The programming schedule for OutlantaCon has been posted and it is fantastic. So much fun, so many good panels and other programming. And my schedule has me grinning ear to ear.Friday, May 13th
6:00pm - 7:15pm: Opening Ceremonies
. The Con Committee officially kicks off the 7th year.
9:00pm - 10:15pm: Writer's Story-Telling Improv
with Brent Seth, Michael Bode, Lee Martindale, Ally Blue, & Kiernan Kelly. Described as “like Who's Line Is It but for authors. Our host will pose the games and authors will make up the story line based on audience suggestions.” If you think I’m going into this one without at least one bourbon on board, you should rethink.Saturday, May 14th
1:30pm - 2:45pm: OutlantaCon Roast
with MC Candace Weslosky-Miller. The write-up: “Java Green is as much a part of OutlantaCon as the events and game shows. Join us as our favorite guests and panelists pay tribute to Mr. Green in a hilarious roast to remember. Speakers time slots will be raffled to benefit charity. Everyone wants to take a crack at roasting Java so be sure to get yours.” Poor Java. Poor dear Java.
3:00pm - 4:15pm: Creating Believable LGBT Characters
with Lee Martindale & Eden Winters. We’ll be discussing what it takes to create believable LGBT characters that work.
4:30pm - 5:45pm: Science Fiction & Fantasy As Activism
. From the write-up: “Even before the Bending the Landscape anthology series and Such a Pretty Face brought genre stories featuring positive portrayals of their respective thematic focus, SF&F has given readers characters outside the usual norm. We look at how genre fiction works to change stereotypes.” So far, I’m the only one listed on this, and if that’s the case, we’ll turn it into a roundtable discussion and a little bit of workshopping.
9:00pm - 10:15pm: Match Game
with MC Michael Stork and panelists Lee Martindale, Candace Weslosky-Miller, Moxie Magnus, Java Green, Barbara Goodson, & Chris Miller. Yes, *that* Match Game, with a decidedly LGBT slant. And I know, from experience, that this one definitely calls for at least *two* double bourbons on board.Sunday, May 15th
noon - 1:15pm: Writing to Your Natural Length
. The write-up: “Some writers think in 5000 words or less. Others can't say "hello" in less than 10K words. Learn how to identify which you are, how to make it work, and how to stretch your comfort zone.” So far, it looks like I’m soloing again and, if so, it’s another opportunity for a roundtable/workshop session.
3:00pm - 4:15pm: Hollywood Squares
with MC Candace Weslosky- Miller and panelists Lee Martindale, Moxie Magnus, Kiernan Kelly, Kage Alan, Ellie Collins, Gypsey Teague, Brent Seth, Eden Winters, & Crow Hellum. We give the OutlantaCon treatment to the venerable (and hilarious) Hollywood Squares of old. Is it too early for a bourbon?
4:30 - 6:00pm: Closing Ceremonies
. Wherein we take it home in style.
An autographing will be added as soon as we can figure out where to put it.
I couldn’t ask for a better programming schedule, or one that I’m going to enjoy more. You can check out the full schedule at http://www.outlantacon.org