Programming details round 2

Here is the first part of round 2 of programming and event descriptions
Steampunk Worlds: Do I Have to Set My Book in Victorian London?
Join Shelley Adina and Mario Acevedo for a discussion of steampunk and alt-history world-building in places other than the crowded London of Queen Victoria. While this is a popular setting, it’s not the only one. What would steampunk look like in 19th-century India or Africa without the British Empire? What do South Asian writers think it looks like? Can we write the Weird West without colonialism lurking in the background? A journey to the horizons of our imaginations awaits!
Steampunk Library: Where Did All These Books Come From and Where Does Mine Fit?
Lots of readers have never heard of steampunk, but they’re familiar with Frankenstein, with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the books of Jules Verne. Join Shelley Adina to compare notes about how steampunk fits into the gothic tradition and its focus on and value in creating emotion in the reader. What books do this best? What can writers today take from those who have gone before? How can we put a fresh twist on our own work? What has the female sensibility brought to the table, especially in the work of Cherie Priest, Gail Carriger, and Lindsay Buroker? Let’s decide together on the essential steampunk library, and make our own books part of it!
An Intimate Moment with Stephen Graham Jones
We dim the lights, and play soft music for a no holds barred Question and answer with the author of Mongrels, and Flushboy. Pajamas and bix wine optional
Writing the Insane and Demented
Our Panel discusses how to get in, and out of damaged characters without staying there yourself. We will site examples from fiction, and select case studies
Most Twisted Writer Championship
Writers attempt to produce the most disturbing tale in 10 minutes, and our judges pick the winner. The champion gets mentioned in the following years program, and gets to drink form the skull of glory at the closing ceremonies.
Creature design challenge- improbable yet possible
After an introduction to creature design concepts, and rules, you will work with your team to create the most original creature. The winning team gets special pins for their badges, and mentioned in the following years program
Supernatural World building
Get ideas on creating lively and layered stories by choosing the use of magic, and the supernatural in your world. our panel will discuss methods, and examples
Introduction to the Fate Core system for writers
The Fate core system is the gold standard in RPGs that keep the rules out of the way of story. It can be used as both a tool in collaboration, and enriching supporting characters
Game Night RPG 1: Spores and Stores
Fallout, and spores from the impact of an alien device have begun to alter man and beast. desperate strangers find them selves seeking shelter in a shopping mall. This game uses the fate core system, experience is not required to play.

Ghost Tour
Experience the haunted past and seedy underbelly of old Georgetown, one of the most haunted towns in Colorado. Jilted lovers, whorehouse madams, lynched scallywags, unfortunate miners, titans of industry, and many others, all haunt the quaint mountain town.

Live Music
Plume Varia, a noted darkwave band from Denver, will be playing for your entertainment at Alpine Restaurant and Bar . They will have their new album, Fact|Fiction, produced by David J of Bauhaus, for purchase. Free admission.


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Programming announcements round 1

This comes to just about 12 percent of the total activities going down over the retreat, if you had a suggestion, or idea we didn’t get to, the  odds are We will in the coming weeks

1-Building your Author Platform Through The Art of Social Media and Publicity
One of the most influential ways to make a splash in the literary scene is by word of mouth. But how do you reach some of the most voracious readers and book buyers online when the very task of targeting so many outlets and managing social media is so overwhelming? The trick is to learn how to manage your approach to get the most out of your time and hard work.

Melody Jones (Social Media Management) and Sami Lien (Roger Charlie) will focus on different strategies authors can use themselves to support their release with publicity, as well as the four key ingredients to building your social media platform and how it can support your efforts. You’ll leave with tips and resources you can use right away to up your own promotional and social media game!

No matter the genre, characters often end up in a physical fight. These blatantly conflict-driven scenes deserve the same care and consideration as any scene: they must show the world, reveal character, and further plot. This session will cover everything to consider when writing physical combat, and inform our (mostly) peaceful writers what they need to know to write a realistic fight. created and conducted by Betsy Dornbusch
Giving Your Book a Voice – Audiobook Creation
If you are considering creating an audiobook, this session is for you! You will get the critical elements on what steps you need to take; what costs to expect; how to produce your audiobook; a variety of resources; how to work with Amazon’s ACX and other providers; and of course, plenty of insider tips and tricks of the trade including · Essential steps to create an audiobook, Reducing the costs of producing an audiobook, The History of Promoting and marketing your audiobook.

3-Mary/Shelley’s Mad Tea party
Learn about The history and etiquette of tea with Authors Shelley Adina and Mary Sangiovanni. this event takes place at the Dusty Rose Tea House– consumables purchased at additional expense as desired.

4-Tossin’ one back with Brian Keene and Mario Acevedo
Hangout with our faculty members as they shares the recipes for some of their favorite beverages, and tell the story of the trouble they caused, Drinks are optional, and the Bar will be expect compensation. This event takes place in the basement of the Lucha Cantina

5-Podcasting for Authors
Learn the basics od producing a quality podcast in terms of equipment, software, hosting, and marketing. We will take audience questions

6-Working with Artists
Our panel discusses what it takes what it takes to start and maintain a productive and mutually rewarding relationship with artists. hear horror stories from the artists perspective.

7-Old Time Radio for Dark Authors
For half a century Radio was the dominate form of entertainment, now it is an often forgotten treasure of of inspiration for writing. This panel will get you started with some of the best series, ideas for using some of the techniques in audio books, and the legacy of the medium

8-World Horror Denver
Come and learn about our plans for bringing the world horror convention to Denver, and bring all your pitches and ideas for a lively discussion about how best to put Colorado into the Horror Spotlight.

9-Rememberin’ Ed
Join our panel as they discuss their favorite memories Of author and mentor Ed Bryant. Ed was a giant of the Colorado genre fiction scene who mentored such luminaries as Connie Willis, and Dan Simmons

10-All the Colors of the Dark
Your introduction to all our weekends events, and a discussion of the importance of the spectrum of dark fiction

11-Lake Monsters, Feathered Serpents, and Obsidian Mirrors–Aztec Myth and Magic: explore one of the most complex and diverse mythologies of the Americas, and how it influenced everything from the politics of the Empire to the daily life of every citizen from birth to death.

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Top twenty reasons to attend the Ghost town writers retreat today

1- Every full membership gets a copy of the conference book, and Mile High Writers Guide

2- Every full membership gets an attendee gift bag
3- Georgetown Colorado is one of the most preserved historical sites in the nation with a unique feel
4- Every Full Membership includes admission to the grill and greet with Bison and vegetarian option
5- Don D’ Auria is one of the top horror editor of the past 30 years with over 500 books published, and will be helping attendees all weekend
6- Steam train rides through the Rockies with a mine tour.
7- Editor and agent pitch sessions
8- If you opt for double occupancy rooming, the entire conference and lodging will cost you less then just admission at many similar events.
9- Tuition and lodging for a recent retreat with Award winning author Stephen Graham Jones went for $3500. He will be with us all weekend.
10- Our attendance is capped at 150 to insure an intimate event- tickets are limited
11- Learn book marketing tips form multiple successful pros
12- There is a store with 150 types of beef jerky in Georgetown
13- Companionship of other dark genre writers
14- Attendees get to vote on programming
15- The opportunity to have Guest of honor Brian Keene bartend with his favorite bourbon, and talk stories about the business
16- Our tributes to Colorado authors of the past including Hunter S. Thompson, Ed Bryant, and post humous Guest of Honor Thomas Picirilli.

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