November 17-20, 2016

Schedule 2016


4:00pm: REGISTRATION OPENS (Location: The Ad House)

8:00-9:00pm: OPENING CEREMONIES & BIZARRO RAFFLE (Location: The Ad House)

9:00-10:00pm: THIRSTY THURSDAY LIVE & BIZARRO PICKLE CONTEST (Ross E. Lockhart and Lisa LeStrange) — Beer enthusiast and editor extraordinaire Ross E. Lockhart will review a craft beer and suggest possible book pairings. Lisa LeStrange will be hosting the 1st annual Pickle Party! You are encouraged to share your favorite pickled items. (homemade or store bought) A prize will be awarded for “The Best Pickle in the Universe”(Location: The Ad House)



Vivid scenes are tricky. They have so many moving parts. The setup. The characters (how they act, talk, think; the difference between what they say and what they mean, what they intend and what they do). And then HOW IT ALL PAYS OFF, IN REAL TIME, with a sense of aliveness. The way it has to in movies, shows, stage plays, or comics. And can just as easily do in prose.

John Skipp’s new workshop focuses on how to inhabit scenes with a sense of you-are-thereness. Grounding them from the inside. Feeling the world through their skin. And then making it “playable”, for actors and comic characters alike!

Our written assignment is a story or scene in first person, using a pre-described scenario. From there, we’ll do exercises from live dialogue readings to situational role-play to “casting” your characters. Fun will be had. And tricks will be shared, for all students of human (and non-human) moves. WORKSHOP FULL (Location: The Mt. Hood Room)


We listen to people speak every day, but reproducing realistic dialogue on the page is something all authors struggle with at some point. It’s difficult to do, because the cadence of human speech is jagged and often frenetic; it is filled with interruptions and peppered with half-truths (if not outright lies). In real life, people don’t wait politely for others to finish speaking, or say what they mean; they aren’t honest to themselves or to others… so why should they be in books?

The quick answer is because dialogue is a tool for writers to use when telling a story. There must be exposition, and there must be truth. Dialogue must not only sound naturalistic, it must also do things like move the plot forward by propelling the characters into action, and serve as further characterization. Preferably, all of those things at once! That’s a lot to manage, but with observation and practice, authors can become more confident in their abilities.

This interactive workshop, led by Molly Tanzer, who’s debut novel Vermilion received a star in Publishers Weekly for having “some of the best dialogue around,” will focus on the art of dialogue. Participants will leave the workshop with a dialogue-based piece of flash fiction, produced during a series of exercises designed help them listen to and reproduce dialogue more accurately, and craft it for effective use the page.WORKSHOP FULL (Location: The Barley Room)

10:30-11:00am: READING BLOCK—G. Arthur Brown and William Perkins (Location: The Ad House)

11:00-11:30pm: READING BLOCK—Vince Kramer and Jason Rizos (Location: The Ad House)


You’ve written a book. Now what? This informative workshop will give you some of the wisdom you need to push your sweet baby bird out of the nest and into the brutal jungle of the marketplace. Survival tactics covered include: REVIEWS (and how to actually get them), mass production, discount promos, blurbs, interviews, high concepts, and proper organization to ensure it all gets done in a way that drives your book toward the fabled tipping point. Plus: really informative spreadsheets! WORKSHOP FULL (Location the Mt Hood Room)

11:30-2:30pm: WRITER’S WORKSHOP: WRITING VISUALLY with Brian Keene

Unlike television, film, or comic books, prose fiction isn’t a visual medium. Prose requires the reader to fill in the gaps and details. This workshop/discussion will teach you how to use the tricks and tips of visual mediums to further flesh out your prose, creating vibrant mindscapes for your readers.WORKSHOP FULL (Location: The Barley Room)

11:30-12:00pm: READING BLOCK—Michael Allen Rose and Chris Meekings  (Location: The Ad House)

12:00-12:30pm: READING BLOCK — Andrew Wayne Adams and Michael Sean LeSueur (Location: The Ad House)

12:30-1:00pm: READING BLOCK—Mykle Hansen and Karl Fischer (Location: The Ad House)

1:00-1:30pm: READING BLOCK— Kevin Donihe and Jeff Burk (Location: The Ad House)

1:30-2:00pm: READING BLOCK— Cameron Pierce and Cody Goodfellow  (Location: The Ad House)

2:00-2:30pm: READING BLOCK— Kirsten Alene and Robert Devereaux (Location: The Ad House)

2:30-3:00pm: READING BLOCK —John Skipp, Autumn Christian and Jennifer Robin (Location: The Ad House)

3:00-5:00pm: BIZARRO WRITER’S ASSOCIATION MEETING—Annual meeting for the BWA. Due to space limitation, this year’s meeting will be limited to BWA members only. (Location: The Barley Room)

3:00-3:30pm: READING BLOCK— Bix Skahill and Lee Widener (Location: The Ad House)

3:30-4:00pm: READING BLOCK —Matthew Lewis and Maxwell Bauman (Location: The Ad House)

4:00-4:30pm: READING BLOCK— Christine Morgan and Amber Fallon (Location: The Ad House)

4:30-5:00pm: READING BLOCK— Charles Muir and Brendan Vidito (Location: The Ad House)

5:30-7:00pm: DINNER BREAK

7:00pm-3:00am: ERASERHEAD PRESS PARTY—Celebrate with Eraserhead Press! Featuring Bizarro Beer and performances by Danger Slater, Molly Tanzer, Carlton Mellick III, David Barbee, Brian Keene, Eric Hendrixson, Nathan Carson, Tiffany Scandal and The Slow Poisoner. (Location: The Ad House)


9:00-10:00am: BIZARRO BRUNCH (Location: The Barley Room)

Your one stop to buy bizarro fiction books! (Location: The Mt. Hood Room)

10:30am1:30pm: ARTIST EXHIBIT  
(Mod­—Chrissy Horchheimer, Alan M. Clark, Liv Rainey-Smith, Andrew Goldfarb) Get to know some of the artists working in the bizarro genre as they show off their work and demonstrate their techniques. (Location: The Ad House)

11:30-12:15pm: BUILDING YOUR AUTHOR BRAND THROUGH PODCASTING, BLOGGING AND VIDEO (Mod­—Laura Lee Bahr, Brian Keene, Nick Mamatas, Jeff Burk, J. David Osborne, John Skipp) Learn how to create presence as an artist and build a strong identity that connects with an audience through podcasting, blogging, and video. (Location: The Barley Room)

12:30-1:15pm: VARIETIES OF THE WEIRD  (Mod—G. Arthur Brown, Rios de la Luz, Jason Rizos, Kirsten Alene, Garrett Cook, Michael Griffin) Writers and editors examine and discuss different styles of weird writing including magic realism, absurdism, gonzo, exploitation, mythology and folk tales. (Location: The Barley Room)

 1:30-2:15pm: THE NEXT DRAFT  (Mod—Cody Goodfellow, Molly Tanzer, Nick Mamatas, Alan Clark, Cameron Pierce, Ross E. Lockhart) Your first draft was hard enough, but the real challenge comes once you start revising. This panel of writers will discuss techniques to enhance your self-editing skills and different methods of approaching revisions. (Location: The Barley Room)

 1:30-2:30pm: THE BROKEN RIVER READING BLOCK—J. David Osborne, Gabino Iglesias, Mark Jaskowski, David James Keaton, Michael Kazepis. (Location: The Ad House)

 2:30-3:15pm: BIZARRO MUSIC (Mod—Nathan Carson, Andrew Goldfarb, John Skipp, Michael Allen Rose, John Wayne Comunale, Erin Jane Laroue) Our panelists will be discussing Bizarro in its musical form and what it’s like to be a writer and a musician.

 2:30-3:30pm: THE WORD HORDE READING BLOCK — Ross E. Lockhart, Michael Griffin, Alan M. Clark, Rios de la Luz. (Location: The Ad House)

3:30-4:15pm: THE CRAFT OF HORROR — (Mod—Gabino Iglesias , John Shirley, Brian Keene, Cody Goodfellow, Robert Devereaux, Amber Fallon)  This panel of writers will discuss how horror writing is different from other writing in voice, tone, character and setting and how to take your stories to the next level. (Location: The Barley Room)

3:30-4:30pm: ROOSTER REPUBLIC READING BLOCK — Garrett Cook, A J Stone, MP Johnson, John Wayne Comunale (Location: The Ad House)

4:30-5:00pm JOHN SHIRLEY READING – Legendary cult author John Shirley, known for his influence on the cyberpunk, splatterpunk and bizarro fiction genres, will present a reading of his work and Q&A. (Location: The Barley Room)


5:30pm: GROUP PHOTO SHOOT (Location: The Ballroom)

5:30-6:30pm: WONDERLAND BOOK AWARDS DINNER—The Ninth Annual Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel and Best Collection of 2015. Celebrate as the winners are announced and enjoy a fajita buffet. (Location: The Ballroom)

7:00-10:00pm: THE ULTIMATE BIZARRO SHOWDOWN—After the awards dinner, bizarro authors compete to see who is indeed the weirdest of the weird. Each author must give the most unique and entertaining three minute reading performance of their lives or risk being yanked off stage by the drunk and annoyed audience members. Winners will be given snazzy prizes. Hosted by Michael Allen Rose and Sauda Namir. (Location: The Ballroom)




10:00-11:30am: BREAKFAST BUFFET

12:30-1:30pm: BREAKING THROUTH THE NOISE (ModTiffany Scandal, Carlton Mellick III, Molly Tanzer, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Jeff Burk, Michael Kazepis) In an already crowded industry, there’s more competition for a reader’s attention than ever before. It’s very difficult to be heard when there are hundreds of books being published every day. This panel will address how to write books that demand to be heard. (Location: The Barley Room)

1:30-2:30pm: ART OF THE CON (Mod—Ross E. Lockhart, Rose O’Keefe, M.P. Johnson, Constance Fitzgerald, Kevin Strange, Alan M. Clark) How to make the most of conventions through selling books, readings, panels, throwing parties and networking. (Location: The Barley Room)

2:30-4:00pm: BIZARRO FILM SCREENING—This year’s Film Block is packed to the rafters with manicorns, bionic girls, sinister tooth fairies, ungodly procedures, disco infernos, video nasties, suicidal tendencies, psychotic breakdowns, despondent monsters, funtastic Final Girls, and our old pal Sussurus, stirring.

With movies drawn from Etheria Film Night (and their sister program, Women Underground), as well as StokerCon, Horrible Imaginings, and the weird end of the international festival circuit, this might be our most beautiful, frightening, and fucked-up film block yet! (Plus a short special FUNGASM BLOCK, wherein we showcase the year in custom book trailers!) Hosted by John Skipp. (Location: The Barley Room)

4:00-5:00pm: CLOSING CEREMONIES (Location: The Barley Room)