Not only do we have a long list of epic performances to offer you, but we also have an ever growing list of panels, book signings, demos, and workshops for you to enjoy while attending The Twisted World: Divine Decadence. We can’t let the cat out of the bag for all of them just yet, but we can for most of them. So, without any further ado…
Author’s Book Signing
Meet and greet with various authors throughout the day! Chat them up, have them sign one of their books for you. Show them your love!
Throughout the event on the 2nd Floor Balcony. Please check schedule for times and participants.
Decadent Writing Workshop
This year’s Twisted World theme is “Devine Decadence”! So why not learn how to write like it? Join award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail as she gives schools you on how to be a decadent writer.
Friday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Panel Room
Vampires and Literature: Why the Need for the Forbidden is so Delicious
Join authors CJ Ellisson and Meriah Crawford to discuss why the need for the forbidden is so delicious.
Friday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Panel Room
Literary Improv Tag Team
Author Danielle Ackley-McPhail hosts a night of improvisation at its best – wordy tag-team epicness!
Friday, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Panel Room
Just ‘Crewing Around: How to Min/Max Your Convention XP (A panel with the Steam-Funk Studios Cast)
A workshop on how to squeeze the most possible juice out of the Convention Experience for both Kids and Adults. Amongst topics covered in this panel are “Arranging a Group Dynamic”, how to minimize or combine your costs for best value, playing to your strengths (and with them) to maximum effect, distinguishing from standard attendees and even the beginnings of how to create a stage show and business model that plays to the same.
Friday, 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Outdoor Stage
Twisted, Wretched Repairs (The ‘Con Horror Stories Panel)
Have you ever had the worst happen at a Con? Your Costume fall apart? Your several hundred (or forfend, thousand) dollar prop break or crack just before you can showcase it? Get into a fight with one of your party, or did some jerk just take a swing at you? A panel on repairing costuming, props, relationships and sundry other “Horror Story” situations, as the flak hits-the-fan at these stress laden and exciting venues, these ‘conventions’. Not only will we relate our tales of Woe, we will illustrate how to AVOID these particular “wrong turns” or what to do once you’ve stepped-in-it.
Friday, 11:30 pm – 12:30 am, Acoustic Stage
Science Fiction Authors
Join authors Kat Mancos, Pat Thomas, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail on discussing Sci-Fi in all its glorious sub-genre forms.
Saturday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Panel Room
Watermelon Sodomy with Wendy Summers
Craving something cool, wet and juicy? Transsexual porn sensation Wendy Summers is sure to satisfy your cravings as she has an intimate encounter with one of the summer season’s most delicious treats! Showing off her curves in a barely-there bikini, Wendy dons a strap on and finds a new way to truly enjoy watermelon – no need to spit out seeds here!
Saturday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Outdoor Stage
Blunders and Flagons: Improvisational Ribaldry with Rohan and The Dogs of War
“You enter the same ten-by-ten stairway and are confront by greenish, tribal folks. A pack of goblins are upon you and …” *YAWN* Does this sound like your typical evening? Are you bored to tears? Ready to crack open your yuu-huu like a gangster credit-card and say “Roll spot check for THIS Mister GAME MASTER!!!! AHAHAHA!” You need help. Professional, indifferent, irreverent, malevolent, malcontented, credit-extended, resplendent, poaching-pheasants, gypsies tramps and thieves. Telling you tales on how to get what everyone, everyone, everyone needs. Love, Gold (to buy love), booze (to steal love) and sundry other fripperies (to court it). You’ll love us. Even if we have to hurt … err … coax you a bit.
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Outdoor Stage
Fashion and Society in Literature
What shapes the books we write today? From name dropping to the technology of the times, everything shapes what we write and read. With Tilly Greene, A.L. Davro, and Jen LeBlanc.
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Panel Room
Little Miss Rollerhoops Teaches Hooping
Think you can’t hula hoop? Think again. Most people aren’t moving their bodies properly, and/or using the wrong kind of hoop needed to accomplish what they’re trying to do with a hoop. Little Miss Rollerhoops will have you hooping regardless of your body type, age, or skill level. Whether you want to hoop for fitness, fun or both, come learn the basics and fundamentals of the skill Little Miss Rollerhoops best known for.
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Mirabelle Stage
Series vs. Stand Alone
Find out and discuss why readers cannot say goodbye to characters. With Tilly Greene, Steph Julian, Leigh Ellwood, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail.
Saturday, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Panel Room
From sexy heroines with a knife fetish to broke down wizards and mages, Urban Fantasy has captured our imagination. Join Meriah Crawford, A.L. Davroe, Sylvia Day, Stella Price for an hour of interesting conversation on the subject.
Saturday, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Panel Room
IAAC Stick Demo
The Imperial Amerikan Air Corp under the instructions of Prof. Mark Donnelly and the Keystone Academy of Defense are presenting a demonstration of single stick. It is the goal of both the IAAC and the KAD to encourage single stick practice and competitions in the steampunk community along with other forms of Western martial arts.
Singlestick, also known as cudgels, refers to both a martial art that uses a wooden stick as well as the weapon used in the art. It began as a way of training soldiers in the use of swords such as the sabre. American President Theodore Roosevelt and his friend General Leonard Wood were fond of this sport and used to emerge from a contest quite bruised from their rounds.
Since unrestricted infantry sabre play can be rather messy, and can negatively impact a site’s insurance the troopers of the IAAC and their KAD allies will display their sabre skills through single stick demonstration as well as answer questions on how you too can participate in…single stick.
Saturday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Outdoor Stage
When the things that go bump in the night want you forever. Join Stella Price, Stephanie Julian, Tilly Greene, and Sylvia Day for a discussion on the dark and sexy.
Saturday, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Panel Room
Join authors Kat Mancos, A.L. Davroe, and Robert Roman for a trip into the fantastical writing!
Saturday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Panel Room
Frak That Mother Goose : Twisted Tales with A Count Named Slick-Brass!
Formerly known as “Remedial Swagger”, The Count and Crew will regale young-uns (RUN) of all ages with the Rules of Swagger in a Family-Friendly (LIES), productive (MORE LIES), poignant (Okay who’s writing this???) form! …Uh, anyways … This course will take our heroes to you, the students as they ‘tease your childhood with some fractured fairy-tales that outline the very essence of Swagger for younger generations and mature minds alike. Grab your teacups and your ‘saucers, how dreadful (Please put down that Chaucer!) and keep a tight hold of your manners. We’ll leave the misbehavior to the professional miscreants, as they show all and sundry how, as the Count puts it, “You give a child a HINT of a decent upbringing and they’re ruined for life!” Well it’s time to fix that … by supplementing your lazy, neglectful parenting with some good old fashion old world abuse! Cheers!
Saturday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Outdoor Stage
The GLBT Boom in Erotic Literature
Explore the GLBT boom in erotic literature with Leigh Ellwood.
Saturday, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Panel Room
Erotica: I Use Sex to Make My Point
Authors Stephanie Julian, Tilly Greene, CJ Ellisson and Sylvia Day talk about the recent reemergence of the erotica genre and what it means to women writing it. Participants include.
Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Panel Room
Taboo Subjects: Acceptability in Literature
Join CJ Ellisson, Meriah Crawford, Brian Thomas and Raymond Witte to discuss what’s acceptable in literature in current times and what has changed due to changes in society.
Saturday, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Panel Room
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Jenn Leblanc, CJ Ellisson, and Leigh Ellwood discuss how 50 Shades of Gray both harmed and helped romantic literature.
Saturday, 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Panel Room
Bucking the Mainstream: Genre Bending & Riding the Ragged Edge of Disaster
…aka License to Ill, aka I Forgot to take that Left Turn at Arkham Asylum aka Why oh Why didn’t I take the Blue Pill? “We became steampunks because we are nonconformist… How do I make my vision eccentrically unique? You! Yeah you! You’re who we want. Climb aboard the crazy-train with the Crew of the A.S.S. Titilus. We will school you in the Zen of Neverwhen and turn the space-time continuum on its head!!!”
Sunday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Acoustic Stage
Writers Round Table: Publishing
Join a long list of authors for a writer’s round table, discussing publishing ins and outs in a largely do-it-yourself world.
Sunday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Panel Room
Have you seen our shows? Have you ever wanted to learn how to do what we do? Come to our workshop on Sunday and get some hands-on lessons with the members of HVBRIS! We’re not just a performance troupe, but a group of artists happy to spread the love of fire and flow arts with you! There will be no actual fire during this workshop/demo, but we will show you the basics of many of the tools we use.
Sunday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Outdoor Stage
Karnevil Whip Demo
CRACK! With that sound, your head automatically turns and watches as the beauty and art of cracking a whip and manipulating it to do the wielder’s wish is demonstrated by Karnevil members.
Sunday, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Outdoor Stage