Anthologies: How they Pick ‘Em and How to Get In – Smith
Anthologies can be a great way to break in or sell a story
Panelists: Emily Leverett (M), John G. Hartness, Misty Massey, Michele Berger, Ada Milenkovic Brown
Body Positive Cosplay – Cameron
Join members of our Fan Groups and more to discuss the ways in which cosplay is for every body!
Panelists: Mikki Marvel, Elle Derpstra, Nerd-Vana
Brush Up on Grammar and Self-Editing – Reynolds
Get back to basics with some tips and tricks to help you polish your writing!
Panelists: Erin Rhew (M), Sharon Stogner, Melissa McArthur, Jay Requard, Janet Carden, Roger Carden
Reading: Tony Daniel – Crescent
Team Up! Writing Collaboratively – Smith
Lots of authors work as a team! Is it “write” for you? Advantages and pitfalls of having a writing partner.
Panelists: Melissa McArthur (M), Mur Lafferty, Emily Leverett, Mandy Burkhead, G.D. Burkhead
SWORDS AND STUFF: Basics of Stage Choreography for Improving Cosplay – Cameron
A workshop for cosplayers or anyone interested in combat arts
Panelists: Captain Scurvy, Janet S. Planets
Self Mythology in a World of Authenticity – Reynolds
Social media, marketing… “Authenticity” is a huge buzzword right now, but how do we balance being authentic when we curate so much of our online and real-life presence?
Panelists: Splintered Reality (M), Stacey Lantagne, Fraser Sherman, David Tyberg, Madison Metricula
Reading: Michele Tracy Berger – Crescent
Anti-World Building – Smith
When what you don’t say says more than what you do. Sometimes too much detail in your world-building can be immersion breaking
Panelists: Holly Walrath (M), Alyssa Wong, Jason Gilbert, Bill Ferris, Clay Griffth, Susan Griffith
Suit up! Basic Armor Pattering – Cameron
Armor can be an eye-catching, high-impact skill to add to your costume toolbox! Join Matthew of Ribbons and Rivets to learn how to get started
Hosted by Matthew Penick
Baen Traveling Roadshow – Reynolds (12:30-2pm)
Baen Books wants you to know what’s coming up in their pipeline! Drop in for info, a meet’n’greet, and some sweet Baen swag!
Hosted by Tony Daniel, Gray Rinehart, and Baen Books
Reading: Broad Universe Rapid Fire – Crescent
Don’t miss the women of the Broad Universe Association in this whirlwind sampler of work!
Hosted by Broad Universe, featuring Samantha Bryant, Ada Milenkovic Brown, John Hartness, Emily Lavin Leverett, Gail Z. Martin, Margaret McGraw
Making Magic Real – Smith
Gritty, believable magic systems are tough but can add so much to a story when done well!
Panelists: L.C. Fiore (M), Paul Krueger, Fraser Sherman, Gail Martin, Richard Dansky
Low Cost-Play: Cosplay on a Budget – Cameron
Don’t let a light wallet or lack of tools get you down when it comes to cosplay! There are more resources available than ever to do a lot with a little
Panelists: Janet S. Planets (M), Tera Fulbright, Betty Adorno, Mandy Burkhead, Matthew Penick
Reading: Natania Barron – Crescent
Stranger Than Fiction: Flora and Fauna to Inspire Your Next Fantasy World – Smith
The porgs of Last Jedi were famously inspired by the real-world puffins that lived on the Irish island of Skellig Michael, where parts of the movie were filmed. Join us for a tour of real-world critters and plants that might inspire you!
Panelists: Natania Barron (M), Misty Massey, Michael G. Williams, James Maxey, Jim McDonald
Cosplay Photography Tips and Tricks – Cameron
Technical, safety, and photog tips for photogs, models, and anyone just looking to step up their game!
Panelists: James Rippe (M), Debadeep Sen, Matthew Penick, FanDames
MFAs, Workshops, and Writers’ Groups: Which One is For You? – Reynolds
Do you need them and are they right for you?
Panelists: Julie Steinbacher (M), Holly Walrath, John G. Hartness, Ian Muneshwar, Margaret McGraw
Guest of Honor Reading: Alyssa Wong – Crescent
Things That Go “Bump” in Real Life – Smith
Spooky, real-life ghost strories from films, theatre, and more
Panelists: Alex Matsuo (M), Jason Gilbert, Janet S. Planets, Gail Martin, Samantha Bryant
True Tales of Minority Cosplayers – Cameron
Cosplay is not consent. We join Charlie Rocket and others for a discussion about some issues unique to cosplayers of color and ways for non-minority con-goers to be better allies
Panelists: Charile Rocket (M), Betty Adorno
We Open in a Tavern… Pitch Your Campaign! – Reynolds
Pitch your idea for a DnD or other role-playing game campaign to our panel of GMs for advice!
Panelists: Michael G. Williams (M), Richard Dansky, Justin Hoyland, Roger Carden, Chris Holmquist
Reading: Misty Massey – Crescent
Science Clickbait! – Smith
“Ugh, science is so unreliable! One minute they say butter is bad, and now they say I should eat sticks of butter in my coffee every morning!” How headlines misinterpret and mislead the public on what science is and what it says
Panelists: Chris Holmqist (M), Raulie Raulerson, James Maxey, Gray Rinehart, Ada Milenkovic Brown
CosPlay for Charity – Cameron
Join Fan Group CausePlay Carolinas for how-tos and stories of bringing characters to life for good causes!
Hidden Gems of Diverse Speculative Fiction – Reynolds
Color of Fandom hosts a roundtable on some of their favorite works by authors of color that you may have missed
Panelists: Donna Eason (M), Karen Stanley, Robyn McGlotten
Reading: Mur Lafferty – Crescent
Hold on to The Light: A Discussion of Mental Illness – Smith
A discussion of creativity and mental health hosted by the Hold on to the Light initiative
Panelists: Darin Kennedy (M), John Hartness, Gail Martin, Misty Massey
Costume Contest Awards and Promenade – Cameron
Come show off your work at our 2nd annual Fashion Show! We feature two costume contest divisions: Craftsmanship (traditional “pro” or enthusiast division: entry and judging open from 4-5 pm Friday and 1-3pm Saturday) and Showcase (judging occurs at the Promenade and is geared toward casual, walk-in or novice costumers). See our web site or fliers at the registration table for more details and categories!
Hosted by the 105th Engineers, judging by independent panel
Fanfiction: Fun and Fundamentals – Reynolds
Fanfic! What it is and why we love it! (Subject matter may be adult due to Sherlock fangirling)
Panelists: J.L. Hilton (M), Stacey Lantagne, Alyssa Wong, Tracy Walker, Gerty McHenry
Reading: Suzanne Adair – Crescent
Geeky Rants – Smith
It’s a like a real-life TWEETSTORM full of only the ANGRIEST NERDS. What petty hill would you like to die on today?
Panelists: Chris Shrewsbury (M), Janet S. Planets, Jason Gilbert, Michael G. Williams, Carol Cowles, Darin Kennedy, Margaret S. McGraw
Reading: Gray Rinehart – Crescent
Charity Auction and Cookie Break – Smith
Proceeds from this year’s charity Auction will benefit Child’s Play, and organization that provides toys and games to kids in hospitals and domestic violence shelters.
Hosted by Rich Sigfrit and CausePlay Carolinas
Reading: Bill Ferris – Crescent
Splintered Reality – Cameron/Reynolds
Existential Nerd Metal band Splintered Reality kicks off a night of performances!
Reading: Julie Steinbacher – Crescent
League of Extraordinary Belly Dancers – Cameron/Reynolds
Candy Salon – Hotel Bar and Atrium
Are the performances not your scene? Join us in the hotel bar for bowls of candy and conversation!
Nerd-Vana Burlesque – Cameron/Reynolds (10:30pm)