2017 Con Schedule

10:00am - 6:00pm: Registration


1:00pm

(Section III) Con Etiquette 101 - When so many strangers come together for a weekend, it's hard to know just the right way to act sometimes. When are we being friendly, and when are we being inappropriate? What's healthy excitement, and what's harassment? This panel will discuss the finer points of con behavior from first encounters to fan interactions.

(Section IV) Best Writing Tools - What apps and programs do you use for writing? What works best with the cloud? Do you use any apps to reward or punish you when you write? Come and share your tools for writing!

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(Queen Palm) I Write Fanfic - Do you write fanfiction? Which worlds do you like to spend time in? If you read it, where do you find the good stuff? Join us and find out!

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


2:00pm

(Section III) Selling Yourself: Social Media and the Indie Author - Press and networking, blog tours, tweets, Facebook, etc etc etc... These days, it seems like the opportunities to market one's work are endless. But what is the most effective way to reach your readers? How do you do it without overextending yourself (or making yourself unwelcome). Panelists will discuss beat practices in effectively managing social media as both an author and as a brand, without burning out.

(Section IV) Does Size Matter? Writing Novels vs. Short Stories - Short stories, novelettes, novels, sagas: how long is too long? Is anything too short to enjoy? In this panel, we'll discuss the draw of the short and if readers really do prefer the novel.

(Section V) Dealing with Con Harassment - We don't like it, but sometimes it happens. What's the next step? What measures can be taken to prevent con harassment? What universal guidelines would be practical and helpful to put in place? And how should matters be handles after the unfortunate fact? Panelists discuss ways that cons can make themselves safer, healthier, and better for all attendees.

(Queen Palm) Research... Research... - So you find yourself needing to know the air speed velocity of an unladen European swallow. What do you do and where do you look?

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


3:00pm

(Section III) Don't Quit Your Day Job! - One thing is certain when you start writing: making a living wage is difficult, if next to impossible. Panelists will share their day jobs as well as how to find a balance between writing and working.

(Section IV) History of Modern Lesbian Romance - A lot of queer fiction writers and readers think of lesbian romance as an "emerging" genre. We take a look at the actual emergence of lesbian romance as a genre from it's roots in the early 20th century to today.

(Section V) How to Be an Ally - It's easy to say you're an ally, but are you truly? Our panel explains what it takes to be an ally.

(Queen Palm) This is the Story that Never Ends: Series and Serials - Series that never seems to end, serials that span years. What are the good, bad, and the crazy about serials and series? What drives authors to write them and readers to buy?

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


4:00pm

(Section III) Mixing Genres - From urban fantasy to horror comedy (not to mention the occasional space western), the combining of genre is becoming more common. Panelists will discuss their favorites as well as what makes such a crossover successful.

(Section IV) The Importance of Cover Art - The old adage 'Never judge a book by its cover' has been tossed aside in this modern, digital age. As readers scroll through the online storefronts, covers jump out or are passed over. A cover is an important selling feature of a book, and a good cover can grab readers, entice them to learn more, while a bad cover can lead to a loss of sales or derision. Our panelists discuss the importance of cover art and how to get the best cover out of your artist.

(Section V) Sci-fi/Fantasy in YA -

(Queen Palm) Romance vs Erotica vs Porn - What separates these three sub-genres of QUILTBAG fiction? Where is the line drawn?

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


5:00pm

(Section III) Editing, Proofing, and Betaing - Whether you're new to writing or an old hack, join our panelists to discuss the importance of editing, proofing, and beta reading.

(Section IV) Creating Maps of Your World - Part of worldbuilding is the literal creation of the world. What tools do you use? How do you create a world?

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(Queen Palm) Appeal of the Fairy Tale Retelling - Once Upon a Time, Maleficent, Fables, Red Riding Hood, Wicked... the list goes on and on. The reimagining of popular--and some not so popular--fairy tales is big business. Our panelists discuss the appeal of fairy tales, the various ways they are reimagined for various media, and what fairy tales have not been tapped and why.

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


6:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner Break


8:00pm - 10:00pm

(Section III) Welcome Event - Come join the raffle, meet the staff and volunteers, grab your welcome bags, learn about what we have in store for you, hear from our guests of honor, and stay for refreshments, music, and a chance to socialize with your fellow attendees!



10:00am

(Section III) Heroes and Heroines with Disabilities - Do the heroes and heroines of fiction need to always be perfect? How can authors better represent the diversity of disability? Are readers accepting of the imperfect hero or heroine?

(Section IV) Collaborations in Writing - More and more often, writing is becoming a collaborative effort. Co-authored books, world sharing, and fanfiction, join us to chat with authors who share the burden of creation.

(Section V) Outing the Mainstream - Which mainstream fiction characters would you like to see outed as QUILTBAG?

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(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


11:00am

(Section III) Confronting Bullying - As LGBTQ youth come of age, bullying greatly impacts their lives, both in the classroom and outside of school. This panel takes a look at preventing and confronting bullying and how to foster a supportive social life for LGBTQ youth.

(Section IV) Culture Shock - One difficulty of writing aliens or fantasical creatures is that they don't necessarily ascribe to human cultural norms. In this panel we discuss how different races and species might view relationships, romance, and even every day life based on their particular history and culture.

(Section V) eBooks as Property - What happens to our eBooks when we die? Do we really "own" them? Can they be passed on? Do the laws need to change to cover electronic "property"?

(Queen Palm) Reader Etiquette - If you don't have something nice to say about a book, but you can't say nothing at all, then it's time to consider reader etiquette. This panel takes a look at the interaction of readers with those behind the books they love and hate.

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch


1:00pm

(Section III) Self Publishing Dos and Don'ts - With the rise of self-publishing, everyone thinks they have the chance to get their book up there and make millions. However, self-publishing is complex, and our panelists are here to help you learn a bit more about the process of getting your work from document to professional ebook or print form.

(Section IV) Religion and Fiction - How does religion fit into fiction? How much is too much? Is it one of the topics that should never come into play, or is it a valid part of characterization to be explored? What genres is religion most welcoming to? All these questions and more will be answered here!

(Section V) The New Pronouns - What do you think of atypical pronouns and are you more receptive to them in Sci-Fi and Fantasy?

(Queen Palm) I'm Super, Thanks for Asking - Deadpool brought the first openly pansexual superhero to the big screen, but QUILTBAG superheroes have been showing up in comic books for a few years now. But is this positive representation or queerbaiting?

(King Palm) Workshop: Worldbuilding - One of the most important aspects of a book is the world it takes place in. Without a vivid, solid world for the characters to inhabit, a story can fall flat, leaving a reader hungry for more to sink their teeth into. Find out how to create such a world in this workshop!


2:00pm

(Section III) Writing Female Characters - What stories have featured QUILTBAG women? How can we encourage more?

(Section IV) Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Fiction - Some say the world will end in fire. Some say in ice. And others say by zombie horde. Whatever the reason, we're fascinated by the end of the world and what comes after. This panel examines why that is and looks at some of the best examples of this type of fiction.

(Section V) The Art of the Podcast - Panelists discuss popular podcasts focused on QUILTBAG fiction: what works, and what's missing from the landscape.

(Queen Palm) Author Etiquette - From negotiating with publishers to working with cover artists to handling reviews, authors are expected to behave professionally and with poise. This panel discusses what expectations there are of authors, when it's okay to break convention, and what to do when you type before you think.

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


3:00pm

(Section III) Orphan Black - A panel to discuss the QUILTBAG themes and characters in the clone-tastic BBC series.

(Section IV) Creative Promotion - What are some of the most out of the box things you have done to promote your work? And what worked best?

(Section V) MPREG: What Is the Appeal? - Slightly taboo and certainly out of the ordinary, male pregnancy has been used primarily in fanfiction spheres but is now spreading into the mainstream. What's the appeal? When does male pregnancy actually work? How does MPREG find an audience? All that and more at this panel!

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(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


4:00pm

(Section III) Tropes: Subverting, Averting, and Inverting - This panel will focus on why tropes exist, why they aren't necessarily bad, and ways to bring new life and refreshing spins on some of the more popular (and possibly done-to-death) examples.

(Section IV) Sense8 - The groundbreakingly original series by the Wachowski Sisters gave us some amazing QUILTBAG characters. This panel discusses the show, its themes, and its future.

(Section V) The Unspoken Rules of the Industry - Professionalism, writing structures, genre rules, and making it in mainstream. Join our panelists to discuss the unspoken rules of the trade!

(Queen Palm) BDSM 101 - An introductory primer into the world of BDSM, common terms, practices, and misconceptions, specifically geared toward the writer interested in adding such content into their stories. [18+ only]

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


5:00pm

(Section III) Undoing Bisexual Erasure - Bisexual characters in fiction are often erased. What can we do to get more authentic bisexual characters into our fiction?

(Section IV) Off the Beaten Path - Not all QUILTBAG fiction is contemporary romance. This panel examines some of the niche genres that are beginning to gain momentum, and the authors and stories at the forefront.

(Section V) Writing Good Blurbs and Summaries - Tips and tools for distilling your writing into compelling blurbs and summaries.

(Queen Palm) Orange is the New Black - Join the panelists for a discussion of the QUILTBAG themes and characters from this award-winning, hugely popular series.

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


6:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner Break


8:00pm - 10:00pm

(Section III) It's a Drag! - Join fellow attendees and the stunning Aaron Phoenix and Stephanie Stewart for an awesome night! All you can eat buffet with a drag show to entertain you, plus door prizes! *Ticketed Event, RSVP at time of registration.


10:00pm

(Queen Palm) BDSM Demonstration - Join Brenda Cothern for an informative BDSM demonstration!



10:00am

(Section III) Writing Diversity - Panelists discuss ways to incorporate diversity beyond the QUILTBAG spectrum into stories, including characters of color, characters with disabilities, and characters of different religions.

(Section IV) Lesbian Movie Cliches and Why They Hurt Fiction - You know the ones: the self-sabotaging protagonist; the angry, humorless lesbian; the butch badass; scandalous lesbian relationship. Bring your tropes and what you'd like to see replace them.

(Section V) Graphic Novels - With the success of graphic novels like The Young Protectors by Alex Woolfson, we're seeing more and more QUILTBAG graphic novels coming out. We'll review what's out there, how it's funded, and where it might go next.

(Queen Palm) Gender Fluidity - What is gender fluidity? And how can/should we portray it?

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


11:00am

(Section III) When Two Won't Do: Polyamorous Fiction - Polyamory is gaining in notoriety, slowly becoming a common trope in many erotic romances. But polyamory is about more than sex. Drop by to find out how!

(Section IV) ACE Up My Sleeve - Should we be writing more ACE (asexual) characters? How does this fit in with romantic fiction? If we're not ACE ourselves, how do we make sure we get these characters "right"?

(Section V) YA Fiction for Girls - Are we seeing the things we need to see? Join our panelists for recommendations!

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(King Palm) Activity: Masquerade Masks - Prepare for the masquerade tonight! Come make your own wild mask to wear using paint, rhinestones, markers, glue, and other fun crafty supplies!


12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch


1:00pm

(Section III) The Male Perspective - With all the debate about women writing men in QUILTBAG fiction, a panel of our male authors are here to set the record straight and give everyone the 411 on writing books from the male perspective.

(Section IV) The Science in Sci-Fi - Teleportation. Faster than light travel. Cloning. Science fiction is full of amazing technological advances, often ones on which the plot depend. What's possible? What's not? How have changes in actual science changed science fiction?

(Section V) Urban Fantasy - When the supernatural and fantastical cross into a contemporary setting, something new and different is born. This panel discusses the differences between urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and looks at the best of the QUILTBAG offerings.

(Queen Palm) Blurred Lines: Non-Con in LGBTQ Fiction - Rape has a long history of being used as a cheap and quick route to character development. It's a trope many authors lean on to give instant angst, used liberally in hurt and comfort fiction, and with the birth of 'non-con' and 'dub con' categories, it's become enshrined as a sub-genre in its own right. Our panelists discuss the pros and cons of rape in fiction and fandom, and how readers and authors contribute to rape culture. [18+ only]

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


2:00pm

(Section III) Guests of Honor Q&A - Join our Guest of Honor! Ask your questions; get some answers!


3:00pm

(Section III) CLOSED

(Section IV) Transgender vs. Genderqueer - For the uninitiated, any fiction that examines and questions gender identity gets lumped together. But there is a distinction to be made between transgender fiction and genderqueer fiction, and this panel examines the similarities and differences, and why it's important to tell them apart.

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(Queen Palm) BDSM 202 - So you know the difference between a top and a Dom, the best places on the body to use a flogger, and how to negotiate a scene. Now, it's time to go deeper. This panel delves beneath the surface to examine the BDSM community and some of its subcultures, discuss various reasons why someone might identify as Dom or sub, and touch on some of the complications and dangers of BDSM relationships.

(King Palm) Workshop: How to Build Your Author Website - Having a strong online presence is a must for any author these days, and a major part of that is a well-constructed website. Join this workshop to learn how (and how not) to design an eye-catching author website that will turn page views into book sales.


4:00pm

(Section III) Author Signing


5:00pm

(Section III) Author Signing


6:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner Break


8:00pm - 10:00pm

(Section III) The Kaleidoscope Masquerade - Join your fellow attendees for music, masks, dancing, snacks, and door prizes! *Ticketed Event, RSVP at time of registration.


10:00pm

(King Palm) Euphemism BINGO - A hilariously inappropriate take on the classic BINGO game. Join us as our caller yells out euphemisms until someone scores five in a row! [18+ only]



10:00am

(Section III) The Golden Years

(Section IV) Alternate History: When Things Changed - What stories do you like that rewrite an event in history? What if Napolean had decided to invade Scotland rather than Russia? What if Abraham Lincoln had lost the election to become President? Come chat up our panelists about alternate history!

(Section V) What's New in Lesbian Fiction - A state-of-the-genre discussion of recent releases and trends in lesbian fiction, what to read, who to watch, and where to find the best the genre has to offer.

(Queen Palm) Alien ACE - Is the tendency of asexual characters to be non-human actually damaging perceptions of asexuality rather than providing positive representation?

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


11:00am

(Section III) Bisexual Mythbusters: Dispelling Bisexual Myths - Greedy. On the fence. Indecisive. Chances are you've heard the myths about bisexuals. Our panelists will give you their verdicts: confirmed, plausible, or--you guessed it--busted.

(Section IV) An Author By Any Other Name - Pen names. Some authors use one; other authors have several. Join our panelists for tips on how to choose a pen name, when to use more than one, and how to handle your multiple marketing platforms.

(Section V) Is There Air? You Don't Know! - A common convenience in science fiction is that any alien planet happens to have an atmosphere that causes the visiting characters no problems. Are there stories where this doesn't happen, and how do the characters cope?

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(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


12:00pm

(Section III) A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy: All About the Bad Guys - Why do we love a charismatic villain? Moriarty, Loki, Damon Salvatore... these are the boys we run to when everyone else is running away. These are the baddest of the bad boys, and we can't get enough.

(Section IV) How Will the World End? - Nuclear war, plague, space alien attack, solar immolation, ice age... there are so many ways the world could come to an end. We pick our favorites!

(Section V) The Future is Queer - Writing a Utopian future free of bigots. Bigots are often bad guys in QUILTBAG fiction, so let's share some ideas on how to write them out of the picture.

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(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


1:00pm

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(Queen Palm) Crossing Genres in Fiction - Now more than ever, genre streams are crossing, but does that narrow its audience? What makes a successful crossed genre? What is too much? Panelists will discuss the writing movement to intermingle genres, and what might lie ahead.

(King Palm) Open Gaming - Hang out with your friends and play any of the games we offer from Munchkin to Fluxx to Cards Against Humanity!


2:00pm - 4:00pm

(Section III) Closing Ceremonies - Join us one last time in Section III for ice cream, goodbyes, and raffle announcements!