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Friday, May 4
 

4:00pm

Diversity in Classic Literature
"The Classics" have long been the province of old, white, cis, straight men. Does the current curriculum still reflect this, or have things changed? What books and/or authors should our children be reading?

Speakers
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 →
avatar for Sarah Hans

Sarah Hans

Teaching, reading, writing, editing. Mainly I write horror and science fiction.
avatar for Janea Schimmel

Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.


Friday May 4, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Montcalm

5:00pm

Author Reading with Jon David and David Erik Nelson
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

5:00pm

OMG! That Was AMAZING!
What have you read recently that everyone should be reading? The group will discuss and recommend recent publications.

Speakers
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 →
ZZ

Zig Zag Claybourne

Obsidian Sky Books
avatar for Sarah Hans

Sarah Hans

Teaching, reading, writing, editing. Mainly I write horror and science fiction.


Friday May 4, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Montcalm

6:00pm

Author Reading with Jen Haeger and Eric Wojciechowski
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

6:00pm

Line? What Line? Taboos and Speculative Fiction
Incest, rape, children as warriors, the wholesale slaughter of children... there are many distasteful acts which are performed in speculative fiction. Is there anything which is still off limits, or can anything be used as a plot device so long as it is necessary to the story? Splatterpunk and the resurgence of extreme horror will be discussed as well.

Speakers
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 →
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 Ken MacGregor

Ken MacGregor

I'm a speculative fiction (mostly horror) author with two story collections and an impending novel I co-wrote.I've lived in Michigan most of my adult life, with a brief stint in St. Louis where I was a professional actor part-time.You can talk to me about anything! I love books, movies... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
EMC III

7:00pm

Author Reading with Paul Kemner and Diana Kathryn Plopa
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

7:00pm

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 2018! Short, chiefly 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!

Speakers
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 →
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 4, 2018 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Montcalm

7:00pm

Setting as Character
Character In Science Fiction and Fantasy settings can literally come alive–be it via the talking flowers of Through The Looking Glass or the rage of Peter Quill’s creepy dad-planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. In Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch universe where ships have minds, main characters can be both people and places at the same time. Are living settings a science fiction/fantasy extension of the classic “Hero Vs. Nature” story? How do they exist in conversation with real-world beliefs about whether the world around us has a will of its own?

Speakers
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book... Read More →
avatar for Christian Klaver

Christian Klaver

This author of Science Fiction and Fantasy lives in the suburbs just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan. There he resides with his wife (Kimberly) his daughter (Kathryn) and a group of animals he refers to as 'The Menagerie'. He has been selling short stories since... Read More →
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers in addition to being a host on the Writing Excuses podcast! She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel... 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 4, 2018 7:00pm - 7:50pm
EMC IV

8:00pm

Author Reading with Jean Davis and Cassandra Morgan
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

8:00pm

SF/F Madlibs
Enjoy science fiction, fantasy, and pop culture Mad-libs created by our panelists. Offer up some interesting nouns, adj, verbs and adverbs and be prepared to laugh your head off!

Speakers
avatar for Jackie

Jackie

Literary Escapism
I am a SAHM who is the mind behind Literary Escapism. I have an amazingly supportive husband, who humors my addiction to books and shares my love of chocolate. I also have two adorable little monkeys who love to play and explore. I am still wondering what I have gotten myself into... Read More →
avatar for Alex Kourvo

Alex Kourvo

Author/editor
Reader, writer, parent, on an endless quest for great books and the perfect slice of key lime pie.I write novels (the "Detroit Next" series) and I edit books for Fifth Avenue Press.Talk to me about feminism, Mad Max, books, pie, and why middle-aged moms should ride unicycles.
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 8:00pm - 8:50pm
EMC IV

9:00pm

Co-Writing (Without the Risk of Divorce or Death)
Collaborations are frequently found in genre fiction. How do you create entire worlds without killing one another? Similarly, how do you corral the various talents and lead them to productivity.

Speakers
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 →
CF

Carol Flynt

Lit Crit major and speaker of 4 languages, I have had grammar classes up the wazoo.With three short story sales (and two anthologies self-published) I have reached the point where writing flows more often and I am understanding how the craft works a bit more. Still get an epiphany... Read More →
avatar for Janice Leach

Janice Leach

I write poetry, grants, and blogs. I'm co-author "Til Death: Marriage Poems" (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2017) with Jim Leach. I also bake pies with local ingredients and volunteer at a long term garden project in youth detention. At home, I tend a rollicking kitchen garden filled... Read More →
avatar for Jim Leach

Jim Leach

I write darkly speculative stories, poetry and drama, most recently "Til Death: Marriage Poems" (Raw Dog Screaming Press: 2017) which I co-authored with my Dearly Beloved Janice Leach. I also am Chief Fear-Monger at the website and Youtube channel DailyNightmare.com. I love making... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Charlevoix A

9:00pm

ERRATA: PRESENTER CHANGE: World Building
One of the important aspects of speculative fiction is the creation of new worlds for the characters (and readers) to explore. The panelists will discuss the ins and outs of creating believable worlds in which to place their fiction

Speakers
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 →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00pm - 9:50pm
EMC I
 
Saturday, May 5
 

11:00am

Creating Three Dimensional Characters: Avoiding Cardboard Characters
How do you create believable characters which your readers will relate to?

Speakers
ZZ

Zig Zag Claybourne

Obsidian Sky Books
avatar for JD DeLuzio

JD DeLuzio

JD DeLuzio grew up in northern Ontario and now lives midway between Detroit and Toronto with his wife, Nancy. He has written several short stories, numerous reviews (many at Bureau42.com), articles, and one collection of short fiction. His novel, The Con, will be published in the... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Hans

Sarah Hans

Teaching, reading, writing, editing. Mainly I write horror and science fiction.
avatar for Christian Klaver

Christian Klaver

This author of Science Fiction and Fantasy lives in the suburbs just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan. There he resides with his wife (Kimberly) his daughter (Kathryn) and a group of animals he refers to as 'The Menagerie'. He has been selling short stories since... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Baldwin

11:00am

No Hero Wants to Save the World
Every writer has heard the advice, “Raise the stakes,” but how do you do that? How do authors make their stories mean something, and get that page-turning excitement? In this workshop, Alex Kourvo will discuss raising the stakes, the importance of the midpoint scene, and why no hero wants to save the world.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Kourvo

Alex Kourvo

Author/editor
Reader, writer, parent, on an endless quest for great books and the perfect slice of key lime pie.I write novels (the "Detroit Next" series) and I edit books for Fifth Avenue Press.Talk to me about feminism, Mad Max, books, pie, and why middle-aged moms should ride unicycles.


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Nicolet

12:00pm

"....And in Flew Enza"
One hundred years ago, the great influenza pandemic killed between 5-10% of the world’s population. This panel will use the historical plagues to examine SF’s fascination with hypothetical ones, found in such works as Station Eleven, The Stand, and 12 Monkeys. We will also discuss what, if anything, might be done about forthcoming pandemics.

Speakers
avatar for Mari Brighe

Mari Brighe

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

JD DeLuzio

JD DeLuzio grew up in northern Ontario and now lives midway between Detroit and Toronto with his wife, Nancy. He has written several short stories, numerous reviews (many at Bureau42.com), articles, and one collection of short fiction. His novel, The Con, will be published in the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kristine Larsen

Dr. Kristine Larsen

Kristine is Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. Her teaching and research focuses on the intersections of science and society, including the history of women in science, and science and popular culture.In particular, her work... Read More →
avatar for Janea Schimmel

Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Algonquin B

12:00pm

Author Reading with Michael Cieslak and Steven Lake
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

12:00pm

Editing Your Prose
Clif will demonstrate the latest features of Editomat including finding weak words and cliches, extracting and identifying dialog, characterizing dialog, analyzing writing style and more.

Speakers
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 5, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
EMC V

12:00pm

How to Care for Your Writer
Writers are a unique specimen, and they require very special care. How often does your writer need to eat? When is it safe to recommend they shower? What do you do when they ask, "Will you read this for me?" Tip: Playing dead is not the answer.

Speakers
ZZ

Zig Zag Claybourne

Obsidian Sky Books
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 5, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Baldwin

12:00pm

Writing Short: Creating the Impactful Short Story
Novel, novela, short story, each format has specific requirements and expectations. The panelists will discuss how to write impactful short stories and sell them.

Speakers
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 Sarah Hans

Sarah Hans

Teaching, reading, writing, editing. Mainly I write horror and science fiction.
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 →
avatar for Geralyn Lance

Geralyn Lance

Geralyn Lance is the Production Manager for a local specialty publishing company. She sees books through the printing process from manuscripts to the finished product.She loves video games, books, and her two dogs; Bowser and Yoshi.
avatar for Ken MacGregor

Ken MacGregor

I'm a speculative fiction (mostly horror) author with two story collections and an impending novel I co-wrote.I've lived in Michigan most of my adult life, with a brief stint in St. Louis where I was a professional actor part-time.You can talk to me about anything! I love books, movies... Read More →
avatar for Lucy A Snyder

Lucy A Snyder

Lucy A. Snyder is the five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of over 100 published short stories. Her most recent books are the collection Garden of Eldritch Delights and the forthcoming novel The Girl With the Star-Stained Soul. She also wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Charlevoix A

1:00pm

Author Reading with Leslie Gulvas and Clarence Young
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

1:00pm

Feminism and Comics
A history of comics through the lens of feminism. How comics have portrayed women and handled various feminist issues throughout their history. Q&A will follow.

Warning: Some images may be violent and/or sexualized in nature

Speakers
avatar for Denise Woods

Denise Woods

Comics (DC, Marvel, Independent)Video and Tabletop GamesMovies and TV Shows History and FeminismBooks (Sci-fi Fantasy, Mystery, Horror, etc)


Saturday May 5, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Nicolet

1:00pm

Writing Excuses Podcast
The team that is Writing Excuses talks about their podcast and, if we're very lucky, they might even record one! Come hang out with them, be entertained, and talk podcasts, writing, and how the two work together.

Speakers
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book... Read More →
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers in addition to being a host on the Writing Excuses podcast! She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel... Read More →
avatar for Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary Anne is one of our talented Guests from the Writing Excuses Podcast!  Additionally, she is the author of Bodies in Motion(HarperCollins), The Stars Change(Circlet Press) and eleven other titles.Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six different languages... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Charlevoix B

1:00pm

Writing Long: Creating the Page Turner
Novel, novela, short story, each format has specific requirements and expectations. The panelists will discuss how to write novels that grab the readers and keep them turning the pages.

Speakers
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 →
avatar for Diana Kathryn Plopa

Diana Kathryn Plopa

Associate Publisher/Editor/Author, Grey Wolfe Publishing, LLC
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 →


Saturday May 5, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Charlevoix A

2:00pm

Author Reading with Emmy Jackson and Lucy A. Snyder
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

2:00pm

Teams & Types
Whether you're assembling a starship crew, raiding a dungeon, or planning a heist, you need a mix of personality types to compliment (or conflict) with each other. Duos, trios and more can follow different patterns. How do you classify them? Action/Emotional/Intellect, D&D alignments, classical temperaments, or Hogwarts Houses- which are favorites, and which are getting old and stale?

Speakers
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book... Read More →
avatar for Paul Kemner

Paul Kemner

Paul\'s a bit older than Godzilla, watched the original broadcast ofthe Astro Boy series, and has been a fan of anime ever since. Whenhe\'s not writing and tuning SQL, he works on his 108 secret skills, studiesancient & modern polytheist religions, plays exotic instruments, andwrites... Read More →
avatar for Christian Klaver

Christian Klaver

This author of Science Fiction and Fantasy lives in the suburbs just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan. There he resides with his wife (Kimberly) his daughter (Kathryn) and a group of animals he refers to as 'The Menagerie'. He has been selling short stories since... Read More →
avatar for Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary Anne is one of our talented Guests from the Writing Excuses Podcast!  Additionally, she is the author of Bodies in Motion(HarperCollins), The Stars Change(Circlet Press) and eleven other titles.Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six different languages... 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 5, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Nicolet

3:00pm

Author Reading with Drayton Alan and Clif Flynt
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

3:00pm

Practical Regency
Historical accuracy isn't just the stuff of academics. It can open up whole new plot complications and what author doesn't enjoy those? Come and handle Regency underwear, learn how to use a quill, and why your nobleman should never, ever buy a bottle of wine.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers in addition to being a host on the Writing Excuses podcast! She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Charlevoix A

3:00pm

Writing Groups
Writing is known as a solitary, potentially lonely calling. Writing groups are one way in which writers can connect with others.

Speakers
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 →
CF

Carol Flynt

Lit Crit major and speaker of 4 languages, I have had grammar classes up the wazoo.With three short story sales (and two anthologies self-published) I have reached the point where writing flows more often and I am understanding how the craft works a bit more. Still get an epiphany... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Hans

Sarah Hans

Teaching, reading, writing, editing. Mainly I write horror and science fiction.
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 →
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 5, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Nicolet

4:00pm

Author Reading with Michael W. Lucas and Vik K. Walker
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

5:00pm

Author Reading with Cate Caldwell and Nicole Castle
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

5:00pm

Independent Book Stores
We all love the thrill of the book hunt, be it finding a copy of a treasured favorite or discovering a new author. Often, the best place to do this is at an independent book store. Join the owners/operators of local independent book shops as they give you a behind the scenes view of what it takes to run one.

Speakers
avatar for Gene Alloway

Gene Alloway

Owner, Motte & Bailey Booksellers
Gene Alloway is a former University of Michigan librarian and has been a used & rare bookseller for 21 years, originally only on the internet with USENET, then branching out to the other online venues. He opened the bookshop in 2000, and has sold one of a kind 19th century Michigan... Read More →
avatar for Diana Kathryn Plopa

Diana Kathryn Plopa

Associate Publisher/Editor/Author, Grey Wolfe Publishing, LLC


Saturday May 5, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Hamlin

6:00pm

ADDITION errata: Author Reading with Brian James
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

6:00pm

Grammar and the Geek
Join husband and wife team, Cassandra Morgan and Wayne Pedersen, as they discuss the tech side of the world of writing.
How can you protect your computer from viruses as you dig deeper into Google for your book's research?
What is the best way to handle and store your laptop, and what is the 3-2-1 method?

Speakers
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 5, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Baldwin

6:00pm

Subtext: What is the Story Really About?
There is the story, then there is the story behind the story. Is subtext something that you should be thinking about when writing your fiction or is it something that we discover after the story is done (or just something for Lit Professors to lecture about)?

Speakers
ZZ

Zig Zag Claybourne

Obsidian Sky Books
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 →
avatar for David Erik Nelson

David Erik Nelson

Award-winning science-fiction author and essayist. His stories and novellas regularly appear in ASIMOV’S, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, anthos like BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, and elsewhere. Author of DIY books like SNIP, BURN, SOLDER, SHRED: SERIOUSLY GEEKY STUFF TO MAKE... Read More →
avatar for Janea Schimmel

Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.


Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Charlevoix A

6:00pm

Writing Productivity
Some writers crank out ten books a year. Others of us struggle for one every two years. How do high-productivity writers get the words out? What techniques do they use?

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book... Read More →
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers in addition to being a host on the Writing Excuses podcast! She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel... Read More →
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Mary Anne Mohanraj

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary Anne is one of our talented Guests from the Writing Excuses Podcast!  Additionally, she is the author of Bodies in Motion(HarperCollins), The Stars Change(Circlet Press) and eleven other titles.Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six different languages... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Algonquin B

7:00pm

Critiquing Without Alienating the Writer
There is a fine line between useful crititquing and spite-filled criticism. The panel will discuss how to do a useful critique and how to accept the suggestions of your critiquer.

Speakers
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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Sarah Hans

Teaching, reading, writing, editing. Mainly I write horror and science fiction.
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Geralyn Lance

Geralyn Lance is the Production Manager for a local specialty publishing company. She sees books through the printing process from manuscripts to the finished product.She loves video games, books, and her two dogs; Bowser and Yoshi.
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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 →
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Diana Kathryn Plopa

Associate Publisher/Editor/Author, Grey Wolfe Publishing, LLC


Saturday May 5, 2018 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Baldwin

7:00pm

Mark Oshiro Reads
Mark will read from his upcoming book Anger is a Gift! Join us for a sneak-peak

Speakers
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Charlevoix A

8:00pm

Author Reading with Merrie Haskell and Ken Schrader
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

8:00pm

Improv Flash Fiction
Fast paced and quick-witted, authors create stories in real time, “round robin” style, using prompts from the audience.

Speakers
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JD DeLuzio

JD DeLuzio grew up in northern Ontario and now lives midway between Detroit and Toronto with his wife, Nancy. He has written several short stories, numerous reviews (many at Bureau42.com), articles, and one collection of short fiction. His novel, The Con, will be published in the... Read More →
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Sarah Hans

Teaching, reading, writing, editing. Mainly I write horror and science fiction.
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Ken MacGregor

I'm a speculative fiction (mostly horror) author with two story collections and an impending novel I co-wrote.I've lived in Michigan most of my adult life, with a brief stint in St. Louis where I was a professional actor part-time.You can talk to me about anything! I love books, movies... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Montcalm

8:00pm

Making a Living as a Midlist Writer
Look around Penguicon and you'll find big-name writers who make the big bucks, have movie deals, and win awards. But there's a bunch of other writers, too. Some of them pay their bills by mining words from the void. Their names don't appear in Billboard and their books aren't in grocery stores, yet somehow they keep a roof overhead and don't starve. How? Come to this panel and find out.

Speakers
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 →
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David Erik Nelson

Award-winning science-fiction author and essayist. His stories and novellas regularly appear in ASIMOV’S, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, anthos like BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, and elsewhere. Author of DIY books like SNIP, BURN, SOLDER, SHRED: SERIOUSLY GEEKY STUFF TO MAKE... Read More →
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Lucy A Snyder

Lucy A. Snyder is the five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of over 100 published short stories. Her most recent books are the collection Garden of Eldritch Delights and the forthcoming novel The Girl With the Star-Stained Soul. She also wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Nicolet

10:00pm

Chuck Tingle Reading
Mark Oshiro Reads Erotica

Speakers
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Portage Auditorium
 
Sunday, May 6
 

10:00am

Crowdfunding for Creatives
A look at how to use crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, Patreon, IndieGoGo, GoFundMe etc. to find support for your creative endeavors.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hans

Sarah Hans

Teaching, reading, writing, editing. Mainly I write horror and science fiction.
avatar for Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary Anne is one of our talented Guests from the Writing Excuses Podcast!  Additionally, she is the author of Bodies in Motion(HarperCollins), The Stars Change(Circlet Press) and eleven other titles.Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six different languages... Read More →
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Lucy A Snyder

Lucy A. Snyder is the five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of over 100 published short stories. Her most recent books are the collection Garden of Eldritch Delights and the forthcoming novel The Girl With the Star-Stained Soul. She also wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Nicolet

10:00am

NaNoWriMo: The most fun you can have trying to write a novel in thirty days
Do you have an idea for a novel just burning inside? Of course you do! Think you don't have time to write it? Au Contraire! Come learn how National Novel Writing Month is awesome and why everyone should do it. We'll tell you about our experiences, tips for writing success, and all about the amazing community of novelists waiting to welcome you to the fold.  Already a NaNoWriMo veteran? Come share your favorite part of November and help us convince everyone to join the fun. Thirty Days. Fifty Thousand Words. Your First Draft.


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Baldwin

10:00am

Writing the Unthinkable (Workshop)
Guided journeys in writing to use your creativity muscle and explore memory. You won't have to share your writing, speak, or make eye contact, unless you want to. Introvert-friendly.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Probst

Amy Probst

Founder & Coach, DesktopDog Training & Development
I'm a corporate trainer and instructional designer who also teaches Lynda Barry's WRITING THE UNTHINKABLE workshops. WRITING THE UNTHINKABLE is a method of accessing creativity and memory through handwriting that is beneficial for anyone interested in writing that feels alive.


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 11:50am
EMC III

11:00am

Self-Publishing in 2018
Self-publishing has begun to shed its stigma and become more widely accepted. Learn what you need to know to publish your material, from the importance of editing and formatting to what services are the freindliest for authors.

Speakers
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 →
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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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Alex Kourvo

Author/editor
Reader, writer, parent, on an endless quest for great books and the perfect slice of key lime pie.I write novels (the "Detroit Next" series) and I edit books for Fifth Avenue Press.Talk to me about feminism, Mad Max, books, pie, and why middle-aged moms should ride unicycles.


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Baldwin

11:00am

Sometimes Writers Block is Really Depression
Sometimes these two things are closely intertwined. Being able to identify why you have trouble writing can often help you find strategies to start writing again and to know when to ask for help.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers in addition to being a host on the Writing Excuses podcast! She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Algonquin A

12:00pm

CANCELLED errata: Poetry, the Unsung Format
We always focus on novels and short fiction, but what about speculative poetry?

Speakers
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Janice Leach

I write poetry, grants, and blogs. I'm co-author "Til Death: Marriage Poems" (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2017) with Jim Leach. I also bake pies with local ingredients and volunteer at a long term garden project in youth detention. At home, I tend a rollicking kitchen garden filled... Read More →
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Jim Leach

I write darkly speculative stories, poetry and drama, most recently "Til Death: Marriage Poems" (Raw Dog Screaming Press: 2017) which I co-authored with my Dearly Beloved Janice Leach. I also am Chief Fear-Monger at the website and Youtube channel DailyNightmare.com. I love making... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Hamlin

12:00pm

Self-Rescuing Princess: The Importance of Creating Characters with Agency
Your story shouldn't happen to your characters. Your characters should happen to your story. Discuss how to write characters whose actions have real consequences, and affect both the world around them and the story that they are a part of.

Speakers
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 →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Montcalm

12:00pm

Sensitivity Readers: Who Are We and Why Do You Need Us?
As the interest in diversity and the representation of marginalized people in literature has grown, so has the need for people to assist authors in ensuring that their work authentically represents the experiences of marginalized people. These often-unsung heroes are known as sensitivity readers. Come learn why sensitivity reading is important, and what it can do for you!

Speakers
avatar for Mari Brighe

Mari Brighe

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

What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Algonquin A

12:00pm

The Editor is Your Friend
Editing is an important part of the process of story creation, and one which sometimes gets ignored. The panel will discuss the editing process and where to find an editor, as well as the difference between line editing, copy editing, and structural editing.

Speakers
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 →
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Geralyn Lance

Geralyn Lance is the Production Manager for a local specialty publishing company. She sees books through the printing process from manuscripts to the finished product.She loves video games, books, and her two dogs; Bowser and Yoshi.
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Ken MacGregor

I'm a speculative fiction (mostly horror) author with two story collections and an impending novel I co-wrote.I've lived in Michigan most of my adult life, with a brief stint in St. Louis where I was a professional actor part-time.You can talk to me about anything! I love books, movies... Read More →
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Diana Kathryn Plopa

Associate Publisher/Editor/Author, Grey Wolfe Publishing, LLC
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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 →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Algonquin B

12:00pm

Writing Excuses Reading
The team that is the Writing Excuses Podcast will read from various books and pieces they've written, as only an author can.

Speakers
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book... Read More →
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers in addition to being a host on the Writing Excuses podcast! She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel... Read More →
avatar for Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Writing Excuses Podcast
Mary Anne is one of our talented Guests from the Writing Excuses Podcast!  Additionally, she is the author of Bodies in Motion(HarperCollins), The Stars Change(Circlet Press) and eleven other titles.Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six different languages... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
EMC III

1:00pm

Author Reading with Amy Probst
Join some of our favorite Authors while they read from their own works, and answer questions from the audience.

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Writer's Block Reading Room 305

1:00pm

How to Update and Fix Problematic Archetypes and Tropes in Speculative Fiction
A panel on out-dated, racist, culturally-insensitive, sexist, homophobic, etc. tropes, explaining briefly why they are problematic, and more importantly, how to update and replace them.

Speakers
avatar for Mari Brighe

Mari Brighe

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

Freelance illustrator, Trekkie, Star Wars fan, Pokémon Trainer, Mainstream and indie comics fan. and more.


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Montcalm

2:00pm

Mark and Amal Geek Out About All Things YA
Mark Oshiro and Amal El-Mohtar really just talk all things Young Adult Fiction. Their favorite books. Their favorite authors. What they love about YA, what they've written of YA, and what they might like to see happen in the world of YA.

Speakers
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Writing Excuses Podcast
Amal is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, and criticism. She’s written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans, and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her stories The Green Book... Read More →
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Algonquin B

2:00pm

Social Media Marketing
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram...which platforms are best for writers and how should writers use each of them?

Speakers
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Jackie

Literary Escapism
I am a SAHM who is the mind behind Literary Escapism. I have an amazingly supportive husband, who humors my addiction to books and shares my love of chocolate. I also have two adorable little monkeys who love to play and explore. I am still wondering what I have gotten myself into... Read More →
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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 →
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Janea Schimmel

I write, I dance, I build communities.


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
EMC I

2:00pm

The Top 10 Grammar Mistakes that You Don't Know Your (sic) Making
Come find out what you've been doing wrong, and how to not do that any more.

Speakers
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Carol Flynt

Lit Crit major and speaker of 4 languages, I have had grammar classes up the wazoo.With three short story sales (and two anthologies self-published) I have reached the point where writing flows more often and I am understanding how the craft works a bit more. Still get an epiphany... Read More →
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David Erik Nelson

Award-winning science-fiction author and essayist. His stories and novellas regularly appear in ASIMOV’S, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, anthos like BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, and elsewhere. Author of DIY books like SNIP, BURN, SOLDER, SHRED: SERIOUSLY GEEKY STUFF TO MAKE... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Hamlin