Greetings and Salutations my friends!

Amazingly we are quarter into 2023 and SPRING HAS ARRIVED! I’m extremely excited to share my upcoming Indiana Writers Center Class Schedule for Spring Semester 2023!

Please see the links below:

Course Information

Elements of Fiction 2.0: Discounted Bundle
Instructor: John F. Allen
Dates: 4 Wednesdays: May 03, 17, 31, June 14 2023
Time: 7:00-10:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom
Nonmember Price: $270.00 (login to see your membership price)

This spring, IWC instructor John F. Allen is offering four different sections of the elements of fiction. You can register for these sessions individually or you can purchase as a bundle and save 10%. Be sure to login to your member account in order to view the correct discount. Here is the price breakdown for your reference:

Nonmember: $270; Writer/Reader Member & IPC Member: $173; Senior Member, Teacher Member, Student Member, Military/Veteran Member, Librarian Member: $151

Elements of Fiction 2.0: Dialogue vs. Narration–When to Show & When to Tell
Instructor: John F. Allen
Date: May 3rd
Time: 7:00-10:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom

This course will define dialogue and narration, their importance and how/when to use them.

Elements of Fiction 2.0: Defining Your Writer’s Voice–Discover Your Inner Writer
Instructor: John F. Allen
Date: May 17th
Time: 7:00-10:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom

This course will define the Writer’s voice and how to develop yours. This includes, but is not limited to, noticeable details regarding a writer’s style. It shows the author’s attitude, thoughts, and feelings. Your Writer’s Voice will influence the other voices in your work including: Character voice, and Narrator’s voice.

Elements of Fiction 2.0: Anatomy of a Writer–How to Use and Channel Your Life Experience into Your Work
Instructor: John F. Allen
Date: May 31st
Time: 7:00-10:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom

This class will examine the various aspects of a writer and how these aspects affect your writing. It will also examine how to use your life experience and relationships to enhance your work.

Elements of Fiction 2.0: Writing Research–How to Begin and Where to End
Instructor: John F. Allen
Date: June 14th
Time: 7:00-10:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom

This class will cover how to begin your research and where to end your research. Before you begin to write your story, a fair amount of research is necessary to authenticate your writing and keep it grounded within the human experience and in the case of literary fiction, to keep it historically accurate.

Register Online   Or  download and print a registration form.

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Greetings and Salutations my friends!

We’ve entered a BRAND-NEW YEAR, full of growth and promise. I’m excited to share my upcoming Indiana Writers Center Class Schedule for Winter Semester 2023!

Please see the links below:

3/2 Elements of Fiction: Emotions, Viewpoint & Voice

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3/23 Elements of Fiction: Setting & Worldbuilding

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I look forward to seeing you in class and remember, TBIYTC (The Best is Yet to Come)!

The Basics of Writing Speculative Fiction Class offered through Indiana Writers Center on 7/21

Greetings all!

I will be teaching The Basics of Writing Speculative Fiction Class on Thursday, July 21st online via Zoom, for Indiana Writers Center (see info below).

Course Information

Are you interested in adding some fantastical elements to your writing? Ready to explore and entertain aspects of futurism, slip-stream, sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, or horror stories? Check out this class!

The Basics of Writing Speculative Fiction is a basic guide on what speculative fiction consists of and how to create a Speculative Fiction Short Story from beginning to end.

In this 3-hour course, you will learn the basic mechanics of writing a Speculative Fiction Short Story including: plot, setting, characters and world building.

Not sure if you are interested in the genre – check out What is Speculative Fiction?

Click here to register!

Journaling Workshops taught by local author John F. Allen offered through Indiana Writers Center for Fall Semester

Greetings everyone!

I’m honored and privileged to be teaching Journaling Workshops through Indiana Writers Center for my Fall Semester!

Here are the links to my Fall Semester classes beginning in October and continuing through November.

*NOTE* Please note that the in-person class on 10/6 starts at 7pm EST, the online classes start at 6pm EST.

10/6 Journaling (In-Person Only)

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11/3 Journaling (ZOOM)

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10/20 Journaling (ZOOM)

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Indiana Marion County Public Library 2021 Summer Reading Program, to Feature classes by John F. Allen Author!

Hey Indy Residents!

Are you interested in learning more about Speculative Fiction and supporting your local libraries? If so, IMCPL & Indiana Writers Center have collaborated to present IMCPL’s 2021 Summer Reading Program!

I will be teaching a Basics of Writing Speculative Fiction course at various library branches throughout the month of July!

Discover an Imaginary World through Speculative Fiction
Instructor: John F. Allen

Get ready to explore the fantastical in your writing. This introduction to writing speculative fiction will cover aspects of futurism, slip-stream, sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, and horror stories. Learn how to plot, create settings and characters, and build an imaginary world.

See the schedule below:

Monday, July 19, 6:30-8:00 PM, Spades Park Branch

Saturday, July 24, 2:00-3:30 PM, Wayne Branch

Monday, July 26, 5:30-7:00 PM, East 38th Street Branch

Saturday, July 31, 1:00-2:30 PM, Southport Branch

Click the link below for other classes being offered!

Remember, The Best is Yet to Come!

John F. Allen Author Copyright ©2021


It’s NOT that I have anything at all against Shuri. In fact, quite the opposite is true. I think the Shuri character as portrayed by Leitia Wright was one of the MANY highlights of the Black Panther film.

However, regarding the question the title of this blog post poses, I’d have to say NOT YET & YES.

There is a rumor going around that Disney plans to kill the character of T’Challa offscreen and pass the mantle to Shuri in the MCU, due to the recent passing of Black Panther actor, Chadwick Boseman.

While that’s a scenario which keeps the mantle within the family and utilizes an established character from the previous film and others where the character was presented, I don’t think that it’s the best move for Disney to make and here’s why.

The character of T’Challa is much too important to be killed offscreen, simply because Chadwick Boseman died. Let me say that Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa was superb and an extremely difficult act to follow, the exploration of T’Challa’s 50+ year history wasn’t even scratched, and It’s extremely disrespectful to the character’s legacy to simply kill him offscreen and pass the mantle to Shuri, in my opinion.

We have seen nearly every main white, male character fully explored with 3 solo films at least. Yet when we get a fully realized black, male character, on par with his white counterparts, it seems the studio may be ready to write the character off?

How is it that Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc… have been recast for far less? Just to be clear, it’s not that I have a problem with Shuri being passed the mantle, per se, it’s how this rumor states Disney would handle it, that I have a huge problem with. So, before anyone gets the idea that my perspective is anti-Shuri or misogynistic in ANY way, know that that’s NOT the case.

I feel passing the mantle to Shuri in the manner suggested in this rumor, will kill the franchise for some, myself included, as surely as an immediate recasting would. I’d rather they recast for two additional films before passing the baton, or…

In the comics Shuri takes over the mantle because T’Challa is in a coma after a battle with Doctor Doom, a character which Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige is planning to introduce into the MCU in the near future. Why not have a scene filmed where it’s believed that Doctor Doom has killed T’Challa in battle, and in the wake of his death, Shuri assumes the mantle. This provides time which allows fans to adjust from Boseman’s death, then eventually recast the character and reintegrate the re-casted T’Challa into the MCU? This also gives the character of Doctor Doom an introduction to the franchise as well and establishes an antagonism between T’Challa and Doom. They could also produce a Black Panther Disney + show which could explore that T’Challa may not be dead and is recovering in secret. Then, debut the NEW T’Challa, (I vote for John David Washington), and after some time has passed, reintegrate the character back into the MCU so that it wouldn’t be such a shock to fans.

It also allows for a Shuri spin-off franchise to be established, as in the comics she has a different power set than T’Challa which deserves to be explored outside of T’Challa’s shadow.

To this long-time fan of the character, it’s a compromise which honors the T’Challa character, Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal and is at least worth a shot.



I’m pleased and excited to officially announce that my current catalog of novels, novellas and short stories will be relaunched at Hydra Publications! This speculative fiction publisher is owned and operated by long-time associate Tony Acree. My original ebooks and paperbacks will soon be available through the usual online retail outlets, with new work to be released in the near future.

This move will also debut my publishing imprint, affectionately dubbed

Although my catalog is temporarily unavailable, those who want to purchase copies of my out-of-print softcover editions can purchase them directly from me by clicking here.

Be sure to keep an eye out here at this space for upcoming announcements of pre-order and release dates, as well as links when they become available. Thank you for your support and continued patience during this transition period and remember, The Best is Yet to Come!


Do you write full time, or do you have another full-time job? What is your educational background?
Yes. I’m a full-time writer. Until recently, I worked full-time as a School Media Specialist or School Librarian. I have a Master’s Degree in Library Service from Clark Atlanta University.
What genre(s) do you write in, is there a favorite and which do you feel have had the most important impact on the black community? Traditionally, in mainstream media, blacks have been vastly marginalized in Speculative Fiction and fiction in general, how do you see that changing and what impact will your work have on making those changes?
I write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories with black women protagonists. My goal is to continue to write my diverse stories and encourage readers to expand their scope and horizon. These stories offer the opportunity to dream, fosters creativity, and the ability to “see” oneself in a futuristic world. It’s imperative that African Americans take up this challenge and dream broader and bigger. In fact, it’s equally important for all others to see us in expanded roles, as well.
Who are some of the major writing influences who most inspired you?
My favorites are Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, Patricia Briggs, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Sarah J Maas.
Do you listen to music when you’re creating? If so, what type?
Yes. My music is very boring. Lots of brain-based sounds that keep me in the creative zone.
How long does it usually take you to complete work on a book?
Lately, a lot longer. For many years, I was a discovery writer or a “pantser.” This allowed me to write a novel in a month but it took 6-months to iron it all out. As a full-time writer, I’m taking workshops and classes to teach me how to plot. So About a month to plot and 2-months to write. I’m sure as I get better at plotting, I can get back to writing my novels in 1-2 months.
What does your writing schedule look like and how many hours a day do you write?
I work on current WIP for 5-6 hours per day. I use Pomodoro method (40 minutes work and 15 minutes break). Very helpful.
As a black author, do you feel a personal responsibility to the black community to create content which not only entertains, but also uplifts and educates?
Books, TV, Movies have changed substantially over the years.  In some cases, there is no longer a positive message to the audience. It’s quite disconcerting and frustrating.  Just looking at recent TV series where audiences were “let down” because it was all about “entertaining” and not about “uplifting” or even answer the basic questions of “why is this important” and “what message do you have to share with me about life” is critical. All creatives have a responsibility to not only entertain but to share a message of survival, especially in the Black community.  I do feel a personal responsibility. Hopefully, others will come around and return to good storytelling.
What type of research do you conduct and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
There are so many different types of ways to research when writing a book.  I generally like to get an idea of what the market is about by reading 10-40 novels in the niche that I’d like to write. Then, I go to Amazon and read the reviews of the top selling books to see what readers want in the niche. This is very enlightening and eye-opening. I usually take notes on the tropes/conventions to get an idea of what this niche is all about. After I have that scaffold, then I start to think about my theme/armature for the type of story, I have in mind. That’s where the research tends to get more detailed and specific to my protagonist and supporting characters.
What are some of the upcoming projects you’re working on?
In 2012, I released my first novel, Breaking Free.  I sold many copies but I could never quite figure out how to finish the series. Recently, when I decided to write full-time, I knew I had to go back and finish that series. It’s the project that I’m currently working on. I’m reworking it into a Post-Apocalyptic Superhero series. I’m very exciting about this project and can’t wait for readers to see the changes in the world-building and main character, XJ Patterson.
How can the readers learn more about your work and follow your career?
If readers want to learn more about my work and get an idea, if they would like it, they can visit my website and read several flash fiction stories that I have available on my blog. They can even listen to me read them on my podcast. And, of course, signing up for my newsletter will get them even more free reads and bargain books.

It took thirty years for Alicia to accept her calling as a writer of “unusual stories.” Always writing edgy tales that pushed the envelope.  She learned to hide her violent, controversial, heart-pumping, and tragically romantic stories from family and friends.

Alicia writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural superheroes, dark fantasy, paranormal, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death.

Alicia’s influences include Octavia Butler, LA Banks, Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs and Laurell K Hamilton.

Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first “State of Black Science Fiction 2012″ blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black Science Fiction FaceBook group and has a ScoopIt page where she actively curates topics related to Afrofuturism, Black Science Fiction, Black Speculative fiction and Multicultural Science Fiction.

Alicia is a native Detroiter who currently resides in metro Atlanta.  Alicia recently lost her beloved son who served as a NAVY Officer.  His memory keeps her pushing forward. She currently works as a full-time writer and enjoys spending time with her husband.

She’s working on a new superhero series and looks forward to releasing the series soon. Her adult series mixes African-American women’s fiction with dark fantasy. Check out the African Elemental series.  Sign-up  on for free downloads, e-updates, sneak peeks, and coupons.


I started making music in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  For various reasons, I drifted away from music and started to write Science Fiction and Fantasy.  I have written two novels.  My novels can be found on and are called “What Burns Below,” and “Journey Through The Earths.”

Recently, I started to make music again.  My musical influences are many and include Prince, George Clinton/P-Funk/Bootsy Collins, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Beatles, Madonna, James Brown, Kiss, Aerosmith, Public Enemy, Sly Stone, Teddy Pendergrass, Isaac Hayes, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis and others. 


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