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Friday, April 27
 

5:00pm

Putting the 'Epic' in 'Epic Fantasy'

We all know epic fantasies are Big Honkin' Stories. Yet how do you write the Epic Fantasy without losing track of the relatable, human characters that make up the core of any good story... or getting so bogged down in your Sweeping Plot that you can't ever finish your series? Who does Epic Fantasy right, and wrong?



Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Model T

6:00pm

Fantasy vs. Dark Fantasy vs. Horror: What Happened to the Boundaries?

A look at these styles of writing, the overlap and blurring between them.


Speakers
avatar for Gary W. Olson

Gary W. Olson

Gary W. Olson is the author of the dark urban fantasy novel Brutal Light, recently published by Damnation Books. In addition to fantasy, Gary writes science fiction and horror, and reads all over the genre map. Outside of fiction, Gary's an avid fan of science, futurism, and gonzo conspiracy theories, and has a special place in his heart for Hollow... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Model T

7:00pm

Dragon's Den

"The Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association are giving away micro-grants to enable more fun at Penguicon... come present your ideas to the AASFA Board!"



Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Rolls/Royce

7:00pm

Facilitators

A reading by Johanna Gedraitis


Speakers
JG

Johanna Gedraitis

A relative newcomer to the literary world, Johanna Gedraitis published her first novel only this past November. Her training, strangely enough, has been mostly in the visual arts, having received her BFA in painting from Fort Hays State University. She has shown her works in Hays... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Model T

9:00pm

BOF: World Building

The Zeblorb have struggled to maintain peace on the Shifting Islands for years.  Since Retinar Collusk  was elected Gratermoff of Fultuga, poverty and ruin have escalated tension to the brink of revolution.  The only hope for a resolution is for you to create a world in which it is possible.  Come share tips for world building with fellow writers and hopeful authors.


Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Stanley

9:00pm

Crystal Mayflies

A reading by Johanna Gedraitis


Speakers
JG

Johanna Gedraitis

A relative newcomer to the literary world, Johanna Gedraitis published her first novel only this past November. Her training, strangely enough, has been mostly in the visual arts, having received her BFA in painting from Fort Hays State University. She has shown her works in Hays... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Model T

11:00pm

The Psychology of Tolkien

What was Tolkien thinking?  Help me pick apart his brain in this Birds of a Feather, Tolkien fan Meetup. 


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Knight

12:00am

Room In the Tardis - Sharing The Doctor With Friends

Introduce your friends to Doctor Who and other science fiction characters!



Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Royale
 
Saturday, April 28
 

9:00am

Camp Luminous

The inspiration of George Lucas has captured the imaginations of generations, the most recent being our kids and grandkids. The brilliant spiritual allegory of The Star Wars Universe is perfect for our aim, thus, our brand new four-day kids' camp, Camp Luminous! Camp Luminous is completely unique, it is a rustic camp with outdoor kitchen and shower. Camping is in tents. Our counselors will be bunking near tents housing younglings and padawans. Our children are the future. What better way to help guide them toward a personal code of honor and self-empowerment, than through the greatest adventure of their summer! Jedi Masters Camron Rogers, David Kennedy and Mason Hunt will be sharing stories and discussing next years camp as well as answering questions about the camp. The participants will be making either force masks or bopper lightsaber.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:50am
Steamer

10:00am

Fanfiction and 'Real' Writing

There's more crossover every day between the fandom writings and the published works. Does fanfic help you build your writer-muscles? How do you cross over... if in fact, you want to do so? What are the strengths and weaknesses of fanfic in general, and how does it intersect with the legalities of the publishing industry?



Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Model T

11:00am

BOF: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Talk amongst yourselves.


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Thomas

11:00am

Staying True to Source

How much liberty should an author or film maker take when riffing off an iconic work of fiction? Did Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes cross a line? How closely does John Carter, the new release based on Edgar Rice Burroughs "Barzoom" series, stick to canon? What about The Walking Dead?



Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Stearns

12:00pm

Humor in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Everyone loves to laugh. How do you lighten up, as an author? What authors do humor in fantasy really well? How do you tell a good joke in prose?



Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Franklin

1:00pm

John Scalzi & Saladin Ahmed Readings

Bestselling author John Scalzi reads from his new book, "Redshirts"!  Nebula award-nominated author Saladin Ahmed reads from his new book, Throne of the Crescent Moon!



Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Royale

1:00pm

Saladin Ahmed Reading

This reading has been combined with John Scalzi's reading at the same time in the Royale room.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Model T

2:00pm

Writers and Blogs and Twitter and Facebook And....

It seems that every writer has to have a blog. But how does a writer open up their personal lives without revealing too much... Or take stances on the political issues of the day without alienating fans? Or just becoming another annoying marketroid for their latest novel?



Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Stanley

3:00pm

Self-Publishing: Pros and Cons

The good, the bad, and the ugly.  Learn a bit about self-publishing.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel J. Hogan

Daniel J. Hogan

Writer, humorist, Geek half of Ginger and the Geek. AKA Tiger Sixon on Lost Highway's B-movie Reviews and Cult Films. Host of the Magic of Eyri Podcast... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Royale

3:00pm

The Now and Future Lovecraft

Why is Lovecraft still popular after all these years, despite his tangled prose and very debatable racial undertones? What draws people to write (and read!) about Cthlulhu and its minions over and over again?



Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Model T

4:00pm

Christine Purcell and Stewart Sternberg reading

Christine Purcell and Stewart Sternberg read from their new novel!



Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Royale

4:00pm

Jim Hines reading
Jim Hines reads from his new book "Libriomancer"!

Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Stanley

5:00pm

Worldbuilding: You've Got the Whole World In Your Hands

So you've got an idea for how your new fictional world should work. How do you tease that crazy spark into a whole civilization? What can you do to make your worlds seem more realistic? And how do you cultivate the mad ideas that cause these worldbreakers to begin with?



Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Royale

6:00pm

Cartoon Zombie Wrangling: One self published author/illustrator's story.

Hear his story on writing, drawing, and publishing, with a healthy dose of zombies run amok.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Royale

6:00pm

Ferrett Steinmetz reading
Nebula-nominated author Ferrett Steinmetz reads... something! It'll be awesome. Trust the Ferrett.

Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Thomas

6:00pm

Strike A Pose!

Men look powerful and potent on fantasy covers. Women look... distorted. A panel devoted to analyzing the sexism inherent in book covers, as well as how to fix it, along with panellists (and perhaps volunteers) actually trying to pose like the models on the cover!



Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Stearns

7:00pm

Collaborations: What To Do And What Not To Do

Writers are solitary creatures, so it seems like a slam-dunk to combine your talent with someone else's. But what can go wrong? How do you leverage the strength of two people to make something greater than the both of you?



Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Stearns

9:00pm

Brainstorming for Writers

Bring your ideas and tricks for beating writer's block.  How much creativity can one room hold?  This might be the meetup to find out.


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Royale
 
Sunday, April 29
 

11:00am

Q & A with John Scalzi and Saladin Ahmed

You have questions, they have answers.



Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Dearborn - BIG TOP