Alan J. Porter

Alan J. Porter, writer and podcaster, likes to talk about stuff and make up stories too. With over 30 fiction and non-fiction book-publishing credits and hundreds of magazine articles, he covers the worlds of pop culture, comics, high-adventure fiction, movies, music, business strategy, and more.

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5:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Intro to the Business of Writing

Agents, books deals, rights, contracts, beta readers ... where does a new writer get started? What are common first-timer publishing pitfalls? Is your story even sellable?

Moderator: Alan J Porter

Panelists: Alan J Porter, Daniel Erickson, Brian A. Hopkins, Ethan Nahté, Rie Sheridan Rose

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Business & Marketing

7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: Julie Barrett

Panelists: Julie Barrett, La Blanke, Brook Bullock, Charles Dane Clark, Dr Paisley, Phillip Drayer Duncan, J.H. Fleming, Tim Frayser, Caleb Haldane, Nick Johnson, Bekah June, Mike Kennedy, Kimber, Dennis McDonald, Paula Helm Murray, Pigeon, Alan J Porter, James Simpson, Bradley H Sinor, Sue Sinor, A C Smart, Stevo the Gutter Nerd, ET Wardwell, Steven E. Wedel, Mario Wytch

Tracks: General Interest, Writing & Publishing, Meetup, Food & Drink

Noon | Location: Sooner B

Elevator to Success! What’s Your Pitch?

What’s an elevator pitch? It’s a brief explanation, presented in the time it takes to take an elevator ride. This skill is invaluable in sharing your work without being a bore or being too aggressive. Our panelists help you develop your own elevator pitch for fun and profit!

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Jerry Bennett, Caleb Masters, Alan J Porter

Tracks: Business & Marketing, Cosplay, Writing & Publishing, Maker, Art, Performing Arts, Music, Gaming

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Comic Book History 101

A (brief) history of the hundred years of comic books, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age. What's worth reading today?

Moderator: Alan J Porter

Panelists: Alan J Porter, Tim Frayser, Sally Hamilton, Chaz Kemp, Matthew Price, ET Wardwell

Tracks: History, Comics

4:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

The Hero's New Reality

The Hero's Journey, one of the most appealing narrative structures, takes a person from the ordinary to extraordinary then back again. How do these steps define a hero? How do our encounters with fictional heroes shape our worldviews when we face similar challenges IRL?

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD, Pigeon, Alan J Porter, Selina Rosen, Bradley H Sinor

Tracks: Comics, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, Cosplay, Writing & Publishing, Gaming

5:00 PM | Location: Noble

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: Alan J Porter

Panelists: Alan J Porter, Jeff Provine, Bradley H Sinor, Sue Sinor

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table

Autographs

One-hour signings.

Tracks: Autographs