Schedule Subject to Change
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration - Location: Hotel Lobby
All Friday Panel Sessions are located in the Vieux Carre Room on the 17th Floor
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Ask an Agent with Cherry Weiner
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Panel One - The State of Fiction: Traditional Publishing, Small Press Publishing & Self Publishing
MODERATOR: Heather Graham
PANELISTS: Jeff Ayers, C. S. Berry, Lisa Black, Tammy Godfrey, Mary Oldham
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Panel Two - Louisiana Idol
READERS: Pam Ebel, Chynna Pozzessere, Noah Nevins
READER/EVALUATOR: Debbie Richardson
EVALUATORS: Tom Colgan, Robert Davis, J. L. Hughes, Angela Metzger, Cherry Weiner
Want to know if our editors and agents are interested in your story idea? Bring two pages, typed and double-spaced. Our reader will read your pages out loud and our editor will critique. You can let people know it's yours or you can be anonymous.
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Panel Three-Short Stories: Writing Compelling Short Fiction
MODERATOR: V. S. Alexander
PANELISTS: Bill Brown, Sharon Cathcart, Pamela Ebel, Jon Land, Michael Rigg
5:00 pm - 5:50 pm Panel Four - Paranormal Writing: A Journey Into the Unknown: Pulling back the Veil
MODERATOR: Heather Graham
PANELISTS Deanna Chase, T.M. Cromer, Larry Evans, Angie Fox, T. E. MacArthur
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm DINNER ON YOUR OWN (Don’t have dessert)
HAUNTED CASINO ROYALE WILL BE HELD IN THE QUEEN ANN BALLROOM - MEZZANINE
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm Welcome Party - Haunted Casino Royale and Stump the Band - Co-Sponsored by Rebecca Barrett
“Seven Come Eleven”
If you enjoyed the circus in 2019, you'll love our Haunted Casino Royale in 2023. Craps, Black Jack, Roulette, Poker and Bingo! Special Tarot readings with Larry Evans as well!! We'll get you started with Five Hundred in Chips!! (Funny money, of course!) If you go broke, you can always buy another hundred for a $1 (That goes to Heather's Charity). But those chips can be redeemed for prizes at The Wheel of Fortune table and the top four winners for the night receive a gift card.
After all is settled at the prize table, we will settle down and try to "Stump the Band".
During the night we will have fabulous desserts brought to us by Master Chef Jose!
8:30 am - 10:00 pm Registration - Location: Riverview Hall, 16th Floor
8:30 am - 10:00 am Breakfast in the Riverview, 16th Floor Heather will Interview our Guest Author Jeff Ayers
All Saturday Panel Sessions are located in the Vieux Carre Room on the 17th Floor
8:30 am - 10:00 am Breakfast Buffet - Heather Interviews Guest Author Jeff Ayers
10:05 am - 10:55 am Panel One Intellectual Property and AI- What do Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and
Chat GPBT have in common? Unraveling the mystery of public domain,
copyright infringement and artificial intelligence.
MODERATOR Debbie Richardson
PANELISTS: Tom Colgan, Pamela Ebel, Robert Davis, J. L. Hughes,
11:00 am - 11:50 pm Panel Two Historical Plots: Making the Old New Again. How historical mystery writers
weave plots that keep us guessing and enrich our understanding of the past.
MODERATOR: Jon Land
PANELISTS: V. S. Alexander, Rebecca Barrett, Bill Brown, Sharon Cathcart,
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Editor Appointments - New Orleans Rooms A, B, C, D
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Panel Three - Creating Your Romantic Lead - Romantic leads don't have to look like
Fabio anymore. What makes a good romantic lead, male or female?
MODERATOR: J. L. Hughes
PANELISTS: C. S. Berry, Maggie Mae Gallagher, Tammy Godfrey, Marcia King Gamble,
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Panel Four - Suspense, Action and Conflict: The Prime Elements of Thrillers and Suspense
MODERATOR: Alexandrea Weis
PANELISTS: C. F. Francis, Christopher Hawke, Laurie Pennison, Matt Leyshon, Mark Zeid
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Panel Five - Series , No matter the genre: Keeping the Stories new and fresh.
MODERATOR: Traci Hall
PANELISTS: Lisa Black, Don Bruns, Jon Land, Alexandrea Weis, Mark Zeid
5:00 pm - 5:50 pm Finding your Villian: The Dark Side of Humanity
MODERATOR: Kathy Love
PANELISTS: V. S. Alexander, Don Bruns, T.M. Cromer, Christopher Hawke,.
T. E. MacArthur
Cocktail Hour located in Queen Anne Parlor and Dinner Theater in Queen Anne Ballroom
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm COCKTAIL HOUR
8:00 pm -10:00 pm HEATHER GRAHAM’S DINNER THEATER - MURDER IN FANTASY LAND
Someone has killed the Feathered Fairy Godmother! At the Conflicted Character Cafe, the villains of
Fantasyland are on the defense--but is all that appears evil really so? Or does a cloak of goodness
sometimes cover the most evil of deeds? Solve the mystery and win a $100 gift certificate to our
book store, Bent Pages and Co.!
8:00 am - 9:00 am Editor and Agent Appointments - Orleans A, B, C and D - 2nd Floor
9:00 am - 9:50 am Panel One - Marketing - The Ins and Outs of Promotion and Branding
MODERATOR: C. F. Francis
PANELISTS: Deanna Chase, Tracee Evans, Angie Fox,Maggie Mae Gallagher, Michael Rigg
10:00 am - 10:50 am Panel Two - Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh My: Animal's Conribution
MODERATOR: Marcia King-Gamble
PANELISTS: Rebecca Barrett, Traci Hall, Kathy Love, Jon Land
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Writers for New Orleans Tea, with Heather Graham, Jeff Ayers, Tom Colgan, Robert Davis, Cherry Weiner
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Writers for New Orleans Book Signing - Located in the Royal Rooms C & D
Hosted by Bent Pages, Inc. Book Store from Houma, Louisiana