Conferences, workshops, book launches, readings, school visits — read about upcoming events here, or check out my gallery for past events.

2021 Appearances (Virtual and in-person)



Featured Author for Crystal Lake patrons

 3 January 5pm (UK) Guest Judge -Peter Cox's Litopia Pop Up Submissions 

14 January/15 January NZDT 2pm,  Galactic Terrors, virtual reading 



21 February, Sunday Focus Meeting, Greerton Library 2-4pm Goal Setting for Writers, presented by Lee Murray

2020 Appearances


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?

50 minutes



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.

50 minutes.


June - NZ Young New Zealand Writers' Youth Day, 19 June  **** virtual event only. FREE








July - NZ South Auckland Writers’ Festival, Auckland  **** cancelled.

July - NZ ConZealand, Wellington, 28 July 0 3 August  **** virtual event only


Book launch: Somewhere Else by Sally McLennan. Format: Launch. 29 July 2020, Wednesday 11:00.


Nevertheless, She Persisted: The Explosion of the Heroine in the 50 Years Since Mia Havero Format: Panel

30 Jul 2020, Thursday 15:00 - 15:50, Programme Room 3

Protaganists in SF and fantasy used to be primary male. Heinlein’s juveniles, for example, although featuring a strong female secondary character (who arguably was the one who actually was the smarter and more able character) had male leads. This began to change in the late 1960s, with books like Rite of Passage, and now non-male protagonists are common. The panel looks at the trend, discusses its implications, and talks about some of their favorites. 

Serious imposter syndrome as I’ll be joining Maiya Ibrahim, Rebecca Kuang (Harper Voyager), Catherine Lundoff (Queen of Swords Press), and Glenda Larke for this highly topical subject.

Asian Women of Horror: The Experience of Perpetual "Otherness" Through the Lens of Dark Fiction Format: Panel

30 Jul 2020, Thursday 17:00 - 17:50, Programme Room 3

 Asian women of horror dissect their experiences of "otherness." Whether in the colour of their skin, the angle of their cheekbones, the things they dare to write, or the places they have made for themselves in the world, how does dark fiction let us explore their very real experience?

For this one, I’ll be joining my Black Cranes co-editor Geneve Flynn, and award-winning Japanese fantasy author Umiyuri Katsuyama.

Reading: Lee Murray Format: Reading

31 Jul 2020, Friday 15:30 - 15:55, Reading Room 1

Walking the Journey: The Role of Nature and Place in Speculative Fiction Format: Panel

1 Aug 2020, Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Programme Room 3

How do we use our sense of place and our awareness of the natural world in our storytelling? There’s the place of our ancestry with its traditional stories; there’s the place of our birth and upbringing; and there’s the place where we live now. All play a part in shaping how, and what, we write. Often our spiritual beliefs and practices are anchored by the place of our origins. What happens to our stories when we move away from that place? In this panel, writers from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia discuss what place means to them, and its role in shaping their creative writing.

I’ll be joining my Kiwi colleagues Juliet Marillier and Dan Rabarts, and Australian academic and community-builder, Gillian Polack, for this topic.  

August - Quills (Utah) Conference, 13-16 August, virtual event


Sept - NZ New Zealand’s National Writers Forum, Auckland, 4-6 September  **** cancelled, rescheduled for 2021

Sept - NZ Manuwatu Writers' Festival, Public Library, Feilding, 11-14 September

 Saturday, September 12th,  2:45pm - 4:00 Presentation: ‘Speculative futures’ by Lee Murray

Saturday 12th Sept, 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Speculative Fiction Panel with panellists Octavia Cade, Melanie Harding-Shaw, Cassie Hart, and Laura McKay.

Sept - Beginners Guide to Writing, virtual event.


In this half-day session, award-winning writer-editor, Lee Murray, presents her tips and strategies for whipping your manuscript into shape and making your prose pop. Find out what to cut and why. Feel free to bring along your work in progress (and a red pen


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. 


From Slush to Shine: Self-editing Your Manuscript: 10am-1pm MST, 4am-7am NZT.

In this three-hour workshop, multi-award-winning writer / editor Lee Murray (HWA Mentor of the Year) offers practical techniques to reduce your editorial costs and make your prose shine.

Previous Appearances

Grand Rapids, Michigan

08 May 2019

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.

Rotorua, New Zealand

31 May 2019

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.


An Unconventional Hero

27 Sep 2018

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.


National Writers Forum

Making Magic Everyday - Workshop

22 Sep 2018

“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.

Conclave III

New Zealand National Conference, 2018

29 Mar 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

28 Feb 2018

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.

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