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Friday, March 18
 

5:00pm

Say What? Writing For a Younger Audience
Understanding how to write your story content and dialogue for a younger audience.


Friday March 18, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ridgelake

6:00pm

How Did I End Up Here?
Wormholes, spells and time travel? How to write this type story and how to avoid plot holes.


Friday March 18, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ridgelake

7:00pm

Overused Ploys and Tropes
Write fresh ideas instead of overused ploys and tropes.


Friday March 18, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ridgelake

8:00pm

From Dreary To Intense
Kick your novel up a notch! Tips and tricks to grab your audience's attention and keep it.


Friday March 18, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Ridgelake

9:00pm

Humor, Gore, & So Much More
Are you worried your story has too much gore or humor in your horror story? Panelists will discuss what they have found to be the perfect mix.


Friday March 18, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Ridgelake

10:00pm

Dystopias, Zombies, and Apocolypses
Dystopias are all the rage, but are they just a fade? What about Apocolypses? Find out what these panelists believe will survive them all.


Friday March 18, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Ridgelake

11:00pm

Going From Innocent To Steamy
Not sure how to write romance? Get advice from the experts!


Friday March 18, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday March 19, 2016 12:00am
Ridgelake
 
Saturday, March 19
 

9:00am

The End Has Come
Finished your novel but don't know what to do now? Panelists will discuss what comes next.


Saturday March 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Ridgelake

10:00am

Getting In Your Own Way
Pictures, research, making artwork; is this helpful to creating your novel or is it really just procrastination.


Saturday March 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Ridgelake

11:00am

The Pitch
Worried your Pitch isn't quite ready yet? Panelist will discuss perfecting the pitch and who to send it too.


Saturday March 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ridgelake

12:00pm

Strange Magic
Magic accompanies many tales in this age. But how do you avoid writing magic that sounds like someone elses?


Saturday March 19, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ridgelake

1:00pm

Technology In Novels
CAT Scans to Microscopes; what to know when writing technology into your story. Find out if Imagination or Facts win out!


Saturday March 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ridgelake

2:00pm

Paid Writing Jobs
Not the best storyteller but love to write? Come ask the experts on what other paid writing jobs there are.


Saturday March 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ridgelake

3:00pm

Meet the Nielsen Haydens' Co-Editor Guests Of Honor
Meet our award winning co-Guests of Honor and discuss their work with authors, magazines and their own writings.


Saturday March 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ridgelake

4:00pm

Christie Golden: Characters I Have Known and Loved
When you've written 49 novels in 25 years, you've dealt with a lot of characters! In this panel, Christie Golden, known for her strong characterizations, shares some of her favorites--the ones she's created, and the ones she's borrowed for a time. They might not be who you'd expect!

Panelists

Saturday March 19, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

4:00pm

Creating Realistic Fight Scenes: Know Your Weapons
What makes a fight scene realistic? Panelists will discuss how to create and improve the fight scene and the how the use of weapons can improve or detract from the story.


Saturday March 19, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ridgelake

5:00pm

Creatures: From Mythological To Paranormal
What makes a fantasy or supernatural story great? How about some creatures! Panelists will discuss different types of creatures to add to your story.


Saturday March 19, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ridgelake

6:00pm

Jocks, and Nerds, and Goths, Oh My!
Think your characters are just stereotypes? How to avoid this and make dyanamic characters; and when it's okay to use them!


Saturday March 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ridgelake

10:00pm

Writing Groups & Why They Are Good
Come and talk to members of Imagicopter, Malice in Memphis, and the Horror Writers Association.


Saturday March 19, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Director's Row 3
 
Sunday, March 20
 

10:00am

From Zero To Hero
What makes a hero, a hero? How do you write a hero that your audience can get behind? What will lose them from the beginning?


Sunday March 20, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Ridgelake

11:00am

Rule The Galaxy Together: Writing In A Shared Universe
Slideshow detailing best practices for writing tie-in fiction as well as any kinds of works in collaboration, from fanfic to roleplaying campaigns.


Sunday March 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

11:00am

Who Loves Short Stories? We Love Short Stories!
What are short stories and why do we love them? Discuss with authors how they pack so much into so little.


Sunday March 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

11:00am

Writing Real Events
Whether you are writing creative non-fiction or adding something that happened in the news, you need to know how to translate that realistically in your novel.


Sunday March 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ridgelake

12:00pm

Creating Strong Characters
What makes a character dynamic? Panelists will discuss what makes a character strong.


Sunday March 20, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ridgelake

12:00pm

Do I Really Need An Editor?
You wrote it and it's perfect. Why you should allow someone else to go over your work.


Sunday March 20, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

1:00pm

Retelling Classic Tales
Got a great idea on how to give an old story a fresh spin? Panelists will discuss retelling classic books and tales to reach a new audience.


Sunday March 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ridgelake

1:00pm

Self Publishing
Independent verses traditional publishing


Sunday March 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

2:00pm

The Bard Lives!
Is poetry relevant today or is it a lost form of writing that only applies to sappy love stories?


Sunday March 20, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

2:00pm

Writing For Your Demographic
Unsure who your writing for? Panelists will discuss how to discover who is your target audience and how to write to them.


Sunday March 20, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ridgelake

3:00pm

Dark and Stormy
It was a dark and stormy night...Professional guests tell stories from con goers suggestions.


Sunday March 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom C