Start a Podcast on the Cheap – Smith
It seems like everyone has a podcast, and there’s a good reason! Podcasting is fun and more accessible than ever. Here are tips on how to get started
Panelists: Calvin Powers (M), Alex Matsuo, Mur Lafferty, Carol Cowles, Joey Starnes
Non-European World-Building – Cameron
Creating non-European fantasy worlds of wonder and mindfulness of cultural interpretation
Panelists: Betty Cross (M), Paul Krueger, Ian Muneshwar, Jay Requard, Nicole Givens Kurtz
How What We Read for Fun Sculpts Us – Reynolds
“But it’s just a story!” Well, yes and no. How what we consume can shape our ideas–for better or worse
Panelists: Jim McDonald (M), Tera Fulbright , Margaret McGraw, LeAnn Rettell, Stacey Lantagne
Reading: Darin Kennedy – Crescent
Social Media for the Socially Awkward – Smith
Are you shy? Awkward? A lizard person in a human suit? We got you. How to navigate social media in healthy ways
Panelists: Joey Starnes (M), Melissa McArthur, Chris Shrewsbury, Alex Matsuo, LC Fiore
Afrofuturist Fiction and Trends – Cameron
Modern black SF-discussions of Afrofuturism/Black pessimism, aesthetics, art, culture
Panelists: Nicole Givens Kurtz (M), Michele Berger
Moving Past the “Tragic Gay” in Storytelling – Reynolds
It wasn’t that long ago that having a queer character in a story at all was a “Dangerous Vision,” let alone a queer character that got to be happy (still weeping for you, Tara). What does the future hold?
Panelists: Ian Muneshwar (M), Betty Cross, Julie Steinbacher, Natania Barron, Sharon Stogner
Reading: James Maxey – Crescent
Mothers and Daughters – Smith
Women’s relationships to each other are simultaneously universal and unique. Let’s explore feminine familial relationships in genre fiction!
Panelists: Michele Berger (M), Alyssa Wong, Holly Walrath, Leann Rettell, Susan Griffith
Music for the Road: Gray Rinehart and David Tyberg – Cameron
Join nerdy singer-songwriters Gray and David for a few acoustic tunes on guitar and rock banjo!
Steampunk’d! – Reynolds
Finally awake? Panelists “steampunk” and movies based on audience suggestions!
Panelists: Margaret McGraw (M), Tera Fulbright, Jason Gilbert, Natania Barron, Andrew Greeson
Reading: Jim McDonald – Crescent
Crowdfunding: Is It Right for Your Project? – Smith
Kickstarter and other crowd funding sites can be huge, but is it right for your project?
Panelists: Alex Matsuo (M), John Hartness, Margaret McGraw, Stacey Lantagne, Suzanne Adair
Casting Castigations – Cameron
White washed casting is still a thing. Is it getting better? Worse? What does “better” even mean when actrs of color aren’t given credit for having “mainstream appeal”?
Panelists: Charlie Rocket (M), Tracy Walker, Erley Tilus, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Mur Lafferty
Discover Star Trek Discovery – Reynolds
Delightful people gush over Star Trek and maybe rant
Panelists: Chris Shrewsbury (M), Dave Ellis, Michael G. Williams, Gerty McHenry, Robyn McGlotten, Tracy Holt
Reading: Betty Cross – Crescent
Living the Dream and Getting Paid – Smith
So you’re ready to turn that hobby into a career (or a least a decent side hustle)? We gotta talk shop on financial planning and the business side of creativity.
Panelists: Ian Malone (M), Jim McDonald, Ada Milenkovic Brown, JL Hilton, Fraser Sherman
What Should We Be Reading? – Cameron
You’ve read the “classics,” but what’s next? New stuff comes out every year and some awesome old stuff (particularly by women and authors of color) resurfaces to start getting the visibility it deserves! Panelists and audience alike will be recommending books to read.
Panelists: Michael G. Williams (M), Natania Barron, Alyssa Wong, Michele Berger, Stacey Lantagne
Greatness Past 50 – Reynolds
Characters “of a certain age” still have a lot of offer–a discussion of ageism, aging characters, and older characters
Panelists: Samantha Bryant (M), Chris Shrewsbury, Margaret McGraw, Dave Ellis, Gail Martin
Reading: Nicole Givens Kurtz – Crescent
Closing Ceremonies – Cameron