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Below is the tentative schedule for the 2017 Conference in Chicago. Times are subject to change.

If you'd like to read more about the sessions being offered, you can go HERE to view descriptions for Master Classes, Presentations, and Panels. 

Panelists will be notified of their assignments soon. Once those notifications have been completed, we will add the information to the website.

Please be patient. This is a huge task and the scheduling committee is working hard to get everything settled so that there are minimal changes to the schedule.

If you have questions, please direct them to Ann Roberts (Ann.Roberts@goldencrown.org).

 

 

 

Wednesday

O’Hare #1

O’Hare #2

O’Hare #3

Vendor Room

O’Hare #4

O’Hare #5

1:00 – 1:50

Conference Opening – O’Hare #1

2:00 – 3:00

Con Virgin

Meeting

Presentation:

How to be an Effective Moderator


Presenter:

L.K. Silva



Open Mic Readings

(Prime opportunity for unpublished authors or to read from a WIP)

3:10 – 4:00




4:00 – 5:00


Reader’s Challenge (Trivia)

Volunteer

Roundup


Coffee Chat with Georgia Beers &TBD

5:00 – 6:30

Meet & Greet (Food in Concourse B, dining in Vendor Room)

7:30 – 9:00

Liar, Liar (O’Hare #4)

Moderator: Carsen Taite

 

Thursday

O’Hare #1

O’Hare #2

O’Hare #3

Vendor Room

O’Hare #4

O’Hare #5

8:30 – 9:20

Presentation:

The Art of the Fight

Presenter:

B. Wright

Panel:

Across the Genres: Why I Write What I Write - I


Panel:

Circling the Wagons: Lesbian Lit in a Time of Hate

Author Spotlight Group #1

9:30 – 10:00

Snack (Concourse B for food, Dining in Vendor Room)

10:00 – 11:00

Master Class:


Seducing the Reader: 4 Elements of a Strong Opening to Intrigue the Reader


Instructor:

K. Kallmaker

Presentation:

Self-Care for Writers and Those Who Love Them


Presenters:

B. Burnett & K. Richard



Panel:

The Magic Elixir for Creating Unique Characters – I





Author Spotlight Group #2

11:10 – 12:00

Presentation:

Educational Opportunities

With GCLS


Presenter:

B. Burnett


Panel:

Mystery & Mayhem

Author Spotlight Group #3

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch (Concourse B for food, dining in Vendor Room)

1:00 – 1:50

Membership Meeting – O’Hare #1

2:00 – 3:00

Master Class:

May I Live in Your Bones? Psychic Distance and POV


Instructor:

K. Stetz-Waters

Presentation:

GCLS Awards Update


Presenters:

J. Fielder & M. Phillips


Panel:

Not Your Mama’s Paranormal

Author Spotlight Group #4

3:10 – 4:00

Panel:

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night


Presentation:

Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project

Presenters: C. Pletcher & M. Martin

Sponsored by Cheryl Pletcher & Lynn Ames

Author Spotlight Group #5

4:10 – 5:00

Book Club

Panel:

Profanity, Vulgarities, and Obscenities, Oh, My!


Panel:

Romance Mad Libs

Author Spotlight Group #6

5:00 – 5:30

Friends of Bill W. - ORLY

7:30 – 10:00

 Movie Night - O'Hare # 2

 

 

 

Friday

O’Hare #1

O’Hare #2

O’Hare #3

Vendor Room

O’Hare #4

O’Hare #5

8:30 – 9:20

Presentation:

Challenging Our Assumptions: The Ladder of Inference


Presenter:

A. Roberts

Panel:

Teach It/Preach it


Panel:

Book Reviews for What and Whom?

 

Sponsored by Bywater

Author Spotlight Group #7

9:30 – 10:00

Author Auction & Snack

10:10 – 11:10

Master Class:

Creating Authentic Conflict: Developing Memorable Characters who Drive the Plot


Instructor:

Radclyffe

Presentation:

It’s Complicated: A Character Who Works in the Media


Presenter:

D. Leigh


Panel:

When We Collide-The Intersection of Identities

Author Spotlight Group #8

11:20 – 12:10

Panel:

The Magic Elixir for Creating Unique Characters - II


Panel:

Formula/Schmormula

 

Sponsored by Bywater

Author Spotlight Group #9

12:15 – 1:15

Lunch (Concourse B for food, dining in Vendor Room)

1:25 – 2:15

Penny Mickelbury - Special Speaker – O’Hare #1

2:20 – 3:20

Master Class:

The Ruthless Red Pen


Instructor:

L. Lake

Panel:

Juggling Romance

With Kids


Panel:

Navigating the Long-Term Career

Author Spotlight Group #10

3:30 – 4:20

Panel:

Writing Our Religions: Writers of Faith Speak Out


Panel:

Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

Sponsored by Bywater

Author Spotlight Group #11

4:30 – 5:20

Presentation:

How to Quickly Come up With More Ideas Than You Know What to Do With


Presenter:

E. Andre

Panel:

Breaking the Mold & Finding an Audience


Author Autograph Session Setup

Author Spotlight Group #12

5:30 – 6:30

Author Autograph Session – O’Hare #4

6:40 – 7:10

Friends of Bill W. – ORLY

8:00 – Midnight

Karaoke & Lip Sync – O’Hare #5

Theme: “Pajama Party”

Karaoke – Lyrics on screen to sing along

Lip Sync – No Lyrics on screen (know ‘em or bring ‘em)

 

Saturday

O’Hare #1

O’Hare #2

O’Hare #3

Vendor Room

O’Hare #4

O’Hare #5

8:30 – 9:30

Panel:

Across the Genres: Why I Write What I Write - II

Panel:

Just a Few Tiny Tweaks… Navigating the Editorial Rapids Without Drowning

 

Panel:

Women In Uniform

Author Spotlight Group #13

9:30 – 10:00

Snack (Concourse B for food, dining in Vendor Room)

10:00 – 11:00

Master Class:

Brand Me Till it Hurts


Instructor:

L.K. Silva

Panel:

Barbara Grier: Her Legacy and Influence


Presentation:

Writing Queer Crime & Mystery Fiction


Presenter:

A. Aptaker

Author Spotlight Group #14

11:10 – 12:00

Panel:

Making Historical Fiction Real


Presentation:

How to Write and Publish Reviews


Presenter:

V. Lounger

Author Spotlight Group #15

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch (Concourse B for food, dining in Vendor Room)

1:00 – 2:00

Lesléa Newman - Keynote Speaker – O’Hare #1

2:10 – 3:10

Panel:

Bad Ass with the Heart of Gold

Panel:

So I Had This Idea…

 

Presentation:

“Go Where You are Loved”: Creating Sustainable Writing Communities for Lesbians of Color

 

Presenter:

S. A. Allen

Author Spotlight Group #16

3:15 – 4:10

Awards Rehearsal (O’Hare #1 & #2)

6:00 – 6:45

Reception (O’Hare #4 & #5)

7:00 – 9:30

Awards – O’Hare #1 & #2)

10:00 –  1:00

Dance (O’Hare #4 & #5)

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

O’Hare #1

O’Hare #2

O’Hare #3

Vendor Room

O’Hare #4

O’Hare #5

 

9:30 – 10:00

General Session (O’Hare #1 & #2)

10:30 – 12:00

Brunch

12:00  

Conference Ends

See you next year in Las Vegas!

 

 

 

 

 

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