June 1-3, 2018 ~ Charlotte, NC

  • Friday
    • 3pm: Choosing an Editor
      • Acquiring editors, developmental editors, copyeditors… what kind of editor do you need? And how do you find one? Join the panelists to learn more about the kinds of editors, what to expect when working with an editor, and how to choose an editor that you can work with—and how to work in a situation when you don’t get to choose your own editor.
        • Melissa McArthur (moderator)
        • Lucy Blue
        • Wendy S Delmater
        • Jason T. Graves
        • Faith Hunter
        • Darin Kennedy
    • 4pm: Falstaff Books/Sol Books Sneak Peek
      • Representatives from Falstaff Books and Sol Books will talk about new releases, tease you with cover reveals and offer giveaways!
        • John Hartness (moderator)
        • Lucy Blue
        • Gail Z. Martin
        • Larry N. Martin
        • Melissa McArthur
    • 7pm: The Legacy of Frankenstein
      • 2018 Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, and its significance still endures today. From spinoff book series to films and comics, Victor Frankenstein’s greatest folly remains one of our greatest inspirations.
        • S.H. Roddey (moderator)
        • Lucy Blue
        • Melissa McArthur
        • Shawnee Small
    • 9pm: Writing in a Shared Universe
      • Co-writing and collaboration are great, but sometimes they’re just a little too close for comfort. However, another type of collaborative possibility is writing in a shared universe. The panelists discuss what it’s like to write in a shared universe, how they got involved in that universe, and what universes they’d like to further write in.
        • J.D. Blackrose (moderator)
        • John Hartness
        • Larry N. Martin
        • Melissa McArtur
        • Beth Revis
        • S.H. Roddey
  • Saturday
    • 2pm: Live Action Editing
      • Our panel of editors will take the audiences first pages and edit them in real time. Come watch and listen to the glory (and sometimes misery) of the editor’s life.
        • Emily Lavin Leverett (moderator)
        • Tony Daniel
        • Wendy S. Delmater
        • Melissa McArthur
        • Gray Rinehart
    • 4pm: Open Pitch
      • Representatives from Falstaff Books and Prospective Press will meet with writers for an open pitch session. This might be the big break you’ve been waiting for!
        • John G. Hartness (moderator)
        • Lucy Blue
        • Jason T. Graves
        • Melissa McArthur
    • 7pm: Evernote for Writers
      • There are a lot of tools out there for writers: Word, Scrivener, OneNote, etc. Evernote is one such tool, a tool that every writer can use. From planning to drafting to saving documents, we will discuss the benefits and tricks to help you use Evernote to take your writing to the next level.
      • Melissa McArthur (moderator)
      • NOTE: workshop is 1.5 hours
    • 10pm: The Attraction of Grimdark
      • Despite the abundance of adorable kitten pictures on everyone’s internet feed, lots of people love the gritty, violent nature of grimdark stories. What’s the attraction? Are there things that grimdark just gets right every time?
        • Gail Z. Martin (moderator)
        • Melissa McArthur
        • Beth Revis
  • Sunday
    • 9am: I’m a Writer; I Don’t Have Time to Read!
      • Avoiding other people’s fiction isn’t the best idea for the writer hoping to be published. Let’s discuss how to use pleasure reading to make yourself a better writer.
        • Lucy Blue (moderator)
        • Samantha Dunaway Bryant
        • Paige L. Christie
        • Jason T. Graves
        • Larry N. Martin
        • Melissa McArthur



July 2018 ~ High Point, NC

Authors Invade Columbia

November 2018 ~ Columbia, SC


February 9, 2019 ~ Charlotte, NC

 Past Events


February 23-25, 2018 ~ Roanoke, VA


January 12-14, 2018 ~ Cary, NC

Time Travelers’ Weekend

November 11-12, 2017 ~ Huntersville, NC

Carolina Renaissance Festival


November 17-19, 2017 ~ Charleston, SC

11:30 am – Short Story Writing Workshop
4:00 pm – Open Pitch: Falstaff Books
8:00 pm – Writing for an Anthology, Series, or Shared Universe
9:00 pm – Falstaff Books Mixer (Embassy Suites Bar)
12:00 pm – Tools of the Trade: What Every Writer Should Have in their Arsenal

Charlotte Authors and Artists Fair

November 25, 2017 ~ Charlotte, NC ~ Theatre Charlotte


September 23, 2017 ~ Cabarrus County Library

Geek Gala Muggles’ Market

October 21, 2017

Palmetto Rose Mercantile, Signing and Dinner

July 21, 2017 ~ 6pm-9pm

More information here


July 14 – July 16, 2017 ~ High Point, NC

  • Friday
    • 2 pm: Landing Your Creative Career
    • 5 pm: Writing in Multiple Tie-In Universes
    • 6 pm: Writing Sherlock Holmes and Other Icons
    • 9 pm: From Nancy Drew to Anita Blake (moderator)
    • 10 pm: Would you Like Your Genre Fiction with a Sprinkle of Romance?
  • Saturday
    • 12 pm: Heroes, Anti-Heroes, Villains
    • 1 pm: Signing: John Hartness and Melissa McArthur
    • 7 pm: Creating Magic
    • 8 pm: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
    • 8pm-11pm: Book Launch Party
    • 9 pm: Anthology Panel: Lawless Lands (moderator)
  • Sunday
    • 1 pm: Falstaff Spotlight
    • 2 pm: Fusion: Alternative Histories and Mixing Genres

ConCarolinas 2017

June 4 – 6, 2017 ~ Concord, NC

  • Friday, June 4
    • You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive, 5pm
    • Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, 7pm
  • Saturday, June 5
    • Handling Rejection, 9am
    • The Game is Afoot, 11am
    • Falstaff Spotlight, 3pm
    • Live Action Slush, 4pm
    • The Art of the Short Story, 6pm
  • Sunday, June 6
    • What Good is the Library? 12pm

Book Signing and Panel Discussion 

Book Signing and Panel Discussion for We Are Not This: Carolina Writers for Equality

  • 2:00 pm, May 28, 2017
  • Park Road Books

Book Signing ~ Barnes and Noble

Book Signing for Curious Incidents: More Improbable Adventures

  • April 15, 2017, time TBA
  • Barnes and Noble ~ Pineville, NC
  • Event Link

RavenCon 12: The Con of Opportunity 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

April 28-30, 2017 ~ Williamsburg, VA

Event Link

Bio Link

  • Friday
    • Editors, Publishers, and Readers: What Rules to Break and Which Ones Don’t Apply
  • Saturday
    • Editing 101: How to Revise
    • Falstaff Books Spotlight: The Misfit Toys of Fiction
    • Cleaning Up Your Prose
    • Creativity and Mental Health
  • Sunday
    • Navigating the World of Short Story Submissions

Book Signing ~ Park Road Books

Book Signing for Curious Incidents: More Improbable Adventures

  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, April 1, 2017
  • Park Road Books ~ Charlotte, NC
  • Event Link

Book Signing and Panel Discussion ~ Winthrop University

Book Signing and Panel Discussion for We Are Not This: Carolina Writers for Equality

  • 7:00 pm, March 28, 2017
  • Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC) in the Bookstore Common Room
  • Event Link

Book Signing ~ The BooKnack

Book Signing for Curious Incidents: More Improbable Adventures

Our Books Are Not Free

February 11-15, 2017 ~ Online! 

(My time slot is Sunday, February 12 at 9:30 a.m., Eastern time)

Over 100 authors
Not a single book will be given away
Not a single prize will be awarded
Just some fantastic authors
With great books
At reasonable prices

Online Event Link:

A Curious Event: The Launch

January 26, 2017 ~ 7:30pm-9:30pm

Online Event: 


November 18-20, 2016 ~ Charleston, SC

Due to unforeseen events (I’m looking at you, Hurricane Matthew), the convention has been cancelled this year. However, I will be back in 2017!

ConGregate 3: Geek Summer Camp

July 15-17, 2016 ~ High Point, NC

  • Friday, July 15
    • 3pm ~ Self/Indie Publishing: Marketing
    • 10pm ~ Finding the Right Editor
  • Saturday, July 16
    • 1:30pm ~ Mixing History and Magic
    • 11pm ~ But I Liked That Guy
  • Sunday, July 17
    • 10:30am ~ Tag – You’re It!
    • 12:30pm ~ The Appeal of Sherlock Holmes


June 3-5, 2016, Concord, NC

  • Tools of the Trade: What Every Writer Should Have on Their Desk
  • Writers and Mental Illness: Depression, Addiction, and How to Survive as a Writer
  • eCommerce and the Artist
  • Arrgh, Pirates
  • The Editor’s Ten (or More) Commandments
  • Grammar Geeks
  • Beginning Steps to Making Your Artistic Passion More Than A Hobby
  • Social Butterfly (moderator)
  • Effective Marketing for Writers (moderator)
  • The End of It (moderator)

Book Signing ~ The BooKnack

Book Signing for An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Book Signing ~ 2nd and Charles

Book Signing for An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


November 14-16 ~ North Charleston, SC 

  • Release pre-party for An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Reading)
  • All Things Sherlock (Panel)


May 29-31, 2015 ~ Concord, NC

  • Editors and Agents
  • Blogging for Writers
  • The Bad Ones
  • Stereotypes and How to Avoid Them

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