We had such a great time in April that we’re doing it all over again in September. RavenCon will return to Richmond, Virginia for a special fall event!
The Con of Opportunity returns to Williamsburg, Virginia with over 300 hours of programming in one action-packed weekend! Gaming, panels, signings, kids’ programming, workshops, readings, vendors, authors, artists, tournaments, costuming, anime, movies, concerts, books, books, and more books! There’s alwayssomething to do at RavenCon.
GUESTS OF HONOR
Author Guest of Honor: R.S. Belcher
Special Music Guest: MC Lars
Special Music Guest: George Hrab
Special Music Guest: Rev. Billy C. Wirtz
Special Music Guests: Misbehavin’ Maidens
JD'S RAVENCON SCHEDULE
Friday, September 21, 4:00pm, Alandale
Blurring the Lines Between Genres
Do genres even exist anymore? What's the difference between sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and all of their sub genres? Is there a difference? Or is it all about story?
Friday, September 21, 9:00pm, Salisbury
The Coming Jobs Crash
Automation is threatening more and more jobs, with nothing to replace them. How will this change society? What will people do all day?
Saturday, September 22, 9:00am, Castlewood
Workshop: Designing Your Cover
Step 1: You wrote a book. Now you need to market it and despite the cliches, readers really do judge a book by it's cover. Your novel needs to stand out from the crowd, both on the shelf and in the search results, and no matter if you're self-published or with a small or large press, you might be the one responsible for the cover. Novelist and designer JD Jordan will take you through the basic process of researching, designing, and testing book covers so you can create, critique, and market the best possible face for your work.
Saturday, September 22, 10:00am, Bellgrade
Saturday, September 22, 12:00noon, Bon Air
Research for Alternative History
Mining history for good fiction. What are the little-known gems of history?
Saturday, September 22, 2:00pm, Castlewood
Workshop: Adapting a Book for Television
How do you adapt a book for the small screen? It’s a very different process than adapting for film, with television you have to expand your story across episodes and seasons. In this workshop, we'll take you through the book-to-TV process—looking at recent examples as well as those of well-known shows you already love—and help you craft everything from pitches and loglines to one-sheets and show bibles. By the end of the session, you will have started transforming your book into something producers and studio executives will jump at!
Saturday, September 22, 6:00pm, Salisbury
Historical Figures in Fantasy
When using Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, Nikola Tesla, or other real people as characters in fiction, what liberties can authors take and what holes do they have to fill? How close to the real person does an author need to be? Discussion of where historical truth meets literary license.
Sunday, September 23, 11:00am, Salisbury
AI in Fiction and Reality
In this panel we will discuss the differences between fictional artificial intelligence and the real thing. How are they different and which of the dangers that fiction warns us about are real?