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Friday, June 23rd
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 M
etzger, 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)



  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!

Saturday, June 24th

                                         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,

                                                                                       Laurie Pennison
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,

                                                                                      Matt Leyshon

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,

                                                                    Mary Oldham

 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


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.!

Sunday, June 25th

 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

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