Brigham VaughnLiterature Track Featured Guest: Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga.  She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours.

A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.

Her books range from short stories to novellas. They explore gay, bisexual, lesbian, and polyamorous romance in contemporary settings.

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Track Highlights

Subversive Fairy Tales

Modern literature has rediscovered fairy tales, but these aren’t your typical Brother’s Grimm stories. They’re darker, grittier, and you might not get the happy ending you expected. Come see how fairy tales have grown up, and how they might be closer to their original forms than the ones you knew as a child.


Think you’re ready to pitch your novel to that agent/editor/publisher? Come prepared with your best elevator pitch (20-30 seconds MAX!) and pitch it to our fine group of panelists. Panelists as well as audience members will silently vote on whose pitch made them want to rush out and buy a copy of the book. Top three pitches will win mad props and fabulous dollar store prizes! After the competition, panelists will comment generally on the good pitches they heard, things to avoid, and what makes a truly great pitch.

Book Interior Design: How to Prep a Manuscript for Indie Publication and Why

Especially in self or indie publishing, the way you present your manuscript can impact how it is interpreted for interior design. Learn how to use Microsoft Word to prep a manuscript to reduce your cost and reduce potential ambiguity. Also, learn the basics of book interior design and what typesetting means in the 21st century.

Book Swap

While there has always been the ubiquitous “free table” where people have been able to offload books they have read and no longer want, if you aren’t there when someone else drops their books off, you may not find new books to replace the ones you are giving away. Why not set aside an hour where everyone can bring their “already read” piles to give away or trade? This way you can give your opinions of the books and ask questions to find out more than just the dust jacket description. Come find a new book and chat with other book lovers too!

BoF: Developing an Open Source Novel

Birds of a Feather: Many people consider releasing a novel under a Creative Commons Sharealike license to be the literary equivalent of an open source project. But this ignores the initial development process through initial release. Can all the principles of open source software development (iterative, incremental, and distributed development) and its tools (bug tracking, version control and project forking) be used to create a true open source novel? If so, what might that look like? Join us to discuss the feasibility of creating a truly open source novel.

To see the rest of the track and all the rest of the events at Penguicon, check out our Schedule for 2019!