When
November 22-23, 2021
Monday & Tuesday
Where
UVCC - Utah Valley Convention Center

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Schedule


Alpha/Beta/Gamma Presentation with a Meet and Greet

  1-2 PM
L2 Ballroom B
Come meet those who help behind the scenes! The first twenty minutes will include a short presentation on the three different types of help Brandon receives with an informal meet and greet for the rest of the time so attendees can mix and mingle with all attending alphas, beta, and gamma readers. Participants: Ben Olsen, […]

Alcatraz Vs. the Fourth Wall

  2:30-3:30 PM
L2 Ballroom B
The release of Alcatraz #6 is quickly approaching! Come hear about the creative process from art to co-authoring for this thrilling end to the series. Panelists: Isaac Stewart, Janci Patterson, Hayley Lazo, and Peter Ahlstrom

Live Recording of Intentionally Blank

  4-6 PM
L2 Ballroom B
Join Brandon and Dan for a live recording of their podcast Intentionally Blank! Previous episodes available on Brandon’s YouTube Channel and wherever podcasts are found. Panelists: Brandon Sanderson and Dan Wells.

Accuracy before Speed with the Warehouse Minions

  12:30-1:30 PM
Level 2 East Hallway
Come learn how our warehouse minions live their second ideal of Accuracy before Speed by competing against them in Minute to Win It style games. Can you swear the oath too? Participants: Mem, Lex, Isabel, Hazel, Alex, and Owen

Doomslug Crocheting

  3:30-5:30 PM
L3 Foyer
Supplies and pattern will be provided! Bring your enthusiasm and create the cutest little Doomslug you ever did see. Please come with basic crochet knowledge. Facilitated by Mem Grange

Charity Magic Draft

  8:30 PM
Game Room, L1 Exhibit Hall C
Join Brandon Sanderson as he plays Magic the Gathering with his fans! Attendees will be organized into pods of 8 players each. Players will then draft three booster decks and play against each other in a friendly tournament. Note: $20 donation to charity is requested. Draft tickets are available at the Lightweaver booth in the […]

Galaxy Gazing

  8-9 PM
L3 Timpanogos Terrace
Experienced stargazer Christi Jacobsen will showcase images she has taken of places throughout the universe, with live stargazing for participants. Note: In case of bad weather, event will take place just inside the terrace doors. Facilitated by Christi Jacobsen

Crafty Games Demos

  1-7 PM
Game Room, L1 Exhibit Hall C
A Crafty Games representative will be hosting demos of Mistborn: House War and the Mistborn Adventure Game. Come learn how to play! Monday 1-2:15pm – Mistborn Adventure Game Primer 2:30-4pm – Mistborn: House War (board game) 4:30-6:45pm – “Thieves in the Ninth House” (Mistborn Adventure Game) Tuesday 9-10:30am – Mistborn: House War (board game) 11am-12:30pm […]

Play Magic the Gathering

If you’ve always wanted to learn the different types of Magic, now is your chance! Monday: 1-3pm Magic: The Gathering – Basics 3-6pm Magic: The Gathering – Drafting 8:30pm Charity Magic Draft with Brandon Sanderson (more information at: Charity Magic Draft) Tuesday: 9am-12pm Magic: The Gathering – Sealed Play 12-2pm Magic: The Gathering – Strategizing 2-5pm […]

Cosmere 101

  1-2 PM
L2 Ballroom C
New to the Cosmere? This panel will explore the basic mechanics and setup of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere universe. Participants: Craig – The Legendarium Podcast, Amy – The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies, Marcie Aaron

Cosmere 450 Honors

  2:30-3:30 PM
L2 Ballroom C
Join a team of superfans for a discussion of the cosmere’s most obscure intrigues. Hoid? Let’s go deeper. Investiture? Deeper. Realmatic Theory, here we come. Panelists: Jennifer Neal, Bill – The Sandersonian Insitute of Cosmere Studies, Amy – The Sandersonian Insitute of Cosmere Studies, Marcie Aaron

The Wheel of Time

  4-5 PM
L2 Ballroom C
Another turning of the wheel has come with the recent release of the television series. Join the discussion of the book vs. TV show and more. Panelists: Matt Hatch – The Dusty Wheel, Craig – The Legendarium Podcast, Joy Allen, Marcie Aaron

Spoiler Discussion and Q&A

  7-8:30 PM
L2 Ballrooms B,C
Brandon Sanderson will be doing a full-spoiler discussion of his books along with a Q&A. Attend at your own risk!

Spotlight with Eric James Stone

  1-2 PM
L2 Ballroom A
Eric James Stone is a Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, and Writers of the Future Contest winner. Over fifty of his stories have been published in venues such as Year’s Best SF, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and Nature. His debut novel, the science fiction thriller Unforgettable, has been optioned by Hollywood multiple times.

Spotlight with Steven Michael Bohls

  2:30-3:30 PM
L2 Ballroom A
Steven Michael Bohls is a national bestselling author. He is an Artist. Dreamer. Creator. Lover of retro video games. Eater of cookies. Friend to dragons. Dad to four other little dreamers. Builder of worlds.

Spotlight with Charlie N. Holmberg

  4-5 PM
L2 Ballroom A
Charlie N. Holmberg is a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of fantasy and romance fiction. She is published in over 20 languages, has been a finalist for a RITA award and multiple Whitney awards, and won the 2020 Whitney for Novel of the Year for Adult Fiction.

Live Painting Session with Howard Lyon

  7-10 PM
L2 Ballroom A
Bring your sketchbooks and come paint with Howard Lyon and other guest artists, including Steve Argyle and Hayley Lazo! Howard is an award winning artist, and his work can be found in various books, games, and galleries, including work for Brandon Sanderson and Magic: the Gathering. Participants: Howard Lyon, Steve Argyle, Hayley Lazo

A Picture and 1,000 Words

  1-2 PM
L3 Cascade A-C
Come explore the creative process from art to stories and stories to art with Steve Argyle and Lynn Buchanan! This panel will be focused on improving your description writing skills. Panelists: Steve Argyle, Lynn Buchanan

Pop Culture, Plots, and Protagonists

  2:30-3:30 PM
L3 Cascade A-C
Our panelists will discuss various plots from pop culture in a writing context, providing an analysis in order to help improve attendees’ plotting skills. Panelists: Eric James Stone, Dan Wells, Megan Walker, Brian McClellan

Co-Authoring A Story

  4-5 PM
L3 Cascade A-C
Come hear first-hand accounts of what the co-authoring process is like and apply some tips to your own writing! Panelists: Janci Patterson, Steven Michael Bohls, Megan Walker

Choose Your Own Adventure Live!

  7-8 PM
L3 Cascade A-C
Help our authors write a story together with input from you, the audience! Panelists: Megan Walker, Charlie N. Holmberg, Steven Michael Bohls

Magic the Gathering: Playing and Painting

  9:30-10:30 AM
L2 Ballroom B
Featuring MTG artists Steve Argyle and Howard Lyon! Howard, Steve, and Richard all participate in Brandon’s regular draft nights, and will be discussing Magic the Gathering as a whole as well as what it’s like to draft with Brandon. Panelists: Steve Argyle, Howard Lyon, and Richard Rubert

Licensing with Dragonsteel

  11 AM - 12 PM
L2 Ballroom B
Find out what goes into creating licensed merchandise! Panelists: Isaac Stewart, Valentina Sainato, Brotherwise Games, Forged Foam

Voices of the Livestream

  1-2 PM
L2 Ballroom B
Come meet the people you see in the comments section on Youtube, Facebook and Twitch. We’re hilarious. But really, we are! Panelists: Adam Horne, Michael Bateman, Kathy Sanderson, Kellyn Neumann

Editing Brandon Sanderson’s Books

  2:30-3:30 PM
L2 Ballroom B
Meet the Dragonsteel editing team and learn how the books go from first draft to published novel. Panelists: Peter Ahlstrom, Karen Ahlstrom, Betsey Ahlstrom

Coming Soon with Dragonsteel

  2:30-3:30 PM
L2 Ballroom A
There’s always another secret . . . especially at Dragonsteel. Come find out as Kara, Isaac, and Adam dish on what might be coming down the pipe for Dragonsteel Entertainment. Panelists: Isaac Stewart, Kara Stewart, Adam Horne

The Sanderson Sisters

  4-5 PM
L2 Ballroom B
It’s no Hocus Pocus. There will be cats. And cackles. Panelists: Kathy Sanderson, Emily Sanderson, and Jane Sanderson Horne

Doomslug Crocheting

  3:30-5:30 PM
L3 Foyer
Supplies and pattern will be provided! Bring your enthusiasm and create the cutest little Doomslug you ever did see. Please come with basic crochet knowledge. Facilitated by Mem Grange

Card Games with Lex

  2-3 PM
Game Room, L1 Exhibit Hall C
Come play card games with Dragonsteel Team member Lex!

Crafty Games Demos

  9 AM - 6:30 PM
Game Room, L1 Exhibit Hall C
A Crafty Games representative will be hosting demos of Mistborn: House War and the Mistborn Adventure Game. Come learn how to play! Monday 1-2:15pm – Mistborn Adventure Game Primer 2:30-4pm – Mistborn: House War (board game) 4:30-6:45pm – “Thieves in the Ninth House” (Mistborn Adventure Game) Tuesday 9-10:30am – Mistborn: House War (board game) 11am-12:30pm […]

Play Magic the Gathering

  9 AM - 5 PM
Game Room, L1 Exhibit Hall C
If you’ve always wanted to learn the different types of Magic, now is your chance! Monday: 1-3pm Magic: The Gathering – Basics 3-6pm Magic: The Gathering – Drafting 8:30pm Charity Magic Draft with Brandon Sanderson (more information at: Charity Magic Draft) Tuesday: 9am-12pm Magic: The Gathering – Sealed Play 12-2pm Magic: The Gathering – Strategizing 2-5pm […]

Future Book Theorizing

  9:30-10:30 AM
L2 Ballroom C
Come for a fun hour of theorizing about what will happen in the Lost Metal and Stormlight 5! Will Wayne lose his hat? Will Kaladin find true love? How many spren can Hoid bond? We don’t know but we like to guess! Panelists: Marcie Aaron, Bill – The Sandersonian Institute of Cosmere Studies, Jordan – […]

Cytoverse 101

  11 AM - 12 PM
L2 Ballroom C
New to the Cytoverse? Detritus needs your presence! Come learn about what it is like to hear stars in your head and being friends with loveable teleporting slugs. Panelists: Darci Cole, Christi Jacobsen, Rachel Jacobsen, Jennifer Neal

Technology in the Cytoverse

  1-2 PM
L2 Ballroom C
Is it possible? How close are we to our very own M-bot and his beloved mushrooms? Panelists: Jayden King, Christi Jacobsen, Brad Neumann

Kahoot! Sanderson Trivia

  2:30-3:30 PM
L2 Ballroom C
Do you know all there is to know about Brandon Sanderson’s books? Come test your knowledge against other fans and possibly win a prize! Will you come out Radiant? Facilitated by Drew McCaffrey and Lauren McCaffrey

The Skyward Novellas

  4-5 PM
L2 Ballroom C
The team behind the Cytoverse novellas will discuss how the novellas came to be, with Suzy Jackson (audiobook narrator) joining digitally. Panelists: Brandon Sanderson, Janci Patterson, Suzy Jackson 

Spotlight with Janci Patterson

  11 AM - 12 PM
L2 Ballroom A
Janci Patterson writes in a variety of genres, so whatever you’re looking for, she’s probably got something you’ll like. Her solo novels include contemporary young adult novels and the YA paranormal A Thousand Faces trilogy. Following that, Janci discovered a love of collaboration and has written books with Megan Walker, Lauren Janes, James Goldberg, and […]

Art of the Cosmere

  1-2 PM
L2 Ballroom A
 Join this fabulous lineup of artists as they showcase their works from the Cosmere and more. Panelists: Howard Lyon, Hayley Lazo, Katie Payne, Bryan Mark Taylor, Steve Argyle, Miranda Meeks

Spotlight with Brian McClellan

  4-5 PM
L2 Ballroom A
Brian McClellan is best known for his acclaimed Powder Mage Universe and essays on the life and business of being a writer. Brian’s novels include the Powder Mage Trilogy (Promise of Blood, The Crimson Campaign, and The Autumn Republic), Gods of Blood and Powder (Sins of Empire, Wrath of Empire, and Blood of Empire), and […]

Cytonic Release Event

  7-9 PM
L2 Ballrooms A-C
Brandon Sanderson will be doing a presentation, a reading, and a Q&A, followed by a limited in-person signing event. For more information on the drawing, please visit: https://minicon.dragonsteelbooks.com/#1630696650067-6be00ef5-5601  

Where Do Ideas Come From?

  9:30-10:30 AM
L3 Cascade A-C
Do you struggle to come up with ideas? For the first 30 minutes, panelists will discuss various ways to help, and will then provide prompts for two 15-minute writing sprints. Audience participation is encouraged but not required. Panelists: Eric James Stone, Brian McClellan, Charlie N. Holmberg, Darci Cole

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Editor

  11 AM - 12 PM
L3 Cascade A-C
Written a book and don’t know where to go next? This panel will focus on tips for finding the right editor for your needs, the different types of editing, tips for editing your own work, and more! Panelists: Kristina Kugler and Kellyn Neumann

Publishing Today

  2:30-3:30 PM
L3 Cascade A-C
Come listen to local authors and learn how they got into the publishing world.  Learn what it takes and maybe you’ll be next! Panelists: Charlie N. Holmberg, Brian McClellan, Darci Cole, Steven Michael Bohls

A Recipe for a Story

  4-5 PM
L3 Cascade A-C
Acclaimed short story author Eric James Stone will present the tools in a guided exercise to create a short story.

Writing Group Meetup

  5 PM
L3 Cascade A-C
Want to join a writing group but don’t know where to start? Come to our writing group meetup!

Book & Event Bundles


Book Event Pass

$65
  • Monday & Tuesday
  • Cytonic hardcover – signed, stamped, and numbered
    • Event pickup only, with number determined by arrival time (see FAQ!)
  • Includes two-day badge for Dragonsteel Mini-Con
  • Includes seating at Brandon’s Cytonic speech and Q&A
  • Includes ONE ticket for drawing to meet Brandon
  • Swag items NOT included, but will be available for purchase at event

Swag Event Pass

$125
  • Monday & Tuesday
  • Cytonic hardcover – signed, stamped, and numbered
    • Event pickup only, with number determined by arrival time (see FAQ!)
  • Includes two-day badge for Dragonsteel Mini-Con
  • Includes seating at Brandon’s Cytonic speech and Q&A
  • Includes ONE ticket for drawing to meet Brandon
  • Includes Cytonic Swag Bundle and Doomslug Plushie ($75 value)

VIP Event Pass

$200
  • Monday & Tuesday
  • Cytonic hardcover – signed, stamped, and numbered
    • Event pickup only, with number determined by arrival time (see FAQ!)
  • Includes two-day badge for Dragonsteel Mini-Con
  • Includes exclusive VIP check-in and book/swag pick-up
  • Includes reserved seating at Brandon’s Cytonic speech and Q&A
  • Includes ONE ticket for drawing to meet Brandon
  • Includes Cytonic Swag Bundle and Doomslug Plushie ($75 value)
  • Includes exclusive VIP swag

Book & Event Tickets


Shipped Book Only

$20
  • Online ONLY, Tuesday 7PM-9PM
  • Cytonic hardcover – signed, stamped, and numbered
    (shipped ONLY! Not available for pickup)
  • Does NOT include entrance to Dragonsteel Mini-Con
  • Online access to Brandon’s Cytonic speech and Q&A
  • Charity option for personalization available as an add-on
  • Swag bundle and Doomslug plushie add-on options available

Event Only Pass

$45
  • Monday & Tuesday
  • Cytonic hardcover NOT INCLUDED!
  • Includes two-day badge for Dragonsteel Mini-Con
  • Includes seating at Brandon’s Cytonic speech and Q&A
  • Does NOT include ticket for drawing to meet Brandon
  • Swag items NOT included, but will be available for purchase

Free Pass

FREE
  • Tuesday 6PM-9PM ONLY!
  • Cytonic hardcover NOT INCLUDED!
  • Does NOT include badge to Dragonsteel Mini-Con
  • Entrance to Brandon’s Cytonic speech and Q&A (no guaranteed seating!)
  • Does NOT include ticket for drawing to meet Brandon
  • Swag items NOT included, but will be available for purchase

FAQs


Signing FAQs

Pre-Order: All books purchased in conjunction with the “Personalization for Charity” add-on will be personalized as requested at the time of their signing. Odd numbers beginning with 101 will be assigned, in order of purchase, to all personalized orders and books will be shipped before the event. Note: Only Cytonic is available for personalization.

In-Person: Dragonsteel Mini-Con attendees may enter a drawing to meet Brandon and get books signed. 150 attendees will be selected to receive a ticket for the line. This ticket will admit up to two individuals, where Brandon will personalize one book per person and sign three other books or items.

All books purchased through the Dragonsteel Books Mini-Con Site or as part of an event ticket bundle will be pre-signed by Brandon and will include a number within a commemorative stamp. Depending on your purchase, your book will either be shipped to you directly or will need to be picked up at Dragonsteel Mini-Con 2021. Numbers will be assigned to your book as follows:

Numbers assigned to personalized books: All books purchased in conjunction with the “Personalization for Charity” add-on will be personalized as requested at the time of their signing. Odd numbers beginning with 101 will be assigned, in order of purchase, to all personalized orders and books will be shipped before the event.

Numbers assigned to shipped books: Odd numbers beginning with 101 will be assigned, in order of purchase, to those who choose to have their book shipped to them or who purchase any form of personalization for charity.

Numbers assigned to books picked up at Dragonsteel Mini-Con: Numbered wristbands will be handed out at the Utah Valley Convention Center entrance beginning at 7am MST on Monday, November 22, until check-in begins. Pre-ordered Cytonic hardcovers will be handed out on Tuesday, November 23, beginning at 9am. *The Utah Valley Convention Center does not allow overnight camping. Please do not line up before 4am.* Wristbands will be provided at check-in for all in-person pickup. Numbers will be assigned—one number per person with confirmation of Cytonic purchase as part of an event bundle—beginning with 1 through 100, then even numbers from 102 and up.*

PLEASE NOTE! If getting a low number matters to you we do not recommend ordering personalization. Books with online personalization orders will be numbered based on the digital line.

*Dragonsteel Books reserves the right to make changes to these policies at any time for any reason and at their sole discretion. 

Event FAQs

We are currently working hard on the event schedule. We hope to have this released soon!

Yes! The Cytonic Swag Bundle is available online here!

Note: The VIP swag bundle contains some exclusive products only available to those who purchase a VIP convention ticket.

If you misplace your badge, please come to the registration desk to get a replacement. There will be a $10 fee for replacement badges.

We have now filled all volunteer spots. Thank you to everyone who applied!

The VIP pass will include: 

  • Cytonic hardcover – signed, stamped, and numbered
  • Two-day badge to Dragonsteel Mini-Con
  • Reserved seating at Cytonic Release Event
  • One entry for the drawing to meet Brandon 
  • Exclusive VIP check-in and book/swag pick-up
  • Cytonic Swag Bundle and Doomslug Plushie ($75 value)
  • Exclusive VIP swag

We cannot guarantee that any of the swag items will be offered on our store after the event. Once the event is concluded, we will analyze our inventory and make decisions on availability at that time.

Please submit any concerns to our team via our online ticketing system.

Dragonsteel Mini-Con strives to provide an inclusive and safe environment based around acceptance and community for all attendees, guests, and staff. Any concerns will be handled according to our full harassment policy found here.

Please see the Exhibitors tab under Event Details to see the list of attending guests.

Dragonsteel Mini-Con will run from 1pm-10pm on Monday, November 22nd, and from 10am-midnight on Tuesday, November 23rd. Check-in will begin at 10am on Monday, November 22nd.

Tickets for Dragonsteel Mini-Con will be available beginning September 15th at Noon MDT.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, shipping costs have dramatically increased worldwide. This is not something we can change or control. However, we have done our best to provide the cheapest rates we can, and we are allowing international orders to combine shipments in order to save on shipping costs.

Convention Center FAQs

Dragonsteel Mini-Con will be at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah, on November 22-23, 2021.

This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome, but events and activities are geared toward ages 10 and above. All attendees, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. “Babes in arms” (too young to walk) are free with their parent or guardian’s purchased ticket, but we ask that you respect our panelists and other attendees and quietly take a fussy baby out of any convention activity. We reserve the right to remove disruptive attendees, regardless of age, from any convention events if necessary.

ADA-recognized service animals are welcome at the UVCC provided they are leashed or under similar control as appropriate. The owner must take full responsibility for the animal and the adherence to ADA regulations for their animal. For further information please check Utah Laws and ADA requirements or contact UVCC at (801) 851-2200.

Special rates are available at nearby hotels specifically for this event. For more information and to make reservations, please see: ​​https://www.utahvalley.com/dragonsteel-minicon/

There is a UTA bus stop at the northeast corner of the convention center.  Utah Valley Express has a stop nearby on Center Street and University Avenue. The Frontrunner Station is located six blocks south of the facility and connects to UVX and other buses that stop near the convention center.  Please see this link for specific instructions on taking public transportation.

Yes! The Utah Valley Convention Center offers free WiFi for all attendees.

Please visit this link to view nearby restaurants: https://www.utahvalley.com/dragonsteel-minicon/

Please visit this link to view available parking and costs: http://utahvalleycc.com/parking

We strongly encourage all attendees to be vaccinated and require all attendees wear a mask at all times while inside the convention center. See our COVID-19 disclaimer here: https://minicon.dragonsteelbooks.com/covid-19-disclaimer/.

Please contact the hotel you booked with if you need to cancel your reservation.

Yes. Elevators are located on each floor of the convention center, and entrances without stairs are available. For further information regarding ADA accommodations contact UVCC at (801) 851-2200.

Programming FAQs

The exhibitor hall will be open on Monday, November 22nd from 1pm–8pm, and on Tuesday, November 23rd from 10am–10pm (closed between 7-9pm for the release event).

This year we are only accepting licensed partners of Dragonsteel as exhibitors. If you are a licensed partner and have not been contacted, please feel free to reach out and let us know that you’d like to participate.

Cosplays must be appropriate and no explicit content is allowed. Please make sure any costume weapons are modified in order to not endanger yourself or other attendees. Real weapons of any type are not allowed.

Brandon will be presenting at the Cytonic Release Event on Tuesday night. To see his other scheduled programming, please see the event schedule (COMING SOON!)

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Venue location

Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah