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 program.

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, please).

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 PGI Convention!


The PGI is now (and always) accepting applications from presenters for seminars and workshops to be held at our upcoming convention.

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 provided.

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 Team.

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