Kim Ventrella

Kim Ventrella is the author of four middle-grade novels, including The Secret Life of Sam (HarperCollins), a 2021 Oklahoma Book Award winner and one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2020. Bone Hollow (Scholastic) was chosen as a NYPL Best Book for Kids 2019, and Skeleton Tree was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in the UK. Her stories tackle difficult topics with big doses of magic, whimsy, and hope. Her short fiction has appeared in the horror anthology Don’t Turn Out the Lights. She is also a freelance editor focused on big-picture feedback and help for querying authors.

10:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Where Do You Get Those Wonderful Ideas?

Writers describe the wildest inspirations they've had, or heard about, for a good plot or character. The best things can spring from the oddest places.

Moderator: vickey malone kennedy

Panelists: vickey malone kennedy, Tracy S. Morris, Rook Riley, Sue Sinor, A C Smart, Kim Ventrella

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

Noon | Location: Oklahoma A1

Kids Writing Spooky Stories

Join award-winning author Kim Ventrella for an interactive spooky-story workshop. Young storytellers will learn how to choose the right main character for their spooky tale, how to plot for maximum chills, and how to get creative with their villains. Answer burning questions like, how do you make oatmeal scary? We'll walk through the brainstorming process from beginning to end, even touching on that scariest of all topics: writer's block. Our session ends with time for questions. Students will leave ready to write their own terrifying tales.

Moderator: Kim Ventrella

Panelists: Kim Ventrella

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Kids, YA

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Being Kind To Our Fellow Creatives

It’s easy to become competitive with other creatives when they get opportunities that you’d like to have. It’s frustrating. Our panel talks about how important it is to be kind to each other and to be nice to your fans no matter what.

Moderator: Peri Charlifu

Panelists: Peri Charlifu, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Sally Hamilton, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Kim Ventrella, Mario Wytch

Tracks: Business & Marketing, Health & Wellness, Maker, Culture & World Affairs, Art, Writing & Publishing, Gaming, General Interest

1:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

The Art of the Long Game: Keeping Momentum, Staying the Course

It’s easy to be super motivated when your business is brand new! But keeping momentum is hard. Setbacks and unexpected problems will face every artist. Our panel of professionals will talk about strategies that keep you focused and productive!

Moderator: Tommy B. Smith

Panelists: Tommy B. Smith, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Christina Stiles, Kim Ventrella, Scott Zrubek

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

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table


One-hour signings.

Tracks: Autographs