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Litfest Online

Join us for our 5th annual LitFest! Writers of all ages, skill levels, mediums and genres are welcome.

Enjoy the opportunity to learn from industry professionals on a variety of topics ranging from editing, pitching, and publishing. All designed to help you take your writing to the next level.

 

 

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So you’re ready to write your bestseller, but you need a little guidance?  Good news! , With your Metropolitan Library System card you can:

  • Check out an iPad for in-library use at our Almonte, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, or Southern Oaks Libraries
  • Check out a Chromebook or laptop for in-library use at our Almonte Library.
  • Check out a Kindle Fire and/or WiFi hotspot for use at home
  • Check out books, CDs, DVDs, MP3 players, and magazines
  • Download or stream eBooksaudiobooksmusic, and magazines such as Writer’s Digest, Paris Review, The Writer, and Poets & Writers, among others
  • Use online resources like America’s Historical Newspapers, Film Scripts Online, Literary Reference Center Plus, and the Oklahoma Folklore Collection, among others to help with research questions.
  • Submit research questions to our Special Collections
  • Download or stream Feature Films and Documentaries

These are general services and features available to anyone, but there are also some writer-specific resources available here including curated booklists regarding craft in a variety of genres, notices of upcoming writing-related events in the Metropolitan Library System,

We have a great collection of audio and eBooks in our Overdrive collection which can be streamed or downloaded through the Libby app, available for free in your favorite app store. We also have Hoopla, a streaming service that offers movies, books, graphic novels, and music. And one of our newest additions, Kanopy, hosts a collection of art films, cult cinema, and documentaries, including many Criterion Collection titles.

I hope this is of some use to you, and please feel free to contact us at askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org or call us at (405) 231-8650 if you have any questions.

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LitFest Programs


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:


NISHA SHARMA

Nisha Sharma is the author of critically acclaimed YA and adult contemporary romances including My So-Called Bollywood Life, Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance, The Singh Family Trilogy and Dating Dr. Dil which is the first in the If Shakespeare was an Auntie series. Her writing has been praised by NPR, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly and more. She lives in Pennsylvania with her Alaskan husband, her cat Lizzie Bennett and her dog Nancey Drew. You can find her online at Nisha-sharma.com or on Twitter and Instagram @nishawrites.


ADRIANA HERRERA

USA Today Best Selling author Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings. When she’s not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a trauma therapist in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Her Dreamers series has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist and has been featured in The TODAY Show on NBC, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Library Journal and The Washington Post. Her debut, American Dreamer, was selected as one of Booklist’s Best Romance Debuts of 2019, and one of the Top 10 Romances of 2019 by Entertainment Weekly. Her third novel, American Love Story, was one of the winners in the first annual Ripped Bodice Award for Excellence in Romantic Fiction. Adriana is an outspoken advocate for diversity in romance and has written for Remezcla and Bustle about Own Voices in the genre. She’s one of the co-creators of the Queer Romance PoC Collective.

Join H.R. Owen, creator of the Monstrous Agonies podcast, as they discuss how writing scripts for podcasts differ from other writing, and what to consider when making audio dramas.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


H. R. OWEN

H.R. Owen is the creator of the podcast Monstrous Agonies, which follows a weekly advice show for creatures of the night. As well as Monstrous Agonies, Owen also works as a freelance writer specializing in science fiction and horror.

Join middle grade authors Sonja Thomas (Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence) and Jenn Reese (Every Bird a Prince) as they discuss the ins and outs of writing KidLit. Questions are welcome!


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:


SONJA THOMAS

Sonja Thomas (she/her) writes stories for readers of all ages, often featuring brave, everyday girls doing extraordinary things. Raised in Central Florida—home of the wonderful world of Disney, humidity, and hurricanes—and a Washington, DC transplant for 11 years (go Nats!), she's now “keeping it weird” in the Pacific Northwest. Ruled by coffee & cats, a few of her favorite things are: dancing to music blasting in the living room traveling to new places and buying a magnet before leaving snuggling with her furry friend, Gabbie Lu (just don't let her roommate's 3 other cats know!) She's a contributing author for Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic. Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence is her debut middle grade novel.


JENN REESE

Jenn Reese (she/they) writes speculative fiction for readers of all ages. She is the author of A Game of Fox & Squirrels, an NPR Best Book of 2020, a finalist for the Andre Norton Award and the Mythopoeic Award, and winner of the Oregon Book Award and Oregon Spirit Book Award. Their other publications include the Above World trilogy and numerous short stories and essays. Jenn lives in Portland, Oregon where she makes art, plays video games, and talks to the birds.


Join Misty Wilson and David Wilson, author and illustrator of the graphic memoir PLAY LIKE A GIRL, as we discuss graphic novels! Graphic novels are a popular choice among readers, especially children and young adults, and many authors have become interested in this storytelling format. We’d love for you to join us as we discuss our process of creating graphic novels from conception to publication.


DAVID WILSON

David Wilson is an illustrator, designer, writer, and filmmaker with an MFA from Kent State University in Visual Communication Design. David entered the freelance world over ten years ago, working on illustration, design, and video projects for clients such as The Atlantic, The WWE, Boom! Comics, The Boston Globe, Harvard, Forbes and many more. He is a Creative Director at Belt Publishing where he was a recipient of AIGA’s “50 Books 50 Covers” award for his Belt Revivals book covers. He is the co-author/illustrator of Rust Belt Arcana, author of The Everyday and the writer/director of The Disposal of Dead Ned (Best Comedy Film at Poor Life Choices Film Fest). His latest work, Play Like A Girl, written by Misty Wilson, comes out in September 2022 on HarperCollins.


MISTY WILSON

Retired seventh-grade football star Misty Wilson received her M.A.T. from Kent State University and has since taught in a number of positions, including reading intervention, both third and fourth grade, and as a special education tutor. She’s an avid reader who loves to introduce her students and her daughters to new books. She loves binge-watching television series and watching rom-coms. If she’s not writing, you’ll most likely find her eating good food with her husband—illustrator David Wilson—playing with her young daughters, reading for hours on end, or watching TV. Play Like a Girl is her middle grade debut.


There's a reason romance is the world's most popular genre. Whether you're a writer or a reader, this is the place for you! Join bestselling historical romance author, Jade Lee, and her alter-ego, fantasy romance author Kathy Lyons in a discussion about all things romance.


JADE LEE/KATHY LYONS

Kathy Lyons is the wild, adventurous half of USA TODAY bestselling author Jade Lee. A lover of all things fantastical, Kathy spent much of her childhood in Narnia, Middle Earth, Amber, and Earthsea, just to name a few. Meanwhile, ball gowns and rakish lords caught Jade’s attention and her fascination with historical romance began. Both Kathy and Jade have a gift for creating a lively world, witty dialogue, and hot, sexy humor. Winner of several industry awards including the Prism—Best of the Best, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, and Fresh Fiction’s Steamiest Read, Kathy/Jade has published 60 romance novels and says she’s just getting started.


First-time authors often have a lot of questions and worries about how publishing actually works. Laura Stanfill, publisher of Forest Avenue Press and author of Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary (Lanternfish Press), will present ten, hard-won insights about the industry from both sides of the desk. Participants will gain insight into how small presses operate and some insider secrets to use on their own literary journeys.


LAURA STANFILL

Once upon a time, Laura Stanfill lived in a New Jersey house filled with music boxes, street organs, and books. She grew up to become the publisher of Forest Avenue Press. Her work has appeared in Shondaland, The Rumpus, Catapult, The Vincent Brothers Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and several print anthologies. She believes in indie bookstores and wishes on them like stars from her home in Portland, Oregon, where she resides with her family and Waffles the dog.


Join us for a LitFest presentation on Tips for Writing YA: where we talk writing, publishing and everything in between. Questions are always welcome.


AARON ACEVES

Aaron H. Aceves (he/him) is a bisexual, Mexican-American writer born and raised in East L.A. He graduated from Harvard College and received his MFA from Columbia University. His fiction has appeared in jmww, Epiphany, and them., among other places. He currently lives in Texas, where he serves as an Early Career Provost Fellow at UT Austin, and his debut novel, This Is Why They Hate Us, will be released August 23rd by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.


CASIE BAZAY

After leaving the teaching profession to become a stay-at-home mom in 2010, Casie decided it was time to chase a dream she’d long had: writing professionally. Following the old adage, write what you know, she opted to focus on horses and found her first break writing for The Horse. Around this time, she also began her blog, The Naturally Healthy Horse. She’s since gone on to contribute for other publications such as Natural Horse Magazine, Country Extra, Horse Network, and Oklahoma Horses Magazine. She even expanded her horizons to write an article about a bull named Fidel No Castro and a tear drop camper built by her husband. Casie’s primary writing goal, however, has always been to use the traditional route for publishing a young adult fiction novel, and after years of hard work (and four completed manuscripts), she finally achieved that goal when her debut novel, Not Our Summer, released in May of 2021 from Running Press Teen/Hachette. She’s now working toward publishing a second young adult novel. When not writing or shuffling her two children to school or activities, Casie can often be found outdoors, hanging out with her kids and/or animals. She has a fondness for rescue animals and currently has five cats, two dogs, three horses, and two goats.


ERICA WATERS

Erica Waters grew up in the pine woods of rural Florida, though she now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her spouse and two terrible dogs named Nutmeg and Luna. She has a Master’s degree in English and works as a university writing tutor. She is the author of Ghost Wood Song, a Bram Stoker Awards finalist and a YALSA 2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee. Her second book, The River Has Teeth, was an Indie Next pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of 2021. Erica’s forthcoming book, The Restless Dark, will be published in fall 2022.


From the Classics to Miles Morales, award-winning Young Adult author Julian Winters (Running with Lions, Right Where I Left You) takes us on a journey through the books assigned to him as a young reader, the places he discovered his voice and motivation to write, and how the power of representation inspired him to become the hero he longed to see between the pages as a teen.


JULIAN WINTERS

Julian Winters is the author of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award-winning Running With Lions; the Junior Library Guild Selections How to Be Remy Cameron and The Summer of Everything; and the forthcoming Right Where I Left You. A self-proclaimed comic book geek, Julian currently lives outside of Atlanta, where he can be found reading or watching the only two sports he can follow—volleyball and soccer.


JAYE ROBIN BROWN

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to her friends, has been many things in her life--jeweler, mediator, high school art teacher--but now lives the full-time writer life where she crafts heartfelt young adult and adult romance novels with a decidedly sapphic bent. She lives with her wife, dogs, cats, and horses in a sweet house in the NC woods where she aspires to live happily ever after.
Her debut young adult novel, NO PLACE TO FALL, is a love song to small town girls and mountain music. A companion novella, WILL'S STORY is available from Epic Reads Impulse, a digital only imprint. GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT is the story of Jo Gordon, the out lesbian daughter of a moderate evangelical minister. It's a love story and a look at the sometimes conundrum of having faith and being queer. It was named to the ALA Rainbow List for 2017 as well as being a Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2017. THE MEANING OF BIRDS is a story about loss, love, and the healing power of art. It was named a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in the Children's/Young Adult Category. THE KEY TO YOU AND ME is a dual POV romance between one girl chasing her dream while escaping a broken heart, and another girl trying to figure out her heart's desire. Her first adult romance, FIVE MONTHS OR FOREVER, debuts in 2022. It's a heartwarming story about two women tangled in an attraction and timing conundrum. Set on the South Carolina coast, it's sure to appeal to anyone who has ever chosen to start over.


SARAH GUILLORY

Sarah Guillory is an award-winning teacher and author. Her debut young-adult novel RECLAIMED garnered the GOLD 2013 Foreword Book of the Year and the SILVER 2014 IPPY Book Award, both in Young Adult Fiction. RECLAIMED was also named to the 2016 Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award List as well as ALA's 2016 Most Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers. Her middle-grade debut, NOWHERE BETTER THAN HERE, releases September 20th with Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and dogs.


LISA MAXWELL

Lisa Maxwell is the author of The Last Magician, The Devil’s Thief, and Unhooked. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and has a PhD in English. She’s worked as a teacher, scholar, bookseller, editor, and writer. When she’s not writing books, she’s a professor at a local college. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on Instagram @LisaMaxwellYA or sign up for her newsletter to learn about her upcoming releases.

Authors David R. Slayton (Adam Binder Series, Deadbeat Druid), S.L. Choi (Bad Girls Drink Blood) and Mia Tsai (Bitter Medicine) will be in conversation about writing sci-fi/fantasy for adults. They will be taking questions and leading discussions on world building, characters, and how to craft unique and memorable stories.


DAVID R. SLAYTON

David R. Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now he lives in Denver, Colorado and writes the books he always wanted to read. David’s debut, White Trash Warlock, was published in October 2020 by Blackstone Publishing and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Book two in the series, Trailer Park Trickster was released in October 2021. Book three, Deadbeat Druid, will be released in October 2022.


S. L. CHOI

Mia Tsai is a Taiwanese American author of speculative fiction. Her debut novel, a xianxia-inspired contemporary fantasy titled BITTER MEDICINE, will be published by Tachyon Publications on March 14, 2023. She lives in Atlanta with her family, and, when not writing, is a hype woman for her orchids and devoted cat gopher. Her favorite things include music of all kinds (really, truly) and taking long trips with nothing but the open road and a saucy rhythm section. She has been quoted in Glamour and Washington Post​'s The Lily and, in her other lives, is a professional editor, photographer, and musician. Her most recent appearances were as a panelist at FIYAHcon 2021 BonFIYAH and at a Writing the Other webinar on sensitivity reading.


MIA TSAI

SL Choi is an urban fantasy and paranormal romance author with a deep love for humor, fast-paced action, and hit-you-in-the-heart feels. She grew up imagining goblins living in the rocks outside her bedroom window, while fairies flew through the flowers. Now she puts those stories to paper. When not writing, she's either photographing the beautiful New England area, hiking, gaming with her equally nerdy husband, or attending to the small furry overlord who rules them both.

This moderated conversation with four authors from Oklahoma’s award-winning RoadRunner Press will give attendees a chance to see the personal side of writing and publishing books with an eye on how to enjoy not only the destination but also the collaborative journey.


JEANNE DEVLIN

Jeanne Devlin is the founding editor of The RoadRunner Press and an award-winning editor of magazines and books.


GAYE SANDERS

Gaye Sanders is an award-winning children’s author; her picture book The Survivor Tree won the Comstock Read Aloud Book for Children’s Literature.


BARBARA HAY

Barbara Hay is an internationally published haikuist and the author of the beloved reluctant-reader series The Bulldoggers Club.


ALTON CARTER

Alton Carter is the award-winning author of The Boy Who Carried Bricks and Aging Out.


LINDA MCDONALD

Linda McDonald is an award-winning novelist and playwright; her novel Crimes of Redemption won the Oklahoma Book Award for fiction.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:


NIKKI PAYNE

Nikki Payne is an anthropologist who can. not. turn. it. off. I love to force my characters into new environments new cultures and in finding love, they change the way they see the world. Church, cemeteries and romance novels are still the most segregated places in America. My romances, inspired by the classics turn expectations on their head. It's cultural commentary, for the hopeless romantic.


REGINA BLACK

Regina Black is a former civil litigator who now writes diverse love stories with big emotions and passionate connections. Her debut novel, THE ART OF SCANDAL, is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing. She currently resides in the southeastern, United States with her husband and daughter.

 

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Jerry Bennett is a full-time artist creating comic books, children's books, and shirt designs for licensed brands (Lucasfilm, Marvel, DC, Saban). He storyboarded for Mattel and Dreamworks and created animated book trailers for Scholastic and Lerner Children's Books. He also art directed Even in Death, an award-winning animated short, with talented students on the autism spectrum. He served as the 2018-2019 Paseo Arts/Skirvin Hilton Artist in Residence, creating and involving the community in participating in the process of comic art. Jerry is currently drawing more comics and creating licensed hand drawn sketch cards for Star Wars, Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Outlander and MST3K that are randomly distributed in their trading card packs.

 

  • Do companies pay for product placement to go in graphic novels?
    That possibly happens, and most likely the companies who want product placement will themselves have something specially created to have their products placed in.

 

  • Is there a rule about when it is okay to use a name brand in your work versus changing it (i.e. McDonald's versus McRonald's)?
    I’ve seen too many graphic novels that simply place the name brand without any hassles from the companies that own the licensing. Usually the publishing companies would tell you if it can be included. 

 

  • Do people pitch you ideas for what they think you should do for your next comic?
    Oh sure, I get approached often by writers with some great stories, but nowadays I have stories of my own I’m really wanting to see come to life that I can’t really entertain those other ideas anymore. (Unless it’s something that I’m absolutely stoked about.) :)

 

  • What is the best thing someone should do if they are trying to break into the comic's businesses whether as a writer or illustrator?   
    Get your comic made! Just go out and make it happen. We are in a golden age of creator-owner comics, and a fantastic resource in the internet to get it seen by the world and build an audience for your work. If the audience is big enough, the big publishers take notice. If you aren’t an author/illustrator, then find someone you can collaborate with and make that comic! Learn all about making comics! Network with all the comic creators in the area. (There is a huge group of us!)

 

  • If I am going to try and get my graphic novel published, do I need to have the whole thing written and drawn before submitting it or would I just need to write it and the publisher would find an illustrator?  
    Depending on what kind of story you want to tell, there are different ways to get a graphic novel published. Most of the time, publishers will want to see the whole manuscript if they are interested in your pitch. Having sample pages would hurt either, but be flexible in letting them change illustrators if you bring one along to collaborate with. Publishers usually match up artists with the stories they acquire, unless you’re an author/illustrator.

 

  • When you write a book, do you get a say on who illustrates it or does the publisher just have a go to set of illustrators they use?
    Established authors will eventually get more input in choosing illustrators, but writers generally do not have a say, though they can suggest illustrators. The publishing companies don’t usually have in-house illustrators anymore. They usually get established talent or discover new talent from agents, and have even been known to reach out through social media, especially for those illustrators with a large following.

 

  • What advice can you give me on how to condense my dialogue and story down to fit in a graphic novel format? I am used to writing novels and find myself being too wordy? 
    Writing a novel is definitely a different type of writing compared to writing graphic novels, which is a very script-based format. You can find tons of graphic novel manuscripts available to read online to study and find a style, of which there are MANY, that suits you.

 

  • What resources could you recommend to improve my drawing skills? 
    I would find all the tutorials out there available to purchase or watch for free. Also find books on the things you want to draw or improve upon in your drawing. Find critique groups that will give you HONEST BUT KIND feedback of your work. There is, however, no substitute for improving your skills than PRACTICE, though. ALWAYS BE DRAWING. Set aside a time, no matter how large or small, to draw. So many people talk about how busy they are, and that’s true, we are all busy, but your desire to improve is only matched by the amount of time you are willing to give to improve. 

 





Tune in as we talk to paranormal expert, Jeff Provine. Through his experience researching and writing about haunted locations across Oklahoma and running public ghost tours, he is well versed in all things ghostly. Jeff will go in depth on what it takes to write these spooky tales.





Join Andrea Foster, self-publishing guru, to learn how you can fast track your dream of being published, by doing it yourself- All for free!



Mark Woommavovah is a Comanche author that grew up on the Southern Plains of Oklahoma. He joined the Army and spent his career running all over the world. He was inspired to tell his story after seeing the joy that books brought to children during a Storytime in Hawaii. Since then, he used his childhood running messages for his grandmother, his Comanche heritage, and love of running to create his first children's book, "The Little Indian Runner".  




ABOUT Zoraida

Zoraida Córdova is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels and short stories, including the "Brooklyn Brujas" series, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate," the "Hollow Crown" series, and "The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina." In addition to writing novels, she serves on the Board of We Need Diverse Books, and is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology "Vampires Never Get Old," as well as the cohost of the writing podcast, Deadline City. She writes romance novels as Zoey Castile. Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and calls New York City home. When she’s not working, she’s roaming the world in search of magical stories.

View Zoraida Córdova Books in our Catalog

 


It is becoming more and more important to have a strong online platform if you are going to create, market, or sell your work digitally. Join writer and creative coach, Marisa Mohi, to learn how to build and maintain your own online platform so that you can find digital success!.



Camron Wright has a masters degree in writing and public relations. His books have received numerous awards and been published in countries around the world. His works include The Other Side of the Bridge, Letters for Emily, The Rent Collector, and The Orphan Keeper. He and his wife, Alicyn, are the parents of four children. Learn more about Camron and his books at AuthorCamronWright.com.



Travis Hanson is an Eisner nominated fantasy/comics illustrator. He is also an expert on getting projects crowdfunded through Kickstarter. With 10 successfully funded projects, he has a strong working knowledge of the process, along with an active interest in teaching others how to navigate the intricacies of crowdfunding. This presentation will be held on Zoom, and a link will be sent out to all attendees prior to the event.



The world of publishing is constantly changing. The popularity of genres ebb and flow. Join best-selling author, Seanan McGuire, as she answers all of your questions on writing and the evolution of Urban Fantasy.


ABOUT THE Seanan


Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.

Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.

Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

View Seanan Mcguire Books in our Catalog

 


Join authors Dahlia Adler (COOL FOR THE SUMMER) and Shaun David Hutchinson (A COMPLICATED LOVE STORY SET IN SPACE) as we discuss anthologies on Facebook! Anthologies have become a popular choice for readers, especially in the Young Adult genre. Anthologies are collections of short stories on a similar topic written by various authors. Two authors, who have also acted as editor of and contributor to various anthologies are here to discuss the process of creating, writing, and editing these collections.



Speculative worlds need grit and flaws to feel real. This workshop with author David R. Slayton will help you find your world's darker side, the fatal flaw that your heroes can't resolve. We'll look at some historical examples and societal, economic, and resource issues that can help deepen your world's reality.



Dan Wells, DM of the TypeCast RPG Gaming Show and author of Science Fiction and Horror novels including the John Cleaver Series and the Partials Series, will discuss storytelling techniques for RPG Gaming.



Have you been struggling to create an online presence? Do you want to learn how to promote your work on Amazon, Instagram, or even TikTok? Join writer and creative coach, Marisa Mohi, to learn the tips and tricks you need to get a following and make that money!



Join agent Seth Fishman of The Gernert Company as he discusses the role of an agent in your writing career, presents tools for your search, and highlights key questions to ask when seeking representation.



Author and agent Seth Fishman shares his insights as an author and agent on the creation of a picture book related to writing and art, the "rules" for picture books, and the ins-and-outs of getting it from concept to shelf.




Join us on Facebook Live for a new segment of Author Hour as part of this year's LitFest! We are going to chat with authors Alaya Dawn Johnson (RECONSTRUCTION: STORIES) and Isabel Yep (NEVER HAVE I EVER) about writing and publishing short story collections.



ABOUT THE AUTHORS:


ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON

Alaya Johnson is an award-winning author of speculative fiction for adults and young adults. Her most recent novel, Trouble the Saints, was published by Tor in July 2020. Her short story collection, Reconstruction, was published by Small Beer Press in January 2021.

View Alaya Johnson Books in our Catalog

 

 


Isabel Yap

Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California and London. She holds a BS in Marketing from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, and since 2016 has served as Secretary for the Clarion Foundation. Her work has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. Her debut short story collection, Never Have I Ever, was recently published by Small Beer Press. She is @visyap on Twitter and her website is https://isabelyap.com.


View Isabel Yap Books in our Catalog

 

 


In certain writing circles, plot is considered a dirty word. But you can’t have a story without a plot, and an understanding of narrative structure and movement liberates rather than restricts. Join us as Author Lou Berney leads us through the ways in which a writer can start – and keep – the wheels turning.



Join us for an interview session with author Scarlett St. Clair! St. Clair has written many series including Hades and Persephone, the Hades Saga, and the King of Battle and Blood series. In this interview we will discuss her works specifically, the pros and cons of being a self-published author, how to market your writing in the age of social media, and much more. Aspiring writers and fans of Scarlett St. Clair alike won't want to miss out on this session for LitFest 2021!



You've probably heard writers talk about beta readers and critique partners, and maybe you're even looking for your own group of writer friends. In today's conversational session, author Danielle Ellison brings in her circle of critique partners (CPs) and beta readers (BRs) to discuss what the role we play in each other's writing process, the importance of CPs/BRs, what the expectations are and should be, and how you can find or build a community of your own!



Are you looking for a side gig? Editing might be for you! Join Meaghan Hunt to learn how to get into freelance editing and build your own business. It's time to make that money!



Join Liz Pelletier, Publisher at Entangled Publishing, for an insider's tour of the journey a book makes from pitch to purchase; starting with what an editor thinks while reading an inbox full of queries, through the acquisition process, to sales pitches, distribution, and finally working with retail chains for shelving.


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