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Friday, July 12
 

2:30pm

Allen's Plotting Workshop (AP)
Allen Wold’s plotting workshop teaches you the elements of plot. What is it? How do you do it? And how does it interact with other aspects of writing such as characters and dialogue?

Guests
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from college, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

5:00pm

Foundation for Success
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will walk you through all the things you want to consider before you sit down to begin your writing career. This will cover everything from how to plan projects, how to make time for writing and the plethora of mistakes writers make which hold them back from becoming the best writers they can be.

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend.  Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

5:00pm

Writing Ghost Stories to Images Challenge (AP)
Join Tally Johnson, award winning  storyteller, as he challenges participants to craft flash fiction with some spooky pictures as inspiration.  There will even be prizes!



Guests
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop, projector and screen

8:00pm

*World Building 101
Readers come to fiction for escape, and they love diving into alien world which are far more fantastic and titanic than our own. New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will walk you through the key elements of making sure your world has the depth readers crave. He cover the basics from geography and history—the stuff you missed skipping class in Middle School—and then show you how to work religion, culture, non-human races, magick and technology into a cohesive whole which will allow your readers to get lost in the worlds of your making.

Classes marked with an asterisk will focus on a world created in the classes, with that world being co-owned by all the students. 

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre
 
Saturday, July 13
 

9:00am

Allen's Regionally Famous Workshop (AP)
Allen has been providing conventions with his workshop for many years. Joined by established authors, he provides a safe, creative environment to practice writing. New and established writers can benefit from this workshop.

Guests
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from college, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In... Read More →
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest, The Wordshop
Paula S Jordan, a former orbit analyst, writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories (so far) in Analog.  Her first novel, a  present-day alien contact story set in western North Carolina, is nearing completion. Working title: Of Seas and the Stars... Read More →
avatar for Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles involve... Read More →
avatar for Jason Graves

Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

11:30am

How to Sew (Basics) (AP)
Join the 105th as they take you through the truly basic basics of sewing - what the different parts on the machine are, how to thread a needle and what's a bobbin anyway?

Saturday July 13, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

12:00pm

Comic Book Paper Flowers - Make & Take
We will use old comic book pages to make a flower you can take with you.

Open to all Ages!

Guests
avatar for Janet Iannantuono

Janet Iannantuono

Fan Guest
Janet Iannantuono is a convention runner, Star Wars collector, and all-around fan. As a child in 1977, Star Wars combined her interests of mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and the adventure stories of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Forty years later, her Star Wars collection... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Heritage

1:00pm

21 Days to a Novel
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents his three week program for preparing yourself to write a novel. This set of 21 exercises is broken down to give you everything from character creation to world building, practical plotting devices, dialogue development and character voice creation tools. This program is a practical, kick-in-the-pants place to start your career.

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

105th Live Build Party (Workshop/Demonstration) (AP)
You've seen them at cons:  Stormtroopers and Mandolorians, high elves and superheroes.  You've heard of the groups: the 501st Legion, the Ghostbusters, and more.  And you've wondered..."How do I start?"  Well, here's your chance, the 105th Squad costuming group, will host a "live build" party where they will bring a number of work in progresses - and you'll have the chance to meet the engineers, ask questions and maybe find answers to your own costuming challenges. 

Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

3:00pm

*Characterization
Characters are king in literature and New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole brings you a toolbox full of techniques to create compelling and memorable characters. Readers read for and remember characters, and after this course, yours will be unforgettable, which will keep them coming back for more.

*Classes marked with an asterisk will focus on a world created in the classes, with that world being co-owned by all the students. 

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

5:00pm

Finding The Story
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole takes you through a series of exercises that will let you build a story from the barest spark through twists and turns. He’ll give you several story recipes and show you how you can work from them to create delightfully complex and engrossing stories.

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

6:00pm

*Cooking Up Conflict
Conflict is the engine of all stories, and too many of them fail to use conflict to its full potential. New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will walk you through the various types of conflict and provide you a toolkit that will allow you to shape individual stories or build them into an on running saga.You’ll learn whole new ways to approach your stories during the design phase, and how to kick them into a higher-energy orbit when they run out of steam.

*Classes marked with an asterisk will focus on a world created in the classes, with that world being co-owned by all the students. 

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

7:00pm

Successful Indie Publishing: Bringing Your Book to Market (AP)
So you have the novel written...now what?  Publisher Chris Kennedy walks you through how to navigate the intricacies of independent publishing, from start to finish, showing you what to do and what to avoid in order to bring your book to market and become a successful self-published author.  



Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen
 
Sunday, July 14
 

10:00am

*Story Design
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole unravels the mysteries of creating compelling plots. A novel is a huge undertaking, written over weeks or months, and the plot has to hold it all together. From creating an outline to maintaining flexibility, this seminar gives you the insider knowledge that will separate you from all of your peers.

*Classes marked with an asterisk will focus on a world created in the classes, with that world being co-owned by all the students. 

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

10:00am

Allen's Regionally Famous Workshop - Recap (AP)
This is part two of Allen’s Workshop. Participants from Saturday are encouraged to return.

Guests
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from college, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In... Read More →
avatar for Jason Graves

Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest, The Wordshop
Paula S Jordan, a former orbit analyst, writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories (so far) in Analog.  Her first novel, a  present-day alien contact story set in western North Carolina, is nearing completion. Working title: Of Seas and the Stars... Read More →
avatar for Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles involve... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

11:30am

Leather Working 101 (AP)
A primer for the basics of leatherwork led by the designers at Ribbons and Rivets, where participants edge, burnish, dye, seal, and decorate their very own wrist cuff. All tools and materials will be provided. Just bring a pair of hands. Fee is $20. Participants may sign up at Registration. Payment accepted at the workshop.

Guests
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

12:00pm

Making It Work
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will walk you through the finer details of making certain your story will work, including secrets that create bestselling novels, tools for keeping the novel flowing and ways to pull it all together when it seems to have gotten out of hand or, worse yet, slowed down and threatens to die. If you’ve ever had a project run off the rails, this will help you get back on track and going again.

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre