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Below is the schedule for the 2018 Conference in Las Vegas. This schedule, Panelists and Author Spotlight participants are subject to change.

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

This schedule will also be available at the conference in two formats: 

  1. As a one-page "at-a-glance" printout.
  2. As a mobile app.

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

 

 

Wednesday, July 4th

Registration: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vendor Room Hours:  11:00 AM - 5:00 AM (Gold Room)

  Bronze 1  Bronze 2 Bronze 3 Bronze 4
1:00 - 1:30

 CONFERENCE OPENING

Silver Room

2:00 - 3:00  

Con Virgin

Meeting

Coffee Chat  Open Mic 
3:00 - 4:00   Coffee Chat 
4:00 - 5:00    

 ROUNDTABLE

Readers Sound Off

Participants
Sheri Campbell
Kay Carney
MJ Lowe
Sharon Owens
Carleen Spry
Darlene Vendegna

 
5:00 - 6:30

MEET & GREET

Grand Salon

Sponsor: Sandy Thornton

7:00-8:00    

PANEL

Liar, Liar

Moderator
Carsen Taite

Panelists
Fay Jacobs
Karin Kallmaker
Lori L. Lake
Micheala Lynn
Ali Vali

 
9:00  4th of July Fireworks - Location TBD

 

 

 Thursday, July 5th

Registration: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vendor Room Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Gold Room)

  Bronze 1  Bronze 2 Bronze 3 Bronze 4

8:00 - 8:50

COFFEE HOUR

Bronze 4

   

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Ann Roberts

Featured Readers
Barrett
Nancy J. Hedin
Ona Marae
Lisa Moreau
Jaime Clevenger
Nat Burns

9:00 - 9:50

PRESENTATION

GCLS Awards Update

Presenter: Virginia Dodge Fielder

PANEL

The Accidental Detective

Moderator
Lynn Ames

Panelists
Jessie Chandler
EJ Cochrane
Ellie Hart
Cass Sellars
Linda Vogt 

PANEL

Independent Authors

Moderator
Cindy Rizzo

Panelists
Karen Badger
Lila Bruce
Suzie Carr
Anne Hagan
Michele Reynolds 

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Elaine Mulligan-Lynch

Featured Readers
MB Austin
Beth Burnett
Stefani Deoul
Lucy J. Madison
Annette Mori
Ali Spooner

10:00 - 10:30

SNACK

Grand Salon 

10:30 - 11:30

MASTER CLASS

Climbing Out of the Writing Swamp

Instructor: Barbara Ann Wright 

 

Sponsor: Georgia Beers

PRESENTATION

The GCLS Writing Academy

Presenters: Joy Van Stralen & Beth Burnett

PANEL

Four Lesbians of the Apocalypse

Moderator
Ali Vali

Panelists
Anna Burke
Renee MacKenzie
Bev Prescott
Brey Willows

 

Sponsor: Bywater Books

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Elaine Mulligan-Lynch

Featured Readers
Victoria Avilan
Ashley Bartlett
Dena Blake
Dawn Carter
Sallyanne Monti
Carol Rosenfeld
Carsen Taite

11:40 - 12:30

PRESENTATION

Chase Your Own Success

Presenter: Karin Kallmaker 

PANEL

Writing for Your Life

Moderator
Darlene Vendegna

Panelists
Georgia Beers
Mickey Brent
KG MacGregor
Susan X Meagher
Laina Villeneuve

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Lori L. Lake

Featured Readers
Julie Cannon
Fay Jacobs
Dolores Maggiore
Franci McMahon
KC Richardson
Patty Schramm

12:30 - 1:30 

LUNCH

Grand Salon 

1:30 - 2:30 

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Silver Room 

2:40 - 3:30 

 MASTER CLASS

The Hero's Journey

Instructor: Radclyffe

PRESENTATION

Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project Update

Presenters: Cheryl Pletcher & Marianne K. Martin

 

Sponsors: Cheryl Pletcher & Lynn Ames

PANEL

Reader Triggers

Moderator
Cheryl Head

Panelists
Kimberly Cooper Griffin
Mary "Dutch" Deutcher
Millie Ireland
Jaycie Morrison
Diana Perez-Soria

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Lori L. Lake

Featured Readers
Jane Alden
Addison Conley
Laydin Michaels
Robyn Nyx
Justine Saracen
Rachel Spangler

3:40 - 4:30 

BOOK CLUB: Petroglyph Guild

 

Highland Dew

by Barrett

AND

The Liaison

by Nat Burns

 

Sponsor: A.L. Brooks

PANEL

The Good, the Bad, the Gorgeous

Moderator
Ann Aptaker

Panelists
Cheryl Head
Lee Lynch
Catherine Maiorisi
Ann McMan
Aurora Rey

 

Sponsor: Bywater Books

 

  AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator

Karen D. Badger

Featured Readers
Leona Beasley
Reba Birmingham
Sandra de Helen
Ali Vali

 

Sponsor: Bywater Books

 5:00 - 6:00 Friends of Bill W. - Palace Meeting Room #1

 

 

Friday, July 6th

Registration: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vendor Room Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Gold Room)

Bronze 1 Bronze 2 Bronze 3 Bronze 4

8:00 - 8:50

COFFEE HOUR

Bronze 4


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:Writing Academy

Moderator
Beth Burnett

Featured Readers
Jenn Alexander
Britt Augustine
Millie Ireland
Maria Y. Maxwell
Joy Van Stralen
Renee Young

Sponsor: Sandy Thornton

9:00 - 9:50

PRESENTATION

An Hour to a Wordpress Website

Presenter: Sheryl Wright

PANEL

All the Beautiful People

Moderator
Susan X Meagher

Panelists
Sallyanne Monti
Annette Mori
KC Richardson
Cindy Rizzo
Carsen Taite

PANEL

Xena to Lexa

Moderator
Karen D. Badger

Panelists
Britt Augustine
Patrice James
KG MacGregor
Tiffany Shamaly
Ali Vali

Sponsor: Rosa Moran

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Lucy J. Madison

Featured Readers
Lynn Ames
Mickey Brent
Suzie Carr
Ellie Hart
Mercedes Lewis
Liz McMullen

10:00 - 10:30

SNACK

Grand Salon

Sponsor: Melissa Brayden

10:30 - 11:30

MASTER CLASS

Sketch Me if You Can: Creative Ways to Give Your Characters Depth

Instructors: Kimberly Cooper Griffin & Aurora Rey

PANEL

How to Play the Plot Machine

Moderator
MJ Lowe

Panelists
Erica Abbott
Georgia Beers
Heather Flournoy
Karin Kallmaker
Radclyffe

PANEL

Down the Rabbit Hole

Moderator
Victoria Villasenor

Panelists
Carol Rosenfeld
Justine Saracen
Ruth Sternglantz
Caren J. Werlinger
Barbara Ann Wright

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Catherine Maiorisi

Featured Readers
Kim Baker
A.L. Brooks
Sarah Hahn Campbell
Micheala Lynn
Ann McMan
Jaycie Morrison
Missouri Vaun

11:40 - 12:30

PRESENTATION

Editing Boot Camp

Presenter: Kim Taylor Blakemore

PANEL

Voices from the Gay Bars

Moderators
Renée Bess & Lee Lynch

Panelists
Ann Aptaker
Shawn Marie Bryan
Cindy Rizzo

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Robyn Nyx 

Featured Readers
Lila Bruce
Jessie Chandler
Anne Hagan
JB Marsden
Linda Vogt
Vanda Writer

12:30 - 1:30

LUNCH

Grand Salon

1:30 - 2:30

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER

Gold Room

2:40 - 3:30

SPECIAL SPEAKER - RACHEL GOLD

Silver Room

Sponsor: LesFic Unbound

3:40 - 4:30

PRESENTATION

From Novel to Screenplay

Presenter: Lucy J. Madison 

PANEL

Now. Next. New

Moderator
Rae D. Magdon

Panelists
MB Austin
Sandra de Helen
Stefani Deoul
Radclyffe
Pam Stewart

PANEL

Why Real Editors Don't Suck

Moderator
Jenny Fielder

Panelists
Katherine V. Forrest
Shelley Thrasher

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Ellie Hart

Featured Readers
EJ Cochrane
Cheryl Head
Renee MacKenzie
Renee Roman
Laina Villeneuve
MJ Williamz

4:30 - 5:30

 PRESENTATION

The Field of Lesbian Fiction - Dynamics and Boundaries

Presenter: Millie Ireland

PANEL

Inclusivity and the Expanding Alphabet

Moderator
Sallyanne Monti

Panelists
Victoria Avilan
Anne Geary
Mercedes Lewis
Rachel Spangler
Nell Stark

PANEL

Romantic Comedies: A Recipe for Laughter

Moderator
MJ Lowe

Panelists
Lynn Ames
Beth Burnett
Ann McMan
Ann Roberts
Kenna White

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Suzie Carr

Featured Readers
Karin Kallmaker
Catherine Maiorisi
Bev Prescott
Michele Reynolds
Sheri Lewis Wohl

5:30 - 6:30 Friends of Bill W. - Palace Meeting Room #1 
8:00 - 12:00

Karaoke & Lip Sync

Platinum Room

Theme: “It's Vegas, Baby!”  -  Dressing up accordingly is encouraged, but in no way required.

Karaoke Lyrics on screen to sing along

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

Music provided by Lightning Strikes Entertainment

 

 

Saturday, July 7th

Registration: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Vendor Room Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Gold Room)

Bronze 1 Bronze 2 Bronze 3 Bronze 4

8:00 - 8:50

COFFEE HOUR

Bronze 4


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: "Out of This World"
Speculative Fiction

Moderator
Tiffany Shamaly

Featured Readers
K. Aten
Karen D. Badger
Anna Burke
Rae D. Magdon
MB Panichi
Brey Willows


9:00 - 9:50

MASTER CLASS

Using Humor to Enrich Fiction

Instructor: Fay Jacobs

PANEL

 

Destigmatizing Mental Illness

 

Moderator
Kimberly Cooper Griffin

 

Panelists
Dorothy Allison
Jessie Chandler
Rae D. Magdon
Andy Meadeson
Patty Schramm

 

PANEL

Plotters v. Pantsers

Moderator
Salem West

Panelists
Julie Cannon
Elana Dykewomon
Lori L. Lake
Liz McMullen
Vanda Writer

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Suzie Carr

Featured Readers
Lynnette Beers
Susan X Meagher
Radclyffe
Ann Roberts
Caren J. Werlinger
Barbara Ann Wright

10:00 - 10:30

SNACK

Grand Salon

10:30 - 11:30

MASTER CLASS (cont'd)

Using Humor to Enrich Fiction

Instructor: Fay Jacobs

PRESENTATION

How We Really Do It

Presenter: Deni Starr

PANEL

Intersectional Books & Writing Across Boundaries

Moderator
Lynn Ames

Panelists
Susan C. Green
Patrice James
Franci McMahon
Robyn Nyx

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
Anne Geary

Featured Readers
Dorothy Allison
Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Elana Dykewomon
Rachel Gold

 

Sponsor: Bywater Books

11:30 - 12:30

LUNCH

Grand Salon

12:30 - 1:30

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - LUCY JANE BLEDSOE

Silver Room

Sponsor: LesFic Unbound

1:30 - 4:30

LESBIAN LITERARY FAIR

Vendor Room (Gold) 

1:30 - 2:30

AUTHOR SIGNING

Platinum Room

2:30 - 3:30

PRESENTATION

Brand YOU: Building Your Brand for Bigger Bucks

Presenters: Sallyanne Monti & Lucy J. Madison

BOOK CLUB: Women With Pride

Rainbow Gap

by Lee Lynch

 

Sponsor: Lynne Pierce

PANEL

So I Had This Idea...

Moderator
Karin Kallmaker

Panelists
Ashley Bartlett
Lynnette Beers
Nancy J. Hedin
Tagan Shepard
Erin Zak

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Moderator
TBD

Featured Readers
Ann Aptaker
Susan C. Green
Kimberly Cooper Griffin
KG MacGregor
Bonnie J. Morris
Aurora Rey
Cindy Rizzo

3:40 - 4:20

AWARDS REHEARSAL

Platinum Room

All presenters and Awards Administrators required to attend

6:00

RECEPTION

Grand Salon

 7:00 - 9:00

 2018 GOLDEN CROWN LITERARY SOCIETY AWARDS

Platinum Room

Doors Open at 6:45

 9:00 - 1:00

DANCE

Platinum Room

Music provided by Lightning Strikes Entertainment

 

 

 

 Sunday, July 8th

Vendor Room: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Gold Room)

9:00 - 10:30 Brunch - Grand Salon
9:00 - 12:00 Vendor Take-down - Gold Room 
10:00 Conference Wrap-Up - Grand Salon
11:00 Conference Ends
  See you next Year in Pittsburgh!! 

 

 

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