My World Horror Schedule

logo for World Horror 2015This year is the 25th anniversary of the World Horror Convention, and I’ll be in attendance in Atlanta. Really looking forward to the panels, readings, and catching up with friends. In terms of what I’m doing, there’s a panel on research, and I’ve also organized a group reading that may be of interest…

Friday, May 8

5-6 PM            Panel: SCAREBIZ: Just the Facts, Monster: How to Dig Deeper than the Internet for Accurate Storytelling   – R’LYEH

An incorrect fact or detail in a story can pull a reader right out of your narrative and destroy the impact of an otherwise excellent piece of fiction. Writers who also are research professionals (librarians, archivists or journalists) share their insider tips to help you avoid the factcheck trap.

Topics cover will include Net and bricks-and-mortar resources you may not know about, how to approach experts, how to vet sources, maximizing a trip to an archives or library, and more? What was their greatest research challenge and how did they solve it?

Moderator: J. T. Glover. Panelists: Courtney Alameda, James Dorr, Cynthia Lott, Loren Rhoads, Matthew Weber

Saturday, May 9

10 AM            Dead in the Morning

Group reading featuring Jesse Bullington, Selena Chambers, Orrin Grey, J.T. Glover, and Molly Tanzer. Location TBA.

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No Footprints on That Unbroken Snow

Today is the first meeting of the class I’m co-teaching with Tom De Haven this semester, a workshop for students who want to write research-intensive fiction. I’ve enjoyed teaching in various formats over the years, in a range of subjects, but this is probably the most excited I’ve ever been. For the curious, we enticed students with the following description

“Write what you know” works until it doesn’t. How do you write about 1798 Pennsylvania? A journey to Alpha Centauri? Eating dinner as a parrot? Hiking in the desert? The experience of characters with different lives than your own calls for more than imagination, it requires research: archives, travel, diaries, interviews, etc. Workshop members will carry out weekly exercises to practice different kinds of research, learn how to incorporate new information into their fiction, engage in group critiques, and ultimately complete a short story integrating information derived from multiple kinds of research.

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Away We Go!