2019 Programming Schedule


2:00 –2:50 Fey Conjure: Making Simple Magics with a Bit of String, some Wilted Leaves and Spit : – After forming an alliance with the Unseen Folk, it’s time to have some agency in the world. And you can’t do that without these simple and effective magical techniques. Concepts range from deep grounding to nabbing “free” energy. This is a hands-on class in conjure with the spirit of the Realms. It includes guided meditation, instruction in energy uses and recipes for potions and oils for candle dressing. H Byron Ballard– Chesapeake III

3:00 –3:50 The Artists Life: Creatives discuss how they balance personal projects and paying work with life away from the studio and what they gain from following their passion. Iris Compiet, Terryl Whitlatch, Sam Guay, David Thorn Wenzel, Sam Flegal – Potomac

3:00 – 3:50 Meet Our Featured Authors: Here’s a great way to meet and learn about our authors at the beginning of the weekend. Caseen Gaines, J M Lee, H Byron Ballard, Amy Blackthorn – Chesapeake I

3:00 – 3:50 The Art of Cosplay – Actors and Cosplayers Jessica Felice and Eric Pope are joined by fantasy screenwriter and director Shawn Anthony to discussways to put personal touches of character and fantasy to good use as well as speaking about their experiences with the art of cosplay from a story and professional perspective – Jessica Felice, Eric Pope, Shawn Anthony – Chesapeake III

4:00 – 4:50 The Art of Sam Flegal – Potomac

4:00 – 4:50 Dark Crystal: Writing the Prequels:J M will share what has gone into writing stories prior to Jim Henson’s groundbreaking classic fantasy film, The Dark Crystalthat were sourced for the Netflix series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Reistance. J M Lee – Chesapeake I

5:00 – 5:50 From Sketchbook to Final: The Creative Process from Start to Finish: Every artist has their own path from the first idea to the final, finished work. Learn their methods, secret and rituals – you will be surprised how it happens. Iris Compiet, Aiysha Sinclair, Sam Guay, Sam Flegal, Timothy Lantz – Potomac

5:00 – 5:50 Aroma and the Ancestors: Ancestor Veneration and the Home: Join aromatherapist and author, Amy Blackthorn in a talk examining the history of herbalism and how the two can be combined for use in the home. Working with the ancestors is not only a family practice, it can be a therapeutic one as well. We will discuss the nature of family, aromas in the home and magic. For those with a troubled family history, we will discuss therapeutic interventions that can help heal those traumas. How can aromatherapy connect you with loved ones that have crossed over? These questions and more will be answered. Amy Blackthorn– Chesapeake III


11:00 – 11:50 Blood Moon Tarot: The Art of Sam Guay– Potomac

12:00 – 12:50 The Making of The Dark Crystal –Explore what it took to make the groundbreaking film The Dark Crystal by the person who literally wrote the book on it. Caseen Gaines – Chesapeake I

1:00 – 1:50 The Making of The Dark Crystal: Age of ResistanceWendy Froud and JM Lee give us behind the scenes glimpses of what it took to make the hit Netflix prequel series.– Chesapeake I

2:00 – 2:50 The World of Dwarfs – David Thorn Wenzel will delve into the historic and fantastic motives that led him to create and illustrate a book about the mysterious underworld dwellers of myth and fantasy, the dwarfs. Rooted in legend and freely adapted by Tolkien, dwarfs are integral parts of the world of faerie that are sometimes overlooked. Wenzel’s book explores, through fantasy, the possibility that dwarfs were real beings written out of the historic record.– Potomac

2:00 – 2:50- Writing Books about Making Movies: Caseen Gaines, author of The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse and A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic shares with us all the ins and outs of writing about movies.–Chesapeake I

3:00 – 3:50 Creating Fantasy Worlds: The Katurran Odyssey – Internationally acclaimed creature designer (Star Wars, John Carter, Brother Bear)TerrylWhitlatch takes you inside the creation of her masterpiece, The Katurran Odyssey, featuring both real and extinct animals.– Potomac

3:00 – 3:50 Fantasy and Horror in Film:From big budget films to smaller independent projects, a seasoned professional writer discusseshis experiences with getting their work on film. Sean Anthony – Chesapeake I

3:00 – 3:50 Faerie Writing by the Moon & Stars:For the writers in our midst, we present an astrological guide to analyzing your blogging, crafting your tales and summarizing your stories. The voices of this magical community are many and deserve to be heard. The problem is making sure that your ideas actually make it to the written word stage. Which lunar sign is the best for brain-storming new writing projects? Beat back the block with astrology at your beck and call. How can the movements of the moon clear a path to the word count you’ve been dreaming about? How can the planets influence your writing, help you choose a blog topic or direct your character development? All of these questions are yours for the answering. Presented by the author of ‘Sacred Smoke’ and ‘Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic’ from Weiser Books. Amy Blackthorn – Chesapeake III

4:00 – 4:50 Brown Sugar Fairies: The Art and Story of Aiysha Sinclair – Potomac

4:00 – 4:50 Creating Fantasy Games: Everyone has their favorite system, favorite world, and favorite character. But what goes into getting your work in front of other gamers? Join “Changling” RPG designer Peter Woodworth as you explore tips, tricks, and fresh ideas for writing good RPG adventures (and getting them published). Peter Woodworth – Chesapeake I

4:00 – 4:50 Simple Practical Magic: This is an introduction into the ways of magic. What is it? Why do it? How do you do it? And can you do it? The answer to the last is “yes!” and the other questions (and more) will be covered. This class that is good for beginners and a nice review for the more seasoned magic-workers among us. No wand or cauldron required! – H Byron Ballard – Chesapeake III

5:00 – 5:50 Faeries of the Faultlines: The Art of Iris Compiet – Potomac

5:00 – 5:50 The Art of the Mask: Masks have been used since antiquity for protection, disguise, entertainment or ritual practices. Learn about the different masks and mask making techniques from professional mask makers to help you transform into who you really are – Shane Odom, Donovan Soland – Chesapeake I


11:00 – 11:50 Spirituality and Mythology in Art: Artists and Authors discuss how they incorporate their own personal spirituality and/or spirituality and mythology into their work. Iris Compiet, Timothy Lantz, Wendy Froud, Sam Flegal Potomac

12:00 – 12:50 New Author Boot Camp: So you want to write a book…now what? This panel will take you through the steps of being a new author – from writing to publishing to promotion, the tools you need to succeed, making friends in the industry, and the hard lessons learned from simple mistakes. J M Lee, Caseen Gaines Chesapeake I

12:00 – 12:50 Inspiration and Motivation – We all dream of making a living at what we love. How do you make your art profitable without losing your inspiration? Several artists who have managed it talk about choosing a direction that satisfied both needs. Iris Compiet, Aiyesha Sinclair, Sam Flegal, David Thorn Wenzel Chesapeake III

12:00 – 12:50 Mythos and Eros: Love and Herbs: Explore the faerie tales and stories of love and loss in the stories of the herbs and plants you know and love with Amy Blackthorn, author of ‘Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic,’ and ‘Sacred Smoke.’ These stories show us the faces of the gods and heroes behind the plants we all know and love, betrayal and basil, largess and laurel. Connecting beloved garden companions with the myths associated with them helps us understand where we draw their magical associations and how to develop a working relationship and weave a magical destiny together. Amy Blackthorn – Potomac

1:00 – 1:50 Finding Other Realms Under Suburbia – We all dream of misty woods and meadows of fireflies but many of us live in the concrete forests of urban America. How can we access the wildwood from a third-floor apartment? Do land spirits visit window boxes on fire escapes? Does a manicured city park contain any real magic? The answer is a joyful “yes!” Come and learn the secrets of crossing the borders in a world with asphalt pathways and springs of recycled water. H Byron Ballard – Chesapeake III



3:00pm   Welcome to FaerieCon

8:00pm   Masquerade Ball


2:00pm   Storytime with Wotan

3:00pm   Fashion Show

8:00pm  Masquerade Ball


2:00pm  Costume Contest (kids)

3:00pm  Costume Contest (adults)

7:00pm  Acoustic Concert