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EVENTS

I often attend conferences and other writer events, participating in workshops, panel discussions, signings, readings, and book launch parties. Here are my upcoming events.

  

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

"The Whys and Hows of Writing Amazing Short Stories" Workshop at the Appoquinimink Community Library (DE) (July 13, 2024, 1:00-3:00)

During this workshop, I will provide an overview of the writing process for short stories. I'll discuss topics like finding ideas, selecting titles, developing plots, characterization, settings, dialogue – all the basic essentials. There will be handouts and open discussion throughout. A book signing will follow. 

https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/12147310

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Creating Complex Villains Who Readers Love to Hate" Workshop at the Appoquinimink Community Library (DE) (August 17, 2024, 1:00-3:00)

 

In this workshop, I'll explain how to write believable villains in your fiction and establish suspense and tension that keeps your readers flipping pages. Equally important is juxtaposing your villain with a strong protagonist who is equal to the task. I'll show you how to create distinctive characters and enhance your story's plot. A book signing will follow the class.  

 

 

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Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity Conference (September 13-15, 2024)

 

I try to attend the C3 conference every year, participating in panel discussions and other events. This year, screenwriter, publisher, and producer Lee Goldberg is the keynote speaker. He worked on many TV series including Diagnosis: Murder, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Hunter, Spenser: For Hire, SeaQuest, The Glades, and Monk. Looking forward to this! The conference is held at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel Columbia, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia MD.

 

http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com/

 

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"How to Submit (and Sell!) Your Stories to Anthologies" at the Bear Public Library (DE) (October 12, 2024, 1:00-3:00)

During this workshop, I'll dive into the best strategies for submitting short stories to anthologies – all the essentials for getting the best chances for acceptance. Learn how to target stories to anthology themes, to decipher guidelines, to handle contracts, and much more. There will be handouts and open discussion throughout, followed by a book signing. 

 

 

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"Sharing the Scares at Halloween: Writing Spine-Chilling Horror" Workshop at the Kirkwood Public Library (DE) (October 27, 2024, 2:00-4:00)

 

Join me as I discuss the basics of putting the "scare" into readers. How do you write horrifying fiction that keeps your readers on the edges of their seats? Harness your fears for well-conceived horror plots. Learn how to create believable monsters (including the human ones). Most of all, make fear fun--always remember horror and humor are kissing cousins.


https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/11730475 

 

 

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First State Writers Retreat 2024 -- Hale-Byrne House, Newark, DE (November 3, 2024, 10:30 a.m.)

I've been invited to present at the First State Writers Retreat on Nov. 3, held at the historic Hale-Brynes House (DE). I'll talk about how to "read" submission guidelines for publications.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/5210143349084092/  

 

 

 

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Weldon Burge and J. Gregory Smith in Conversation at the Kirkwood Public Library (DE) (December 29, 2024, 2:00-4:00)

 

Join me with fellow thriller writer Greg Smith for a fascinating conversation about crime writing. We'll also talk about how we developed our suspense novels (among other things) and take questions. Sure to be an informational and fun time! The discussion will be held at the Kirkwood Public Library, 600 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE. A book signing will follow the event.  

 

 

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PAST EVENTS

Interview With Debbi Mack on the Crime Cafe Podcast (June 14, 2024, 3:00-4:00)

Debbi Mack interviewed me on the Crime Cafe Podcast, talking about my thriller Harvester of Sorrow, my other crime fiction, and my writing process and future projects. A wonderful and illuminating conversation!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFbvci9nFjw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Judge By the Cover: How Books Don't Sell Themselves" Presentation at the Kirkwood Public Library (DE) (May 19, 2024, 2:00-4:00)

Will Hahn and I will discuss how to determine (and, more important, how not to determine) the best cover for your book. Plenty of examples, both good and bad, will be shared. The discussion will be held at the Kirkwood Public Library, 600 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE. A book signing will follow the event.

 

https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/11730464

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Why Authors Should Seriously Consider Self-Publishing" Panel Discussion at the Kirkwood Public Library (DE) (April 28, 2024, 2:00-4:00)

I'll join a group of panelists (including Lois Hoffman, Crystal Heidel, Joanne Reinbold, Greg Smith, Margo McKenzie, Liz DeJesus, and Bruce Rule) to discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing. Will Hahn will be the moderator. Sure to provide some valuable information for the attendees! The discussion will be held at the Kirkwood Public Library, 600 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE. A book signing will follow the event. 

 

https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/11505444

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Write Stuff Writers Conference, Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (Bethlehem, PA) (April 11-13, 2024)

I'll be presenting a two-hour workshop on how to submit short fiction to anthologies on Saturday afternoon and participating in a panel discussion on agents and publishing. Jonathan Maberry is the keynote speaker, and that's definitely a plus!   

 

 

 

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"Sharing the Scares: Writing Spine-Chilling Horror" Workshop at the Appoquinimink Community Library (DE) (March 23, 2024, 1:00-3:00)

 

Join me as I discuss the basics of putting the "scare" into readers. How do you write horrifying fiction that keeps your readers on the edges of their seats? Harness your fears for well-conceived horror plots. Learn how to create believable monsters (including the human ones). Most of all, make fear fun--always remember horror and humor are kissing cousins. This workshop is being held at the Appoquinimink Library, 204 E. Main Street Middletown, DE. A book signing will follow the workshop.  

 

https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/10976927

  

 

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"Write Your Best Short Story: The Whys and Hows of Creating Fantastic Fiction" Workshop at the Appoquinimink Community Library (DE) (November 18, 2023, 1:00-3:00)
 

During this workshop, I will provide an overview of the writing process for short stories. I'll discuss topics like finding ideas, selecting titles, developing plots, characterization, settings, dialogue – all the basic essentials. There will be handouts and open discussion throughout. A book signing will follow.

 

 

 

 

 

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"Writing Workshop: Creating Complex Villains Who Readers Love to Hate!" at the Bear Public Library (DE) (October 21, 2023, 1:00-3:00)

In this workshop, I'll explain how to write believable villains in your fiction and establish suspense and tension that keeps your readers flipping pages. Equally important is juxtaposing your villain with a strong protagonist who is equal to the task. I'll show how to create distinctive characters and enhance your story's plot. A book signing will follow the class.  

 

 

 

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Weldon Burge and J. Gregory Smith in Conversation (September 23, 2023, 4:00-5:30)

 

Join me with fellow thriller writer Greg Smith for a fascinating conversation about crime writing. We'll also talk about how we developed our novels (among other things) and take questions. Sure to be an informational and fun time! The discussion will be held at the Hockessin Bookshelf, 7179 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware 19707. A book signing will follow the event. 

 

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Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity Conference (September 8-10, 2023) 

I will participate in three panel discussions at the annual Creatures, Crimes, & Creativity conference (C3). The conference is held at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel Columbia, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia MD.

 

http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com/

  

  

 

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"Mastering Dialogue: Make It Memorable for Your Readers" Workshop at the Appoquinimink Community Library (DE) (July 15, 2023, 1:00-3:00)

During this workshop, I'll explain how writing effective dialogue is essential to storytelling and how you make it memorable and realistic for readers. I'll show how to create distinctive characters and enhance your story's plot, and will offer many examples of superb dialogue from popular literature. A book signing will follow the class. 

 

 

 

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"World Building: Making Any Fictional World Authentic" at the Appoquinimink Community Library (DE) (June 10, 2023, 1:00-3:00)

 

This panel discussion about effective world-building will be moderated by Weldon Burge. Learn the elements of creating realistic, yet fictional, worlds, based on the experiences and skills of our panelists. They will discuss how to invent fictional history, geography, culture, magical properties, and other aspects of creating a believable world. A book signing will follow the event.

 

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"Submitting Stories to Anthologies" at the Newark Arts Alliance (DE) (May 20, 2023, 1:00-3:00)

During this workshop, I'll dive into the best strategies for submitting short stories to anthologies – all the basic essentials for getting the best chances for acceptance. There will be handouts and open discussion throughout. 

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/NewarkArtsAlliance?season=3294931&session=58656435

 

  

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Authors Day at the Bear Public Library (DE) (May 6, 2023)

I'll be one of the writers attending Authors Day at the Bear Public Library in Bear, Delaware. 

 

 

https://nccde.org/291/Bear-Library

 

  

 

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"Writing Your Best Short Story: The Whys and Hows of Creating Short Fiction" at the Newark Arts Alliance (DE) (January 28, 2023, 1:00-3:00)

During this workshop, I'll provide an overview of the writing process for short stories. We'll discuss ideas, selecting titles, developing plots, characterization, settings, dialogue – all the basic essentials. There will be handouts and open discussion throughout. 

 

  

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Young Writers Conference at the Kent County Public Library (DE) (Nov. 19, 2022)

I will teach a two-hour workshop for teenagers on the topic of writing short stories. The workshop is scheduled during the Kent Library's annual Young Writers Conference.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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'Just the Facts: The Secrets of Writing Crime Fiction' at the Bear Public Library (DE) (September 17, 2022, 2:00-4:00)

I'll will be the moderator during the panel discussion, "Just the Facts: The Secrets of Writing Crime Fiction," at the Bear Public Library on September 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Joining him will be best-selling suspense, thriller, and mystery writers Lisa Regan, Austin Camacho, J. Gregory Smith, Chris Bauer, Ira Porter, and JM Reinbold. 

 

 

 

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Presentation on the Current State of Independent Publishing for the Maryland Writers Association (Aug. 27, 2022 - 1:00-2:00)

I will present a brief discussion about independent publishing for the St. Mary's and Calvert Counties Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association. 

 

 

 

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'Mastering Dialogue' Workshop at the Bear Public Library (DE) (April 30, 2022, 1:00-2:30)

Bear Public Library

I will explain how writing effective dialogue is essential to storytelling and how you make it memorable and realistic for readers. In this workshop, I'll show how to create distinctive characters and enhance your story's plot. A book signing will follow the class.

 

 

 

 

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Ocean City (MD) Comic Con (December 11, 2021)

 

Cindy and I will be vendors representing Smart Rhino Publications at this year's Ocean City Comic Con. I'll also have available my thriller, Harvester of Sorrow. The con takes place at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD.

 

 

 

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Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity Conference (September 10-12, 2021) 

 

I will participate in a number of panel discussions at the annual Creatures, Crimes, & Creativity conference (C3). The conference is held at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel Columbia, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia MD.

 

 

 

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