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 **** 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.
THE ART OF SELF-EDITING
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.