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My OryCon 2017 Schedule!

This weekend, I’ll be down in Portland for OryCon! I had a marvelous time there last year, working a booth with the awesome Jennifer Brozek (who will be my book-busking partner yet again). I will have all my Cleaners novels and Forge of Ashes, and will also have a handful of panels. And yes, Cap might be manning the booth as well at times. Check out the list below for the panel topics, meeting rooms (at the Red Lion Hotel where the con is being held), and times, plus who’ll be on the panel! Hope to see many of you there.


  • Writing and Art for the RPG Industry

White Stag – 5:00pm-6:00pm

A how-to workshop on what it is like to work for the RPG industry.

Josh Vogt, Jennifer Brozek, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Jason Andrew, John Marvin

  • Finding Diverse Voices & Characters in SF/F

Pendleton – 7:00pm-8:00pm

Diversity in the physical, ethnic, cultural, sexual identity, and socioeconomic backgrounds of characters and writers of speculative fiction has become more important to readers and writers in recent years. Where do we go to find these characters and authors? Who are the writers (no matter their background) who are penning accurate and authentic experience? Do we find these books in the SF/F sections or do we need to look to other areas of the bookstore or library?

Tristan J. Tarwater, Leah Cutter, C.M. Spivey, Josh Vogt


  • I Quit My Job to Be a Writer! WHAT HAVE I DONE?

Pendleton – 10:00am-11:00am

How do you stay focused when you’re all by yourself and the realities of making a living via the written word come flooding in? Find techniques for forcing yourself to get words written and plots plotted, with time to get dressed and leave the house.

John Hedtke, Jennifer Brozek, Tori Centanni, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Josh Vogt, Jessie Kwak

  • Freaking Me Out, Not Grossing Me Out

Wenatchee – 166 Parlor – 5:00pm-6:00pm

Are intense descriptions of bloody death and torture really necessary to scare the pants off your audience? Discussion on how to horrify without all the gory details.

Diana Pharaoh Francis, Alan M. Clark, Josh Vogt, Laura Anne Gilman, Elizabeth Guizzetti, The Pulp Stage

  • Dark Fantasy

Lion Kings Den – 266 – 7:00pm-8:00pm

There appears to be a resurgence of fantasy that includes macabre themes and taps the human desire for frightening stories that began with the original Brothers Grimm stories, and now includes more recent work like the Song of Ice and Fire, Broken Empire and Penny Dreadful. Where might some of the more influential dark fantasy or grimdark works lead the fantasy genre overall?

C.M. Spivey, Blythe Ayne, Ann Gimpel, Josh Vogt


  • Why Fantasy Matters

Hayden – 10:00am-11:00am

There is something deep and meaningful in fantasy that speaks to the dreamer in all of us. Be it a safe harbor during the storms in our life, a reminder that heroes do exist to fight dragons, or an ensemble of friends to accompany us on an adventure, we come to fantasy for many reasons. Join us as our pros talk about what fantasy means to them and what they hope it means to you.

C.M. Spivey, Josh Vogt, Craig English, Rachel Swirsky, Lee French

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