The Horror Writers Association presents…
March 1-4, 2018 | Providence, RI
I will be attending StokerCon 2018 — to be held at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island from March 1st-4th, 2018. This event is a conference presented by the Horror Writers Association, featuring notable authors as guests, writing workshops, publishing pitches, networking, book signings and more, culminating in the iconic Bram Stoker Awards banquet.
I’ve got a number of dark irons in the hellfire for Friday and Saturday, listed below
Sat 4pm: WORKSHOP: “Making the Reader Squirm”
This two hour workshop will cover insider tricks and tactics for crafting horror imagery — not just familiar tropes of the genre, but methods for directly appeals to the reader’s senses, crafting images that really hit readers in the guts. It will include a lively interactive talk that explores how to exploit the weirdness of language and a live writing activity aimed at improving your description of a gory scene or scary moment. Open to novelists, poets, flash fiction writers … anyone looking to sharpen their writing skills — from the crafty suspense writer to anyone eager to “go for the gross out” without undermining their chances at a sale.
Attendees must register for classes in advance. See HORROR UNIVERSITY AT STOKERCON18 for details about my Squirm workshop and many, many others worth participating in.
PANELS AND READINGS
FRI 4pm: READING/PANEL COMBO – Dark Poets Face to Face
In “Dark Poets Face to Face” panelists recite another chosen panelist’s poem and discuss what the work means to them. Like an expanded poetry round-robin, with panel discussion mixed in. Always intriguing and good. Participants in this one include: Marge Simon, David Cowen, Linda Addison, Michael Arnzen, Karen Bovenmyer, James Dorr.
FRI 5pm: PANEL Professional Etiquette
A useful panel for writers who are new to the profession but uncertain about the boundaries and social/business expectations. Panelists: Christopher Golden, Alec Shane, Ellen Datlow, Michael Arnzen, Lynne Hansen, Matt Bechtel
Writing is a business. Although authors spend much of their time alone behind the keyboard, they can’t afford to lose sight of professional etiquette and behavior. Panelists will share insights into what constitutes professional and unprofessional behavior in the publishing industry, how to cultivate good professional etiquette, and how to cope with unprofessional behavior directed at you. Topics will include approaching and interacting with agents and editors, seeking advice and mentorship from experienced authors, remembering that a social business event is still a business event first, and keeping up good relationships with colleagues.
SAT 11:30am: PANEL – Happy 200th Birthday Frankenstein! Mary Shelley in the 21st Century
A look at the importance of Frankenstein in the shaping of today’s horror literature. Panelists: John C. Tibbetts, Gwendolyn Kiste, Jennifer Barnes, Leslie Klinger, Michael Arnzen, Victor LaValle
In honor of the recent 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, our panelists will discuss the circumstances of the novel’s publication, the scope of it’s influence in the past two centuries, how its themes remain relevant today, and why Frankenstein and his infamous Creature remain among the most popular fictional character of all time.
SAT 1pm: READING – Michael Arnzen, David E. Cowen and Jeff Strand
Come hear me, David and Jeff read the weirdness. Bound to be a twisted experience with lotsa laughs.
The reading will be followed by a booksigning in the dealer’s room.
SAT 3pm: PANEL – Teaching Terrifying Topics
I’ll be moderating a panel for educators called “Terrifying Teaching Tactics.”
Panelists: Frazer Lee, Heather Herrman, Michael Arnzen, Sara Tantlinger, Tom F. Monteleone
In this panel, educators who write and teach horror fiction, poetry and film will share classroom strategies that engage learners with horror entertainment and help new writers enter the field we all love. Rather than just talking about books and movies that have educational value, we’ll explore actual activities that use the craft and technique of horror writing to advance learning, and field questions about a career in horror education.
Watch the conference website for emerging buzz, room locations, fun announcements, etc: stokercon2018.org
Early registration is strongly recommended for this conference. All of this is sponsored by the Horror Writers Association.
Attending? Look for my essay, “Why the Stoker Award Matters,” featured in the 2018 StokerCon Souvenir Anthology!
For more upcoming Arnzen appearances, visit the main event listing at gorelets.com