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
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.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer B
Dungeons and Dragons: 45 Years Strong
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?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Aahh!!! Real Monsters: Tentacles in SF
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?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
How Not to be the Creepy Person in the Corner
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.