NEWS & EVENTS
Conferences, workshops, book launches, readings, school visits — read about upcoming events here, or check out my gallery for past events.
18 January (19 NZDT) Literary Goal Setting WORKSHOP for Idaho Writers Group -- Virtual
January 24 (3am 25 Jan NZDT) The Modern Horror Renaissance PANEL -- Virtual
2021 Appearances (Virtual and in-person)
Litopia Pop Up Submissions (VIRTUAL)
Dragon’s den-style analysis of real book projects hosted by UK literary agent Peter Cox
Guest appearances on Sundays 5pm London Time on January 2, March 21, and June 27 and September 19, and 19 December.
For a sampler, here's the latest episode where I'm a guest. Grab a coffee and have a watch:
Crystal Lake Publishing Patron Guest of Honour for January (VIRTUAL)
Galactic Terrors Reading Series January 14 (VIRTUAL)
HP Lovecraft Podcast with Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak (VIRTUAL)
Tauranga Writers’ Sunday Focus Session (IN PERSON)
Goal-setting for Writers: Lee Murray
Sunday 21 February 2-4pm @ Greerton Library. $5 Members, $10 Non-members
Literary Goal Setting by Lee Murray
Young New Zealand Writers Facilitator Retreat, Matamata, March 13-14
AllAccessCon Writing in the Dark Symposium Spring Edition, March 26-28 (VIRTUAL)
Behind the Keyboards with RF Blackstone
Run the World Adventure Summit (VIRTUAL)
Panel Discussion: Fight Scenes that Pack a Punch
Time: 5:00pm EDT(US) Location: Princess Leia Room
What makes a good fight scene? How do you balance authenticity with entertainment? How much detail is too much? Authors provide tips to writing a scene that’ll have your enemies running scared.
Panellists: Lee Murray, K. Moore, Alan Baxter, Nick Thacker Mod: Nick Thacker
StokerCon 2021 (VIRTUAL) May 20-23 (VIRTUAL)
Horror University Session Thursday, May 20, 3 P.M. EST (VIRTUAL)
Manuscript Magic presented by Lee Murray and Angela Yuriko Smith (7am Friday 21, NZST)
Practical tips and strategies for polishing and presenting your manuscript in a professional manner. Suitable for writers of short story through to complete series, and supported with concrete examples, information, and hand-outs, this workshop will arm you with actionable tasks to help get your manuscript off the slush and into the hands of readers.
Librarians’ Day Panel Friday May 21 (Sat 22 6.30am in NZST)
2:30-3:30: Meet the Press: Omnium Gatherum: Konrad Stump, Moderator. Lee Murray, Lisa Morton, Kate Maruyama, Donna JW Munro, S. Alessandro Martinez
Mentorship in the HWA May 23 9 A.M. EST (VIRTUAL) (24 May NZST 1am!)
Panellists: Lee Murray, Angela Yuriko Smith (and others)
Reading Slot Virtual (on demand )
Writing the Creature Feature (on demand)
JG Faherty, Lee Murray, Jeff Strand, Christine Whitlock, F. Paul Wilson, Tim Waggoner (moderator)
What makes a good creature feature and how to meet reader expectations while still delivering a fresh and original story.
Reinventing the Classics: How Modern Horror Is Transforming the Tropes (on demand)
Carina Bissett, Rhonda Garcia, Naching Kassa, Gwendolyn Kiste, Lee Murray, Gordon B. White, L. Marie Wood, Christa Carmen
A focus on different retellings of classic horror stories as well as how modern authors are adapting other classic monsters and tropes in their work today.
Horror Pods and Vlogs Go Viral: The Pandemic and Beyond (on demand)
R.F. Blackstone, Michele Brittany, Nicholas Diak, Carol Gyzander, Kathryn McGee, Lee Murray (moderator)
How have some of our favorite pods and vlogs established or reinvented themselves during the pandemic?
Balticon 55 Convention 29-31 May 2021 (VIRTUAL)
Friday, May 28 2:30pm EDT
Traditional Storytelling and Genre Fiction
Lee Murray (moderator), Tom Doyle, Sherri Cook Woosley, Valerie Frankel
There is a strong tradition of oral storytelling in many cultures. In what interesting ways have these traditions been incorporating into written fiction or visual media?
Friday, May 28 10pm EDT
Otherness Through the Lens of Asian Horror
Lee Murray (moderator), Geneve Flynn, Angela Yuriko Smith, Rena Mason
Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women is a recent anthology featuring horror fiction by female writers of Southeast Asian descent, exploring the cultural and familial tensions of the authors' backgrounds. Contributors to this anthology will discuss the horror genre’s role in opening dialogue and promoting diverse voices.
Saturday, May 29 11:30am EDT
Affirming Representation of Marginalized People
Gabriella Etoniru (moderator), Devin Randall, Mary Fan, Lee Murray, D.A. Xiaolin Spires
Whether it's yet another coming out story or about Black America fighting racism, the "issue story" absolutely has its place. Yet, many people want to read stories that allow them to escape these issues. What are some good examples of characters that "just happen" to be marginalized and the stories that place them in affirming roles, and how can writers (whether or not they are marginalized themselves) do this kind of representation right?
Saturday, May 29 5:30pm EDT
Mary Shelley and the First Pandemic SF Novel
Liz Bosarge (moderator), Mildred Cady, Elora Malat, Lee Murray, Nicole Givens Kurtz
In 1826, Mary Shelley published The Last Man, now considered to be both the first work of dystopian fiction and the first depiction of an imagined pandemic. 195 years and numerous real-world pandemics later, what does The Last Man say about the time in which it was written, and what aspects have proven timeless after almost two centuries?
Sunday, May 30 2:30pm EDT
The Motivations of Monsters
Jean Marie Ward (moderator), John Walker, Sherri Cook Woosley, Lee Murray, John L. French
Science fiction and fantasy have always featured "monsters," going all the way back to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. While some are mindless destroyers, many are written with relatable motivations and desires. What are some monsters who have connected with audiences, and what are ways creators can make their monsters sympathetic while keeping them in an antagonistic role?
Young New Zealand Writers Youth Day Out 2021 (IN PERSON)
Friday June 18 All Day NZST
Full Day Workshops and Book Launches (including Not There But Somewhere youth anthology)
WorkShop: The Almost Instant Fairytale Factory. A blueprint for creating engaging fairytales (material by Grace Bridges).
Workshop: It's Showtime! Using ‘Show and Tell’ techniques to add suspense to your fiction.
In this workshop, authors Lee Murray and Denika Mead reveal how to ramp up the tension and make your readers shiver. Inject some terror into your writing -- if you dare!
Panel Discussion. The Art of Being a Writer
Moderator Jean Gilbert. With Helena Andrews, Julie Oliver, Lee Murray, and Lewis Morgan.
Tauranga Writers Sunday Focus Session (IN PERSON)
Sunday 20 June, 2-4pm NZST @ Greerton Library. $5 Members, $10 Non-members
Worldbuilding: A Panel Discussion. Sunday2-4pm @ Greerton Library. $5 Members, $10 Non-members.
Join our expert panel of speculative writers as they discuss how they create plausible engaging worlds for readers of all ages. Moderated by SpecFicNZ president Grace Bridges, with panellists, Karen Cossey, Sharon Manssen, and Jean Gilbert.
AllAccessCon Launch Event Like Sunshine After Rain, edited By Heidi Ruby Miller (VIRTUAL)
Seton Hill IYWM Conference 9-11 July (VIRTUAL)
Women in Horror.
Moderator Michelle Renee Lane, with Linda D. Addison, Lucy N Snyder, Stephanie Wytovich, and Lisa Morton,
Word that Work, South Auckland Writers Festival (IN PERSON)
Saturday 24 July 2021 at Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Rd, Manurewa. 1:30 to 3pm NZST.
Accessing speculative narratives—Lee Murray
Part presentation and part workshop, in this session writers will explore ways in which speculative content can enrich and inform our narratives, with practical exercises and ideas for writers to develop and expand their own writing practice.
Flash Fiction panel discussion with moderator Anita Arlov ‘How to fly in a small space’
August – November: Grimshaw Sargeson Writer Residency, Auckland.
Writefest 2021 (IN PERSON)
Saturday 14 August, St Columba Centre, Auckland.
In-person three-hour workshop and panel. For full details see https://bit.ly/2SUMUtz
Massey University Off the Page (IN PERSON) -- postponed
Friday 1 October, Massey University
An ‘in conversation’ with Lee Murray
Go West Literary Festival (Auckland) (IN PERSON) -- virtual
8 October. Panellist
Project Tempest Podcast with Coin Roswell, 16 October 2021
Kawerau Self-editing Workshop (IN PERSON)
30 October, Kawerau Library
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.