Kim Ventrella

Kim Ventrella

Panelist Guest / Writer

Kim Ventrella is the author of the middle-grade novels Skeleton Tree (2017) and Bone Hollow (2019, Scholastic Press), and she is a contributor to the upcoming New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark anthology (2020, HarperCollins). Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of humor, whimsy, and hope. Kim has held a variety of interesting jobs— children’s librarian, actor, Peace Corps volunteer, French instructor, and overnight staff at a women’s shelter, but her favorite job title is author.

Twitter: @kimventrella

Instagram: kimventrella



Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer B

The Writers' Group: Band of Allies or Dysfunctional Family

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

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Friday, June 7, 2019 9:30 p.m. | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

SoonerCon @ Midnight: Worst Book Ever

Join us in the hotel bar as intrepid writers lay on their best purple prose to create titles and openings for the Worst Book Ever, hosted by Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek! (Supplies provided.)

Panelists: Larry Nemecek, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Dan Erickson, vickey malone kennedy, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Kim Ventrella

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Gaming

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Boomer B

Social Media Marketing for Creatives

Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest...why (or why not) all? Simple how-tos for creative businesses on selecting and using social media to increase brand visibility and profit. There IS a method to the madness of self-promotion online to help you gain followers and maximize engagement, plus net more website traffic and sales.

Panelists: Shayla Raquel, Amber Hanneken, Seth Skorkowsky, Haileigh Todd, Kim Ventrella

Tracks: Business & Marketing

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Noble

Readings: Fantasy

Panelists: Catherine Cooke Montrose, Kim Ventrella

Tracks: Writing & Publication

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma E - Autograph Tables


Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Adrian Simmons, Kim Ventrella

Tracks: Autographs

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma A2

Writing Magical Realism Workshop

How can you craft powerful stories for middle-grade readers using magical realism? Learn more in this presentation by Skeleton Tree author Kim Ventrella. Limit 11 participants.

Panelists: Kim Ventrella

Tracks: Writing & Publication

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Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma B1

Build Your Own "Choose Your Ending" Story

Our panelists discuss the nefarious and often emotional media that is the Choose-Your-Own Adventure, while writing one!

Panelists: David "Oak" Rice, vickey malone kennedy, Julia S. Mandala, Kim Ventrella

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Gaming

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