SCHEDULE AND PANELS

2017 Panel Schedule

September 8-10

The Schedule and Panel Descriptions are below:

(Schedule is tentative and subject to change)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

9:00–5:00

REGISTRATION

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

12:30–1:00

WELCOME PRESENTATION — TERRACE BALLROOM

Merriweather Room

Lakeview A

Lakeview B

1:00–1:45
VICTIMS, SIDEKICKS OR AMAZONS: Women’s Roles In Thrillers – Rebecca York, Jeffrey Deaver, Chris Bauer, Bill Rapp (M)
JASON BOURNE, LARA CROFT  OR BRUCE LEE: Getting Fight Scenes Right – David Swinson, Michael Black, Jonathan Maberry, Dana King (M)
CHARACTER EVOLUTION THROUGH A SERIES – Patricia Hale, Annamaria Alfieri, Liza Brown, Austin S. Camacho (M)
2:00–2:45
HIGH TECH, HUNCHES OR SHOE LEATHER? John Gilstrap, Bernard Schaffer, Rick Ollerman, Walter F. Curran (M)
GLOCKS, HOT SEX OR BOTH? Integrating Romance Into Crime Drama – Helen Chapman, Ilene Schneider, Patricia Hale, Frank Hopkins
SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE MARKETING – Debbi Mack
3:00–3:45
LINES OF CONSENT IN FICTION – Debbi Mack, Annie Rose Alexander, Jacki Kelly, Rick Ollerman (M)
SEDUCING YOUR READERS IN CHAPTER 1 – John Gilstrap, Sandra R. Campbell, Bill Rapp
THE ART OF THE PITCH – Jonathan Maberry
4:00–4:45
BOOZE, UNEMPLOYMENT OR DRUGS? Developing Flawed Characters – Peter Blauner, Chris Bauer, Jeff Markowitz, Eric Gardner (M)
WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN BOOKS – Jacki Kelly,  Ilene Schneider, Annie Rose Alexander
SELF PUBLISHING – Sharon Buckbinder, Weldon Burge, Belinda M. Gordon, Denise Camacho (M)
5:00–6:00
BOOK SIGNINGS – LAKEVIEW AB
6:00–7:30
DINNER WITH KEYNOTE SPEECH – PETER BLAUNER TERRACE BALLROOM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
9:00–5:00
REGISTRATION
9:00–9:45
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST—LAKEVIEW GALLERY
Merriweather Room
Lakeview A
Lakeview B
10:00–10:45
BACK FROM THE DEAD – F.J. Talley, Weldon Burge,  Belinda Gordon, Sandra R. Campbell (M)
WRITING EMOTION-OPENING A VEMillie Mack (M)IN – John B. Wren, Chris Bauer, D.B. Corey, Rick Ollerman, Millie Mack (M)
HOW TO DO A GREAT BOOK SIGNING – Austin S. Camacho, Dana King, Jeff Markowitz, Patricia Hale (M)
11:00–11:45
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER: AN EXAMPLE OF WRITING A THRILLER: – Jeffery Deaver
THE EXORCIST, HALLOWEEN  OR PSYCHO? Creating Gruesome Horror Tales – Chris Bauer, Jonathan Maberry, Weldon Burge
SEX IN WRITING – How to make it sexy without being pornographic – Rebecca York, Liza Brown, Shauna Washington, Jacki Kelly, Rick Ollerman (M)
12:00–1:00
LUNCH—DAVID SWINSON—LAKEVIEW C-D
1:15-2:00
SCIENCE FICTION: Sex, Death and Reincarnation: How Weird Was That?? – John Maberry, Lester Yokum, F. J. Talley, Sandra R. Campbell, J. M. R. Gaines (M)
THE INSIDER’S VIEW OF THE SUBMISSION AND ACQUISITION PROCESS AT KENSINGTON PRESS – Michaela Hamilton, Sr. Editor at Kensington Press
2:15-3:00
PASSIVE VOICE, EXPOSITION OR DARK & STORMY NIGHTS? The Nitty Gritty Of Prose – John Gilstrap, Peter Blauner, John B. Wren, Penny Clover Petersen (M)
WRITING YA IN THE 21ST CENTURY:  Debbi Mack, Walter F. Curran, Torin James Alexander, Lester Yokum (M)
A HERO BY ANY OTHER NAME: Lanny Larcinese, Ilene Shneider, J. M. R. Gaines, Millie Mack (M)
3:15-4:00
VAMPIRES, GHOSTS OR TINKERBELL?  The Incredible World Of Fantasy and Paranormal – Sharon Buchbinder, Sandra R. Campbell, Belinda M. Gordon, Weldon Burge (M)
MEDIEVAL, VICTORIAN OR ICE AGE? Bringing History Alive – Frank Hopkins, Walter F. Curran, Helen Chapman, Annamaria Alfieri (M)
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WRITING FOR THE SCREEN AND WRITING FOR THE PAGE: – Peter Blauner
4:15-5:00
FIND YOUR GAME FACE: THE AUTHOR PLATFORM – Michaela Hamilton, Jeffrey Deaver, Michael A. Black, Austin S. Camacho, Denise Camacho (M)
THE USE OF HUMOR IN BOOKS THAT ARE NOT COMEDIES -Jeff Markowitz,  Helen Chapman, Penny Clover Petersen, Liza Brown (M)
TOOLS IN THE INVESTIGATOR’S KIT – Karl Braungart, Dana King, David Swinson, Lanny Larcinese, Bernard Schaffer (M)
5:15–6:15
BOOK SIGNINGS—LAKEVIEW AB
6:15–7:45
DINNER KEYNOTE SPEECH—JONATHAN MABERRY—LAKEVIEW C-D
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
Merriweather Room
Lakeview A
Lakeview B
9:00–9:30
BREAKFAST INTERVIEW – DEBBI MACK
8:00–9:30
BREAKFAST
9:45–10:30
CROSSING GENRES – Debbi Mack, Shauna Washington, Austin S. Camacho (M)
BULLET, GARROTE OR BLADE? Inventive Ways To Kill Off Characters – Eric Gardner, Millie Mack, Patricia Hale, Jeff Markowitz (M)
KEEPING READERS UP ALL NIGHT – John Gilstrap, Ilene Schneider, Bill Rapp, Belinda M. Gordon (M)
10:45–11:30
CONFLICT: IT’S NOT AN ARGUMENT – Rick Ollerman, Jeffery Deaver,  Rebecca York, Sharon Buchbinder (M)
911, WHAT’S THE EMERGENCY? – Michael Black, Lanny Larcinese, Bernard Shaffer, Peter Blauner, Denise Camacho (M)
THE POLITICS OF VILLAINS: Karl Braungart, Patricia Hale, John B. Wren, Annie Rose Alexander (M)

 

VICTIMS, SIDEKICKS OR AMAZONS: Women’s Roles In Thrillers – The females in the thriller novels are very significant because they have no stereotypical role in the genre. They play the cold hearted and emotionless. Females in thrillers can be also portrayed as the damsel in distress. On the other hand it is quite common for the females to be the survivor in thriller and horror films, which could also subvert to this stereotype, they are also portrayed as very charming and glamorous and sometimes over sexualized in thriller films. JASON BOURNE, LARA CROFT  OR BRUCE LEE: Getting Fight Scenes Right – Fight scenes are the single hardest character interaction to write. Many authors who know their craft in every other respect can’t write a fight scene to save their (or their hero’s) life. Happily, there are a few devices you can use to ensure you write the kind of fight scene that grips a reader from start to finish. These authors will tell you how. CHARACTER EVOLUTION THROUGH A SERIES – Evolution is a slow process, although there can be leaps along the way. Thus, when you’re writing, keep in mind that your character can only realistically evolve a certain distance during the course of your novel OR short stories.
HIGH TECH, HUNCHES OR SHOE LEATHER – Sherlock Holmes, Perry Mason, James Bond. How has crime solving changed over the years in crime fiction. GLOCKS, HOT SEX OR BOTH? Integrating Romance Into Crime Drama – What happens when an author blends a hearty dose of romance into the mystery world? Does that change the classification of the book for editors and bookstore placement? How do you do it without altering the genre? SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE MARKETING – A social media campaign is a coordinated marketing effort to reinforce or assist with a business goal using one or more social media platforms. Learn what it takes to build a social media and online marketing plan for your books.
LINES OF CONSENT IN FICTION – Questionable Consent can be complicated. The Sliding Scale Of Consent Versus Exploitation doesn’t have to be about money. It can be about social status, intimacy, drugs, or any kind of MacGuffin. It can also be a discussion about whether or not a certain character is able to consent to a certain thing in the first place. The character might be too young or inexperienced, drunk or drugged, intellectually challenged, unconscious, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, or similar. It might also have to do with the nature of the relationship: a boss and an employee, a health care worker and a patient, a parent and child, a teacher and student, a clergyperson and a member of their congregation, a god/goddess and a human (or other non-divine entity), or something along those lines. SEDUCING YOUR READERS IN CHAPTER 1 – Salvaging a novel with a weak opening is next to impossible. This presentation will reveal how to compel your readers to keep turning the page. THE ART OF THE PITCH – How to Prepare for the Pitch; Picking the Right Agent for Your Book; Picking the Right Publisher for Your Book; Materials You Need for a Killer Pitch; Author Platform; Query Letters; The In-Person Pitch; What to Include (and What to Leave Out!); Resources to Make your Pitch Super-Powered
BOOZE, UNEMPLOYMENT OR DRUGS? Developing Flawed Characters –There are two kinds of character flaws: A Psychological Weakness – This is a character trait within the hero which is destorying his life. Think of pride, cowardice, vengeance, and distrust. A Moral Weakness – This is a character flaw that harms the main character and also other people. So when designing a flaw for your hero, ask yourself, “How is this harming other people?” and “How is the hero living at the expense of others?” WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN BOOKS – a systemic problem in the literary and publishing world? The industry is suffering from a lack of diversity but more and more authors are making waves with diverse and female characters. SELF PUBLISHING – What are the rules? How can you market a self-published book? Can you get them into brick and mortar stores? What about distribution? These authors will give you their expert opinions on these and many other questions about being a self-published author.
BACK FROM THE DEAD – There are many characters who die in what appears to be a permanent fashion, only to be brought back from death. How do the characters interact with resurrection (their own or someone else’s) and in some cases even prepare for it? When do readers feel like this works when does it feel like a cheap trick or a cop-out? WRITING EMOTION-OPENING A VEIN – Writing from the heart involves opening a vein–being emotionally honest with our characters, our readers, and ourselves.  An in-depth, advanced discussion on using premise, deep point of view, scene selection, motivation/reaction units, dominant mood, body language, subtext, and significant, specific triggers to create emotionally compelling characters in conflict. HOW TO DO A GREAT BOOK SIGNING – What does it really take to have a successful signing? The store? The author? The marketing? These authors will give you insight on making your signing successful.
Bringing It All Together: An Example of Writing a Thriller – New York Times and International Best-Selling author, Jeffery Deaver will walk us through his process for planning and outlining, actually writing a book, editing and polishing, and getting feedback. Get the how-to from a master of the craft. THE EXORCIST, HALLOWEEN  OR PSYCHO? Creating Gruesome Horror Tales – They explore ‘malevolent’ or ‘wicked’ characters, deeds or phenomena. They arouse feelings of fear, shock or disgust as well as the sense of the uncanny – things are not what they seem. Horror books convey intense emotion, mood, tone and environments. Together, these produce the sense that everything is charged with ominous possibility. They contain scary and/or shocking and scintillating plot twists and story reveals. In horror the ghosts and werewolves are very, very real. They immerse readers in the macabre. Let’s find out how to these authors create these disturbing stories. Sex in Writing – How to make it sexy without being pornographic – Sexual tension is a brilliant device for both examining internal fortitude and driving the story along. The act of sex on the page is an immediate and unflinching psychological examination a character. Are they loose? Fast? Impotent? Frigid? A serial monogamist? A one off slut? Happily married and desperate to get back to their spouse and kids?
SCIENCE FICTION: Sex, Death and Reincarnation: How Weird Was That?? – No matter how weird science fiction gets (and it can get pretty weird), it still always feels like a pale reflection of the incessant nuttiness of the real world. THE INSIDER’S VIEW OF THE SUBMISSION AND ACQUISITION PROCESS AT KENSINGTON PRESS – Michaela Hamilton, Sr. Editor at Kensington Press will discuss how the submission and acquisition process really works.
PASSIVE VOICE, EXPOSITION OR DARK & STORMY NIGHTS? The Nitty Gritty Of Prose: These authors will talk about how prose moves the story along and makes the characters real. WRITING YA IN THE 21ST CENTURY: The authors of many articles say, the world of young adult literature is being transformed by topics and themes that years ago would have never ever been conceived. This panel of YA authors will talk about the changes in YA stories over the years. A HERO BY ANY OTHER NAME – Would Maleficent be less terrifying if her name were Suzy? Would Arthur Dent and Zaphod Beeblebrox have been able to have each other’s adventures? In literature, names can serve as shorthand to imply a character’s age, ethnicity, time or place of origin, and emotional and psychological makeup. This panel will explore the art and psychology of character names.
VAMPIRES, GHOSTS OR TINKERBELL?  The Incredible World Of Fantasy and Paranormal – There seems to be lots of people who love one but not the other.  In most classification schemes urban fantasy is technically a sub genre of fantasy, and paranormal romance is a sub genre of romance. These authors will discuss the differences and commonalities in these genre. MEDIEVAL, VICTORIAN OR ICE AGE? Bringing History Alive – There are many different ways history lovers have been drawn into the fascinating world of the past, but perhaps the most common is through a good story. Period literature can help bring the past alive with an epic tale, and so can modern historical fiction. These authors will talk about the importance of history in fiction and how their stories have brought history to life for their readers. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WRITING FOR THE SCREEN AND WRITING FOR THE PAGE: Ever wonder how a novelist becomes a screenwriter? Or what kind of books are the best for adaptation? New York Times Best-selling author Blauner will shine the spotlight on Hollywood and TV and will discuss how a novel is optioned and developed for feature film/television. He will also discuss how writers can best stay involved and the difference between writing a film and a novel.
FIND YOUR GAME FACE: THE AUTHOR PLATFORM – Cultivate your unique appeal by communicating your value and values to the marketplace. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, you’ll learn how to harness the power of public presence on- and off-line so you can attract the right kind of attention. Embody your brand with panache: a carefully constructed platform can be a game changer in the promo arena. THE USE OF HUMOR IN BOOKS THAT ARE NOT COMEDIES – Even if your subject is a serious one, the subtle use of humor can both ease tension and provide a respite from difficult moments. Find out how these authors are able to use humor to make their stories memorable. TOOLS IN THE INVESTIGATOR’S KIT – These author’s protagonists have some interesting tools in their kits. Find out what and how their tools help them resolve conflict and get to the end in one piece.
CROSSING GENRES: How does writing in multiple genres affect your ability to build your author brand, engage your readers and grow your writing career? What makes an author want to write in multiple genre? BULLET, GARROTE OR BLADE? Inventive Ways To Kill Off Characters: There are many ways to kill off a character. You can have him shot, stabbed, poisoned, or pushed off a cliff. You can have him run over by a car or bashed in the head with a fireplace poker. You get the picture. The first issue to consider is: Would your villain have the expertise and capability to commit this particular crime you’ve conceived for him? KEEPING READERS UP ALL NIGHT – Explore eight ways to craft the opening and closing of each chapter to make your book one readers can’t put down. Learn techniques to build anticipation, keep your story gripping, make your characters compelling, and keep your readers engaged.
CONFLICT: IT’S NOT AN ARGUMENT – Strong conflict propels your story forward and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Learn how to create deep emotional conflicts and weave them into good external conflicts and how conflict differs from tension. 911, WHAT’S THE EMERGENCY? – The difference between what is seen on television and a real-life 911 call is staggering. This panel will discuss how to write emergency situations, including correct police, fire, and medical language with a variety of examples. Attendees will learn what it’s like to take a 911 call, the different pieces that move during the call, and exactly what steps are taken before the first responders arrive on scene. THE POLITICS OF VILLAINS: The villains of fiction often reflect the biases of their times. Race, sexuality, disability, and gender have all been and continue to be used as shorthand for evil. This panel will dig into the concept of a villain, a person who embodies evil or wrongness, and discuss whether it can ever really be separated from the writer’s culture-influenced understanding of which categories of people are most likely to be villainous.

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