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Indiana Teen Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival

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Indiana State Library

140 N Senate Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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The first-ever Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival brings together established sci-fi and horror authors with their teen audiences to celebrate all things speculative and creeptastic! During this day-long extravaganza, aspiring young writers are invited to explore new genres, ask questions and bring to life their own literary creations.

The festival has been designed for teens ages 13-19. Adults are welcome only as chaperones for teen attendees. Registration is free!

ABOUT THE SCI-FI & HORROR WRITERS FESTIVAL

Two literary genres, science fiction and horror, trace their origins to Frankenstein—and it just so happens the book was written by a teenage girl! What better way to celebrate this extraordinary book than with a teen-focused festival? This one-day extravaganza will feature readings and book signings by acclaimed sci-fi and horror authors Mike Mullin, Julia Karr, Mark Marimen, Saundra Mitchell and Maurice Broaddus. The keynote will be given by Kenneth Oppel whose novel This Dark Endeavor tells the story of teenage Victor Frankenstein’s journey to becoming the infamous scientist.

In addition to hearing from established authors about their craft, teens will be invited to attend interactive writing workshops provided by Hoosier authors such as Greg and Donna Kishbaugh, Adam Henze, Mike Mullin, Matt Barron and comic artists Chris & Gin. Attendees can explore the haunted library stacks for inspiration for a horror story or experience virtual worlds at IUPUI’s Advanced Virtual Reality lab to imagine sci-fi settings. With hands-on activities, marathon film screenings, a pop-up bookshop, open mic and more than 15 other local authors exhibiting their literary creations, teens will find plenty of inspiration during the first-ever Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival!


WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

PRICE: Free, $5 registration including a pizza lunch available for pre-purchase

Online registration will close at 11:59 pm on October 17. Registration is NOT required to attend. Refunds are not available after 72 hours in advance.

WHERE: The Indiana State Library, 140 N Senate Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204

WHO: Teens ages 13-19, adult chaperones welcome


Visit Indiana Humanities' website for a schedule, author and workshop details, FAQs and more information!


Bringing a group of 6 or more teens? Apply to receive a travel/bus stipend.


Questions? Email Megan Telligman, Frankenstein Program Manager at mtelligman@indianahumanities.org




About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. www.IndianaHumanities.org


About One State / One Story: Frankenstein

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


About the Indiana State Library

The Indiana State Library is located in downtown Indianapolis, across from the Indiana Statehouse. The library provides services to state government, individual citizens of the state of Indiana, and others interested in Indiana history or genealogy. The library encourages and supports the development of the library profession and libraries in Indiana. The library has developed strong collections in the fields of Indiana history, Indiana state government and United States government publications, Indiana newspapers, genealogy and family history resources on Indiana and the eastern United States, Braille, large print, and books on tape for the visually impaired, library science, and American history, politics, and economics. Its collections in these areas support research by state agency employees, scholars, genealogists, librarians, students, Indiana residents who are blind or physically challenged, and the general public.



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