Confluence 2024

Confluence will be held July 26, 27 & 28, 2024
Location will be the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel
1160 Thorn Run Road Extension. Coraopolis, PA 15108

Guest of Honor Richard Kadrey

Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir series. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime,” and is in development as a feature film. Some of Kadrey’s other books include King Bullet, The Grand Dark, Butcher Bird, and The Dead Take the A Train (with Cassandra Khaw). He’s written for film and comics, including Heavy Metal, Lucifer, and Hellblazer. Kadrey also makes music with his band, A Demon in Fun City.


Bonnie Gordon is a voiceover actress, singer, songwriter, & entertainer (not to mention a huge nerd!) based in Los Angeles, California.
As a voice actress, Bonnie is known for voicing such characters as: the Ship Computer in Star Trek: Prodigy; Rainbow Mika in Street Fighter V; Silque in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia & Fire Emblem Heroes; Eva in Code Vein; Bico in Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation; multiple recurring characters on 2 seasons of Cartoon Network’s Mighty Magiswords; and many many more!

Read more about Bonnie and see all the great musicians that will be performing during the 2024 Confluence weekend!

With performance ASL for select concerts by Judi Miller

Judi Miller has been active in the filk community since the 1980s.  Winner of the Pegasus Award for Best Performer in 2006 and 2017 and admitted to the Filk Hall of Fame in 2017, Judi is best known for her sign-language musical interpretation, which she has done for concerts at our conference and elsewhere for many years. She was our 30th Anniversary Honors Guest in 2019 and we are very glad that she can be with us again.

Featured Artist, Christine Hutson

Christine has been running her own freelance illustration and graphic art business since 1999.
Her clients include corporations, non-profits and private art collectors from around the world, and she accepts commissions for illustration, calligraphy and other graphic design. Her art incorporates materials from the ancient to the very modern, often using handmade paints and inks. The work is all done by hand, with no digital media except for the printing process.

Stop by the art show to check out her featured artwork and workshops!

Christine created the artwork we will use for our program book, badges and t-shirts. See the artwork and pre-order your shirt. Shirts are not guaranteed unless you pre-order!

Writing Workshops with Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is the author of three books, including the award-winning The Apothecary’s Curse, a finalist for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for a debut novel.

Workshop Registration:

  • Signup is required.
  • A Confluence membership is required to attend and register for the workshops. There is no additional cost for the workshops.
  • Both workshops are limited to 14 participants! One workshop per person, please!
  • Workshops are 2.5-3 hours in length.

Visit the WRITING WORKSHOPS page for more info.

Pitch Sessions with Katharine Sands

Katharine Sands

 Katharine Sands is an agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in New York City. She has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including fiction, memoir and non-fiction.

Pitch Sessions will open soon!

  • Signup is required.
  • There is no additional cost but a Confluence membership is required to attend and register for the pitch sessions.
  • Pitch Sessions are limited to ten participants!

Visit the PITCH SESSIONS page for more info.

Programming You Don’t Want to Miss!

Writing “Exercises” will be in the Equinox room this year.

Saturday and Sunday 9-10am – Attendees should bring a pen and paper or a computing device to write with—whatever suits you.
Facilitators: M. Christine Benner Dixon and Schereéya
No signup is required. 

Saturday – Voice Lessons:

Come by the writing exercises room for a chance to play around with different voices in your writing. We’ll dig into the mechanics of creating a distinctive voice on the page, from worldview to word choice, syllables to silences.

Sunday – The Prop Closet: Writing About Objects

There’s only so much abstract musing that any one piece of writing can hold. Join us in the writing exercises room to raid the prop closet for your poems and stories. But these objects won’t just be set dressing! Every item will earn its place on the page.

Friday: Opening Ceremonies

Friday July 26 at 7p.m with our con chair Kevin M. Hayes, W. Randy Hoffman, AJ Smith, Richard Kadrey and more!
The Parsec Short Story contest* winners will be announced!

Technical Difficulties 2.0 (filkers T. J. Burnside-Clapp, Linda Melnick, and Jean Stevenson) will lead the singing of “Three Days Away from the Ratrace” with audience participation. Sheet music will be provided.

*The Parsec Short Story Contest winning story is printed in the Confluence program book. For a copy of the program book, contact Karen: A $5 S/H fee applies.

Saturday: Featured Entertainers: The Confused Greenies

They’re back for a second run in 2024! Last year the Confused Greenies entertained us with a special Saturday evening performance and two fun workshops and they’ll be back in 2024 for more frollicking fun!
This year the Confused Greenies will be performing their new commedia dell’arte parody, “A Mockery of Mimicry“, their first D20 project play celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons!
Saturday July 27th in Ballroom 1. Door open for seating at 6:45. Performance starts at 7pm.

The Confused Greenies of the Players’ Patchwork Theatre Company are a devised / improvisational comedy troupe with roots in traditional commedia dell’arte and exploits in parody productions of modern geeky fandoms and improv games! The Confused Greenies can be laughed at during many sci-fi and anime conventions as well as medieval and Renaissance events throughout the Midwest and beyond! Of course! It all makes sense now!

Saturday: Pittsburgh Sword Fighters

Pittsburgh Sword Fighters will present a sword demonstration on Saturday, July 27th
11:00 to 11:50 a.m in Ballroom 1.

Sheraton Hotel - Confluence Function Space map

2024 Staff

These are the people that volunteer their time to bring Confluence to you!

Confluence Masking Policy 2024

As of July 2024, The Confluence Committee has decided that
😷 masking will be optional, 🙂
and vaccinations will not be required

We have given due consideration to this policy. There are just too many people we can’t enforce masks on; hotel staff, other hotel guests, etc. We understand that we will lose some attendees no matter which way we decide. If you choose not to attend due to the masking policy, just know we will miss you and we hope to see you during a future Confluence conference.   
We encourage attendees to take precautions, especially when attending the more crowded panels and presentations or if you are not feeling well.

Some masks will be available at the Confluence registration table, should anyone decide they *want* to wear them. 

Thank you,
The 2024 Confluence Staff

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What People are saying about Confluence!

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