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Friday, April 20
 

3:00pm

Con Etiquette
How to conduct yourself at a convention. Life lessons for first-time con goers as well as seasoned veterans.


Friday April 20, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Room G

3:00pm

Paranormal: Fact or Fake
Are all these crazy happenings real or a product of an overactive imagination?


Friday April 20, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Room E

3:00pm

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
A lot happened in the last movie. We'll discuss the Star Wars franchise, where it's heading, and what's to come.


Friday April 20, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Room L

3:00pm

Animals as Characters
Anthropomorphizing vs keeping the animal characteristics when using animals as characters in stories and games.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Laurel Wanrow

Laurel Wanrow

author
I love nature, reading and magic. I'm not too proficient at magic yet, so stick to things like the snake you found, the latest YA fantasy you read, or sharing photos of our pets--for me, that's my rescue guinea pigs! | I'll have my YA & SF romance paperbacks in artists alley.


Friday April 20, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Room 8

4:00pm

Future Shock, Moore's Law, the Singularity, and the End of History
"I, for one, welcome our future robot overlords."


Friday April 20, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room L

4:00pm

The Unlucky Panel
Why is 13 considered an unlucky number? What are the myths and history connected to this superstition?

Moderators
Speakers
JH

Jenny Hendrix

Performance
Dimensional Riffs is a nerd rock band that was born from a joke at RavenCon last year. Our members include Jenny Hendrix as the lead singer and former member of Paradox Machine. Chuck Parker is lead guitarist and is the bass player for The Blibbering Humdingers. DJ McGuire plays bass... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room 4

4:00pm

Creating Diversity at the Gaming Table
How to create a diversity of race, gender, and differing outlooks in your games.


Friday April 20, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room E

4:00pm

Pitch or Fix Your Campaign
Audience members pitch a campaign to a panel of seasoned GMs to get advice on how to prepare or repair. Panel members give tips and tricks for just starting out or leveling up as a GM.


Friday April 20, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room G

4:00pm

Indie Publishing
Who needs a big book publisher, anyway? Learn the ins and outs of small press and indie publishing.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest, Falstaff Books
2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award WinnerJohn G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles... Read More →
avatar for Laurel Wanrow

Laurel Wanrow

author
I love nature, reading and magic. I'm not too proficient at magic yet, so stick to things like the snake you found, the latest YA fantasy you read, or sharing photos of our pets--for me, that's my rescue guinea pigs! | I'll have my YA & SF romance paperbacks in artists alley.


Friday April 20, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room 8

5:00pm

Cult Movies: Hidden Gems
A discussion of cult films that you may or may not have heard of.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday April 20, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room E

5:00pm

Kickstarter: Making an Effective Campaign
How to get your Kickstarter campaign off the ground, and what to do when it takes off.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room G

5:00pm

Reading: Jean Marie Ward & Val Griswold-Ford
Speakers
avatar for Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room 4

5:00pm

Signing: Jennifer R. Povey

Friday April 20, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Dealers Room

5:00pm

Critiquing in an Online Forum
How to critique a work online without devolving into a completely rude troll, or worse, bashing the creator.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Laurel Wanrow

Laurel Wanrow

author
I love nature, reading and magic. I'm not too proficient at magic yet, so stick to things like the snake you found, the latest YA fantasy you read, or sharing photos of our pets--for me, that's my rescue guinea pigs! | I'll have my YA & SF romance paperbacks in artists alley.


Friday April 20, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room L

5:00pm

Morally Ambiguous Bad Guys
Those wonderful lawful and neutral evil bad-guys. You love to hate them and hate that you love them.


Friday April 20, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room 8

5:00pm

Film Festival: Suspension
Friday April 20, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 1

6:00pm

RavenCon YA Journal
The YA attendees will begin creating their
Convention Journal. Complete with a
schedule of YA Programming for the
weekend.

Moderators
Friday April 20, 2018 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Room J

6:00pm

Costume Reference
How to make a WOW build book.

Moderators
Friday April 20, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room 2

6:00pm

TREKnology
Tech in Trek: We take a detailed look at how a surprisingly large segment of our current everyday lives is directly related to concepts and ideas first proposed in Star Trek. From personal communication and social media to advances in transportation, scientific exploration, medical advances, and more, today's technological landscape has been heavily influenced by the original Star Trek as well as its television and movie spin-offs.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service. He's also taught hearing... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room G

6:00pm

Who's Afraid of 13?
Concerning the hubbub surrounding the thirteenth doctor. Most people are excited about the latest incarnation, but there are always a few…


Friday April 20, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room E

6:00pm

Dimensional Riffs
Get your RavenCon started in style with local nerd rock band Dimensional Riffs! Music covering all angles from Harry Potter to The Expanse, Star Wars to Star Trek, and Doctor Who to whatever else they have in mind.


Friday April 20, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Large Auditorium

6:00pm

Reading: Bryan Nowak & Alex Matsuo
Speakers
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Paranormal, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the author of 'The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theater', published by Llewellyn Worldwide, the biggest paranormal and new age publisher in the world. Alex has also published... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room 4

6:00pm

6:00pm

Worldbuilding: Crafting New Worlds
How to create worlds and universes that are unique and original.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room 8

6:00pm

Writing Outside the Box
Creating characters with a different gender, age, ethnicity, and/or sexual preference than the author's. How do you do it?


Friday April 20, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room L

7:00pm

RavenCon Opening Ceremonies
We welcome attendees and guests to RavenCon 13 and present last year's RavenConnie.


Friday April 20, 2018 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Large Auditorium

7:30pm

Popcorn and a Movie: Coco
The colorful Dia de Los
Muertos-inspired Pixar
film will be shown.

Moderators
Friday April 20, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Room H

8:00pm

The Language of Fans
Learn how handheld fans were used to communicate. (Not to be confused with how people in fandom communicate.)

Moderators
Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room 2

8:00pm

Elementary
Why Sherlock Holmes is still popular after over 100 years. The last of his stories just went into the public domain in the last year, has this increased the number of homages we're seeing?


Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room G

8:00pm

Should Affleck Be Beaten with Hammers and Other Geek Rants
A popular way to rant with other like-minded people about the things we love to hate.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service. He's also taught hearing... Read More →

Speakers

Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room E

8:00pm

How to Build a Teapot Racer
Ever wondered how they make those racers? Participants view a presentation and are shown several models. If a racer is completed, it must be raced during the competition Saturday.


Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room 1

8:00pm

Lightsaber Demo
LudoSport Hampton demonstrates various lightsaber fighting styles.


Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room D

8:00pm

Game Design 101
A how-to for game development.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room L

8:00pm

Nefarious Ferrets
Award-winning musicians, playing folk-influenced filk and spreading the love of filk music.

Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Small Auditorium

8:00pm

Reading: John G. Hartness & R.R. Virdi
Speakers
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest, Falstaff Books
2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award WinnerJohn G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room 4

8:00pm

8:00pm

How Women Challenge and Change Sci-Fi & Fantasy
We'll go over the influence of both female characters and female authors on science fiction and fantasy.

Moderators
avatar for Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE... Read More →

Speakers

Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room 8

8:00pm

Open LEGO Build
What can you make with a giant tub full of LEGOs?

Moderators
Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room J

8:00pm

Kobayashi Review: Can You Live Long and Prosper?
Trivia for chocolate in Ten Forward, with quizmasters Billy Flynn and Rich Sigfrit.

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →

Friday April 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:55pm
Ten Forward

9:00pm

Don't Flip Your Wig!
Tips and tricks for choosing the right wig, taking good care of it and making modifications to the style. If you’ve wondered about wigs, this is the panel for you - you are going to be a wig wonder by the end!

Moderators
Friday April 20, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Room 2

9:00pm

Battlestar Galactica: 40 Years, So Say We All!
It's the 40th anniversary of Battlestar Galactica, so let's chat!


Friday April 20, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Room L

9:00pm

Creating Your Own RPG
The nuts and bolts of developing your own role-playing game: rule mechanics, settings, and things you never would have considered.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday April 20, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Room E

9:00pm

Solace Sovay
Check out some of the best indie rock from Richmond, VA!

Speakers

Friday April 20, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Large Auditorium

9:00pm

What the Filk?
Learn all about the history of filk and what's happening with it now.


Friday April 20, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Small Auditorium

9:00pm

9:00pm

Vampires, Monsters and Ghosts - Oh My!
Incorporating otherworldly creatures and magic into your writing.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, editor, and English professor. She is the co-editor of "Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier" and "The Weird Wild West" with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her first novel "Changeling’s Fall," co-written with Sarah Joy Adams will be followed... Read More →

Speakers

Friday April 20, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Room 8

9:00pm

Film Festival: Racing Daylight
Friday April 20, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Room 1

10:00pm

The Eye of Argon
This crazy story is a RavenCon favorite, and we're dragging this monstrosity back in to the light for another hilarious live read.


Friday April 20, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Room L

10:00pm

The Terror
AMC began running The Terror a few weeks ago. Produced by Ridley Scott and based on Hugo-winner Dan Simmons’ novel is this a “can’t miss” series? What do we think so far?


Friday April 20, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Room E

10:00pm

Drinking: The Cause of and Solution to Con Horror Humor
When you've been going to conventions as long as the Maidens, there are bound to be some good stories. Grab a drink, join us in the bar, and play a drinking game with the Maidens while they talk candidly about some of their best and worst con experiences. (Age 21+, IDs will be checked.)


Friday April 20, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Pitcher's Bar

10:00pm

An Intro to Geek Music
An open discussion on what qualifies as geek music.

Moderators
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Syrinx

Syrinx

Charming Underclothes


Friday April 20, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Room G

10:00pm

Don't Filk This Up
Musical jam…on toast! Now that you know more about filking, gather your instruments and jam with your fellow filkers.


Friday April 20, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Small Auditorium

10:00pm

Reading: Kim Iverson Headlee

Friday April 20, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Room 4

10:00pm

Is That Blood on Your Dress?
Let's talk about the seductive appeal of gothic romance.


Friday April 20, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Room 8

10:00pm

Film Festival: Interplanetary
Friday April 20, 2018 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Room P

11:00pm

What'll Ya Have?
Because everyone that comes to the con stays sober the entire time, right? This is an introduction to mixology. You can learn how bartenders make drinks easily and correctly. You can also get our opinions on the best mixers, cocktails and whatever concoction makes you seem more interesting and funny at 2 am. Of course, this will be 21+ only. Oh and no actual booze will be consumed.


Friday April 20, 2018 11:00pm - 11:55pm
Room L

11:00pm

Late Night Dance Party with DJ Drae
DJ Drae will keep you moving on the dance floor with a mix of New Wave, Pop, and all your favorite 80’s tunes—Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, The Cure, Bananarama, A-Ha, Wham! and many more! Requests are always welcome!

Moderators
Friday April 20, 2018 11:00pm - Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00am
Room D

11:00pm

The Vailix
Powerful vocals soar above riff-heavy guitars, grinding bass, and thunderous drums. The Vailix is a unique, and heart-pounding experience from start to finish!

Speakers

Friday April 20, 2018 11:00pm - Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00am
Large Auditorium

12:00am

Negotiations
How do you ask someone to do a scene with you? What do you say when someone asks what you are into? How do you tell people what your limits are and stick by them? The panel will talk about how to negotiate with someone for pick-up play, what needs to be said before play becomes more serious, and even touch on M/s relationships. This panel is 18+ and IDs will be checked.

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00am - 12:55am
Room L

12:00am

The Who, The What, and the Huh of Kink
If you are curious about or new to the world of kink, this is a panel for you (and you are not the only one). It doesn't matter if you think you are a sub, a dom, switch or if you have no idea, come to the panel. Listen to and ask questions of long-time members of the kink community in a non-judgmental environment. This is a basic level, introductory panel. 18+ only. ID checks will happen.


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00am - 12:55am
Room E
 
Saturday, April 21
 

9:00am

9:00am

I've Done My Research and Now You'll Suffer For It
We discuss research techniques and how to get the most out of them.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, editor, and English professor. She is the co-editor of "Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier" and "The Weird Wild West" with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her first novel "Changeling’s Fall," co-written with Sarah Joy Adams will be followed... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00am - 9:55am
Room 8

9:00am

LEGO Star Wars Group Build
YAs will build LEGO Star Wars sets together. 

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Room J

9:00am

Rise With the Machines: Robotics Demo
Wake up to the sights and sounds of our future overlords chugging, whizzing, and battling it out as local robotics clubs strut their mechanical stuff! This event is fun for all ages!


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:55am
Room D

10:00am

Podcasting 101
You've listened to them, now learn how to create them yourself.


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room E

10:00am

Dryer Lint Demo
Award-winning dryer lint artist Heidi Hooper shows how she creates her unique art.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room 1

10:00am

Reading: Wendy S. Delmater

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room 4

10:00am

Signing: Crymsyn Hart
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Dealers Room

10:00am

Collaborating as a Couple
You're a great couple, but can you work together?


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room L

10:00am

Get Those Edits In
You have a piece written, now you need to edit. Where on earth to begin?


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room G

10:00am

Writing the Sequel
How to avoid problems and pitfalls creating the second book of a series.


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room 8

10:00am

Kid's Costuming Hour
Kids can pick through old costumes to create their own characters.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 2

10:00am

Hawthorn & Holly
An exciting show of pop-punk wizard rock.

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Small Auditorium

10:00am

Making Minecraft Heads
YAs will make any type of Minecraft head they like with pre-cut templates.

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room J

11:00am

Book Launch: Death Behind the Lilacs and Seasons on the Dark Side
Launching JumpRope Chronicles Book One: Death Behind the Lilacs by Ivy C. Leigh, and Seasons on the Dark Side, a collection of horror by Diane Arrelle (Dina Leacock).

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room 5

11:00am

Taking Home the Trophy
Come learn how to create a compelling story with your build reference presentation. Everything you need to know (and what to avoid doing) when putting together your costume presentation.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room 2

11:00am

R+L=J and All Things Westeros
We'll discuss all our favorite fan theories and how we think the show will end.


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room L

11:00am

The Great Geek Debates: YA Edition
Our panelists debate a variety of geeky subjects following standard debate club rules. We'll focus on teen-friendly topics.


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room G

11:00am

Lightsaber Demo for Kids
LudoSport Hampton shows kids how to use a lightsaber.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room D

11:00am

Chiptunes 101
What are chiptunes, where did they get started, and how can you make your own?

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room E

11:00am

11:00am

Signing: Author GOH Chuck Wendig
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Dealers Room

11:00am

Finding Your Muse
Our panelists share their best methods to cultivate inspiration in your creative pursuits.


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room P

11:00am

Misbehavin' Maidens
The Maidens perform a slightly less bawdy set of their a cappella and folk tunes for the 13+ nerd crowd.


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Large Auditorium

11:00am

Kid's Gaming
For 2 hours, we're turning the Kid's Programming Room into the Kid's Gaming Room!


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Room J

12:00pm

How to Pin, Drape, and Pattern a Steampunk Skirt
With a mannequin and fabric, we demonstrate how to pin the fabric on the form and make a pattern in the process.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Forever Supernatural
What makes this series great, and how much longer can they go on? And, yes, Scooby Doo.


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room P

12:00pm

How to Turn Your Idea Into a Podcast
Have a topic you might want to podcast? Learn how to turn an idea into an engaging podcast.

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room L

12:00pm

12:00pm

12:00pm

Building an Alien
How to create believable alien characters for your game or story.


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room E

12:00pm

Literary Troubleshooting
How to get your writing back on track after encountering a pitfall.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, editor, and English professor. She is the co-editor of "Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier" and "The Weird Wild West" with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her first novel "Changeling’s Fall," co-written with Sarah Joy Adams will be followed... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room G

12:00pm

Package Your Book to Sell
From covers, title design and what to include in the blurb, we discuss how to get your work off the shelf and into reader's hands.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Paranormal, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the author of 'The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theater', published by Llewellyn Worldwide, the biggest paranormal and new age publisher in the world. Alex has also published... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room 8

12:00pm

Indoor Muggle Quidditch
YAs will work off some energy playing the J.K. Rowling-inspired sport indoors.

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room D

12:00pm

The Allen Wold Writing Workshop
Allen Wold gives the writers attending a brief exercise. Then he and the panel will comment on each exercise, helping the writer understand what they have done well and where they can improve. Part 1 of 2.


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:55pm
Room 1

12:00pm

Film Festival: Short Films
Please check our handouts and ballots for a complete listing of the short films we're showing.

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Large Auditorium

1:00pm

Dinosaurs, Pirates & Robots: A Mark Cline Retrospective
Mark Cline discusses his career as an artist, sculptor, actor, and showman.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Weathering Your Wear
Simple techniques to age your costume pieces.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Geek Radio Daily Live
The GRD Crew gets their geek on at RavenCon with a live recording of their sWeekly podcast.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room L

1:00pm

The Orville
The good, the bad, and the awful.


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room P

1:00pm

Super PassNerds
We've put our own geeky spin on the classic game show Password. Audience members will have a chance to win prizes while playing on teams with our guests. 


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room E

1:00pm

Ask a Scientist: Kid's Edition
Those curious scientific questions we've always wondered about but have never been able to ask a scientist, until today!


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room G

1:00pm

1:00pm

Life Hacks for Writers
Tips and tricks that might actually work for you as a writer, aside from the obvious (write).

Moderators
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Paranormal, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the author of 'The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theater', published by Llewellyn Worldwide, the biggest paranormal and new age publisher in the world. Alex has also published... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest, Falstaff Books
2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award WinnerJohn G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room 8

1:00pm

A Big Pile of Comics!
YAs will get to browse through our comic book collection and read a couple issues with some mellow music playing in the background.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room J

1:00pm

Splendid Teapot Racing
Go teapot racers, go! Watch these teapot racers whir and fiz in a race to the finish.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room D

2:00pm

Character Design: From Concept to Construction
Brainstorming, designing, and creating unique characters and their costumes.


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Special Effects Makeup
Transforming a body into something completely different.


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room 1

2:00pm

Geeky Gadgetry in Podcasting
Learn about the electronics and tech used for podcasting.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Paranormal, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the author of 'The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theater', published by Llewellyn Worldwide, the biggest paranormal and new age publisher in the world. Alex has also published... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room E

2:00pm

Harry Potter and the Glaring Plotholes
Harry Potter is an oft-discussed topic but instead of singing its praises, let's discuss where Queen Rowling goofed up.


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room P

2:00pm

Is Netflix the New SciFi Channel?
Lost in Space, Travellers, The OA, Altered Carbon, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Bright, The Cloverfield Paradox, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Santa Clarita Diet, MST3K, and all of the Marvel shows. We discuss all of our favorites and a few shows you probably haven’t seen yet.


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room G

2:00pm

Shield Painting Workshop
Kids will make and
decorate their own
foam shields.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room J

2:00pm

Melt with DC in 2021 Ice Cream Social
When Washington, DC bids to host Worldcon, people complain that DC is too hot in August. If you can’t beat it, own it. Come enjoy a scoop of ice cream with the bid staff in the Con Suite.

Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Con Suite

2:00pm

An Intro to Songwriting
Learn the songwriting process with some of our musical guests.

Moderators
Speakers
JH

Jenny Hendrix

Performance
Dimensional Riffs is a nerd rock band that was born from a joke at RavenCon last year. Our members include Jenny Hendrix as the lead singer and former member of Paradox Machine. Chuck Parker is lead guitarist and is the bass player for The Blibbering Humdingers. DJ McGuire plays bass... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room 5

2:00pm

RavenConcert
What exactly is this crazy musical event we're cooking up? Join us to learn more!


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room L

2:00pm

Universe 122
An indie/alt rock act that's an amalgam of musical styles and influences, swirled into a singular expressive storyline.

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Small Auditorium

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

Ignore This Advice: Writing Tips That Aren't So Great
Tips and tricks that turned out to be anything but helpful.


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room 8

3:00pm

Planet of the Apes: 50 Damn Dirty Years
A celebration of Planet of the Apes, and how the franchise has evolved over the years.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service. He's also taught hearing... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Room P

3:00pm

The Future of Robotics
Where is robotics headed, and what can we look forward to?

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Room G

3:00pm

Interview: Author GOH Chuck Wendig
RavenCon Chair, Michael D. Pederson, interviews Author Guest of Honor Chuck Wendig.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Room 8

3:00pm

Reading: F.T. Lukens & Doc Coleman

Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Room 4

3:00pm

3:00pm

Killing Me Softly
How to describe death, dying, guts, and gore without overdoing it.


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Room E

3:00pm

The Hero's Journey
Your character has
arrived at the castle.
What happens next?
Our YA attendees
learn and act out the
classic Hero's
Journey.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room J

3:00pm

Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Members of Broad Universe perform readings from their works.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, editor, and English professor. She is the co-editor of "Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier" and "The Weird Wild West" with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her first novel "Changeling’s Fall," co-written with Sarah Joy Adams will be followed... Read More →
avatar for Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 5

3:00pm

Puppetry Workshop
Learn how to and then build your own unique puppet. All ages. Sign up at registration. Kits are $3 or $5 depending on style.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:55pm
Room 2

4:00pm

2001: A Space Odyssey: 50 Years
A discussion of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and how it stands up to today.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service. He's also taught hearing... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room E

4:00pm

Hold On To The Light
#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, editor, and English professor. She is the co-editor of "Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier" and "The Weird Wild West" with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her first novel "Changeling’s Fall," co-written with Sarah Joy Adams will be followed... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room L

4:00pm

Lightsaber Demo
The Tidewater Alliance shows off their fancy lightsaber skills.


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room D

4:00pm

Reading: Allen Wold
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room 4

4:00pm

4:00pm

Delmater Writing Workshop
Part 1 of 2. Running with the writing prompt.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room 1

4:00pm

Medicine in Fantasy
Methodologies for healing in fictional fantasy worlds.


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room 8

4:00pm

Voices of Tomorrow
Students come together to share what they want to see in literature targeted to their age group, and what they are writing for themselves.


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room G

4:00pm

Write Together
YAs will collaborate in the writing of an epic science fiction AND fantasy story.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Room J

4:00pm

Angela Plays Ukulele
Come hear Angela Pritchett, the Ukulele Unicorn behind the YouTube channel Angela Plays Ukulele, play an assortment of nerdy songs on her ukulele!

Speakers
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Small Auditorium

4:00pm

Baen Traveling Roadshow
Join Baen Books authors and editors for a look at new and forthcoming releases, and a chance to win a free book!

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:55pm
Room P

5:00pm

Redeeming the Plumb Book Launch
Peter Prellwitz launches his new novel Redeeming the Plumb.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room 5

5:00pm

Geek Debates
Our panelists debate a variety of geeky subjects following standard debate club rules.


Saturday April 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room G

5:00pm

Star Trek Now
A discussion about the newest series, Discovery, and the Abrams films.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service. He's also taught hearing... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room E

5:00pm

Steel Samurai
Face-melting atomic progressive rock forged from the most obscure, uncharted regions of the video game multiverse.

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Large Auditorium

5:00pm

5:00pm

5:00pm

Making the Impossible Plausible
How can you make the impossible seem at least somewhat plausible in your writing?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room 8

5:00pm

Writing in the Margins
How do you find time to write? We discuss setting goals and finding time when it doesn't exist.


Saturday April 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Room L

5:00pm

6:00pm

One if by Air, Two if by Sea
Our panelists talk about naval and aviation technologies and their influences on science fiction.


Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room L

6:00pm

How to Break Into the Gaming Industry
So you want to get into game design? We discuss both the tabletop and digital gaming industries.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room P

6:00pm

6:00pm

Effective Writing of Historical Fiction
How to keep the historical part of your writing from flying into the fantastical.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room 8

6:00pm

The Eternal Poe
A discussion of Edgar Allan Poe, how his work has influenced modern literature, and why we still read him.


Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Room E

6:00pm

Pre-Judging for the Masquerade
Costumes will be pre-judged for workmanship and detail.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 2

6:00pm

Lightsaber Games!
Watch the Tidewater Alliance and LudoSport Hampton take on each other in a variety of lightsaber games.


Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room D

6:00pm

Team Cat Investigators: Live!
Mr. Cat will shoot the very first live episode of Team Cat Investigators.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room J

6:00pm

Dimensional Riffs
Couldn't get enough nerd rock on Friday? No worries, Dimensional Riffs encores with more from the geek side of music.


Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Small Auditorium

6:00pm

Film Festival: Yesterday Was A Lie
Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room G

6:00pm

Charming Underclothes Presents: CLUE
Our evening takes place in 1954 New England, inside Ten Foward. As RavenCon guests, you are invited in for a light food selection and drinks while you watch the show.


Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Ten Forward

7:00pm

Falstaff Books Spotlight
Upcoming releases, series, and insights.

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest, Falstaff Books
2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award WinnerJohn G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Room L

7:00pm

Eat Your Waffle, Barb!
A discussion of the latest season of Stranger Things.


Saturday April 21, 2018 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Room E

7:00pm

People Talking About Things
Audience choice!  Panelists will discuss topics of the audience's choice.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Room P

7:00pm

7:00pm

How To: Copyright and Creative Commons for Literature
Learn the ins and outs of copyright and creative commons work as it applies to literature.


Saturday April 21, 2018 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Room 8

7:00pm

The RavenCon Masquerade
Fan costumers show off their latest creations. With entertainment by Solace Sovay.

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Large Auditorium

8:00pm

Secrets of the Seance
Why 1850's seances were all the rage, and how to convincingly hold your own seance.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room G

8:00pm

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
After the initial catastrophe has run its course, and the hordes have become manageable or defeated entirely, how do we move on as a society? What happens to technology, agriculture, medicine?


Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room E

8:00pm

The Mandela Effect
The Mandela effect is the observed phenomenon of people having clear memories of events that did not occur or misremembering significant events and facts.

Moderators
JR

Jason Ray Carney

Lecturer, Christopher Newport University
Jason Ray Carney is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Christopher Newport University.

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room L

8:00pm

Join the Rebellion
What is the Rebel Legion, and why should you join?

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room P

8:00pm

8:00pm

Henna Workshop
Shirley Donahue of Arachne's Muse will present an overview of the history and culture of henna body art. There will be a hands-on demonstration of the art and a Q & A. Henna kits will be included with the workshop. Sign up at Registration. Class Size Limit: 15 Materials Fee: $20

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room 1

8:00pm

Why Grownups Read YA Books
They're marketed for young adults, but adults like them just the same. We discuss YA franchises and what grownups like about them.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Laurel Wanrow

Laurel Wanrow

author
I love nature, reading and magic. I'm not too proficient at magic yet, so stick to things like the snake you found, the latest YA fantasy you read, or sharing photos of our pets--for me, that's my rescue guinea pigs! | I'll have my YA & SF romance paperbacks in artists alley.


Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Room 8

8:00pm

Murder Mystery Tea
YA attendees will play characters in a murder mystery in front of a live studio audience (adult audience welcome).

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room J

8:00pm

Chiptunes Dance Party
Inverse Phase and Adam Seats program the most danceable 8-bit tunes for your enjoyment!

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Room D

9:00pm

It's a Con! What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
We share our hilarious stories of conventions past.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Room L

9:00pm

Tom Lehrer Singalong
A RavenCon tradition! Filthy Pierre leads the crowd in a round of some of Tom Lehrer's best-loved classics.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Room E

9:00pm

Reading: Shawnee Small
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Room 4

9:00pm

Writer Without a Day Job
You're a full-time author. How do you manage?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest, Falstaff Books
2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award WinnerJohn G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Room 8

9:00pm

Film Festival: Closing Time
Jerry Faulk is an aging bartender at a roadhouse dive bar who on a particularly slow night has a chance encounter with a very unusual patron named Michael. As the lonely night rolls on, the two find that while they have more in common than they could have ever expected, nothing about this encounter is exactly as it seems. Presented by the director, Dave Harlequin.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room G

9:00pm

RavenCon Charity Auction
We're auctioning off some REALLY cool stuff to raise money for the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service. He's also taught hearing... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Small Auditorium

10:00pm

Arguments in Fandom
Audience choice!  Panelists will discuss great arguments in fandom


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Room G

10:00pm

Ask a (Mad) Scientist
Our science guests answer audience questions on science and science fiction. Always a favorite at RavenCon!


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Room 8

10:00pm

Metricula
Relive the summer camp nights of your youth with nerdy sing-a-longs.

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Large Auditorium

10:00pm

Reading: Jason Ray Carney & Mark H. Wandrey
Speakers
JR

Jason Ray Carney

Lecturer, Christopher Newport University
Jason Ray Carney is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Christopher Newport University.


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Room 4

10:00pm

Longing for the Love of Monsters
Romance and the grotesque in science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, editor, and English professor. She is the co-editor of "Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier" and "The Weird Wild West" with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her first novel "Changeling’s Fall," co-written with Sarah Joy Adams will be followed... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Room L

11:00pm

Basic Human Anatomy for Kink
This is a step-by-step guide to human anatomy. This brief overview (it’s an hour, not a semester) on what parts of the body are safe, what parts to avoid when doing a scene, and the grey area. We will go head-to-toe on what is safe and why it’s not. This is 18+ and IDs will be checked.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00pm - 11:55pm
Room E

11:00pm

LGBTQ & The World of Sci-Fi
In the past 30 years, those that identify as LBGTQ have seen acceptance and understanding grow significantly. Has the works of sci-fi/fantasy helped with this change in perception? Hindered it? How much work still needs to be done?


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00pm - 11:55pm
Room L

11:00pm

Misbehavin' Maidens
Sex-positive music, parodies, drinking, and fandom references
for the 18+ nerd crowd.


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00pm - 11:55pm
Small Auditorium

11:00pm

Reading: Robert V. Aldrich

Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00pm - 11:55pm
Room 4

11:00pm

DJ Drae Presents: Halloween Bash
You've heard of Christmas in July. How about Halloween in April? Come dance to all your favorite Halloween-themed spooky tunes. Costumes and cosplay encouraged, but not required.

Moderators
Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00am
Room D

11:00pm

Introduction to Demoscene
We'll introduce you to an active computer/artistic genre that's been around for over 30 years.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00am
Room G

12:00am

Ethical Non-Monogamy
We talk about relationships that consist of more than two people. Ethical non-monogamy
consists of polyamory, swinging, and open relationships. We will talk about the differences between the
three, how to be open and honest, and how to communicate. This is 18+ and IDs will be checked.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00am - 12:55am
Room L

12:00am

Wonderful Toys
It doesn’t matter if you're new or an experienced kinkster, everyone wants toys. However, they can
get expensive. This panel will talk about pervertables (toys that were designed for other purposes),
building your own, and where you can get quality toys cheap. 18+ only and IDs will be checked.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00am - 12:55am
Room E
 
Sunday, April 22
 

9:00am

Reading: S.A. Hunter
Speakers

Sunday April 22, 2018 9:00am - 9:55am
Room 4

9:00am

Weapons Engineering
How to create new and unique weaponry for your writing and gaming.


Sunday April 22, 2018 9:00am - 9:55am
Room E

9:00am

Film Festival: Fan Films
Please check our handouts and ballots for a complete listing of the fan films we're showing.

Sunday April 22, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Small Auditorium

9:30am

Open Studio!
Kids and YAs will have
time to wrap up any
projects they haven't
finish yet. Walk-in anytime!

Moderators
Sunday April 22, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm
Room J

10:00am

Fan Knit-In
Bring your fiber-projects and sit and chat with fellow geeks about your favorite movies, TV shows, books, and (of course) fiber-art projects.

Moderators
Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room 2

10:00am

Reading: Andrea Judy
Speakers

Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room 4

10:00am

Signing: Misty Massey
Speakers

Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Dealers Room

10:00am

Morning Yoga
We're in the home stretch! Let's try a little yoga to warm up for the last day of the con.

Moderators
Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room D

10:00am

The Allen Wold Writing Workshop, pt. 2
The conclusion of Allen Wold's Writing Workshop. Only those that attended the first half may attend the second half.


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room 5

10:00am

Promoting Yourself as a Writer
How to pimp your writing and promote yourself.

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest, Falstaff Books
2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award WinnerJohn G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room 8

10:00am

The Evolution of Horror
How has the horror genre changed since it first arrived in writing and moved into filmmaking?


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room L

10:00am

GOH Signing
It's your last chance to get something signed before everyone goes home!

Moderators
Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room G

10:00am

Open Filking
An early morning gathering of musicians where you can sing, play, or just listen. Open to everyone!

Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Large Auditorium

10:00am

Book Swap
Geeks got all 'da books! Movers hate us. Now's your chance to swap some of those old books for new old books! This is a great chance to turn someone on to your favorite series or just clear off some space on that shelf at home.

Moderators
Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:55am
Room P

11:00am

A Brief History of Corsets and How to Wear Them
An overview of historical corset types, and how to wear each.

Moderators
Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room 2

11:00am

Steampunk is Not Dead
A discussion of steampunk in cosplay, literature, and media.


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room L

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

Delmater Writing Workshop
Part 2 of 2. Discussion of the prompt and a critique.

Moderators
Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room 5

11:00am

Anachro-Pulp and the Escape from the Tyranny of Literature
All about the rise of new pulp, retro pulp, and neo-noir, with its emphasis on atmosphere and action.


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room E

11:00am

Everybody Dies
Our authors share new and exciting ways to kill off their favorite characters.


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room 8

11:00am

Artist GOH Workshop
Artist Guest of Honor Mark Cline shows us his work and how he creates it.

Moderators
Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:55pm
Room 1

11:00am

Pro Jam
What happens when we let our music guests filk with each other? I bet it'll be exciting!


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Large Auditorium

12:00pm

Art Auction
Did the item you bid on go to auction? Come prepared to fight for it!

Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Small Auditorium

12:00pm

Make it Fit: Adjusting Commercial Patterns for Your Body Type
Learn how to adjust a pattern you love so you can make a piece you love on you.


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Babylon 5: 25 Years
A celebration of Babylon 5.


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room L

12:00pm

MST3K/Rifftrax
They went indie/online, and now they're back on TV. Why we love poking fun at the things we love.

Moderators
Speakers
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Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service. He's also taught hearing... Read More →
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Syrinx

Charming Underclothes


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room E

12:00pm

Reading: Paul Barrett
Speakers

Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room 4

12:00pm

12:00pm

You Need An Editor
You've gotten a piece written, but it's not finished until it's been through the editor's hands.


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Room 8

1:00pm

Junk Science
Mastering technobabble and the science behind gadgets in sci-fi.


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room L

1:00pm

Reading: Christopher L. Smith

Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Signing: Chris A. Jackson
Speakers

Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Dealers Room

1:00pm

Self-Publishing on a Budget
How to get yourself published on the cheap.

Moderators
Speakers
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest, Falstaff Books
2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award WinnerJohn G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room E

1:00pm

What's Your Process?
How do you do what it is that you do? OCD exactness? Arcane Rituals? Our guests share their secrets.

Moderators
Speakers
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Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, editor, and English professor. She is the co-editor of "Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier" and "The Weird Wild West" with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her first novel "Changeling’s Fall," co-written with Sarah Joy Adams will be followed... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Room 8

1:00pm

Film Festival: Fan Films
Please check our handouts and ballots for a complete listing of the fan films we're showing.

Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Small Auditorium

1:00pm

Open Filking
A final opportunity for musicians to sing, play, or just listen.

Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00pm - 3:55pm
Large Auditorium

1:00pm

2:00pm

What's Old is New Again
The 80s are making a comeback. A discussion of trends in media and the direction they're heading.


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room E

2:00pm

RavenCon in Review
Did you enjoy the convention? Tell us what you think. We'll also announce the winner of this year's RavenConnie.

Moderators
Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Room 8