Indianapolis, Indiana – February 28, 2013 – The eighth annual Mo*Con, a gathering of speculative fiction writers, will be held at the Broad Ripple United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN the weekend of May 3-4, 2013.

“The convention has grown each year and I love that we’ve carved out a safe place for writers to come and discuss controversial issues of faith, art, and social justice,” said founder Maurice Broaddus, author of the urban fantasy series, The Knights of Breton Court.  “We have another stellar lineup of science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors for folks to come and get to know.”

This year’s theme is “The Mind and Spirit of the Artist,” revolving around a discussion on Saturday the 4th about the struggles many writers have with mental health issues and what that means for their craft, their lives, and their community.  The event is expected to draw over 100 writers, artists, editors, and publishers and many networking sessions.  A half dozen workshops will be offered ranging from topics like privacy issues for writers to post-apocalyptic fiction to hands on demonstrations.

Featured writer guests of honor include Jim C. Hines (author of Libriomancer), Saladin Ahmed (author of Throne of the Crescent Moon), and Gary Braunbeck (author of Far Dark Fields).  The featured publisher is Stephen Zimmer of Seventh Star Press.

This is the first year the event will be held at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church.  The convention has expanded to include a First Friday event featuring the art of Steve Gilberts and Kristin Fuller.  There will also be a spoken word performance from prominent poets:  DDE the Slammer, Devon Ginn, Pope Adrian, Bless, Theon Lee Jones, Dizz, Reheema McNeil, ParaLectra, and Mr. Kinetik, hosted by Ill Holiday.  These events will be open to the public.  The spoken word event will be a fundraiser event for the local non-profit group, Second Story.

A welcome dinner Friday night as well as a catered lunch and dinner Saturday are a part of the event.  Early bird registration is $50 and covers all sessions and meals.

Second Story is a community-based and volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) organization that helps young people in Indianapolis form positive attitudes about writing and improve their skills as writers .  All donations are tax deductible.  Learn more at http://www.secondstoryindy.org/

Mo*Con is co-sponsored by the IHW, a speculative fiction writers group.  Learn more at http://www.indianahorror.org/

For additional information, e-mail Maurice Broaddus at mauricebroaddus@gmail.com.

 

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Maurice Broaddus has written hundreds of short stories, essays, novellas, and articles.  His dark fiction has been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and web sites, including Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, Black Static, and Weird Tales Magazine.  He is the co-editor of the Dark Faith anthology series (Apex Books) and the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot Books).  He has been a teaching artist for over five years, teaching creative writing to elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults.  Visit his site at www.MauriceBroaddus.com.

Jim C. Hines began writing in the early 90s, while working on a degree in psychology from Michigan State University. His first professional sale was the award-winning “Blade of the Bunny,” which took first place in the 1998 Writers of the Future competition and was published in Writers of the Future XV. After completing the goblin trilogy, Jim went on to write the princess series, four books often described as a blend of Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Charlie’s Angels. In 2010, he signed a contract with DAW Books for the Magic ex Libris series, which follows the adventure of a magic-wielding librarian from northern Michigan and a certain fire-spider…

Saladin Ahmed was born in Detroit and raised in a working-class, Arab American enclave in Dearborn, MI.  He holds a BA in American Culture from the University of Michigan, an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College, and an MA in English from Rutgers. His poetry has received several fellowships, and he has taught writing at universities and colleges for over ten years.  His short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards, and have appeared in Year’s Best Fantasy and numerous other magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, as well as being translated into five foreign languages. He is represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON is his first novel.

Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications. He was born in Newark, Ohio; this city that serves as the model for the fictitious Cedar Hill in many of his stories. The Cedar Hill stories are collected in Graveyard People and Home Before Dark.  His fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction in 2003 for “Duty” and in 2005 for “We Now Pause for Station Identification”; his collection Destinations Unknown won a Stoker in 2006. His novella “Kiss of the Mudman” received the International Horror Guild Award for Long Fiction in 2005.  Gary is an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, where he teaches in an innovative Master’s degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher located in Lexington, KY.  SSP specializes in speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and horror).  The company  was established in October of 2008.  Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker, whose literary works include the epic urban fantasy series The Rising Dawn Saga, as well as the epic medieval fantasy Fires in Eden Series. The Exodus Gate, Book One of the Rising Dawn Saga, was Stephen’s debut novel. His novel, Crown of Vengeance, received a 2010 Pluto Award for Best Novel in Small Press.