemaDetroit, Michigan


Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
EMC V

5:00pm EDT

Writers: Get Paid!
An open discussion on how even an unsuccessful novelist can make a good living as a copywriter.

Program Participants
avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Professional Writer of Things!



Saturday May 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
EMC II

6:00pm EDT

Author Office Hours with G. S. Scott
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

Program Participants
avatar for G.S. Scott

G.S. Scott

Author G. S. Scott
G. S. Scott is the author of CLEANSED, and SORROW’S HEART, from the series THE CHRONICLES OF THE TRUE TREE. Mr. Scott spent his youth, sitting in a basement playing tabletop role-playing games. It got his creative juices flowing. Characters of all types banged around in his head... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

6:00pm EDT

Finding Your Next Book
Where do you go when you need a recommendation for your next book/graphic novel/series? The panel will discuss numerous possibilities including Amazon recommendations, Goodreads, podcasts, literary magazines, and good old word of mouth.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Baldwin

6:00pm EDT

Reading: Ken Schrader & Colleen Nye - Participant Errata
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

6:00pm EDT

Subversive Fairy Tales
Modern literature has rediscovered fairy tales, but these aren't your typical Brother's Grimm stories. They're darker, grittier, and you might not get the happy ending you expected. Come see how fairy tales have grown up, and how they might be closer to their original forms than the ones you knew as a child.

Program Participants
avatar for Janea Schimmel

Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.
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Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Charlevoix B

6:00pm EDT

Tiny Sci-Fi Stories
In this workshop, participates will work in small groups or individually to write tiny (1-sentence and/or 3-sentence) utopian and dystopian sci-fi stories. The very common and most interesting result of this workshop is that people realize how strongly they lean towards either dystopian or utopian thinking about the future of technology, which results in an excellent discussion at the end of the workshop.The goal of the workshop is to encourage people to avoid unproductive extremes of utopian/dystopian thinking and adopt a more critically optimistic, balanced approach to thinking about technology and the future.

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
EMC I

7:00pm EDT

Reading: Vik Walker & Ophelia Crane
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

7:00pm EDT

What is a Zine and Why You Should Care!
The embodiment of DIY literature, zines have always been around in one form or another. Learn how to put together your own zine about whatever you're passionate about. We'll talk about traditional and digital methods and even dummy up a zine!

Program Participants

Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Montcalm

8:00pm EDT

Fiction Writing: Where to Begin
Join us for a session of getting ideas and creating characters, worlds, and interesting plots for both long and short fiction.

Program Participants
avatar for Jean Davis

Jean Davis

Author
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of... Read More →
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Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!
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G.S. Scott

Author G. S. Scott
G. S. Scott is the author of CLEANSED, and SORROW’S HEART, from the series THE CHRONICLES OF THE TRUE TREE. Mr. Scott spent his youth, sitting in a basement playing tabletop role-playing games. It got his creative juices flowing. Characters of all types banged around in his head... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Baldwin

8:00pm EDT

Psycho-Linguistics for Writers
The words we use say a lot about us that we don't intend. Subtle things like the ratio of "I/me" to "you/they" tell you whether a speaker is a narcissist or a minion. Psycho-linguists use these tools to evaluate patients. Writers can use the same tools to create realistic, believable dialog and make their characters more vivid.

Program Participants
avatar for Clif Flynt

Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www.editomat.com... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
EMC II
 
Sunday, May 5
 

9:00am EDT

You're Only as Good as Your Villain is Bad
Every good heroine needs an appropriate villain. We've all heard the old saw that everyone is the hero in their own story, but what goes in to writing a believable villain? Come explore the dark side!

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Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Morgan

Cassandra Morgan

Author, White Whisker Publications
Author, Writer and Speaker Extraordinaire!Cassie is the author of the YA Epic Fantasy series the Kingdoms of Chartile, and the brand new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series the Silver Fox Mysteries. She has participated in a number of small films including Shadows of the Shadows and participated... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Nicolet

10:00am EDT

ADDITION ERRATA Author Office Hours with Colleen Nye
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

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Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

10:00am EDT

Categorizing and Classification: Are Genres Still a Thing?
Sci-Fi. Fantasy. Horror. How well does what you are reading, watching, or perhaps creating, fall into these broad categories? Then there are all of the numerous sub-genres which make up the speculative fiction spectrum. The panel discusses the uses and perhaps misuses of classifying a work into one or more genres.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Editor in Chief, Dragon's Roost Press
Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Lynne Gibbs

Mary Lynne Gibbs

I'm an author of (mostly) fantasy for YA - Adult audiences. I love crafts, my violin, & my pets (dogs, chickens, & bearded dragons). I have an obsession with Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash. I'm a pretty darn good cake decorator, too!


Sunday May 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Algonquin B

11:00am EDT

Author Office Hours with Christian Klaver & David Erik Nelson
Have a question about life, the universe, or publishing? Come chat with the author and find out all the answers to your burning questions.

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avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Professional Writer of Things!


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Bookstore [Lobby]

11:00am EDT

BoF: Crowdfunding Your Next Great Novel
Birds of a Feather: With the existence of KickStarter, Patreon, GoFundMe and the like, many books and ebooks are being produced that otherwise might never have seen the light of day. This session will be a round-table discussion for those who have tried - or those thinking of trying - to use crowdfunding for their work.

Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Baldwin

11:00am EDT

Meet Atthis Arts: A Detroit-Area Small Press
Curious about what a local small press is up to? Have questions about indie publishing? Meet the Atthis Arts team, out of Ferndale, and join in an open discussion about indie publishing.

Program Participants
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Chris Bell

Managing Editor, Atthis Arts, LLC
Chris Bell is the managing editor for Detroit-based indie publisher Atthis Arts. A former chief system architect for Lockheed Martin who left that career to become a stay-at-home dad, Chris now manages the business and technical side of this small pressalongside wife and author E.D.E... Read More →
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Emily Bell

Attendee, Atthis Arts
Fantasy Writer, Executive Editor at Atthis Arts - here to listen and learn but also happy to chat or answer questions!


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Nicolet

11:00am EDT

Philosophic Analysis: Immortal Beings
Why do many stories have immortal characters? This talk will explore immortality as a goal of our medical technology and as a premise for stories of fiction. How does immortality affect the immortal character? The other characters? How does it affect us? What are the gray lines of this motif?

Program Participants
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ted preston

Robotics Engineer
INTERESTS: - Anything logical or reasonable - The answers and the questions - What we know, as well as HOW we know what we know - Morality - Logic - Math - Science - Engineering - Science fiction as an exploration into the extremes of reality - Screw it, just about everything... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
EMC IV

11:00am EDT

PitchoRama - Participant errata
Think you're ready to pitch your novel to that agent/editor/publisher? Come prepared with your best elevator pitch (20-30 seconds MAX!) and pitch it to our fine group of panelists. Panelists as well as audience members will silently vote on whose pitch made them want to rush out and buy a copy of the book. Top three pitches will win mad props and fabulous dollar store prizes! After the competition, panelists will comment generally on the good pitches they heard, things to avoid, and what makes a truly great pitch.

Program Participants
avatar for Claire Winn

Claire Winn

Claire is a science fiction and fantasy author represented by the Belcastro Literary Agency. A gamer at heart, she writes books that are fast-paced, snarky, and driven by fierce, flawed characters. Since graduating from Northwestern University, Claire has worked as a legal writer... Read More →
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Jen Haeger

Pupal writer [Author of the veterinarian meets werewolf, paranormal romance trilogy, Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Epidemic, Inoculation and the U.P. MI paranormal thriller, Miles from Manistique], intermediate apiarist, board game enthusiast, ex-veterinarian with a Masters in Forensic... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Algonquin C/D

11:00am EDT

Reading: Merrie Haskell
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
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Merrie Haskell

Author
Merrie Haskell’s novels are The Princess Curse, Handbook for Dragon Slayers and The Castle Behind Thorns. She won the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle Grades) and the DetCon1 Middle Grade Speculative Fiction award, and she was twice a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

12:00pm EDT

Book Swap
While there has always been the ubiquitous "free table" where people have been able to offload books they have read and no longer want, if you aren't there when someone else drops their books off, you may not find new books to replace the ones you are giving away. Why not set aside an hour where everyone can bring their "already read" piles to give away or trade? This way you can give your opinions of the books and ask questions to find out more than just the dust jacket description. Come find a new book and chat with other book lovers too!

Program Participants
avatar for John Patrick

John Patrick

I like to consider myself a "Nerd of All Seasons." I play and collect many board games, card games, RPGs and miniature wargames. I read almost anything that seemes interesting but especially love sci-fi, cyberpunk, and local history. I am a bit of a tinkerer and enjoy conversation... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Baldwin

12:00pm EDT

Comedy Fanfiction Showcase
Enjoy FanFiction the way that it is meant to be, a way to reach deep and find the butt jokes hiding in the Secret Chambers with Harry. Come and enjoy original pieces of comedic fanfiction ranging from The X-Files to Harry Potter! Join us for belly laughs, poking fun at pop culture while still loving it, and free hugs will be dispensed to those who want them!


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Algonquin C/D

12:00pm EDT

Reading: G.S. Scott & Diana Kathryn Plopa
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for G.S. Scott

G.S. Scott

Author G. S. Scott
G. S. Scott is the author of CLEANSED, and SORROW’S HEART, from the series THE CHRONICLES OF THE TRUE TREE. Mr. Scott spent his youth, sitting in a basement playing tabletop role-playing games. It got his creative juices flowing. Characters of all types banged around in his head... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]

12:00pm EDT

The Opening Chapter
The beginning of your novel is crucial. Its job is to hook the reader and create expectations for the rest of the story. On submission, industry professionals use your opening pages to judge your writing style and the book's potential. So how do you choose where to start? We'll discuss how to create interesting conflict and introduce characters your readers will follow through the story.

Program Participants
avatar for Claire Winn

Claire Winn

Claire is a science fiction and fantasy author represented by the Belcastro Literary Agency. A gamer at heart, she writes books that are fast-paced, snarky, and driven by fierce, flawed characters. Since graduating from Northwestern University, Claire has worked as a legal writer... Read More →
avatar for Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle is the co-author of the steampunk adventure The Emerald Key (Ticonderoga Publications). Her short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Grievous Angel and the Exile Publishing anthologies. She was a Pitch Wars '19 mentee. She has been signed by Molten Universe Media... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
EMC IV

1:00pm EDT

Cashflow for Writers and Other Creative Businesses
You've achieved your dream, and turned your love into a business. Congratulations! Now you'll learn why most businesses fail in the first year. This mysterious "cashflow" thing destroys more dreams than any other. The presenter is a full-time writer, and hence easily confused by "checkbooks" and "ledgers" and all that messy accounting stuff. He also has a deep aversion to visits from the IRS. Despite all this, he's managed to break down cash flow in a way that even he can understand it. You'll leave with a sufficient understanding of cash flow to run your own small business. All you'll need is a product! And customers.

Program Participants
avatar for Michael W. Lucas

Michael W. Lucas

Author
I pay the mortgage writing novels and nonfiction books. Best known for BSD tech books, the Immortal Clay series, and (heaven help me) satirical Linux erotica. Talk to me about BSD operating systems, pet rats, martial arts, writing and publishing, and gelato.Latest tech books: SSH... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Nicolet

1:00pm EDT

Reading: Jean Davis & Clif Flynt
The authors read from their works.

Program Participants
avatar for Jean Davis

Jean Davis

Author
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of... Read More →
avatar for Clif Flynt

Clif Flynt

President, Noumena Corp
I'm a techie nerd. Unix/Linux user since the early '80s and programmer since the early '70s. I also write filks, humorous fiction (Well, I think it's humorous), and play guitar. My renewed interest in writing fiction led me to studying how to write well which led to Editomat (www.editomat.com... Read More →


Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Writer's Block Author Readings [306]