Panelist Guest / Writer
Karen Thrower lives in Tulsa with her husband and their rambunctious five-year old. She graduated from The University of Tulsa. She is also a member of Oklahoma Science Fiction Writers and serves as its President and Facebook “Wizard,” which she suspects has something to do with her young age. Her story ‘The Lost Ones’ appears in the bestselling Secret Stairs: A Tribute to Urban Legend. You can find the rest of her works on her Amazon Author page.
Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer B
A discussion of writers' groups: their dynamics and their possible value. Compare online forums versus face-to-face groups. How can you tell if you've stumbled into something dysfunctional or delightful, without a sounding board? How to network? Advice for authors at any stage of development looking to join a writing group.
Panelists: Karen Thrower, Linda L. Donahue, Julia S. Mandala, Seth Skorkowsky, B. J. Thrower, Kim Ventrella
Tracks: Writing & Publication, Business & Marketing
Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma E - Autograph Tables
Panelists: Catherine Cooke Montrose, Marguerite Reed, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower
Friday, June 7, 2019 7:00 p.m. | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium
Join panelists in the hotel for lively conversation. BYO beverage, please.
Panelists: Julie Barrett, Kimber E. Chessmore, Brenna Deutchman, John Eads, Shai Fenwick, Dara Fogel, Ph.D., Bekah June, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, Mike Kloepfer, Angela Lowry, Michael R. Martin, Maureen McHugh, Catherine Cooke Montrose, Michelle Muenzler, Marguerite Reed, David "Oak" Rice, Sir William Rothmeyer, Sissy Space, Seth Skorkowsky, Tommy B. Smith, The Dream, Karen Thrower, Haileigh Todd, Craig Wolf
Tracks: General Interest, Food & Drink
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Panelists spin the wheel for wacky plotline components and actor combinations, and create an original (and crap-tastic) Saturday Night SyFy™ feature!
Panelists: Peter Pixie, Mike Kloepfer, Wm. Mark Simmons, Allison Stein, Karen Thrower, Brian Trent, Craig Wolf
Tracks: Fandoms, Gaming, Film & TV
Tags: Art Demo
Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Noble
Panelists: Shai Fenwick, Wm. Mark Simmons, Karen Thrower
Tracks: Writing & Publication
Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer B
D&D was first published in 1974, making it a venerable 45 years old. How has it changed over the years? How is it stronger than ever these days? Do you remember the "Satanic Panic" of the 80s? And what about that Tom Hanks movie?
Panelists: Magician Michael Corley, Dennis McDonald, Rook Riley, Seth Skorkowsky, Christina Stiles, Karen Thrower
Tracks: Gaming, Pop Culture & Entertainment
Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
We'll talk about the intrusion by tentacles into sci-fi and fantasy. Let's discuss their metaphorical uses and celebrate just how cool cephalopods actually are. From Verne to Lovecraft to Tolkien’s “Watcher in the Water” to John Carpenter’s The Thing to Star Wars and Arrival, what's so creepy about tentacles?
Panelists: Ethan Nahté, Dan Erickson, Carolyn Kay, Tedd Pennella, Bradley H. Sinor, Karen Thrower
Tracks: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
There she is, looking radiant in her Squirrel Girl cosplay. So what do you do now? You want to talk to her, but it feels awkward. How to approach this situation without coming across as "That Guy?" A candid talk on the increasing difficulty of meeting new people and picking up on social cues.
Panelists: Dan Erickson, James Hollaman, Kyros Cosplay, Travis Nance, Caroline Spector, Karen Thrower
Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, General Interest