NEWS & EVENTS
Conferences, workshops, book launches, readings, school visits — read about upcoming events here, or check out my gallery for past events.
April - UK StokerCon, Scarborough, 17-19 April **** now postponed due to COVID-19 precautions
Rescheduled for August.
May - NZ Featherston Booktown, Featherston, 8-10 May **** cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.
Virtual programmng anticipated for June. ****now cancelled.
May - USA BaltiCon 54, Baltimore, Maryland, 22-25 May **** virtual only due to COVID-19 precautions.
Friday, May 22, 10PM (Eastern) FREE
So What is Horror?
Chad Eric Smith (Moderator), L. Marie Wood, Lee Murray, Alan Smale, John Wiswell
What is it that makes horror a distinct genre, and what experience are audiences seeking to get out of it? How has our definition of what constitutes "horror" changed over time? How do ideas and concepts break out from horror into other genres, such as paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and what makes horror's use of them different?
Saturday, May 23, 9PM (Eastern) FREE
Getting the Most From a Writers’ Association
Jean Marie Ward (Moderator), Bud Sparhawk, Jamaila Brinkley, Sarah Pinsker, Lee Murray
Genre association groups such as the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) and the Romance Writers Association (RWA), as well as more local groups like the Maryland Writers Association (MWA), can offer benefits and perks. Panelists talk about what different groups have to offer and how to get the most out of your membership.
June - NZ Young New Zealand Writers' Youth Day, 19 June **** virtual event only. FREE
July - NZ South Auckland Writers’ Festival, Auckland
July - NZ ConZealand, Wellington, 28 July 0 3 August **** virtual event only
Sept - NZ New Zealand’s National Writers Forum, Auckland, 4-6 September **** cancelled, rescheduled for 2021
Sept - NZ Manuwatu Writers' Festival, Feilding, 11-14 September, currently still in progress
Now a full-day free-to-access webinar series for youth, including workshops, interviews, readings, and book launches from award-winning New Zealand writers, including Lee Murray, Mandy Hager, Jean Gilbert, Piper Mejia, and William Dresden, and Sharon Manssen, & Denika Mead.
Lee Murray and Denika Mead present Poetry in Prose, a six-part webinar series including three craft sessions, two readings, and an author interview.
With guests, panels, readings, Horror University, the Final Frame Film Competition, the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, the Bram Stoker Awards® … StokerCon™ is a premier event on any horror writer's calendar. I'll be attending for the fourth time, and I'll be looking for word to participating in some panels, organising the reading slots, attending some workshops to sharpen my skills, heading to the awards banquet, and generally catching up with friends and colleagues. This year, Chair Brian Matthews and his team are putting together a fantastic convention. I'm thrilled to see my dear friend Kaaron Warren billing as one of the Guests of Honour and Jonathan Maberry taking over from Jeff Strand in the emcee role. Check my blog for my schedule.
I'm the Programme Director for New Zealand's national science fiction, fantasy an horror conference, GeyserCon. A great team of volunteers who are already hard at work planning the convention, which will he held in Rotorua over Queen's Birthday Weekend, 1-4 June, 2019. A one-day youth workshop will be held on the Friday before the conference, followed by two days of varied and engaging programming, including gaming and cosplay, a radio show, presentations, and culminating in the Sir Julius Vogel Award presentations. See the website for details.
Tauranga Writers' Sunday Workshops
2-hour local writing workshops
Throughout the year, Tauranga Writers, New Zealand's longest running writing group, holds monthly focus workshops on aspects of writing and publishing. Held 2-4pm on the the Third Sunday of the month at the Greerton Library in Tauranga, I'll be presenting two of these during the year. Watch this space for topics and details.
20 May, 2018: Writing Fantasy and Fiction of the Future. Discussion, Q&A, and a writing exercise.
By an unfortunate (and fortunate accident), I was the Guest of Honour for CONFLUX 14: The Unconventional Hero,
Canberra September 20 thru October 1, 2018, where I appeared on panels about Writing for Youth, No Really - Giant Monsters are Real, and Can Horror be Funny? as well as a Guest of Honour speech in conversation with Kaaron Warren. I also heard pitches for Omnium Gatherum, celebrated the launch of Kaaron Warren's fabulous Tide of Stone, and attended the conference dinner in the company of fellow Guest of Honour and world kaiju expert, Robert Hood.
Making Magic Everyday - Workshop
“Magical realism is a literary device or way of seeing in which there is space for the invisible forces that move the world: dreams, legends, myths, emotions, passion, history…When you allow dreams, visions, and premonitions to enter into your everyday life and your work as a writer, reality seems to expand.” —Isabel Allende
This practical workshop explores tools and techniques for stretching the boundaries of reality in fiction from our own backyard.
New Zealand National Conference, 2018
New Zealand's 39th National Science Fiction and Fantasy convention will be held over Easter weekend at the Surrey Hotel in New Lynn, Auckland. Guests include Steve Wheeler and Karen Miller. I will appear on two panels:
Saturday 3pm. OTHER VOICES Science Fiction is no longer confined to works in English from Western Countries, if it ever was. What should you look for, and can you get it in English?
Sunday 11am. FOOLS IN SF&F. It's April Fools Day, so let’s discuss the foolish, the silly and the downright funny side of SF&F!
In addition, I'll be attending the launch of SpecFicNZ's inaugural showcase anthology, Te Korero Ahi Ka, to be held at 1pm on Saturday. All welcome!
Biltmore, Rhode Island, Providence
With guests, panels, readings, Horror University, the Final Frame Film Competition, the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, the Bram Stoker Awards® … StokerCon™ is a premier event on any horror writer's calendar. I'll be attending for the third time, and I'm be looking for word to participating in some panels, doing a reading, attending some workshops to sharpen my skills, heading to the awards banquet, and generally catching up with friends and colleagues. This year, it sounds as if there will be quite the antipodean contingent attending, most of whom share my cute accent! Check my February blogpost for my schedule.