Vida Vegan Con Festival 2013

Three full days of classes, food, talks, exhibitors, and community. We’re packing around 300 vegan bloggers, cookbook authors, blog enthusiasts/future bloggers, and special guests under one roof (well, two actually) for what VegNews called a Vegan Lovefest.
Schedule As Follows

FRIDAY, MAY 24
9:30 – 12:00 ✿ Registration

11:30 – 12:30 ✿ Exhibitor Hall opens, New Product Spotlight, Welcome

12:45 – 1:30
Compassionate Parenting
■ Michelle Schwegmann, moderator
■ Dreena Burton
■ Sayward Rebhal

Food Styling
■ Hannah Kaminsky

Blog Writing As Writing
■ Gena Hamshaw

1:45 – 2:30
Responsibly Presenting Vegan Nutrition
■ Ginny Messina

Monetizing Your Blog
■ Nava Atlas
■ Joanna Vaught
■ Susan Voisin

iPhone Food Photography
■ Isa Chandra Moskowitz

2:45 – 3:45
Art of Writing Recipes
■ Grant Butler, moderator
■ Nava Atlas
■ Dreena Burton
■ Terry Hope Romero

Spirituality & Veganism
■ Bianca Phillips
■ Gabrielle Pope
■ Nicole Sopko

Why & How to Expand Your Message to Include Animal Rights
■ Jasmin Singer
■ Mariann Sullivan

4:00 – 4:45
Path to Cookbook Author
■ Julie Hasson
■ Joni Marie Newman
■ Bianca Phillips

Reading the Comments
■ Jamie J. Hagen

MoFo Workshop
■ Kittee Berns
■ Mo Martin
■ Amey Mathews

5:00 – 5:30 ✿ Opening Talk & Reception

SATURDAY, MAY 25
8:00 – 9:15 ✿ Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45
Ethics Beyond the Plate
■ Jason Das, moderator
■ Laura Beck
■ Jamie J. Hagen
■ Leigh-Chantelle
■ Erika Larson
■ John McDevitt

Producing a Cooking Demo
■ Fran Costigan

Zine Workshop
■ Kittee Berns
■ Amey Matthews
■ Joanna Vaught

11:00 – 12:00
Privacy Lines & Oversharing
■ Sayward Rebhal, moderator
■ Dreena Burton
■ Joanna Vaught
■ Susan Voisin

Vegan Invasion: Community Building
■ Laura Beck
■ Maeve Connor
■ Jason Das
■ Leigh-Chantelle

Cookbook & Product Reviews (Reviewing, Featuring, Realizing When You’re Naming a Name)
■ Hannah Kaminsky
■ John McDevitt
■ Lisa Pittman

12:15 – 1:15 ✿ Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 ✿ Exhibitor Spotlight & Game Show, with Amey, Kittee & Mo

2:15 – 3:00
Restaurant Reviews with Authority
■ Grant Butler

Time: Blog/Life Balance
■ Jamie J. Hagen
■ Gena Hamshaw
■ Kelly Peloza

Writing Workshop (WILL RUN UNTIL 4:00)
■ Isa Chandra Moskowitz

3:15 – 4:00
Vegans of Color
■ Mo Martin
■ Terry Hope Romero

Reader’s Perspective
■ Maeve Connor
■ Gabrielle Pope
■ Jess Sconé

4:15 – 5:00
Incorporating Your Other Creative Talents into Your Blog
■ Cadry Nelson

International Activism
■ Leigh-Chantelle
■ Ryan Patey
■ Lisa Pittman

Sensitivity & Trigger Words
■ Gena Hamshaw
■ Chelsea Lincoln
■ Gabrielle Pope

SUNDAY, MAY 26
8:30 – 9:30 ✿ Breakfast

9:45 – 11:00
Publishing Avenues
■ Michele Truty, moderator
■ Joni Newman
■ Ryan Patey
■ Michelle Schweggman

Vegan Professionals in a Nonvegan World
■ Grant Butler
■ Fran Costigan
■ Julie Hasson
■ Janessa Philemon-Kerp

Advanced Photography
■ Susan Voisin

11:15 – 12:15
Recipe Creation & Testing
■ Terry Hope Romero

Biting Off More than You Should Chew, a Discussion
■ Ryan Patey

Body Image Acceptance & Veganism
■ Laura Beck
■ Chelsea Lincoln
■ Gabrielle Pope
■ Nicole Sopko
■ Michele Truty

12:30 – 1:15 ✿ Lunch
1:15 – 1:40 ✿ Exhibitor Spotlight & Ice Cream Break

1:45 – 2:30
Hot Topics in Nutrition
■ Gena Hamshaw
■ Ginny Messina
■ Jasmin Singer

Effective Social Media
■ Helen Pitlick
■ Dawn Quinn

Artful Food Photography
■ Kelly Peloza

Writing Workshop (WILL RUN UNTIL 3:30)
■ Isa Chandra Moskowitz

2:45 – 3:30
Veganism, Feminism & Social Justice
■ Maeve Connor
■ Jamie J. Hagen
■ Erika Larson

Interdietary Cohabitation
■ Bianca Phillips
■ Dawn Quinn

Tech for Effective Web Presence
■ Jason Das

3:45 – 4:15 ✿ Closing Talk (and hugs)

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