2012 Convention - Seminars
At every convention, there is a wide variety of seminars and
workshops that appeal to all members of the Guild and their
families. The content ranges from lectures to hands-on construction,
from simple to complex, from party favors for children of all ages
to advanced multi-break shell construction.
We endeavor to channel the creative energies of talented people
into the design, production, and display of high quality
pyrotechnics by example of the membership and through sharing
knowledge. Please consider sharing your knowledge.
The preliminary schedule and pre-registration information will be
provided in the July Bulletin. This page will be updated as changes
occur. A final schedule of events will be listed in the convention
Most seminars and workshops are show up and enjoy. No
registration is needed for these, the vast majority of
presentations. Arrive a few minutes early as seating is first come,
first served. Early registration will be available for those
seminars and workshops that have a fee and limited class size. No
more than ½ of the available spots will be filled by
pre-registration. The remainder will be filled during on-site
registration on the first Saturday and Sunday of the convention.
Again, only classes that require a fee and are limited in size
require any form of registration. Do not feel that you are missing
out if a few workshops fill up, some always do but most are not
limited in size and are FREE.
Pre-registration is planned to run from 6:00 PM CDT, Friday July
27 until midnight, Wednesday, August 1 for those few seminars and
workshops that must limit the number of participants or charge a
fee. There is no formal method of preregistering. Just send an email
to identifying who you are and what seminar(s) you want to take.
Identify each person by name that you are trying to register.
Include a cell number if you can. You must come to seminar
registration on Saturday or Sunday of convention to confirm your
registration and pay your fees. (Cash only and correct change,
Anyone planning to take the Display Operators course is HIGHLY
encouraged to pre-register and all pre-registrations will be
honored, (exception to the rule). Those registered still need to
come to Seminar Registration to pay the fees (again, exact cash
please) and get the workbook and read it (if you never have) before
the class on Wednesday.
2012 will have an amazing number of hands-on workshops, as well
as the typical array of other classes. There will be lots for people
to see, things to do and enjoy. Please plan to be a part of the 2012
The PGI is now (and always) accepting applications from
presenters for seminars and workshops to be held at our upcoming
Seminars are presentations given in a lecture type environment
with chairs for the audience and a table and chairs for the
lecturer, typically with a projector (bring your own computer) and
screen, microphone and speakers. A whiteboard or easel can also be
provided. Workshops place the audience at tables with chairs
participating in making something, usually involving live material.
Again, a projector and screen, microphone and speakers, etc are also
If you would like to present a seminar or workshop at the
convention, please download and complete the Seminar Application. Instructions for submitting your
application can be found on the form's cover page. Be sure to
clearly identify any live material you will use and how much time
you need for your presentation and discussion. All seminar
applications will be reviewed by and must be approved by the Safety