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).
- Instructor: John F. Allen
- Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022
- Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
- Location: Zoom
- Nonmember Price: $75.00 (login to see your membership price)
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!
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
Next weekend, starting on Friday, September 11th, I’ll be attending the Second Annual Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, KY. Last year’s event was an AWESOME TIME!. With Seventh Star Press as a major organizer and several Speculative Fiction Guild authors well represented, I’m anticipating bigger, better, and more fun than ever.
What is Imaginaruim? If you love movies, film, music and/or books and the people who create them, or you aspire to create your own works, and want an inspiring weekend training seminar, Imaginarium will be the place to be.
First of all, let’s get to a huge change over year one. The change that affects each and every one of you. The dealer’s room, crammed full of authors and vendors, will be FREE and OPEN to the public. To participate in the programming, you need to buy a one-day or weekend pass, but if you just want to shop for yourself or for people on that list that starts to become relevant very soon, you can come and go as you like, FREE OF CHARGE. Click here to see Imaginarium’s website to read all the details about location, passes, hotel, etc.
You’ll find me at a table with good buddies RJ Sullivan and Chris Garrison in the Seventh Star Press section. You’ll find my debut novel, The God Killers and my NEW novella, Codename: Knight Ranger (see below) available for purchase via cash or credit card ALL WEEKEND LONG (while supplies last)!
As always, autographs are FREE and worth every red cent you pay!
Here’s my price list:
The God Killers $15
Codename: Knight Ranger (NEW) $5
I’m on FIVE panels this year, my schedule:
Sat Sept 12, 10 am in the Oldham Room
World Building: A Crash Course: also with Dave Creek, Mysti Parker, and Tara Tyler
Sat Sept 12, 1 pm in the Oldham Room
Race & Speculative Fiction: Also with Janie Franz, S.C. Houff, and Terri-Lynne Smiles
Sat Sept 12, 4 pm in the Oldham Room
Utilizing Local Settings in Urban Fantasy: Also with Chris Garrison, Georgia Jones, Selah Janel, and Tony Acree
Sat Sept 12, 7 pm in the Hancock Room
Comics Through the Ages: Also with Glenn Porzig, and S.C. Houff
Of course, you’re all coming just to see me, but you should know there’s dozens of panels for readers and writers, a movie screening room, a masquerade ball, and two free writer’s workshops. Hope to see you there! And if you can’t make it, follow my updates on Facebook throughout the weekend.
Inconjunction Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention 2014 is being held on the east side of Indianapolis, this Fourth of July weekend! It’s an awesome local event celebrating all things within the speculative fiction realms. This year I’m attending as part of the Speculative Fiction Guild (SFG) and we’re hitting the con in a big way.
We’ll have a vendor’s booth with all of our titles, where I’ll be selling and autographing copies of my debut novel, The God Killers. Convention pricing is $15.
Also at the SFG booth: RJ Sullivan, Matthew Barron and Eric Garrison. Directly next to us is SFG member Crystal Leflar, who’s running her OWN vendor booth as event marketer for Nightscape Press, so check out their array of titles along with her own books.
The WONDERFUL folks who throw Inconjunction (the Circle of Janus) has the SFG hopping in panels this year and we’re glad for it!
This will be my second appearance at Inconjunction, first time with a novel to sell/promote and I’M VERY EXCITED to attend!
Here’s my panel itinerary:
Friday, July 4th
8 pm–Grand Ballroom 7 and 8: Analyzing the History of the Comic Book Movie with: RJ Sullivan and Mike Suess.
Saturday, July 5
11 am–Indianapolis Ballroom D: SFG Writer’s Workshop: Point of View: Why it’s Better to Have One with: the SFG: RJ, Eric, Matt, and Crystal, plus Rosemary Laurey
1 pm–Room name coming: Discussion on genre television, title forthcoming: with RJ Sullivan.
3 pm–Indianapolis Ballroom D: Modern Fairy Tales with Eric Garrison, Crystal Leflar and Rosemary Laurey.
4 pm-Grand Ballroom 7-8: Making the Jump to a Series with RJ Sullivan and Mike Shepherd.
5pm-Grand Ballroom 7-8: Comic Book Movies: Live Action and Animation with RJ Sullivan and Mike Suess.
7 pm–Harrison Room: SFG Writer’s Roundtable: Making the most of local settings in genre fiction with The SFG: RJ, Eric, Matt, and Crystal.
10 pm–Grand Ballroom 7-8: Candlelight Horror Reading with RJ Sullivan, Crystal Leflar and Jeff Seymour.
Sunday, July 6
11 am-Indianapolis Ballroom B: This Year’s Comic Book Movies with Mike Suess.
I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!
Welcome to Imaginarium 2014, a creative writing convention where ideas transcend reality!
I am excited and extremely proud to announce that coming to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky from September 19-21 of 2014 is, The Imaginarium!
This is a unique kind of convention offering a wealth of programming, events, and all kinds of fun for those who enjoy the world of creative writing!
Imaginarium 2014 is an event open to all genres, exploring all kinds of creative writing, from books, to comics/graphic novels, screenplays, blogging, and much more! Featuring 11 tracks loaded with panels and workshops, a film festival, gaming, an art show, costume contest, awards banquet, and much more, Imaginarium is the region’s premiere creative writing event.
Imaginarium 2014 will feature a powerful array of panelists and guests, including authors, editors, publishers, screenwriters, game designers, and much more. Guests will be added regularly to the site throughout the coming months.
The event offers great discounts for early registration and exhibiting in the vendor hall, so be sure to come aboard early!
Whether you are a an author, screenwriter, a reader, a movie enthusiast, or just enjoy the convention experience, Imaginarium is sure to be one of your “can’t-miss” events of the year!
To find out more about Imaginarium 2014, including registration and vendor tables at discount rates, visit www.entertheimaginarium.com
– See more at: http://seventhstarpress.blogspot.com/2013/10/imaginarium-2014-announced.html#sthash.GS033j6F.dpuf
This Saturday, October 12, 2013, the Mooresville Arts Partnership is re-launching Arts in the Park, an annual all day festival exhibiting and celebrating all aspects of art expression in the area. My good friend and fellow local author R.J. Sullivan has ask for “a little help from his friends” and gotten it from, dark fiction authors me, Matthew Barron, Nicole Cushing, and Crystal Leflar to instruct beginning-level writer’s workshops for all ages.
We’ll also hold an all-day raffle at our canopy for a “Spooky Book Bag” of our work–$1 per ticket gets you one chance to win a set of books valued at over $60without signatures–and the authors will sign and personalize each book on request.
This way, you can personalize a book for every horror reader on your gift list–or have all the books signed to you and keep them–we won’t tell.
To enter, find the Horror Authors Canopy. Raffle tickets are $1 each. Enter as often as you like. For each ticket you buy, we need your name and phone number (preferably a cell phone number you will be carrying with you at 5:30 that day, the time of the drawing) on the half you leave in the raffle.
- Everyone who participates in the writer workshops earns one free ticket for the raffle. Children must have the ticket filled out by a parent.
- 100% of all proceeds go to MAP.
- We’ll draw the winner following the 4 p.m. workshop, so some time after 5 p.m.
- All tickets will be discarded responsibly. Tickets are to contact the winner. The rest will be destroyed.
- Books will be “flat signed” unless the winner requests personalization. This will allow the authors to personalize books intended as gifts.
- Parents take note: The books in the raffle and at the vendor tent contain adult content. We’ll do our best to sell responsibly, but we’re not going to card, nor will we judge what you let your kid read.
The Spooky Book Bag in detail. Links take you to the Amazon page:
The God Killers by John F. Allen; Secular City Limits by Mattthew Barron; We Are Dust and Death to the Brothers Grimm, both with a story by Crystal Leflar; Haunting Obsessionby R.J. Sullivan–and maybe more! Plus bookmarks and other doodads.
These books and more can be purchased all day at the vendor tent! Authors will be around to sign all day.
PLEASE COME OUT THIS SATURDAY AND SUPPORT A GREAT EVENT WHILE HAVING FUN!!!
Mooresville Arts in the Park
All Day Arts Festival Saturday, October 12!
Pioneer Park–Link to directions and park website
Flash fiction workshops and product tent!
Preregistration preferred, walk-ins welcome
Website and Facebook
I’m very excited to announce an upcoming event taking place during the Arts in the Park festival at Pioneer Park on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Members of the local writing community and I will serve as instructors during a series of FREE community workshops on crafting thrilling fiction. We will be in the company of dozens of community artists and performers who will sing, dance, and display their unique talents and creations during this all-day festival.
Again, this event is FREE and open to the public.
Three one-hour sessions have been planned and are aimed at, but not limited to, late elementary school through high school aged-writers as well as adults who have recently caught the writing bug, who are also welcome. If you are interested in getting feedback from a professional author at ABSOLUTELY NO COST TO YOU, then you need to definitely attend. The local writers will have an instructor available to advise any beginner with a passion for writing thrilling tales of any genre.
Here is a listing of other attending authors:
The suggested format will be “flash fiction,” and the suggested theme will be “The Creature of Pioneer Park,” although writers are free to compose within their comfort zone. Writers can bring their own pens and paper or use the materials provided and/or they can bring their own laptops. Participants will spend the first half hour composing their work. During the last half hour, the authors will review the drafts and offer individualized instruction on how to best sharpen their writing skills. Writers may, alternatively, submit a pre-composed sample of their work for a critique (limit 1000 words).
Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as long as we have the space.
I look forward to seeing you there!