Richmond Young Writers Summer Workshops

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Richmond Young Writers are a great group of people.  They offer writing sessions nearly all year round to young aspiring writers ages 8-17.  A creative bunch, not only the instructors, but the kids that show up as well.  I was lucky last year to be able to be a guest writer with my pal, Julie Geen, for their Summer Sessions and I have been asked back this year!  So, if you have a kid 11-13 interested in getting their creep on, sign up for this one!  (June 17-21, 10am – 1pm) There is also a great variety of other themes with other guest folk like Meg Medina, Lana Krumwiede, Hershel Stratego, and Dennis Danvers.  Good stuff.

Check out the website, and sign them up!

Also, Beth Brown and I are being interviewed about Richmond Macabre 2 on the WRIR 97.3 local media news program, Open Source.  The air date will be announced soon!

WRIR 8th Birthday Party

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Friday, Feburary 1st (this Friday!), I will be MC-ing the annual Radio for the Rest of Us Birthday bash at the Renessance Ballroom 107 W. Broad Street.  More info here.  Lots of great bands and performances..and cake!  A 10 dollar suggested donation to one of the country’s best non-profit low-power FM radio stations, 97.3 WRIR.  Support independent media, support independent radio!

JRW Twitter Chat

The kind people at James River Writers have asked me to participate in their JRW Tweet Chats on Friday, January 18th 11am-12PM EST.  I have a Twitter account, but am not very good at it so it should make for an interesting time!   Join us, we can talk about books and stuff.

In other recent news, Richmond Macabre 2 is doing well at the local bookstores and online.  If you have not gotten a copy yet, you can go get it locally at Chop Suey Books in Richmond, or online globally at Amazon or Barnes & Noble and order it there!

Picture below from Chop Suey Books Facebook page, we made their “Caturday” picture, WONTON MACABRE!

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Richmond Macabre II: More Nightmares …is out!

macabrehandThe book is out!  As of 12/12/12 Richmond Macabre II: More Nightmares is available on Amazon (eBook soon too) and we’re having a book launch gathering at Chop Suey Books Friday, December 28th, 6-7PM.  Buy local! There will be some snacks and weird sounds by our friend Sean Lovelace, as well as some of the authors on hand for signing your copy.  The Facebook event is here!

Eleven new and bizarre stories by authors: Charles Albert, David Alluisi, R.C. Allen, Jr., Michael Gray Baughan, Dale Brumfield, Meriah Crawford, Julie Geen, Dean Knight, Rebecca Snow, Sarah Vogelsong and yours truly.

I am pretty excited about my story called, “The Incident of the Park Giant”.  It’s a kind of a throwback to the Manly Wade Wellman style; combining tall tale, history and horror.  I hope people like it!

Also, the amazing cover is by RVA local kick ass artist James Callahan, AKA Barf Comics.  A great follow-up anthology, plus we might even have some original RMs on hand for purchase too!  Join us!

Writer’s Fest

This Saturday, December 1st,  I will be at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg, Virginia for their annual Writer’s Fest.  I am very excited to be doing a workshop similar to the one I did with the Richmond Young Writers summer program. Here is a teaser of what will be happening:

That’s right!  Turning every one of them into Cthulhu heads!  Nah. This is a photo of my daughter that I use on the title slide of my workshop called “Look out!  Behind you!  Creepy places & creature creations”.   It should a great time, we’ll even be touring the old building, which before it became a school, was used as a morgue during the influenza outbreak in 1918!  Amazing material!

The whole day is packed with writer’s and poet’s, as well as some bonus fun with a book and bake sale.  Open to the public and runs from 10AM – 7PM!

Upcoming…

Writer’s Fest

I’ll be doing a workshop with some  high school students as part of their annual Writer’s Event.  Saturday, December 1st at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg.

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An upcoming book art project with artist Chuck Scalin, Tom DeHaven and other authors.  Event will be Wednesday, December 5th at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond.

Plus Richmond Macabre II should be coming out soon!

More on  these as they develop!

James River Writers Conference

I don’t know how or why, but they managed to ask me to be a panelist for this year’s James River Writers Conference.  I am going to do it!  I have been a panelist before, with the Route One South Music Conference many moons ago, plus my job gives me the occasion to present at a few Library related gigs.

Conferences are a strange and fun breed; everyone running around with cheap swag and name tags either hobnobbing with folks they know or networking with the ones they don’t.  Sometimes they network up sadly, other times great relationships develop.  I’m just going to go and do my thing, so yeah, I like cheap free swag.  Sure, I’m no Tom Robbins, but who cares.  There are all levels of writing and authorship in the world, and I am happy to represent the underdogs.  I kind of had that approach to the Music Conference when I was on the same panel as some major newspaper personalities.  I was more of the counterculture vulture spinning my venom with the best of them.  Held my own too!  Anyway, should be interesting!

October 20-21st.

Richmond Young Writers

I will be a guest at the Richmond Young Writers Summer Session 2012.  It certainly will be a lot of fun getting the kids to create stories in this class on Zombies and Aliens vs. Werewolves and Vampires with Julie Geen.  I will be addressing setting, atmosphere and creating your creature.   I’m really looking forward to this.  If you have kids 11-13 that are interested, register!  June 27th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.