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Friday, May 26
 

3:00pm

Where Do We Go From Here?
Limited Capacity seats available

Speculative fiction speculates, it’s all there in the name. In today’s rapidly changing climate – cultural, political, and scientific – where should we be pointing next? How can current SFF keep pace with the current developments, and still prepare the way to the future?

Moderators
KC

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins is the author of the Realm Walker urban fantasy series and the Whispered Tales twisted fairytales series. She describes herself as an author of all things fantasy, paranormal and romance. She lives in Kansas City in a house full of family and pets and can normally... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, PseudoPod Horror Podcast Magazine
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror... Read More →
avatar for H.G. Stratmann

H.G. Stratmann

Henry G. (H.G.) Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP, has been a cardiologist for over 34 years. Before entering private practice he performed clinical medical research and became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has authored or coauthored some seventy publications... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

So You Wanna Be In Pictures?
Limited Capacity seats available

Writing a screenplay is not the same as writing a novel or a short story. How transferable are those writing skills for someone who wants to see their characters on the big screen? From plot to dialog and the text descriptions in between, our panelists discuss writing for the screen.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written for... Read More →

Speakers
BD

Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan earned her MFA at the University of Arizona, and she’s the author of two published novels, including SOLE POSSESSION from Carina Press. She’s also the author of the popular reference book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS. The first novel in her epic urban fantasy/paranormal... Read More →
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a fake... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Tales of the Weird West
Limited Capacity seats available

How the west was weird! Panelists discuss the popular mixing of elements of stories from the old west with speculative fiction in books, TV, comics, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers

Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Chouteau 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

9:00pm

Little Green Men--Attack! Kansas City
Limited Capacity seats available

A launch and celebration of the Baen anthology of humorous science fiction edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Robin Wayne Bailey, with stories by Selina Rosen, James Gunn, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Friday May 26, 2017 9:00pm - Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00am
N/A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Saturday, May 27
 

10:00am

What Gives Characters Depth
Limited Capacity seats available

Writing the well-rounded character.

Moderators
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →

Speakers
PR

P R Adams

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater Denver... Read More →
LM

Lynette M. Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows, a pediatric nurse, has seen people on their best and worst days. She has seen real-life drama, villains, and heroes. Those experiences made her long for better book villains and heroes. So she began to write. She writes about characters on their worst day. She... Read More →
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →
avatar for Marguerite Reed

Marguerite Reed

Born and raised in Kansas, Marguerite Reed spent the majority of her childhood with her nose in a book or exploring backyards and pony pastures. Before she got into middle school she decided she would be a writer. After years trying to wrap her head around the craft, she sold her... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Putting The Punk Back In [Whatever]punk
Limited Capacity seats available

First came Cyberpunk. High tech and low life. Then Steampunk -- a victorian riff on cyberpunk. Then dieselpunk. Then decopunk... and the further we drifted, the more people seemed to forget about the "punk" part. Now, *-punk indicates a genre mash-up, with no underclass outcast element at all. It's time to put the resistance back in our fiction -- put the punk back in *-punk.

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →
BD

Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan earned her MFA at the University of Arizona, and she’s the author of two published novels, including SOLE POSSESSION from Carina Press. She’s also the author of the popular reference book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS. The first novel in her epic urban fantasy/paranormal... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Story in a Bag
Limited Capacity seats available

The challenge, should you choose to accept it: Write a story in less than an hour, using random prompts you’ve drawn at random from a bag. It doesn’t matter if you are a published author, a frustrated writer, a closet writer, or a writer-in-training: anyone can participate in Conquest’s Story in a Bag contest. Join us on Saturday morning for one or more of our infamous one-hour creative writing exercise/contest sessions. This event is open to all Conquest attendees, regardless of past publication status or age. During the session, each writer selects a series of random prompts from our bag of prompts, which include plot elements, setting, character, first lines, and objects. (The Young Fans division has its set of age appropriate prompts.) You will have the remainder of the hour to compose and edit your story. You MUST use ALL of the prompts you’ve drawn from the bags, including using the first line to kick things off. Your story must be no more than five pages if handwritten or three pages if typed. (If typed, you MUST have a way to print the story and return within the hour.) Remember, short and sweet! All stories written in the Story in a Bag sessions will be posted anonymously in the ConSuite, where members of the convention will vote for the stories they like most in each category (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror) and division (Professional, Amateur, and Young Fan). NobleFusion Press and the NobleFusion writer’s collective will facilitate the Story in a Bag sessions and help select the winning stories. Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies.

Moderators
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Author, Artist, Geek Princess, Cat Servant... Not Necessarily In That Order, Author & Artist
Allison Stein is an artist, author, TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Look for her watercolors and mixed media originals in the art show and her award-winning short fiction with Yard Dog Press and NobleFusion Press. Allison is a member of... Read More →

Speakers
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visual... Read More →
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job... Read More →
avatar for Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City with... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Empire C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Editors Are Not The Enemy
Limited Capacity seats available

Editors and Author-editors discuss the role of editors and authors as partners in the creative process, how to identify a good editor, why you need an editor, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
avatar for Rich Horton

Rich Horton

Rich Horton is a software engineer living in the St. Louis area. He writes a monthly column on short fiction for Locus, as well as regular articles about SF history for Black Gate. He has edited a series of Best of the Year Anthologies for Prime Books since 2006.
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels... Read More →
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Story in a Bag
Limited Capacity seats available

The challenge, should you choose to accept it: Write a story in less than an hour, using random prompts you’ve drawn at random from a bag. It doesn’t matter if you are a published author, a frustrated writer, a closet writer, or a writer-in-training: anyone can participate in Conquest’s Story in a Bag contest. Join us on Saturday morning for one or more of our infamous one-hour creative writing exercise/contest sessions. This event is open to all Conquest attendees, regardless of past publication status or age. During the session, each writer selects a series of random prompts from our bag of prompts, which include plot elements, setting, character, first lines, and objects. (The Young Fans division has its set of age appropriate prompts.) You will have the remainder of the hour to compose and edit your story. You MUST use ALL of the prompts you’ve drawn from the bags, including using the first line to kick things off. Your story must be no more than five pages if handwritten or three pages if typed. (If typed, you MUST have a way to print the story and return within the hour.) Remember, short and sweet! All stories written in the Story in a Bag sessions will be posted anonymously in the ConSuite, where members of the convention will vote for the stories they like most in each category (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror) and division (Professional, Amateur, and Young Fan). NobleFusion Press and the NobleFusion writer’s collective will facilitate the Story in a Bag sessions and help select the winning stories. Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies.

Moderators
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Author, Artist, Geek Princess, Cat Servant... Not Necessarily In That Order, Author & Artist
Allison Stein is an artist, author, TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Look for her watercolors and mixed media originals in the art show and her award-winning short fiction with Yard Dog Press and NobleFusion Press. Allison is a member of... Read More →

Speakers
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visual... Read More →
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job... Read More →
avatar for Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City with... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

From Fan to Pro
Limited Capacity seats available

Many of science fiction and fantasy's authors have come out of fandom. What's the transition like? How does a fan with professional aspirations take the first step?

Moderators
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, PseudoPod Horror Podcast Magazine
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeni Frontera

Jeni Frontera

J. R. Frontera has been telling stories in some form or another since she could hold a crayon and draw. Her love of science fiction and fantasy originated with her early exposure to the worlds of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Dune. Exploring the potential and... Read More →
BP

Brian Pigg

From eagle scout and avid dungeons and dragons player to paratrooper, bookstore builder, IT professional, fantasy fiction writer, and viking shaman. My first book was just released - Metamorphosis by Decree and the second is due before Christmas 2017.


Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Getting to done - How to finish your work
Limited Capacity seats available

Writers talk about the writing styles/methods/tips/techniques that ensure that their work gets finished.

Moderators
avatar for Jenifer

Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in English... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is a stay-at-home mom and tea-loving author of the Chroniker City steampunk series. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she journeys through life with her husband, daughter, and dog. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas but hopes one day to live somewhere... Read More →
JM

Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. She co-authors The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series and Villains in Training (coming soon). She also authored her own novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, along with many short... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Naquin

Rachel Naquin

Contemporary Fantasy Author
Rachel writes as R.L. Naquin. She’s the author of the Monster Haven series, The Djinn Haven series, and the ongoing Mt. Olympus Employment Agency series. Her stories drop average people into magical situations filled with heart, quirky humor, and sometimes darkness they'll need... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Using History in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Limited Capacity seats available

By using the Martin Koszta Affair of 1853, a little-known event in American history, we will discuss how history can help you write fantasy and science fiction.

Moderators
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →

Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Humor In Science Fiction and Fantasy
Limited Capacity seats available

As the old saying goes, dying is easy, comedy is hard. Panelists discuss humor in science fiction, including past and present examples, the difficulty of writing humor, the contributions of humorists to the field and more.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →
SR

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten anthologies... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

How to Over-think your way out of writing.
Limited Capacity seats available

Theodore Sturgeon famously taught "Ask the next question." Beginning writers everywhere are advised to ask "What if...?" as they develop their story. With a little research and some extra caffeine you too can come up with such an plethora of possibilities that your story becomes a dense jungle with no clear path--impenetrable and neverending. As denizens of the Digital Age, with its abundance of information and surfeit of attention span, we have never been in a better position to over-complicate our stories--and our lives!

Moderators
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visual... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenifer

Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in English... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint (formerly Stephanie Bibb) graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in photography and a minor in creative writing. She merged the two interests into book cover design and photographic illustration, but she particularly enjoys writing... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Naquin

Rachel Naquin

Contemporary Fantasy Author
Rachel writes as R.L. Naquin. She’s the author of the Monster Haven series, The Djinn Haven series, and the ongoing Mt. Olympus Employment Agency series. Her stories drop average people into magical situations filled with heart, quirky humor, and sometimes darkness they'll need... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Why Write Short Stories?
Limited Capacity seats available

They often don't pay well, the markets are drying up, and short stories aren't read as widely as longer work. As an attendee of last year's conference asked me, "Why write short stories, at all?" In this panel, short story writers would discuss why they continue to write short fiction, what they enjoy about the format, and what they think will be the future of short story publishing will hold.

Moderators
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a fake... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, PseudoPod Horror Podcast Magazine
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror... Read More →
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →
avatar for Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong

Dora grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Batman. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. She started her creative career with poetry and animation, but it wasn't enough to paint the worlds and people that inhabit her brain... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

Writing Fight and Combat Scenes
Limited Capacity seats available

You can learn fencing, stage combat, or martial arts, but these skills are neither necessary nor sufficient to write compelling, realistic fight scenes. What does it take to write a fight scene that creates tension and drama without turning it into a play-by-play?

Moderators
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →

Speakers
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →
SR

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten anthologies... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Fantasy and Science
Limited Capacity seats available

What can the scientific method lend to fantasy? Does the presence of gods and magic exclude the need for science? Whether it leads to technology, or just a scientific understanding of the setting and magic, what can the practice of science add to fantasy?

Moderators
CA

Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint (formerly Stephanie Bibb) graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in photography and a minor in creative writing. She merged the two interests into book cover design and photographic illustration, but she particularly enjoys writing... Read More →
JM

Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. She co-authors The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series and Villains in Training (coming soon). She also authored her own novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, along with many short... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:00pm

Editing 101 For Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

Hugo-nominated editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt and fellow editor Claire Ashgrove discuss tips for self-editing to help you improve your writing before submission.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

Dark Fantasy vs. Horror
Limited Capacity seats available

Are these just marketing terms, or is there a valid distinction here? Is it possible
for a story to be one without being the other?

Moderators
KC

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins is the author of the Realm Walker urban fantasy series and the Whispered Tales twisted fairytales series. She describes herself as an author of all things fantasy, paranormal and romance. She lives in Kansas City in a house full of family and pets and can normally... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, PseudoPod Horror Podcast Magazine
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror... Read More →
avatar for Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Day... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Sunday, May 28
 

10:00am

Can Writing Be Taught?: Classes, Workshops, and Writer's Groups
Limited Capacity seats available

Despite a debate over whether writing can be taught, particularly genre writing, creative writing programs and high-profile workshops remain full. Panelists would discuss their own experience with creative writing education, what worked and what didn't, and ultimately, whether writing can be taught, at all.

Moderators
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Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a fake... Read More →

Speakers
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Lynette M. Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows, a pediatric nurse, has seen people on their best and worst days. She has seen real-life drama, villains, and heroes. Those experiences made her long for better book villains and heroes. So she began to write. She writes about characters on their worst day. She... Read More →
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Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job... Read More →
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Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City with... Read More →
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Jesse Pringle

Executive Producer, Open Media Enterprises
Published billboard radio recording songwriter, award winning screenwriter, film producer, award winning actor, professional boxer and creator of the 9X Award W inning original digital series Kill Em All Kansas City and Kill Em All Los Angeles. Featured as "Mr. WebTV" on the cover... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Creating Languages
Limited Capacity seats available

Many SF/F worlds have their own languages, Elvish and Klingon being two examples. From etymology to grammar to culture, there are many characteristics to consider. How do you craft languages that make sense? How does a language reflect the identities of its speakers? How do we make our languages and vocabularies believable?

Moderators
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Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint (formerly Stephanie Bibb) graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in photography and a minor in creative writing. She merged the two interests into book cover design and photographic illustration, but she particularly enjoys writing... Read More →

Speakers
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Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is a stay-at-home mom and tea-loving author of the Chroniker City steampunk series. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she journeys through life with her husband, daughter, and dog. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas but hopes one day to live somewhere... Read More →
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Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to become... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Twenty Years Under Jurisdiction
Limited Capacity seats available

A one-woman show; I talk about the history of my Jurisdiction novels, how they developed, interesting developments along the way, and what is coming next. Then we do Q&A. I did this in 75 minutes at FOGCon in March (sorry, I forgot to mention that when I filled out my participant questionnaire) and will tailor my presentation to the available time.

Moderators
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Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews was born in Georgia, bounced around a lot in her early years, and came to rest in Seattle, Washington. Most of her writing – set in the inter-galactic “Jurisdiction” universe – has been focused on The Life and Hard Times of “Uncle” Andrej Koscuisko, who... Read More →

Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

One On One With Jonathan Maberry
Limited Capacity seats available

Bryan Thomas Schmidt interviews Jonathan Maberry live and also takes your questions.

Moderators
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers
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Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Blending Noir Into Speculative Fiction
Limited Capacity seats available

What if Philip Marlowe roamed the mean streets of Minas Tirith? What if two strangers met on the Luna City tube? What if R. Daneel Olivaw was hunting the Maltese Falcon? This panel will discuss specific aspects and moments you can add to your story that will give your fantasy or science fiction story the feel of Double Indemnity or the Big Sleep.

Moderators
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Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →

Speakers
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P R Adams

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater Denver... Read More →
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Marshall (Gale) Edwards

Marshall writes sci-fi, horror, and more with a taste for the heartfelt and uncanny. He's part of the old guard at Pine Float Press, a small press focused on "diverse, dynamic genre fiction". Edwards' first work was "Prairie City Response", a superhero comic that continues - glacially... Read More →
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Brian Pigg

From eagle scout and avid dungeons and dragons player to paratrooper, bookstore builder, IT professional, fantasy fiction writer, and viking shaman. My first book was just released - Metamorphosis by Decree and the second is due before Christmas 2017.


Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Will the Real Hero Please Stand Up?
Limited Capacity seats available

Sometimes the hero of a story isn’t, or isn’t only, its real protagonist. A frequently cited example is Sam Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings, who more and more focuses Frodo as the action builds. Why might an author choose to concentrate on someone other than the hero? Can the hero ever be the antagonist?

Moderators
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Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. She co-authors The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series and Villains in Training (coming soon). She also authored her own novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, along with many short... Read More →

Speakers
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Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Day... Read More →
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Anna La Voie

When she was a child, Anna La Voie thought with enough imagination anyone could perform magic. Finishing her first YA Fantasy novel, Cursed in Stone - about a girl who must find a lost Faery Queen to undo her mother’s heartbreaking curse, taught her that imagination itself is much... Read More →
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Dennis Young

Dennis Young’s writing experience began in the third grade and has continued since. Once through the grueling trials of school (grade, high, and college, surviving with a flourish) he found an outlet for his imagination in the world of fanzines and fan literature. Working in the... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

A Writer's Library: Books Every Writer Should Read
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone always says that reading is an important part of a writer's development. The panelists would discuss which books had an impact upon their writing which ones they think should be in every writer's library. This can include both craft books and normal books.

Moderators
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a fake... Read More →

Speakers
LM

Lynette M. Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows, a pediatric nurse, has seen people on their best and worst days. She has seen real-life drama, villains, and heroes. Those experiences made her long for better book villains and heroes. So she began to write. She writes about characters on their worst day. She... Read More →
avatar for Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is a stay-at-home mom and tea-loving author of the Chroniker City steampunk series. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she journeys through life with her husband, daughter, and dog. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas but hopes one day to live somewhere... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job... Read More →
avatar for Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City with... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Hitting The Wall: How Not to Crash and Burn Before Publishing Your Story
Limited Capacity seats available

A multi-part panel presented by Uptown Authors, the topics focus on specific parts of writing, editing, and preparing your manuscript for publication. From initial world-building and research, to the ABC's of writers and editors, to avoiding burnout and the terrible "real numbers" of the publishing industry, this panel will provide information all writers need to help understand some of the business and personal issues faced when thinking seriously about publication.

Moderators
avatar for Dennis Young

Dennis Young

Dennis Young’s writing experience began in the third grade and has continued since. Once through the grueling trials of school (grade, high, and college, surviving with a flourish) he found an outlet for his imagination in the world of fanzines and fan literature. Working in the... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

The Science Of Science Fiction
Limited Capacity seats available

What makes good science fiction? How much science is required? Panelists discuss science and science fiction throughout past and present and the craft of good science fiction with plenty of examples.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting... Read More →
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H.G. Stratmann

Henry G. (H.G.) Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP, has been a cardiologist for over 34 years. Before entering private practice he performed clinical medical research and became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has authored or coauthored some seventy publications... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108