Con Season Has Arrived!

It’s that wonderful time of the year where fandoms collide with each other in hotels across the nation.  As always, I’ll be out there giving my lectures and wanting to meet all of you.  This year, you can find me at the following locations:

Hypericon – June 16th-18th, Nashville, TN

As of June 7th, the schedule for lectures has not been released.  I am confirmed to debut my new writing workshop Realism in Writing Action Scenes.  I’ll be discussing how to look at action within a novel and use it to expand on characterization, plot, and making sure you ALWAYS count the bullets.  I will also be doing a book signing during the weekend.  Check in with me on Facebook and Twitter for more details when the schedule is out.

DragonCon – Sept. 1st-4th, Atlanta, GA

I really have lost track of how many years now we have been running the Hourly Writing Workshop track, but we’re back!  The schedule of workshops is available here, and remember you get a discount if you pre-register!  I will be responsible for the following workshops:

Friday, September 1, 7 PM-9PMAfter Hours Writing Sprints – First day of workshops are over, and you’re probably brimming with new ideas. Let’s get them out on paper before the weekend hits. Hosted by Alison Richards, this is a chance to bring your notebook or laptop and meet in Hanover A-B for two hours of writing sprints. Get some work done, as well as take time to mingle, meet your fellow workshoppers, and have some fun brainstorming ideas with a bunch of other writers. Go snag supper to go, and get some words down.

Saturday, September 2, 10AM-11AMLike, Love and Lust: We’ve said it over and over again – it is essential that all stories have some form of romance in them.  The percentage of the story depends on your plot, but writing it is not as easy at it seems.  Join novelist Alison Richards to learn the basics of how to build different kinds of relationships between characters, and the dos and don’ts on writing those passionate love scenes.

Sunday, September 3, 1PM-2PMSocial Media 101 for Creative People: You’ve heard of Facebook and Twitter, but did you know beyond checking on the lives of your friends and stalking celebrities, you can use these, and many other social websites, to help support your career? Novelist and social media expert Alison Richards will take you through the tangled jungle of networking. Learn all about the basics on how to set up professional accounts on these sites, as well as at least another dozen to showcase your work, interact with followers, and create a loyal fan base eager to know all about your next project!

When I am not serving as the peanut gallery for the rest of the workshop team, I will be around the convention and hopefully pulled onto panels with other tracks that have borrowed my fandom brain over the years.  UPDATE 8/4/17:  Here is the list of all my panels at DragonCon this year!

Imaginarium – Oct. 6th-8th, Louisville, KY

This is my second year attending Imaginarium, and if it’s anything like last year, I can’t wait for October to get here.  This convention is a must for any author in the southeast region to network with fellow authors, editors, and game designers in three days of lectures and workshops on the art of writing.  The schedule won’t be out for awhile, so check back for the list of panals I will be on soon.

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