Conference time is almost here!

Can you believe it? The Realm Makers conference is nearly upon us. In 11 days, many of the conferees who are staying on UMSL’s campus will be checking in, and then the first-ever conference just for Christian writers of speculative fiction will be underway.

I’m sure many of you have been wondering just exactly what you can expect from the schedule of each day. I am confident that this will be a stellar lineup of more great information than any mere mortal can cram into his or her head in two days.

But for those of you who like the details ahead of time, here they are. Please note, this schedule is subject to change is unforeseen circumstances render adjustments necessary.

Thursday: Dorm Check-in at UMSL available all day.

8:00 am-9:15 am Check-in
9:15 am-10:15 am Welcome, First Keynote Jeff Gerke
10:15-10:25 Break
10:25-11:20 Worldviews LB Graham
11:20-12:10 Flash Fiction Andrew Winch
12:10pm-1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm-2:15 pm Fight Choreography Ben Erlichman
2:15 pm-3:00pm Spotlight: Hinterlands Jeff Gerke
3:00 pm-3:10 Break
3:10 pm-4:00 pm Writing for a Franchise Kathy Tyers
4:00-4:50 Giving a Useful Critique Kristen Stieffel
5:00 pm to 5:50 pm Panel: Horror Randy Streu, N Paul Williams, Kat Heckenbach
7:00-10:00 Costume Dinner , Clive Staples Award, Parable Award
8:30-8:35 am Announcements, opening
8:35-9:25 am Panel: Science and Magic Kat Heckenbach, Matt Yocum, Grace Bridges, Andrew Winch, Kathy Tyers
9:25-10:15 am The Hero’s journey Bryan Davis
10:15-10:25 am Break
10:25-11:15 am THIRST-how to keep the reader turning pages Robert Treskillard
11:15-12:00 Panel: Small Publishing 101, how it works, the road ahead Chila, Grace, Jeff, Randy
12:00-12:45 PM Query letters Suzanne Hartmann
12:45-1:45 Lunch
1:45-2:35 Building Your Idea into Comics Matt Yocum
2:35-3:00 Spotlight on Splashdown Grace Bridges
3:00-3:10 Break
3:10-3:45 From Science Fact to Science Fiction Grace Bridges
3:45-4:45 On the Spot: Would this Manuscript make the cut? Grace Bridges, Chila Woychik, Randy Streu
4:45-5:00 Announcement of Splickety Flash Fiction contest winner Andrew Winch and Ben Erlichman
5:00-5:30 Closing Keynote Jeff Gerke
5:45-7:00 Dinner
7:00-10:00 Group Signing with author Q and A, meet-n-greet