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Fyrecon Schedule Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Building D2 Room 318
Building D2 Room 318
Building D2 Room 320
Building D2 Room 320
Building D2 Room 303
Building D2 Room 303
Building D3 Room 206
Building D3 Room 206
Building D3 Room 207
Building D3 Room 207
Building D3 Room 341
Building D3 Room 341
Building D3 Room 302
Building D3 Room 302
Building D3 Room 304
Building D3 Room 304
Building D3 Room 306
Building D3 Room 306
Building D3 Room 307
Building D3 Room 307
Building D3 Room 340
Building D3 Room 340
Building D2 Room 110
Building D2 Room 110
Building D2 Room 111
Building D2 Room 111
Building D2 Room 301
Building D2 Room 301
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12:00 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
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6:00 pm
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Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Overcoming Ego for Better Head Space
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Overcoming Ego for Better Head Space
Jodi L. Milner
Presenters
Jodi L. Milner
Course Type
Writing

Writing is hard enough when the fictional voices in your head are arguing, it’s downright impossible if you let the opinions of others get in the way. In this class we will learn the art of being a polished professional and learn to beat the ego bug.

    1. What is ego, and how does it affect performance?
    2. Finding a rock solid base
    3. The empty cup philosophy
    4. Practical ways to not let the haters get you down
Activity: Create an artist vision statement and identify areas of personal strength and weakness.

It's Not Just Adding a Naked, Tattooed Guy: Using Humor in Your Writing
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
It's Not Just Adding a Naked, Tattooed Guy: Using Humor in Your Writing
Christie Craig
Presenters
Christie Craig
Course Type
Writing

It’s Not Hard to do Hard Science Fiction
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
It’s Not Hard to do Hard Science Fiction
Brad R. Torgersen
Presenters
Brad R. Torgersen
Course Type
Writing

Hard Science Fiction can be intimidating for many authors. But Brad R. Torgersen is a multi-award-winning Hard SF author who can show you that it’s not hard to be Hard with your SF. Almost everything you need to know to make your science fiction stories more solidly grounded—real physics, real chemistry, real astronomy, and so forth—can be understood without obtaining a STEM degree. Brad can show you how to make the nuts-and-bolts aspects of your stories, integral to both plot and character development. Such that the science of your stories reinforces all the other aspects, to keep a reader engaged as well as entertained. Brad’s got three readers’ choice awards from the premier Hard SF magazine in the world—Analog Science Fiction and Fact. So if you want to buttress your world-building and plot construction with a healthy dose of Hard, Brad’s the one to help you do it.

Steps to Self-Editing
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Steps to Self-Editing
Eschler Editing Group Senior Editor Lindsay Flanagan
Presenters
Eschler Editing Group Senior Editor Lindsay Flanagan
Course Type
Writing

Learn which self-editing steps are non-negotiable, how to tackle your revisions in a few logical sweeps that will save time and hassle, and get access to handy checklists and resources you can use for every book going forward.

  • Four Phases of Editing
  • Word Economy
  • Word Choice
  • Metaphors and Similes
  • Purple Prose
There will be several practical applications during the class, and there will also be time for Q&A.

The Faceted Story
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Faceted Story
Johnny Worthen
Presenters
Johnny Worthen
Course Type
Writing

A presentation about those elements of narrative fiction that lend depth, value and resonance to writing. Every story has some, the best have many. We’ll learn how to identify which elements to include in your story. Subplots and multiple stories, arcs, settings, themes, novelties, information and more. A little foresight, a touch of research and a clear goal can nurture the muse to bring out the strength of the form.

The Bio Behind Biotech
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Bio Behind Biotech
Derick William Dalton
Presenters
Derick William Dalton
Course Type
Writing

I love my biology textbooks. They're meaningfully massive, intellectually delicious, and look sharp on my bookshelf. But they’re all old. Even new textbooks are 5 years out of date. So what’s up in 2018? We’ll review recent discoveries, then chop them up for story parts.

  • Genetics and Stem Cells
  • Tissue and Structure Regeneration
  • Medical Advances
Chopped up parts? Sounds like a job for Dr. Frankenstein. We’ll take a stab at it.

Strange Google Searches: How to Research
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Strange Google Searches: How to Research
Jill Bowers
Presenters
Jill Bowers
Course Type
Writing

Authors have to Google some strange things, but how do you know what sources to trust? How do you best go about researching for your writing? This class discusses reliable research methods and how to incorporate research into your writing in an interesting way.

  • Types of research
  • How to tell if a source is credible
  • Incorporating research into writing
I'll present a bit of random information, and then we'll individually write the research into writing in an interesting and engaging way.

Editing in a Flash
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Editing in a Flash
Ali Cross
Presenters
Ali Cross
Course Type
Writing

A quick and dirty editing method that will change the way you look at polishing your manuscript.

  • Writing flash fiction as an exercise to improve your writing.
  • How to fine-tune your work using these simple methods.
  • Practicing perfection.


  • We will write and edit as many works of flash fiction as we can, and in the process learn how to spot literary missteps in a flash!

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

What a Punk!
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
What a Punk!
Graham Bradley, James Wymore, Jay Barson, John M. Olsen
Presenters
Writing, Art, Panel
Course Type
Graham Bradley, James Wymore, Jay Barson, John M. Olsen

The Different Kinds of Punk Fiction and What Makes Each Unique (steampunk, dieselpunk, cyberpunk, etc.)

The Air Adventure and Other Forgotten genres of the Pulp Era
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Air Adventure and Other Forgotten genres of the Pulp Era
Jay Barnson & Bryce Beattie
Presenters
Jay Barnson & Bryce Beattie
Course Type
Writing

Those magnificent men in their flying machines (or locomotives, or jungle gear, or boxing gloves, or...) took us on all kinds of adventures in the pulp age. These "lost" genres may be ripe for a comeback or to be mined for new story ideas -- like Charles Shulz did with Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace. Learn about these old tales and where to find them today!

Podcasting 101
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Podcasting 101
Bryce Beattie and Daniel Swenson
Presenters
Bryce Beattie and Daniel Swenson
Course Type
Writing

Students will learn the software and equipment necessary to record a podcast. We will also discuss styles of podcasting.

  • Software and Equipment for Podcasting
  • Podcast Types
  • Interview Podcasts
  • Topic Discussion Podcasts

Class will divide up and perform practice interviews. Or practice discussions. A miniature podcast.

Common Kickstarter Mistakes and Questions
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Common Kickstarter Mistakes and Questions
Will Munn (m), Shawn Carmen, R. Jon Rock, Alan Bahr
Presenters
Will Munn (m), Shawn Carmen, R. Jon Rock, Alan Bahr
Course Type
Game Development

Kickstarter is an invaluable, but daunting tool. Come learn from power users of the platform about what to avoid, what to prepare for, and what to do.

Writing for Games as a Freelancer
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writing for Games as a Freelancer
Shawn Carmen
Presenters
Shawn Carmen
Course Type
Game Development

Freelancing is a hard job at the best of times, and writing for games adds a whole level of complication. Learn from current and previous freelancers and publishers about the best routes to breaking in, staying in and being successful!

Effective Playtesting
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Effective Playtesting
Shawn Carmen (m), R. Jon Rock, Craig Nybo
Presenters
Shawn Carmen (m), R. Jon Rock, Craig Nybo
Course Type
Game Development

No game is ready to ship without playtest. Learn how to run an effective, efficient, and productive playtest on your products.

How Roleplaying Games Can Make You a Better Author
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
How Roleplaying Games Can Make You a Better Author
Charles E. Gannon
Presenters
Charles E. Gannon
Course Type
Game Development

Lots of authors roleplay, from Jim Butcher, George R.R. Martin, to local authors around you! Come learn why this hobby is so engaging to creatives (and especially writers) and what they've learned and leveraged it for!

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

High End or Low: Art Materials and Tools
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
High End or Low: Art Materials and Tools
Dave Dorman, Heather Graves, Rowan North
Presenters
Dave Dorman, Heather Graves, Rowan North
Course Type
Art, Round Table

Mythology and It's Modernization
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mythology and It's Modernization
M.K. Hutchins and Ryan Decaria
Presenters
M.K. Hutchins and Ryan Decaria
Course Type
Writing, Round Table

References for Drawing Ancient Cultures
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
References for Drawing Ancient Cultures
Jemma Young and Rowan North
Presenters
Jemma Young and Rowan North
Course Type
Art, Round Table

Prescience
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Prescience
Charles E. Gannon, Eric Swedin, and Graham Bradley
Presenters
Charles E. Gannon, Eric Swedin, and Graham Bradley
Course Type
Writing, Round Table

How to Deal with a Character that Is Wise Enough to see the Future, but Isn't Psychic

Traditional vs Self-Pub Editing Process
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Traditional vs Self-Pub Editing Process
Bryce Beattie, Callie Stoker, and Charity West
Presenters
Bryce Beattie, Callie Stoker, and Charity West
Course Type
Writing, Round Table

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Redefining the Strong Female Character
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Redefining the Strong Female Character
Chersti Nieveen
Presenters
Chersti Nieveen
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

From Princess Leia Organa to Hermione Granger to Buffy Summers, each female characters has their own strength they can offer and shouldn’t all fit the standard Trinity mold of “strong heroine.” Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each character type and how they can make (or break) your story. With discussion on main characters as well as secondary characters, this advanced look at characterization will help you create strong characters that are memorable heroines for your audience.

Creating a Story that Lives & Breathes
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Creating a Story that Lives & Breathes
Ali Cross
Presenters
Ali Cross
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

Got a story idea, but not sure what to do with it? Started writing a story, but now it's a hot mess?

If you like movies, you can learn to make something awesome out of all the chaos. Come prepared to think, imagine, create, and to go home and work because you'll have a story to write!

  • The parts of a story
  • The bones of your story
  • Filling in the fat
  • Dressing for success


  • Throughout the class, students will work on filling out a form. By the end of the class, they'll have everything they need to go home and write a story that is free of chaos and takes them from story idea to glorious ending.

Specters, Spooks and other Supernatural Creatures: What are they and how can you incorporate them into your story?
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Specters, Spooks and other Supernatural Creatures: What are they and how can you incorporate them into your story?
Jana S. Brown
Presenters
Jana S. Brown
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

From the classic movie monsters to obscure folklore, what is the supernatural and how can you use it in your tales – from epic fantasy to steampunk – to add depth and wonder!

Weber University Class - Please do not Disrupt Classes
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Weber University Class - Please do not Disrupt Classes
University class are in progress - Please remember to respect the Host of this event

University class are in progress - Please remember to respect the Host of this event

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Defining Genres
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Defining Genres
Jason king
Presenters
Jason king
Course Type
Writing

As authors we hear over and over again how vital it is to “Know your audience,” and rightly so, because that is one of the keys to selling books. But how do you know what you’re writing and who you’re writing it for? Especially when you’re trying to bring your own spin and unique voice to the craft? Can you innovate and “think outside the box” while still targeting a market? Author and Publisher Jason King shares his experience looking for fresh yet, marketable authors as well as his own experience writing and selling books.

From Long to Short: The Magic of Writing Blurbs and Synopsis
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
From Long to Short: The Magic of Writing Blurbs and Synopsis
C. Michelle Jefferies
Presenters
C. Michelle Jefferies
Course Type
Writing

You've written the 80 K plus novel, now to strip it to the bones and write the synopsis and book blurb without going crazy.

  • How to get a synopsis
  • How to fine tune that synopsis
  • How to take the points in the synopsis and make a blurb

Write a blurb

Generating Character Names
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Generating Character Names
Jalete Clegg
Presenters
Jalete Clegg
Course Type
Writing

Anna Danna Mo-Manna Fee Fi Fo-Fanna, Let’s Play the Name Game - picking the perfect name for your characters is a skill set that can be a lot of fun. Get hints and tips, along with some cool websites, that will help you find the perfect names.

Voice
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Voice
Michelle Witte
Presenters
Michelle Witte
Course Type
Writing

The Heroes Journey
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Heroes Journey
Jaleta Clegg
Presenters
Jaleta Clegg
Course Type
Writing

A discussion of the basic storytelling structure Joseph Campbell first noted in his book, appropriately titled, The Hero’s Journey. When your plot feels off and you can’t figure out why, understanding this structure might help fill in the holes.

Steaks and Stakes: Creating Scenes with Purpose and Consequences
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Steaks and Stakes: Creating Scenes with Purpose and Consequences
Ryan Decaria
Presenters
Ryan Decaria
Course Type
Writing

In every scene, the focal character needs two things: a goal to accomplish (hmm, steak) and consequences for failure (the stakes). In this class, we'll break down a scene and brainstorm how to improve the overall goal and stakes. Then we'll workshop scenes submitted by the audience, focusing on these two ideas.

Weber University Class - Please do not Disrupt Classes
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Weber University Class - Please do not Disrupt Classes
University class are in progress - Please remember to respect the Host of this event

University class are in progress - Please remember to respect the Host of this event

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Fantastical Beasts- Horse Like Creatures
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fantastical Beasts- Horse Like Creatures
Kaitlund Zupanic
Presenters
Kaitlund Zupanic
Course Type
Art

Digital Character Creation 01 - Sketching
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Digital Character Creation 01 - Sketching
Dennis Dorrity
Presenters
Dennis Dorrity
Course Type
Art

Why should you sketch digitally instead of just picking up a pencil and paper? In this session, Dennis Dorrity demonstrate digital sketching processes to that can greatly speed up your character creation. Dennis will provide brush downloads and digital sample characters for you try your character sketching on your own!

Coloring for Genre and Mood: Battle Scenes
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Coloring for Genre and Mood: Battle Scenes
Preston Stone
Presenters
Preston Stone
Course Type
Art

Drawing Hands and Feet
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Drawing Hands and Feet
Rob Carlos
Presenters
Rob Carlos
Course Type
Art

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Worldbuilding Religion
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Worldbuilding Religion
Daxon Levine
Presenters
Daxon Levine
Course Type
Writing

Take Inspiration from real world religions and mythology to craft unique fictional religions in a respectful and creative manner.

  • Symbols
  • Heroes
  • Rituals
  • Values
Norse and Maori storytime.

Information Security
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Information Security
Eric Swedin
Presenters
Eric Swedin
Course Type
Writing

How to portray computer hacking in your fiction.

Writing Dialogue to Fit Your World
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Writing Dialogue to Fit Your World
Callie Stoker
Presenters
Callie Stoker
Course Type
Writing

The characters in your unique world need to speak in a way that matches that worldbuilding. Learn common time period, gender role, and social communication “rules” of our world in order to clearly apply those guidelines to the world of your building.

  • Gender Roles
  • Guidelines/Rules
  • Swear words
  • Idioms

Interactive examples from the material

Revision Techniques for Pansters
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Revision Techniques for Pansters
Charity West
Presenters
Charity West
Course Type
Writing

You’ve followed your muse, allowed your characters to steer, and you’ve written—a tangled mess? Now what? This class will teach techniques to organize the beautiful chaos and create a structured novel. You’ll learn how to map your book and how to use the map to address character, plot, and theme.

  • How NOT to approach revisions
  • How to map your book/reverse outline
  • Using the map to address character
  • Using the map to address plot
  • Using the map to address theme
  • Next Steps
Attendees may bring the first chapter of their work in progress, and we'll practice applying the principles of book mapping to that chapter.

Intellectual Property I: Can I . . . ? Avoiding Legal Problems in Your Creative Work
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Intellectual Property I: Can I . . . ? Avoiding Legal Problems in Your Creative Work
M. Scott Boone
Presenters
M. Scott Boone
Course Type
SME

Can I quote a song in my novel? Can I use the actual name of products in my writing? Can I write in someone else’s world if my story is original? Can I sell prints of my own versions of someone else’s characters? Isn’t it all fair use or something? Can I . . . ?

This class will introduce you to the basics of several types of intellectual property and discuss how to avoid getting yourself into legal trouble when creating and selling your work.

(Note that this class is paired with Intellectual Property II: Getting Rights in Your Creative Work and Maximizing Their Value, but you do not need to the other class to understand this one. Each class stands on its own.)

Powerpoint as a Writing Tool - So Crazy It Just Might Work
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Powerpoint as a Writing Tool - So Crazy It Just Might Work
Michael Darling
Presenters
Michael Darling
Course Type
Writing

Planning a novel is a daunting task. Researching, organizing, outlining—these are steps that require flexible, easy-to-use tools. In this class, we'll explore ways to use a tool that's versatile and, for many, already on their computers: Powerpoint! Is it an idea that's too bizarre? Or an idea whose time has come?

Weber University Class - Please do not Disrupt Classes
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Weber University Class - Please do not Disrupt Classes
University class are in progress - Please remember to respect the Host of this event

University class are in progress - Please remember to respect the Host of this event

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator
Have you ever wanted to be part of the bridge on a starship?
Course Type
Event

Have you ever wanted to be part of the bridge on a starship? Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator lets you turn your living room into the bridge of a spaceship. You and your friends assume the jobs of Captain, Helm, Science, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Together you operate your ship and defend the sector from evil aliens. The crew of the USS White Buffalo will be running Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator to Fyrecon 2! The USS White Buffalo also brings the ability to play different ships and to even choose your enemies! http://usswhitebuffalo.org/ Be the Crew of your own spaceship! http://www.artemis.eochu.com/

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Writing Fantasy and SF Poetry
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Writing Fantasy and SF Poetry
JoSelle Vanderhooft
Presenters
JoSelle Vanderhooft
Course Type
Writing

Yes, fantasy and science fiction poetry is a thing! There are even awards for it. But what is it? And how do you write it? And where do you publish it?

Why Write Short Stories?
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Why Write Short Stories?
John M. Olsen
Presenters
John M. Olsen

An exploration of why authors at every stage of success often write short stories. Whether breaking in as an absolute beginner, or as a mega-author with tens of thousands of fans, there are benefits to writing short stories. What stage are you at, and what can you gain from writing short stories?

Level Up! Your Life (Part 1)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Level Up! Your Life (Part 1)
Terri Baranowski
Presenters
Terri Baranowski
Course Type
Writing

Struggling to find time to write? Do you create goals & To Do Lists but never seem to be any closer to achieving your dreams? Come learn a fun way to increase productivity and Level Up your life!

Mastering the Anatomy of Action Scenes
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mastering the Anatomy of Action Scenes
Jared Garrett
Presenters
Jared Garrett
Course Type
Writing

This workshop provides the structure and format for crafting killer action scenes, no matter your genre. The best action scenes have a specific anatomy that we can all use. Participants will get the most out of this workshop by bringing either an action scene they're working on or an action scene from a favorite book.

  • Overall Anatomy of an Action Scene
  • The Bones
  • The Organs
  • The Skin

How to tell a great story- oral storytelling 101
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
How to tell a great story- oral storytelling 101
Julie Barnson
Presenters
Julie Barnson
Course Type
Writing

Learn how to tell a great story! We are all storytellers, whether we are telling about our day, or performing in front of an audience. This workshop will teach you how to learn a story, how to perform a story, and how to connect with your audience.

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Monsters Among Us
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monsters Among Us
Nichole Giles
Presenters
Nichole Giles
Course Type
SME

An Inside Look at a South Texas Murder Trial

What happens inside a courtroom during a murder trial? Wish you could y witness the American justice system for yourself? USAT bestselling author, Nichole Giles, did just that. Hear interesting facts as presented from the unique view of a police wife, who has seen far more evidence than was presented to the public.

The Chocolate Awesomeness
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Chocolate Awesomeness
Karen Evans
Presenters
Karen Evans
Course Type
SME

Kaffeeklatsch: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Kaffeeklatsch: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Presenters
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Course Type
Writing

Weber University Class - Please do not Disrupt Classes
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Weber University Class - Please do not Disrupt Classes
University class are in progress - Please remember to respect the Host of this event

University class are in progress - Please remember to respect the Host of this event

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

The Role of Images in Telling Stories
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Role of Images in Telling Stories
Jess Smart Smiley
Presenters
Jess Smart Smiley
Course Type
Art

Visual List
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Visual List
Jess Smart Smiley
Presenters
Jess Smart Smiley
Course Type
Art

Art Technology
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Art Technology
Jemma Young
Presenters
Jemma Young
Course Type
Art

Come learn the latest technology that’s available for artists and designers. This includes reviews of hardware and software.

Acrylics Workshop for Beginners
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Acrylics Workshop for Beginners
Renae Kingsley
Presenters
Renae Kingsley
Course Type
Art

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Introduction to Tabletop Gaming
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Introduction to Tabletop Gaming
Natasha Ence (m), Alan Bahr, Shawn Carmen, Craig Nybo
Presenters
Natasha Ence (m), Alan Bahr, Shawn Carmen, Craig Nybo
Course Type
Game Development

Every wondered about the mysterious world of tabletop roleplaying and board games? Come learn from industry experts about the crazy hobby that you just can't stop! Discussions around the common terms, cliches and types of tabletop gaming will occur.

Collaborating
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Collaborating
Blake Casselman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Jemma Young, and M. Scott Boone
Presenters
Blake Casselman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Jemma Young, and M. Scott Boone
Course Type
Writing, Panel

The YA Bubble has Popped: What Does this Mean for You?
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The YA Bubble has Popped: What Does this Mean for You?
Callie Stoke, David Farland, and Nichole Giles
Presenters
Callie Stoke, David Farland, and Nichole Giles
Course Type
Writing. Panel

Writing Contests: How they Benefit You
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writing Contests: How they Benefit You
Brad R. Torgersen, David Farlanh, Jenna Eatough, John M. Olsen, Julie Frost
Presenters
Brad R. Torgersen, David Farlanh, Jenna Eatough, John M. Olsen, Julie Frost
Course Type
Writing, Panel

Formula vs Innovation: Which is the Better Path
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Formula vs Innovation: Which is the Better Path
Callie Stoker, Jay Barson, M.K. Hutchins, and Robert J Defendi
Presenters
Callie Stoker, Jared Garrett, Jay Barson, M.K. Hutchins, and Robert J Defendi
Course Type
Writing, Panel

SibScript Awards Ceremony
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
SibScript Awards Ceremony
Presenters
SibScript
Course Type
Special Event

Fyrecon is pleased to welcome Sibyl’s Scriptorium, Æther Illustration Contest, DragonComet Short Story Contest, Odyssey Poetry Contest, and PhoenixMoon Graphic Novel Contest. Celebrate with SibScript as they announce the 2018 contest winners at this public event. Winners are picked from all divisions: young school age, school age, and adults. Sibyl’s Scriptorium Volume 5 will be available for sale and signing.

Reg. Opens at 8am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Gaming
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Gaming
Paragon City
Presenters
Paragon City

Presented by Paragon City

Klask Tournament (FREE, 2 players/table) [On Demand] {Score points and avoid getting stuck! Klask is a dexterity game that is simple to learn and difficult to master! Winner at each table gets a prize!"}; Free Play

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Building D2 Room 318
Building D2 Room 318
Building D2 Room 320
Building D2 Room 320
Building D2 Room 303
Building D2 Room 303
Building D2 Room 306
Building D2 Room 306
Building D2 Room 114
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Building D2 Room 117
Building D2 Room 117
Building D3 Room 341
Building D3 Room 341
Building D3 Room 302
Building D3 Room 302
Building D3 Room 304
Building D3 Room 304
Building D3 Room 306
Building D3 Room 306
Building D3 Room 307
Building D3 Room 307
Building D3 Room 339
Building D3 Room 339
Building D3 Room 340
Building D3 Room 340
Building D2 Room 110
Building D2 Room 110
Building D2 Room 111
Building D2 Room 111
Building D2 Room 301
Building D2 Room 301
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Reg. Opens at 8am
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Aerospace Medicine: The Human Body in Space
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aerospace Medicine: The Human Body in Space
Derick William Dalton
Presenters
Derick William Dalton
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

Attendees will better understand physiology in extremes of temperature and pressure, have resources for further study, practice weaving a story around the science, and generate a list of ideas for current and future projects. Easily queasy? All less graphic than an episode of Bones. Class is geared to all experience levels.

  • Microgravity and Radiation Hate You
  • Orbital First Aid, Zero-G Surgery , and Astronaut Emergencies
  • Martians and Lunies
Science-Up a Scene: We'll choose one from a favorite work of sci-fi, including our own, and integrate what we learn. Literature and science are synergistic, not mutually exclusive. Bill Watterson Light Bulbs: According to the cartoon master, one of the best ways to get new ideas is learn something. We'll pause to discuss how the science can trigger story, character, or plot ideas.

The Building Blocks of World Building
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Building Blocks of World Building
Jill Bowers
Presenters
Jill Bowers
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

How do we create a believable but unique new world for our stories? Come to this class to learn the basics of world building, including fun magic systems, interesting indigenous species, wild topography, and more.

  • Magic systems
  • Species
  • Landscape
  • History
We'll create our own class world.

No Useless Princesses Here!
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
No Useless Princesses Here!
Julie Barnson
Presenters
Julie Barnson
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

It is a common assumption that all the girls in fairy tales are princesses who wait around getting rescued. This isn't true! There are hundreds of stories from all around the world of girls who are clever, and strong. Storyteller Julie Barnson introduces these ladies in stories that will delight and entertain.

Your Electronic Con Package
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Your Electronic Con Package
DawnRay Ammon and Jenna Eatough
Presenters
DawnRay Ammon and Jenna Eatough
Course Type
Writing, Art, Game Development

Ghost Stories Are Important, and You Should Tell Them!
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ghost Stories Are Important, and You Should Tell Them!
Julie Barnson
Presenters
Julie Barnson
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

Storyteller Julie Barnson loves to tell ghost stories, but she often finds there are people who don't want to listen! They don't like ghost stories because they don't want to be scared. There are reasons we tell ghost stories, and they play an important role. Learn about ghost stories, and hear some of her scariest!

The Marketing Appeal of Book Cover Design
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Marketing Appeal of Book Cover Design
Chersti Nieveen
Presenters
Chersti Nieveen
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

Learn how to evaluate whether your book cover is successful as you come to understand the real purpose behind book cover design—and how to use that book cover when marketing. For indie and traditional authors.

  • advanced marketing techniques
  • tips to better market the cover
  • beginner to advanced design techniques and how to spot them and know if you have a good cover
Reviewing various books cover via PowerPoint and analyzing them for strengths and weaknesses

Making Money Writing Short Fiction
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Making Money Writing Short Fiction
M.K. Hutchins
Presenters
M.K. Hutchins
Course Type
Writing

Come learn how to sell your short fiction! We'll talk about how the short story market works, what authors can expect to get paid, and how that stacks up against novels. And we'll talk about making the most of your stories even after they've sold.

Managing Research and the Internet
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Managing Research and the Internet
David Powers King, Eric Swedin, Jill Bowers, M.K. Hutchins, and Scott E. Tarbet
Presenters
David Powers King, Eric Swedin, Jill Bowers, M.K. Hutchins, and Scott E. Tarbet
Course Type
Writing, Panel

Reg. Opens at 8am
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Creating a Game from Start to Finish: Part 1 - Concept to Prototyping
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creating a Game from Start to Finish: Part 1 - Concept to Prototyping
Alan Bahr, Shawn Carmen
Presenters
Alan Bahr, Shawn Carmen
Course Type
Game Development

Creating a game is hard. These classes will combine experience game designers, who will walk you through the hands-on steps of creating your game! The first class handles turning your game concept into a playable prototype!

What Color Are Her Eyes?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
What Color Are Her Eyes?
Karen Hoover
Presenters
Karen Hoover
Course Type
Writing

The details you ACTUALLY need to describe a character and how to incorporate those details in a natural manner.

Creating a Game from Start to Finish: Part 2 - Playtesting to Funding
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Creating a Game from Start to Finish: Part 2 - Playtesting to Funding
Alan Bahr, Will Munn
Presenters
Alan Bahr, Will Munn
Course Type
Game Development

Creating a game is hard. These classes will combine experience game designers, who will walk you through the hands-on steps of creating your game! The second class handles playtesting, refinement, crowdfunding and all the steps in between!

Creating a Game from Start to Finish: Part 3 - Production, Delivery, and Ongoing Support
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Creating a Game from Start to Finish: Part 3 - Production, Delivery, and Ongoing Support
Alan Bahr, Martin Greening
Presenters
Alan Bahr, Martin Greening
Course Type
Game Development

Creating a game is hard. These classes will combine experience game designers, who will walk you through the hands-on steps of creating your game! The third class handles delivering your game, supporting it, and making sure the quality of the product meets your needs.

The ABCs of a Good Critique
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The ABCs of a Good Critique
Lyn Worthen
Presenters
Lyn Worthen
Course Type
Writing

Cutting Your Teeth: How to get started as a gaming writer
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cutting Your Teeth: How to get started as a gaming writer
Craig Nybo (m), Drew Gerken, Will Munn
Presenters
Craig Nybo (m), Drew Gerken, Will Munn
Course Type
Game Development

There's a LOT of games and gaming writing out there. How do you get started? Publishers and writers will teach you about the steps.

Personality Theories
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Personality Theories
Daxon Levine
Presenters
Daxon Levine
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

Forget the MBTI! Learn the methods and findings of actual psychological personality theories. Apply those principles to create believable characters in your own writing.

  • Controversy behind the MBTI (Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator)
  • History of Personality Theories (Jung, Freud, Maslow, Adler)
  • Contemporary Personality Theories (Five Factor Model, OCEAN, EASI, Forer Profiles)
Links to online personality tests
Demonstration of the Barnum Effect

Reg. Opens at 8am
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Into to Sculpture
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Into to Sculpture
Devon Dorrity
Presenters
Devon Dorrity
Course Type
Art

Intro Into Watercolors
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Intro Into Watercolors
Alyson Peterson
Presenters
Alyson Peterson
Course Type
Art

How to prepare your paper, brushes, and paints before creating. Also covers the manipulation of water.

Draw It With Me: From Life Models
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Draw It With Me: From Life Models
Brian C. Hailes, The Utah Mermaids
Presenters
Brian C. Hailes, The Utah Mermaids
Course Type
Art

Learn how to draw from life using live models as reference. The Utah Mermaids will join Brian C. Hailes as life models.

  • Choosing a model
  • Choosing a pose
  • Choosing your medium
  • Lighting your model
  • Drawing from life
The class will choose a model and draw from life with the help of award-winning artist, Brian C. Hailes

Reg. Opens at 8am
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Practical Jobs in the Arts
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Practical Jobs in the Arts
Preston Stone and Dennis Dorrity
Presenters
Preston Stone and Dennis Dorrity
Course Type
Art, Round Table

Time Travel Books: The Good the Bad the Ugly
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Time Travel Books: The Good the Bad the Ugly
Lynn Kurland, Kevin H Evans, and Scott E. Tarbet
Presenters
Lynn Kurland, Kevin H Evans, and Scott E. Tarbet
Course Type
Writing, Round Table

What is Science?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
What is Science?
Eric Swedin
Presenters
Eric Swedin
Course Type
Writing

Science fiction is about science and fiction. What is science? How does science work? What are some good science ideas for stories?

Commissioned Art: Pitfalls and Benefits
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Commissioned Art: Pitfalls and Benefits
Carter Reid, Jemma Young, and Sean Nathan Ricks
Presenters
Carter Reid, Jemma Young, and Sean Nathan Ricks
Course Type
Art, Round Table

Body Art Basics
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Body Art Basics
Renae Kingsley
Presenters
Renae Kingsley
Course Type
Art

Comics to Read
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Comics to Read
Graham Bradley and Jess Smart Smiley
Presenters
Graham Bradley and Jess Smart Smiley
Course Type
Art, Round Table

Reg. Opens at 8am
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Reg. Opens at 8am

Greek Myths You Should Know and Probably Don't
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Greek Myths You Should Know and Probably Don't
Julie Barnson
Presenters
Julie Barnson
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

Not only are the Greek Myths great stories, but they are referenced over and over again in modern life. Understand all of those allusions to the ancient Greeks as Storyteller Julie Barnson shares some of her favorite myths.

Making the Most Out of Your Sketchbook
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Making the Most Out of Your Sketchbook
Jess Smart Smiley
Presenters
Jess Smart Smiley
Course Type
Art

Fashion Ends Quickly, But Style is Forever
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fashion Ends Quickly, But Style is Forever
Nichole Giles
Presenters
Nichole Giles
Course Type
Writing, Teen Track

Beautiful writing isn't about the words we use, it's about the emotions we evoke. As fashion begins with a single pair of shoes, crafting a beautiful story begins with the construction of a single sentence.

Being Fiscal May NOT be Sexy, But...: The Business Side of Freelancing
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Being Fiscal May NOT be Sexy, But...: The Business Side of Freelancing
Doug Wagner
Presenters
Doug Wagner
Course Type
Art

Come learn how professional freelancers navigate the world of personal finances and taxes. Did you know you can write off part of your rent or mortgage if you have a home office? What about travel to a con? You know, like Fyrecon?

Digital Character Creation 02 - Prepping for Color
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Digital Character Creation 02 - Prepping for Color
Dennis Dorrity
Presenters
Dennis Dorrity
Course Type
Art

You have your sketch completed…what’s next. Dennis Dorrity with demonstrate taking a sketch and from the sketch phase and prepare it for color. With speed enhancements that you can only get by working in the digital realm, you will learn how to get your sketch ready to paint quickly and efficiently. Dennis will provide brush downloads and digital sample characters for you try on your own!

Using History in Your Novel
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Using History in Your Novel
Eric Swedin
Presenters
Eric Swedin
Course Type
Writing

How can history be a source of ideas, as well as a way of understanding how historical people and past civilizations behaved?

Audiobook Recording for Beginners
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Audiobook Recording for Beginners
Bryce Beattie
Presenters
Bryce Beattie
Course Type
Writing

Students will learn what software and equipment they need to record and audio books. They will also learn tips and tricks how to set up a recording space, and perform the text.

  • Equipment & Software
  • Setting up a recording space
  • Recording and vocal performance
  • Editing and File Preperation

  • Students will get a chance to use recording equipment to record a snippet of fiction of their choice.

    When a Hero Isn't What You Need
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    When a Hero Isn't What You Need
    Jalete Clegg
    Presenters
    Jalete Clegg
    Course Type
    Writing

    Sometimes you don’t want a hero in tights and a cape, or with a sword and shiny armor, or even in a spaceship. A discussion of anti-heroes, reluctant heroes, and just plain main characters. No super-powers required.

    How to Handle Plagiarism
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    How to Handle Plagiarism
    David Farland, Jason King, and M. Scott Boone
    Presenters
    David Farland, Jason King, and M. Scott Boone
    Course Type
    Writing, Panel

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Five Ways to Make Your Characters More Loveable and Believable
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Five Ways to Make Your Characters More Loveable and Believable
    Christie Craig
    Presenters
    Christie Craig
    Course Type
    Writing

    How to Plot a Novel in an Hour
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    How to Plot a Novel in an Hour
    Robert J. Defendi and Dan Willis
    Presenters
    Robert J. Defendi and Dan Willis
    Course Type
    Writing

    Using suggestions from the audience, we will plot an novel during the course of one class. You'll laugh. You'll cry. Bob will burn about 4,000 calories.

      1. Brainstorming
      2. Plotting
      3. Structure

    Build Your Own Werewolf
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Build Your Own Werewolf
    Julie Frost
    Presenters
    Julie Frost
    Course Type
    Writing

    Critical Thinking for Character Building

    The ADHD Writer's Guide to Productivity
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    The ADHD Writer's Guide to Productivity
    Dan Willis
    Presenters
    Dan Willis
    Course Type
    Writing

    I have ADHD like a puppy and yet I managed to get books published. If I can find the time and the gumption to write, then anyone can. All it takes is some organization and a dream. You bring the dream and I'll provide the rest.

    • The Monday Suit (The power of organization)
    • Schedule time to write Outline! Keep Editing Separate from Writing
    • Set Goals
    • Control Your Environment
    I'll provide a Procrastination Busters worksheet for the class to fill out and we'll take time to do that.

    Death to the Parents!
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Death to the Parents!
    Jalete Clegg
    Presenters
    Jalete Clegg
    Course Type
    Writing

    Why do so many MG and YA start off with dying or dead parents? Beyond bringing obvious motives for the poor orphans, it brings in an immediate emotional moment. Are there other ways? Do the parents always have to die in order for the main character to find his path?

    Misdirection - Twisting Magic, Bending Minds
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Misdirection - Twisting Magic, Bending Minds
    Michael Darling
    Presenters
    Michael Darling
    Course Type
    Writing

    That magical moment. That amazing mystery. That mind-bending twist of plot. They are all made possible by "misdirection." We'll explore the art of using misdirection to mystify readers fairly and in the most entertaining way. There will be magic to illustrate, presented by an expert in writing and the art of illusion.

    Collaborations: Keeping It Together While Working Together
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Collaborations: Keeping It Together While Working Together
    David Powers King
    Presenters
    David Powers King
    Course Type
    Writing

    When it comes to writing in another person's world or with an illustrator, what is needed to have an efficient coauthoring partnership? David Powers King provides a basket full of ideas and hard experienced tips on how to get started and work great together for a successful collaboration.

    • What is a collaboration
    • Different types of collaborations
    • How to have a functional collaboration
    Short Collaboration exercise.

    Level Up! Your Writing Career (Part 2)
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Level Up! Your Writing Career (Part 2)
    Terri Baranowski
    Presenters
    Terri Baranowski
    Course Type
    Writing

    Are you an authorpreneur ready to take life to the next level? Do you want to work smarter and grow your writing career? Then this is the class for you!

    Scenes that Steal the Scene
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Scenes that Steal the Scene
    Callie Stoker
    Presenters
    Callie Stoker
    Course Type
    Writing

    Take your scene concepts and turn them into fully expressed experiences that your reader can climb into and never want to leave.

    • Create Good Story Flow
    • Outline Scenes
    • Give your Scene a complete arc
    • Elements that make up a scene
    Create a scene together in class

    Going Beyond the "Cliché"
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Going Beyond the "Cliché"
    Chersti Nieveen
    Presenters
    Chersti Nieveen
    Course Type
    Writing

    Clichés go beyond your traditional Mary Sue and are found across the board when it comes to storytelling, making your novel come across as predictable and boring. Learn how to spot clichéd dialogue, scenes, characters, and plot lines and make them your own to elevate your story and create better writing.

    • spotting cliches
    • how to rework cliches
    • how to create a unique story

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    How to Build a Virtual Reality Application in Unity
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    How to Build a Virtual Reality Application in Unity
    Jay Barnson & Tony Morrill
    Presenters
    Jay Barnson & Tony Morrill
    Course Type
    Video Game Development

    We're living in the future now with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Once existing only in research labs and science fiction, this technology is here now and keeps improving. This panel discusses the state of VR/AR, where it is heading, and the sometimes surprising applications for it are being found today.

    Making Dragon and Phoenix Eggs
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Making Dragon and Phoenix Eggs
    C. Michelle Jefferies
    Presenters
    C. Michelle Jeffereies
    Course Type
    Art
    Material Fee
    $2.00 for a Dragon Egg. $5.00 for a Phoenix Egg

    Dragon eggs color in the heat. Phoenix eggs follow their holder’s mood. Come paint your own and take it home today. This workshop is come and go as you please during the three hours.

    • Dragon Eggs: $2.00
    • Phoenix Eggs: $5.00

    Writing Action Sequences Live Demo
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Writing Action Sequences Live Demo
    Sean Nathan Ricks, Shane Smith, Julie Frost
    Presenters
    Sean Nathan Ricks, Shane Smith, Julie Frost
    Course Type
    Writing

    Depth Charge
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Depth Charge
    Dan Willis
    Presenters
    Dan Willis
    Course Type
    Writing

    Developing deep, nuanced characters doesn't happen by accident. This course will explain how to develop your characters, how to give them depth, and how to bring their unique personalities into your story.

    • The "Getting to Know You" form
    • Learning What Your Character Wants
    • The Main vs Impact Character conflict
    • Giving Your Character What They Need to Win
    • The Character "Bible"

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Comic Creator: Writing Pictures
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Comic Creator: Writing Pictures
    Blake Casselman, Brian C. Hailes, and Doug Wagner
    Presenters
    Blake Casselman, Brian C. Hailes, and Doug Wagner
    Course Type

    Students will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills in writing a comic book or graphic novel script, and applications in sequential storytelling. The class will cover writing a script, and then adapting that script into a comic book layout.

    • Brainstorming ideas and researching.
    • Creating a story, characters and plotting.
    • Writing the script.
    • Converting the script to layout.
    • Thumbnails and comps.
    • Finalizing the art.


    Each student will adapt a 1-2 page script into rough thumbnail comic book art.

    Dave Dorman: Live Demo with Q&A
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Dave Dorman: Live Demo with Q&A
    Dave Dorman
    Presenters
    Dave Dorman
    Course Type
    Art

    Writing Addiction: Breaking the Stigma
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Writing Addiction: Breaking the Stigma
    David Powers King
    Presenters
    David Powers King
    Course Type
    Writing

    Characters in fiction may suffer with behavioral or chemical addiction. How do people fall into this trap? Is addiction a disease? David Powers King, author and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, provides insight into the process of this problem to help with more realistic and less stigmatizing portrayals of addiction.

    • Defining addiction
    • Example of addiction in fiction
    • Resources to learn more

    Brown Eyes or Blue? How to Create and Use a Series Bible
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Brown Eyes or Blue? How to Create and Use a Series Bible
    C. Michelle Jefferies
    Presenters
    C. Michelle Jefferies
    Course Type
    Writing

    Learn to create a story database either in hard copy or electronic. Save yourself the headache of ever changing details and lost facts.

    • How to create a series or book bible
    • What to put in it
    • How to use it

    Beginning notes for a book bible

    Stump a Copyeditor
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Stump a Copyeditor
    Jennie Stevens
    Presenters
    Jennie Stevens
    Course Type
    Writing

    Do you have a grammar conundrum? Are your style guides or Google letting you down? Come and ask a professional copyeditor your toughest grammar, punctuation, or usage questions, and if I don't know the answer, we'll find it together.

    • Grammar
    • Punctuation
    • Usage
    Participants should bring their toughest questions--ones they've never been able to find an answer to--and see if they can stump me. If I don't know it, we'll work together as a class to find an answer or open a debate about the best solution. Bringing real example sentences is a plus.

    How Movies Make You a Better Writer
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    How Movies Make You a Better Writer
    Bryan Young
    Presenters
    Bryan Young
    Course Type
    Writing

    Watching Movies is something we all do. How can we take those techniques and apply them to our prose?

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator
    9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator
    Have you ever wanted to be part of the bridge on a starship?
    Course Type
    Special Event

    Have you ever wanted to be part of the bridge on a starship? Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator lets you turn your living room into the bridge of a spaceship. You and your friends assume the jobs of Captain, Helm, Science, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Together you operate your ship and defend the sector from evil aliens. The crew of the USS White Buffalo will be running Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator to Fyrecon 2! The USS White Buffalo also brings the ability to play different ships and to even choose your enemies! http://usswhitebuffalo.org/ Be the Crew of your own spaceship! http://www.artemis.eochu.com/

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Developing Story Ideas for Comic
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Developing Story Ideas for Comic
    Jemma Young
    Presenters
    Jemma Young
    Course Type
    Art

    Comics are more popular than ever. But how do you write a comic? From creating a script to visual development, learn how to develop your own comic.

    Fun with Fantasy Art: Digital Painting Fundamentals
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Fun with Fantasy Art: Digital Painting Fundamentals
    Preston Stone
    Presenters
    Preston Stone
    Course Type
    Art

    The Dragon Anomaly
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    The Dragon Anomaly
    Kaitlund Zupanic
    Presenters
    Kaitlund Zupanic
    Course Type
    Art

    So you have a dragon or other fantasy creature, now what? In this course we will talk about polishing your drawing skills, anatomy, value and composition. Taking a sketch or drawing, and turning it into an illustration.

    How to Think in the Third Dimension
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    How to Think in the Third Dimension
    Rowan North
    Presenters
    Rowan North
    Course Type
    Art

    Costume design, doll and plushmaking, and many more forms of art require not just drawing skills, but an ability to visualize a design from all angles. This panel focuses on some tips and tricks to help get you from a sketch to a finished concept.

    Scripts to Storyboards
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Scripts to Storyboards
    Jemma Young and Chad Hardin
    Presenters
    Jemma Young and Chad Hardin
    Course Type
    Art

    Reading a comic should be easy. Come learn how to lay out a comic to tell your story in the best way possible.

    Drawing Zombies
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Drawing Zombies
    Carter Reid
    Presenters
    Carter Reid
    Course Type
    Art

    Writing a One-Page Comic Book Pitch
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Writing a One-Page Comic Book Pitch
    Doug Wagner
    Presenters
    Doug Wagner

    Writing a One-Page Comic Book Pitch 2 Hours General Programming Beginner Doug Wagner will discuss the ever-so-dreaded one-page comic book pitch. After analyzing several professional samples and breaking them down in open discussion, the students will then write a one-page pitch in class. How to write a professional one-page comic book pitch. Discuss how editors evaluate a pitch and what they tend to look for. Discuss the horrors of taking your story and breaking it down to a single page. The students will be given 45 minutes to write a one-page comic book pitch based on three random words/topics provided to them.

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Aliens among us: Weird and wonderful things insects do, a few examples from insect behavior and biology
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Aliens among us: Weird and wonderful things insects do, a few examples from insect behavior and biology
    Michele Jones
    Presenters
    Michele Jones
    Course Type
    SME

    Insects interact very differently with the world. See some examples from insect sensory systems, and how that effects how insects interact with their environment. Learn about the bizarre world of insect symbionts. Meet the social insects, the most abundant creatures on our planet. What would your job be in an ant colony?

    Here Comes The Boom
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Here Comes The Boom
    Graham Bradley
    Presenters
    Graham Bradley
    Course Type
    SME

    Stuff you should know about industrial explosives.

    TV shows tend to get things wrong, and they're especially bad about explosions. This class focuses on the industrial side of demolition, and gets into the technical and legal details surrounding this exciting line of work.

    Blood Basics for Beginning Writers
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Blood Basics for Beginning Writers
    Candace J Thomas
    Presenters
    Candace J Thomas
    Course Type
    SME

    Blood is used as a element of horror and suspense, but it's also science. Come learn about realistic blood usage and science basics to be used in your writing from Candace Thomas, novelist and practicing blood banker.

    • Education about the science of blood
    • Using blood as a visual intensifier
    • Using science as the basis of plague , pandemic, or species genus in dystopian/fantasy novels.
    • Analyzing writing when to use blood and when not to use blood. Discuss personal writing projects and discussion of theories involving blood science related writing.

    Caving
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Caving
    Swede Larson
    Presenters
    Swede Larson

    Building a Set for Your Performers
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Building a Set for Your Performers
    Erin Spencer
    Presenters
    Erin Spencer
    Course Type
    Art

    Appearances can make or break a company in the performance world, and one of the best ways to catch the eye of potential clients is through your set. However, while it is important to have a show-stopping set, you must remember that you are likely not going to be the one sitting there for 8+ hours. This class goes through the steps of designing a set that meets both the criteria of being eye catching and functional for your performers.

    Atmospheric Chemistry – Taming the Dinosaurs and Their Pasture
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Atmospheric Chemistry – Taming the Dinosaurs and Their Pasture
    Delbert Eatough
    Presenters
    Delbert Eatough
    Course Type
    SME

    The Class will overview the science behind problems associated with the extensive use of biofuels that writers should be aware of.

    Points the class will cover:
    a) Impact of fossil fuel use on the global radiative balance (global warming)
    b) Impact of fossil fuel use on visibility (blue skies vs red skies and how well you can see them)
    c) Impact of fossil fuel use on morbidity and mortality (what where the London fogs all about?)

    Patent 101: The Engine That Drives Innovation
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Patent 101: The Engine That Drives Innovation
    M. Scott Boone
    Presenters
    M. Scott Boone
    Course Type
    SME

    A look at the ins and outs of patents, the patenting process, and the policy behind them

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Running a Mermaid Business: Insurance, Costumes, Competition! Oh My!
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Running a Mermaid Business: Insurance, Costumes, Competition! Oh My!
    Erin Spencer
    Presenters
    Erin Spencer
    Course Type
    SME

    Every business big and small had to start somewhere and Utah Mermaids are no exception. Between new mermaid groups, costume malfunctions, online presence, and staying ahead of the game this class is a tell all for those looking to start their own entertainment businesses with or without tails.

    Internet and the Law: The Game Show!
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Internet and the Law: The Game Show!
    M. Scott Boone
    Presenters
    M. Scott Boone
    Course Type
    SME

    The advent of the Internet has created wonderful new possibilities but also challenged our legal system.

    Come learn about these issues in a game show format! Compete for prizes or just watch and learn!

    Spinning Wheel
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Spinning Wheel
    Beth Buck
    Presenters
    Beth Buck
    Course Type
    SME

    Spinning on a Drop Spindle. Follow in the footsteps of Rumpelstiltskin and Sleeping Beauty. This hands-on class will include a little about the history of spinning, instruction on how a spinning wheel works, and how to turn smelly sheep fluff into usable yarn. Drop spindles are yours to keep for $4

    Textiles and Technology
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Textiles and Technology
    Judie Eatough
    Presenters
    Judie Eatough
    Course Type
    SME

    Do I use natural fibers in my vehicle tires or a synthetic like Kevlar? Do the characters in the story wear animal skins or space suits. Having a closet full of clothes requires a manufacturing system. The Industrial Revolution was driven by textile technology. What is worn to dinner does set the stage for the novel.

    Everyday Magic: How Commonplace Magic Affects a Culture
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Everyday Magic: How Commonplace Magic Affects a Culture
    Jana S. Brown
    Presenters
    Jana S. Brown
    Course Type
    Writing

    Almost everyone has said, at one time or another, that they wished they had magic. What would it really mean if we all did? How would it affect culture and society from trips to the healer to the ability to teleport across the country in the blink of an eye?

    Making the Most of a Trope without Creating a Cliche
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Making the Most of a Trope without Creating a Cliche
    Ryan Decaria
    Presenters
    Ryan Decaria
    Course Type
    Writing

    From the wizened wizard to the mad scientist to the dumb muscle to the lovable rogue, applying a trope to your work is often intuitive and haphazard. In this class, we'll explore how to apply tropes to our characters with purpose and without falling into cliches.

    Viewpoint 101
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Viewpoint 101
    Nathan Shumate
    Presenters
    Nathan Shumate
    Course Type
    Writing

    Explore the different kinds of viewpoint available to a fiction writer (1st person, 3rd person, etc.) and the strengths and weaknesses of each; understand the go-to viewpoint choice for different genres; discover how to choose the viewpoint character (not necessarily the protagonist) for your story.

    Mistakes Were Made
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Mistakes Were Made
    Johnny Worthen
    Presenters
    Johnny Worthen
    Course Type
    Writing

    Concrete advice to tighten your writing with examples and corrections concentrating on specific issues and hot buttons.

    Structure Bootcamp
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Structure Bootcamp
    C. Michelle Jefferies
    Presenters
    C. Michelle Jefferies
    Course Type
    Writing

    Learn the basics of structure and then apply it to your own story idea.

    • Learn Structure
    • Apply it to your story
    • Workshop it in the class

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Resin Casting
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Resin Casting
    Carter Reid
    Presenters
    Carter Reid
    Course Type
    Art

    Perspective
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Perspective
    Rob Carlos
    Presenters
    Rob Carlos
    Course Type
    Art

    How to Stuff your Dragon; How to make unique stuffed animals using 3D software
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    How to Stuff your Dragon; How to make unique stuffed animals using 3D software
    Hannah Swedin
    Presenters
    Hannah Swedin
    Course Type
    Art

    Explore the possibilities of using 3D models to make a real-life plush, from a simple ball with googly-eyes to a 1000-piece dragon. Do's, don'ts, the practicalities and pitfalls of using a 3D modeling program to make patterns. All ages and experience levels are encouraged to listen in.

    Advanced Line Editing for Authors
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Advanced Line Editing for Authors
    JoSelle Vanderhooft
    Presenters
    JoSelle Vanderhooft
    Course Type
    Writing

    Nothing can drag down a good novel or story faster than bloated sentences, redundancies, overwriting, and confusing or unclear wording. This course will help you sharpen and polish that syntax until your prose shines.

    Inking Comic Drawings
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Inking Comic Drawings
    Michael Lovin
    Presenters
    Michael Lovin
    Course Type
    Art

    Penciling
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Penciling
    Chad Hardin
    Presenters
    Chad Hardin
    Course Type
    Art

    Penciling for someone else to ink or doing it all yourself? Tips and tricks for penciling your comic.

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Charles E. Gannon: Keynote to Teens
    9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Charles E. Gannon: Keynote to Teens
    Presenters
    Charles E. Gannon
    Course Type
    Special Event, Teen Track

    Writing a Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Romance
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Writing a Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Romance
    Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Christie Craig, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and Johnny Worthen
    Presenters
    Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Christie Craig, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and Johnny Worthen
    Course Type
    Writing, Panel

    What's in a Name
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    What's in a Name
    Course Type
    Special Event

    More than the Mistress of All Evil
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    More than the Mistress of All Evil
    Charles E. Gannon, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Dan Willis, David Farland, and Johnny Worthen
    Presenters
    Charles E. Gannon, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Dan Willis, David Farland, and Johnny Worthen
    Course Type
    Writing, Panel

    Does Explaining Away Character's Evil Through Backstories Help or Hurt

    Putting Romance in Your Fantasies
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Putting Romance in Your Fantasies
    Lynn Kurland
    Presenters
    Lynn Kurland
    Course Type
    Writing

    Interested in learning how to put a bit of romance in your work? Intrigued by the thought of reaching fantasy readers wanting a happy blend of both? This workshop is for you! Join us as we discuss how to add that appealing sparkle to your own work.

    Killer Elevator
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Killer Elevator
    Terri Baranowski and Michelle Witte
    Presenters
    Terri Baranowski and Michelle Witte
    Course Type
    Special Event

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Charles E. Gannon: Keynote to Teens
    9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Charles E. Gannon: Keynote to Teens
    Presenters
    Charles E. Gannon
    Course Type
    Special Event, Teen Track

    Frequently Asked Questions for Writers and Illustrators
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Frequently Asked Questions for Writers and Illustrators
    Anastasia Bolinder, Dave Dorman, Holli Anderson, and Mike Lovin
    Presenters
    Anastasia Bolinder, Dave Dorman, Holli Anderson, and Mike Lovin
    Course Type
    Writing, Art, Panel

    Accidental Heroes: Writing Characters that Aren't Perfect
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Accidental Heroes: Writing Characters that Aren't Perfect
    David Powers King , Karen C. Evans, Kevin H Evans, M.K. Hutchins, and Robert J. Defendi
    Presenters
    David Powers King , Karen C. Evans, Kevin H Evans, M.K. Hutchins, and Robert J. Defendi
    Course Type
    Writing, Panel

    Portrayal of Death and Dying: Discussing the Philosophy of the Memento Mori
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Portrayal of Death and Dying: Discussing the Philosophy of the Memento Mori
    Daxon Levine, Graham Bradley, Jodi L Milner, Johnny Worthen, and R. Jon Rock
    Presenters
    Daxon Levine, Graham Bradley, Jodi L Milner, Johnny Worthen, and R. Jon Rock
    Course Type
    Writing, Panel

    Medical Accuracy in Fiction
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Medical Accuracy in Fiction
    Candace J Thomas, Chuck Workman, Jodi L Milner, and R. Jon Rock
    Presenters
    Candace J Thomas, Chuck Workman, Jodi L Milner, and R. Jon Rock
    Course Type
    Writing, Panel

    Common Pitfalls and What is a Better, More Believable Approach

    Choose Your Own Adventure: Burn Your Path in Art
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Choose Your Own Adventure: Burn Your Path in Art
    Brian C. Hailes, Hannah Swedin, Heather Graves, Kaitlund Zupanic, and Preston Stone
    Presenters
    Brian C. Hailes, Hannah Swedin, Heather Graves, Kaitlund Zupanic, and Preston Stone
    Course Type
    Art, Panel

    Theme vs Setting: Writing for Board Games, Video Games, & RPGs
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Theme vs Setting: Writing for Board Games, Video Games, & RPGs
    Drew Gerken, Will Munn, Shawn Carmen
    Presenters
    Drew Gerken, Will Munn, Shawn Carmen
    Course Type
    Game Development

    Writing for Board Games, Video Games, and RPGs are all different. our panel of freelancers will walk you through the complications and changes in all types of medium!

    Digital Programs for Design
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Digital Programs for Design
    Preston Stone, Jemma Young, and Dennis Dorrity
    Presenters
    Preston Stone, Jemma Young, and Dennis Dorrity
    Course Type
    Art, Panel

    Fan Art: Which Side of the Line are You On?
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Fan Art: Which Side of the Line are You On?
    Anastasia Bolinder, Dave Dorman, Hannah Swedin, Heather Graves, and Nathan Shumate
    Presenters
    Anastasia Bolinder, Dave Dorman, Hannah Swedin, Heather Graves, and Nathan Shumate
    Course Type
    Art Panel

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    Comic Jam
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Comic Jam
    Jess Smart Smiley
    Presenters
    Jess Smart Smiley
    Course Type
    Art

    Zero to Pong
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Zero to Pong
    Joseph Brower
    Presenters
    Joseph Brower
    Course Type
    Video Game Development

    Negotiating the World of Screenwriting
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Negotiating the World of Screenwriting
    David Howard
    Presenters
    David Howard
    Course Type
    Writing

    Beyond sitting in front of your laptop, there are lots of things to consider as you plot your rise to screenwriting stardom. A quick and dirty guide to development, meetings, pitching, representation, etc.

    Gaming
    2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Gaming
    Paragon City
    Presenters
    Paragon City

    Presented by Paragon City

    King of Tokyo Preliminaries ($10/head, up to 6 players/table) [Every Hour beginning at 2PM until 7PM] {"Battle it out as monsters fighting for control of Tokyo. Earn points and upgrades to come out on top! Winners of each table get prizes and an invitation to the finals!"}

    Major General: Duel of Time Tournament ($7/head, 2 players/table) [On Demand beginning at 2PM] {"Well there you go getting yourself involved in a time war; fortunately, you have the best generals in history on your side. Unfortunately, so does your opponent! Winners of each table get prizes!"}

    Klask Tournament (FREE, 2 players/table) [On Demand] {Score points and avoid getting stuck! Klask is a dexterity game that is simple to learn and difficult to master! Winner at each table gets a prize!"}

    Reg. Opens at 8am
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Reg. Opens at 8am

    VR Demo from GlobalSim, Inc.
    11:30 am - 2:00 pm
    VR Demo from GlobalSim, Inc.
    Jay Barnson, John M. Olsen, & Tony Morrill
    Presenters
    Jay Barnson, John M. Olsen, & Tony Morrill
    Course Type
    Special Event

    Virtual Reality is an amazing, rapidly-developing technology for entertainment, education, medicine, architecture, and many other fields. Check out

    Fyrecon Schedule Friday, June 22, 2018


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    Beyond 300 pages: Expanding Your Universe
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Beyond 300 pages: Expanding Your Universe
    C. Michelle Jefferies
    Presenters
    C. Michelle Jefferies
    Course Type
    Writing

    How to take the basic seven point structure and apply it to a series or parallel world idea.

    • Basic structure
    • Take that structure and apply it to more than one book
    • Do the same with character arc
    • Hands on planning?

    Formatting Ebooks (and Print!)
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Formatting Ebooks (and Print!)
    Jalete Clegg
    Presenters
    Jalete Clegg
    Course Type
    Writing

    Learn about the differences between ebooks and print books, at least as far as formatting is concerned. This is not program-specific, but rather tips and tricks to end up with professional-looking books

    The Grand Argument Theory of Writing, Part One: Character
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    The Grand Argument Theory of Writing, Part One: Character
    Robert J. Defendi
    Presenters
    Robert J. Defendi
    Course Type
    Writing

    In this class we’ll delve into the Grand Argument Theory of Writing by examining the first and most crucial part of any good story...characters. From character archetypes, to more complex characters, we’ll examine how the basic opposition between character form the Grand Argument that is the heart of all good conflict.

    The Grand Argument Theory of Writing, Part Two: Structure
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    The Grand Argument Theory of Writing, Part Two: Structure
    Robert J. Defendi
    Presenters
    Robert J. Defendi
    Course Type
    Writing

    Building on Part One, we’ll take what we’ve learned about character and apply it to a story in general, building it into plot structure and our full, unified story.

    The Perfect Ending
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Perfect Ending
    Ben Ireland
    Presenters
    Ben Ireland
    Course Type
    Writing

    Some great books can leave you wishing you could get your time back. Endings that don't deliver can destroy a great reading experience. We will talk about examples of literary endings that left us wanting. And examples of endings that made a story great. *Spoiler alert*

    • What makes a good ending?
    • What endings let you down?
    • What endings left you wholly satisfied?


    Describe how you would fix the ending to a famous book.

    Food for Thought
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Food for Thought
    Karen Hoover
    Presenters
    Karen Hoover
    Course Type
    Writing

    Cuisine is as important to your culture as anything else, yet it's one of the most overlooked worldbuilding pieces.

    Books to Movies: Does Anybody Get it Right
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Books to Movies: Does Anybody Get it Right
    Blake Casselman, Nathan Shumate, David Farland, and Nichole Giles
    Presenters
    Blake Casselman, Nathan Shumate, David Farland, and Nichole Giles
    Course Type
    Writing, Panel

    Paint with Me
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Paint with Me
    Dave Dorman and Chad Hardin
    Presenters
    Dave Dorman and Chad Hardin
    Course Type
    Art

    8am - Reg. Opens
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    8am - Reg. Opens

    Self Editing
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Self Editing
    Holli Anderson and Jason King
    Presenters
    Holli Anderson and Jason King
    Course Type
    Writing

    How to run through a detailed self edit before sending your work on to beta readers, editors, or.... anyone.

    • Fonts and characters
    • Common mistakes
    • Revamping punctuation
    • Dialogue tags
    • Numbers

    Illustration and Art Direction for Games
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Illustration and Art Direction for Games
    Preston Stone
    Presenters
    Preston Stone
    Course Type
    Game Development

    Art Direction is daunting. Learn how to communicate and work with artists in creating the best visuals you can.

    Producing Board Games
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Producing Board Games
    Alan Bahr (m), Daniel Peterson, Craig Nybo
    Presenters
    Alan Bahr (m), Daniel Peterson, Craig Nybo
    Course Type
    Game Development

    Board Games are a different beast than RPGs, so come learn about the specific steps in creating board games!

    Limited Color Pallett
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Limited Color Pallett
    Jess Smart Smiley
    Presenters
    Jess Smart Smiley
    Course Type
    Art

    Weaponizing the Submission Grinder for Your Short Fiction
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Weaponizing the Submission Grinder for Your Short Fiction
    Julie Frost
    Presenters
    Julie Frost
    Course Type
    Writing

    Bring a new short story ready for submission, and Julie will walk you through step by step how best to utilize this fantastic tool.

    Being a Good Freelancer
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Being a Good Freelancer
    Alan Bahr (m), Shawn Carmen, Will Munn, Drew Gerken
    Presenters
    Alan Bahr (m), Shawn Carmen, Will Munn, Drew Gerken
    Course Type
    Game Development

    Good freelancers get repeat work, bad freelancers don't. We'll teach you about common pitfalls, best tips and tricks, and so much more!

    Technology's Disruption of the Game Industry
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Technology's Disruption of the Game Industry
    Will Munn (m), Natasha Ence, Alan Bahr, Craig Nybo
    Presenters
    Will Munn (m), Natasha Ence, Alan Bahr, Craig Nybo
    Course Type
    Game Development

    Technology has changed the game industry for better or for worse. In this panel, tech experts and game industry experts will discuss the impacts of the modern environment on the current state of affairs for roleplaying games. Topic will include crowdfunding, indie publishing and distribution through DriveThruRPG and RPGNow, increasing pop culture exposure, streaming games, and internet collaboration. What new disruption will the future bring?

    Techniques for Worldbuilding Without Infodumping
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Techniques for Worldbuilding Without Infodumping
    M.K. Hutchins
    Presenters
    M.K. Hutchins
    Course Type
    Writing

    Whether you're writing a short story or trying not to bog down a whole chapter with infodumps, being able to add worldbuilding seamlessly to your story is a crucial skill for fantasy and science fiction writers. Come learns techniques for effortless-looking worldbuilding and easy-to-read prose.

    Lean World Building
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Lean World Building
    Drew Gerken, Will Munn
    Presenters
    Drew Gerken, Will Munn
    Course Type
    Game Development

    8am - Reg. Opens
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    8am - Reg. Opens

    Advanced Watercolor Class
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Advanced Watercolor Class
    Alyson Peterson
    Presenters
    Alyson Peterson
    Course Type
    Art

    Bring your paint and brushes and learn more indepth techniques for watercolor painting.

    Resin Casting
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Resin Casting
    Carter Reid
    Presenters
    Carter Reid
    Course Type
    Art

    Webcomics: Doing it All Yourself
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Webcomics: Doing it All Yourself
    Jemma Young
    Presenters
    Jemma Young
    Course Type
    Art

    You’ve done the art, but what comes next? How to do it all, from marketing, publishing, and being your own boss.

    Marketing Blackhole: How to Figure Out What to Focus On
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Marketing Blackhole: How to Figure Out What to Focus On
    Carter Reid, Jared Garrett, and Mike Lovin
    Presenters
    Carter Reid, Jared Garrett, and Mike Lovin
    Course Type
    Art, Writing, Panel

    Coloring Your Fantasy Forests
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Coloring Your Fantasy Forests
    Kaitlund Zupanic
    Presenters
    Kaitlund Zupanic
    Course Type
    Art

    Selling Your Art
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Selling Your Art
    Carter Reid, Jemma Young, and Rowan North
    Presenters
    Carter Reid, Jemma Young, and Rowan North
    Course Type
    Art, Round Table

    8am - Reg. Opens
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    8am - Reg. Opens

    Beyond Old White Guys with Long Beards and Pointy Hats
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Beyond Old White Guys with Long Beards and Pointy Hats
    Jalete Clegg
    Presenters
    Jalete Clegg
    Course Type
    Writing

    Inventing Wizards that Break the Mold. Everyone knows wizards are old white guys with long beards and pointy hats that wear long robes. Right? Here’s a look at some wizards that break out of that mold to invent whole new ways of looking at magic.

    Editing Basics and Beyond: Think Past Periods and Commas
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Editing Basics and Beyond: Think Past Periods and Commas
    Eschler Editing Group Senior Editors Sabine Berlin and Heidi Brockbank
    Presenters
    Eschler Editing Group Senior Editors Sabine Berlin and Heidi Brockbank
    Course Type
    Writing

    Let agents, editors, and readers remember your book for its compelling premise, dynamic characters, and engaging plot, and not for common mistakes you can fix before submission.

    • Pesky Commas and Punctuation Marks
    • Common Writer Mistakes
    • Hook Your Reader
    • Style and Voice
    • Logic
    • Plot Basics
    There will be several practical applications during the class, and there will also be time for Q&A.

    Advanced Dialogue Techniques
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Advanced Dialogue Techniques
    Chersti Nieveen
    Presenters
    Chersti Nieveen
    Course Type
    Writing

    Go beyond the simple “he said/she said” to make your dialogue sparkle like a sexy vampire … er, I mean princess’s tiara. You’ll learn from the masters as we dissect their approach to dialogue in a simple step-by-step guide that will help you write dialogue the way it was meant to be read.

  • common mistakes authors makes with dialogue tags
  • some grammar tips to create better dialogue visually
  • the nuances of speech itself and how to make dialogue more authentic
  • reviewing examples of dialogue from awesome books

    Using Microsoft Word like a Pro
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Using Microsoft Word like a Pro
    John M. Olsen & Lyn Worthen
    Presenters
    John M. Olsen & Lyn Worthen
    Course Type
    Writing

    Microsoft Word documents are the standard across most of the publishing industry. We'll tell you why and teach tips, skills, and tricks to make the most of Word as you prepare and submit manuscripts.

    Empowering Emotion: Ten Ways to Make a Reader Care More
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Empowering Emotion: Ten Ways to Make a Reader Care More
    Christie Craig
    Presenters
    Christie Craig
    Course Type
    Writing

    The Editing Funnel
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    The Editing Funnel
    Angela Eschler, Callie Stoker, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and Lyn Worthen
    Presenters
    Angela Eschler, Callie Stoker, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and Lyn Worthen
    Course Type
    Writing, Panel

    Query Like You Mean It
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Query Like You Mean It
    Michelle Witte
    Presenters
    Michelle Witte
    Course Type
    Writing

    Best Friend or Romantic Interest: How to Setup the Character
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Best Friend or Romantic Interest: How to Setup the Character
    Christie Craig, Dan Willis, David Powers King, and Ryan Decaria
    Presenters
    Christie Craig, Dan Willis, David Powers King, and Ryan Decaria
    Course Type
    Writing, Panel

    Anti-villains We Hate to Love--And Yet, We Do
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Anti-villains We Hate to Love--And Yet, We Do
    Nichole Giles
    Presenters
    Nichole Giles
    Course Type
    Writing

    Every good story needs a great villain, but villainy is about more than antagonizing the hero, and not every villain starts out as bad. Sometimes, the good guy doesn’t help the hero. Come