Loading…
This event has ended. View the official site or create your own event → Check it out
This event has ended. Create your own
Below, you will find the agenda for NerdCon: Stories 2015!

Feel free to browse around, build your customized schedule, and study up on our featured guests.
View analytic
Saturday, October 10 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Saturday Afternoon Mainstage

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule and see who's attending!

Hosted by Paul & Storm

  • Why Stories Matter - Desiree Burch
  • Mock Debates - John Scalzi, Kevin R. Free, Sarah Mackey, Storm DiCostanzo, Dessa Darling, Mara Wilson, Jackson Bird, Rainbow Rowell
  • NerdCon: Stories Mad Libs - Tea Obreht, Pat Rothfuss
  • Why Stories Matter - Ana Adlerstein
  • Puppet Adventure - Mary Robinette Kowal, John Scalzi, Pat Rothfuss, Cecil Baldwin, Hank Green, Matt de la Pena, Desiree Burch, Ana Adlerstein, Cast of Senseless
  • Musical Performance - Paul & Storm

Featured Guests
avatar for Ana Adlerstein

Ana Adlerstein

Ana Adlerstein is a story producer with WNYC/NPR’s Snap Judgment. Before coming to Snap, she worked at The Moth, where she helped with live show production and assisted editing their book of top stories. In addition, she is a dedicated SF bay area fish monger, manages a scholarship program on the largest island on Lake Victoria, Kenya, and really loves hitchhiking. 
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is also an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind as well as Drama Desk nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill Vol. 2. Cecil has performed at The Shakespeare Theatre DC, Studio Theatre (including the world premier production of Neil Labute’s... Read More →
avatar for Jackson Bird

Jackson Bird

Jackson Bird is a speaker, video creator, transgender advocate, and wizard activist. He’s the Communications Director of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), where he activates online fan communities towards social action. He regularly speaks about new media and fan activism at events including TEDx Women, MIT’s Futures of Entertainment, Book Expo America, and San Diego Comic-Con. He currently lives in New York City, where he hopes to one... Read More →
avatar for Desiree Burch

Desiree Burch

Desiree Burch is a New York to London transplant. She is a solo performance artist, comedian, writer, actress and speaker. Desiree’s work investigates raw humanity through risk-taking performances that combine comedy, poetic intimacy and audience participation. | | Desiree’s earned a B.A. in theater from Yale University and continued her theater education as a participant in New York City’s vibrant downtown/alternative... Read More →
avatar for Dessa Darling

Dessa Darling

Dessa is a rapper, writer, speaker, and a proud member of the Minneapolis hip hop collective, Doomtree. The Utne Reader calls her, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. | | As a writer she’s published two collections. Spiral Bound is mostly essays; A Pound of Steam is poetry. (Odds... Read More →
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

Storm DiCostanzo

Storm DiCostanzo is one half of the music/comedy duo Paul and Storm, and was one quarter of the a cappella group Da Vinci's Notebook. He also co-produces the nerd variety show w00tstock, JoCo Cruise, and does a bunch of other reasonably interesting stuff. He's also a dilettante fiction writer whose creative fruits only occasionally stumble out of their cave. Storm also enjoys mixing metaphors. Not that an anthropomorphic fruit cave couldn't be... Read More →
avatar for Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free addicted to pop culture, and most of his stories and plays, which have been showcased on the Moth Radio Hour, The Soundtrack Series, The Where Project, The Drama League Directors' Lab, Loft 27, The Fire This Time Festival, and The New Black Fest, reflect that. His full-length plays are Face Value (Semi-Finalist, Mill Mountain Theatre Playwright Competition, 2003); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (Eugene... Read More →
avatar for Hank Green

Hank Green

Hank Green makes YouTube videos on the Vlogbrothers, SciShow, and Crash Course channels. He and his brother John came up with the idea for NerdCon: Stories in the first place.
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Mackey

Sarah Mackey

Sarah Mackey is the Director of Community Engagement for National Novel Writing Month, a nonprofit that works to empower and encourage writing and vibrant creativity around the world. Along with the rest of the NaNoWriMo staff and the 800 volunteers around the world she oversees, Sarah helps people discover that their stories matter. | | Sarah has been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2002, volunteering for NaNoWriMo since 2003, and working... Read More →
avatar for Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht's debut novel The Tiger’s Wife won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a 2011 National Book Award Finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Vogue, Esquire and The Guardian. She was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. In 2013, she was the Rona Jaffe Foundation fellow... Read More →
avatar for Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, The Living and The Hunted) and two award-winning picture books (A Nations Hope and Last Stop on Market Street). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents. After nine years at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he accidentally had enough credits to graduate with an English degree.  Patrick then went to grad school.  He’d rather not talk about it. In March 2007, The Name of the Wind was published and met with surprising success. In the years since, it has been translated into 30 languages, won all manner of... Read More →
avatar for Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books about teens and adults -- some of whom have magic powers, all of whom talk too much. She wrote Eleanor & Park. And most recently, Carry on. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and sons.
avatar for Paul Sabourin

Paul Sabourin

Paul Sabourin is one half of the comedy/music duo Paul and Storm. He has written six internationally-bestselling YA novels. One out of every three sentences in his bio is false.
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

John Scalzi writes science fiction. He like pie. HE BREATHES FIRE. One of these previous statements is false. Which one might surprise you.
avatar for Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Main Auditorium

Attendees (544)