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Here is a tentative list of where you can find me in 2018:

CONFUSION – Detroit, MI – January 18-21

Worldbuilding Workshop (9am at the Indiana Writers Center) – Indianapolis, IN – February 17

Afrofuture Fridays – the second Friday of the month, I’ll be at the Kheprw Institute leading a community conversation on Afrofuturism and applying those themes to community work. Here are links to our introduction and out Black Panther conversations. Indiana Humanities has awarded us a $4,000 grant to continue the conversations. Next up, April 13th, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.

Steampunk Symposium – Cincinnati, OH – April 27-29

Mo*Con – Indianapolis, IN – May 4-6

Characterization Through Dialogue – “Characters are at the heart of stories and dialogue helps define characters and drive story.  In this workshop you’ll learn to develop characters, consider word choice, and define their voice through dialogue. The workshop will present essential tips to improve dialogue and explore how to write dialogue that rings true, deepens character, creates tension, and more.” Saturday, May 19, 9-12p at the Indiana Writers Center.

Pop up Writing Workshop: Your Super Hero Story – “Learn tips to writing your own super hero story by transforming your personal memoirs and experiences into a masterpiece led by an expert at the Indiana Writers Center.” Monday, June 18, 6:00-7:30 pm at Metazoa Brewing

Midwest Writers Workshop Super Mini-conference – I’ll be conducting workshops on Worldbuilding, Dialogue, and the Business of Writing. July 27-28 at the Ball State Alumni Center.

GENCON 51 – Indianapolis, IN – August 2-5

Writing Excuses Cruise – Allow me to quote fellow instructor, K. Tempest Bradford: “Join me on the Writing Excuses cruise, a writing conference & retreat taking place this September. Hone your craft by attending talks & participating in workshops led by a huge roster of amazing writers, editors, & agents. I’ll be an instructor this year alongside Amal El-MohtarMaurice Broaddus, Piper J Drake, Valynne E. MaetaniDongWon Song, Mary Robinette Kowal, Kathy Powell ChungSandra TaylerDan Wells, and Howard Tayler. The depth of our collective knowledge is rivaled only by the sea, which we will sail to Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico. Yes, this cruise is part adventure as well. Though you’ll only a get a brief taste of each place we dock, sometimes that’s just enough for inspiration. And maybe it will make you want to return, explore deeper, and fuel more creative fire. More details available at the link as well as registration.”

Meet an Author, Be an Author – Celebrate Indiana’s rich literary tradition with activities for writers and book lovers of all ages! I’ll be doing a panel on the writing life.

Indiana State Library teen-focused writing festival celebrating the horror and sci-fi genres. October 20, 2018. I’ll be doing a reading and a signing.

Michigan City Public Library – Their 34th year of Writing Out Loud author series. October 27, 2018.

Afrofuturism in Action: A Conversation with Tobias Buckell – Part of the Afrofuturism Friday series except in partnership with the Spirit & Place Festival as we focus on the application of Afrofuturism.

World Fantasy Convention – Washington D.C. – November 1-4

Confusion – Detroit, Michigan – January 17-20, 2019.

[Check back often, because this list gets updated regularly]