Steven E. Wedel

Steven E. Wedel began craving fame and fortune in the literary world in high school. He wrote his way through careers as a machinist, journalist, corporate writer, and public relations specialist. Now a high-school English teacher, he’s decided to keep writing despite the lack of wealth and notoriety.

Wedel has published over 35 books, mostly in the adult horror genre, but he’s also written for the young adult, children, Western, and thriller markets. He’s dabbled in other genres using pseudonyms. His non-fiction writing includes how-to articles for writers, literary criticism, and hundreds of articles for print newspapers and online sites.

In 2004 Wedel earned a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies, creative writing emphasis, from the University of Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999, and graduated from Enid High School in 1984. He currently lives in Midwest City, Oklahoma, with his dog Bear and cat Cleo.

He’d still take the fame and fortune if it comes his way ...

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4:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Character-Building Exercises

Some characters spring forth, fully realized as Athena. Others might be throwaways, or that guy who annoyed you in high school. Panelists share tips and techniques for keeping characters real and memorable.

Moderator: Julia S. Mandala

Panelists: Julia S. Mandala, David Carrico, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Ethan Nahté, Selina Rosen, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Gaming, Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Fantasy

5:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table


One-hour signings.

Tracks: Autographs

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

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Writing Nonhuman Characters (for Humans)

Writing nonhuman characters can present its own set of challenges. What works well and what is just, no.

Moderator: Steven E. Wedel

Panelists: Steven E. Wedel, J.H. Fleming, Carolyn Kay, A. Lee Martinez, Selina Rosen, Mel. White

Tracks: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Writing & Publishing

1:00 PM | Location: Noble

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: Daniel Erickson

Panelists: Daniel Erickson, Steven E. Wedel, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Folk and Fantasy, Kith and Kin

Modern fantasy and urban fantasy often draw from oral and academic histories of folktales worldwide. How are these best incorporated into today's sf stories? And what's the line between appreciation and appropriation of these cultural myths in making new media mythologies?

Moderator: Rhonda Eudaly

Panelists: Rhonda Eudaly, David Carrico, Shai Fenwick, A. Lee Martinez, Ted Pennella, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing, Fantasy, History, Pop Culture & Entertainment

5:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Art Imitating Life, Imitating…

Since the earliest times, we have experienced the world and shared that experience by creating works of art. New ideas emerge from creative expression. Examine this symbiotic journey, as how art eventually becomes reality and vice versa.

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Daniel Erickson, Dara Fogel, PhD, Chaz Kemp, Tracy S. Morris, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Anime, Cosplay, Internet Life, Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Writing & Publishing, Art

10:00 AM | Location: Noble

Fairy Build-a-Tale

Kids choose raw components from a list of story elements to assemble their own Heroic Journey. (Adults welcome too. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Steven E. Wedel

Panelists: Steven E. Wedel, Teddy Harvia

Tracks: Art, Kids, Writing & Publishing, YA

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Small Presses and You

What's the world of small presses like? What are the advantages and disadvantages for writers looking to work with them? What's the market like, and how is it changing?

Moderator: Craig Wolf

Panelists: Craig Wolf, J.H. Fleming, Rie Sheridan Rose, Sue Sinor, B J Thrower, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Business & Marketing