2013 Convention - Seminars


A wide variety of seminars and workshops that appeal to all members of the Guild and their families are presented during Convention. Content can range from lectures to hands-on construction, from simple to complex, from children's party favors to advanced multi-break shell construction.

The PGI endeavors 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.

A early version of the schedule and info about pre-registration will be published in the July Bulletin. The Schedule of Events will also appear in the Convention Program. The current Schedule will always be available here and will be updated throughout Convention.

Most seminars and workshops are show up and enjoy there is need to register. Be sure to arrive early as seating is first come, first served. Early registration will be available for some seminars and workshops that have a fee and/or limited class size. No more than 1/2 of the available spots are available for pre-registration. All remaining seats will be filled during on-site registration on the 1st Saturday and Sunday of Convention. Don't feel you're missing out if a few workshops fill up, most are not limited in size and are FREE.

Pre-registration will open at 6:00 PM CDT, Friday July 26th and run until midnight, Wednesday, July 31st. Check the Schedule to see which seminars allow pre-registration. Want to pre-register? Send an email to with the name of each attendee and which seminar they wish to attend, please include a contact number. If you're pre-registered, you must come to seminar registration confirm your registration and pay your fees. (Cash only and correct change, please).

Anyone planning to take the PGI DOC (Display Operators Course) is HIGHLY encouraged to pre-register, all pre-registrations will be honored (exception to the rule). You'll need to visit seminar registration, pay your fee, get the workbook and read it before the class on Wednesday.

2013 will bring an amazing number of hands-on workshops, demonstrations, lectures and classes along with lots to see and do. Please plan to be a part of the 2013 PGI Convention!


Applications are being accepted from presenters for seminars and workshops to be held at the 2013 Convention. Due to publication deadlines, applications must be received and approved prior to June 10th to be included in the July Bulletin.

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'd like to present a seminar or workshop at Convention, please download and complete the Seminar Application, instructions are on the last 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. Looking forward to your proposal.

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