Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Welcomes Author Michael Williams as Guest

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to welcome author Michael Williams as a guest.  First known to readers through the best-selling DRAGONLANCE series, Michael exemplifies dedication to the craft and art of writing, having expanded his horizons in works such as his lyrical/experimental Arcady (singled out for praise by Locus and Asimov magazines), and his current mythic fiction novels such as Trajan’s Arch and Vine.  Teaching at the University of Louisville with a focus on the Modern Fantastic in film and books, Michael is a tremendous workshop presenter and panelist, and we are both honored and thrilled to have him with us this year!

 

About Michael Williams: Over the past 25 years, Michael Williams has written a number of strange novels, from the early Weasel’s Luck and Galen Beknighted in the best-selling DRAGONLANCE series to the more recent lyrical and experimental Arcady, singled out for praise by Locus and Asimov’s magazines. His most recent books are Trajan’s Arch and Vine, an Urban Legend—novels he characterizes as “mythical realism”: in Trajan’s Arch, stories fold into stories and a boy grows up with ghostly mentors, and Vine mingles Greek tragedy and urban legend, as a local dramatic production in a small city goes humorously, then horrifically, awry.

Williams was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and spent much of his childhood in the south central part of the state, the red-dirt gothic home of Appalachian foothills and legends of Confederate guerrillas. Through good luck and a roundabout journey he made his way through New England, New York, Wisconsin, Britain and Ireland, and has ended up less than thirty miles from where he began. He has a Ph.D. in Humanities, and teaches at the University of Louisville, where he focuses on the the Modern Fantastic in fiction and film. He is married, and has two grown sons.

First Wave of 2017 Panelist Guests Posted!

The first wave of Imaginarium 2017 guests and panelists is posted, with many, many more to come in the weeks and months ahead, so check back regularly!  Many favorites are returning along with many panelists making their first Imaginarium appearance!  All will be a part of the most extensive programming we’ve had yet, as the nation’s premier creative writing convention takes another great step forward in its 4th year.

From networking, to learning, to having fun among creative individuals, Imaginarium will have more than ever to offer authors, editors, publishers, screenwriters, game designers, comic creators, filmmakers, musicians and other creative professionals!  Coming October 6-8 in Louisville, Kentucky! http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/guests-for-2017/

Imaginarium 2017 Proudly Announces Award-winning author Gary A. Braunbeck as Imaginator Guest!

Imaginarium 2017 is proud to announce award-winning, multi-genre author Gary A. Braunbeck as an Imaginator guest! With 19 books, over 200 short stories, and genres spanning from mysteries, to thrillers, to science fiction, fantasy, horror and mainstream literature, Gary’s work exemplifies award-winning achievement and dedication to the craft of writing. An adjunct professor at Seton Hill University and frequent host of workshops and seminars, Gary is also an outstanding writing instructor who has always been willing to help other writers on their path. Imaginarum Convention is elated to have Gary joining us for our 4th year and our attendees will see why he is a perfect fit for a convention all about creative writing!

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About Gary A. Braunbeck: Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications. Some of his most popular stories are mysteries that have appeared in the Cat Crimes anthology series.

He was born in Newark, Ohio; this city that serves as the model for the fictitious Cedar Hill in many of his stories. The Cedar Hill stories are collected in Graveyard People and Home Before Dark.

His fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction in 2003 for “Duty” and in 2005 for “We Now Pause for Station Identification”; his collection Destinations Unknown won a Stoker in 2006. His novella “Kiss of the Mudman” received the International Horror Guild Award for Long Fiction in 2005.

As an editor, Gary completed the latest installment of the Masques anthology series created by Jerry Williamson, Masques V, after Jerry became too ill to continue.

He also served a term as president of the Horror Writers Association. He is married to Lucy Snyder, a science fiction/fantasy writer, and they reside together in Columbus, Ohio.

Gary is an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, where he teaches in an innovative Master’s degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.

His nonfiction writing book Fear In A Handful Of Dust: Horror As A Way Of Life has been used as a text by several college writing classes. Gary has taught writing seminars and workshops around the country on topics such as short story writing, characterization, and dialogue.

 

 

About Imaginator Guests: Since our debut in 2014, Imaginarium Convention has designated special Imaginator Guests to be spotlighted and celebrated. Imaginator guests are featured in special Q and A’s, highlighted at Opening Ceremonies and Awards Banquets, given special designation in the vendor hall (some with featured signing times), and appear on prime panels or workshops. For further information on Imaginarium, please visit our site at www.entertheimaginarium.com

2016 List of Panel and Workshop Topics Posted!

Imaginarium 2016 has one of the nation’s strongest creative writing programming offerings.  Our extensive array of panels and workshops are diverse, comprehensive, and in step with the issues facing today’s creative writing world.  Please take a look through what we have planned for this year and we are confident that you will agree that Imaginarium’s programming far exceeds that of many writers conferences charging hundreds of dollars per registration.  Take a look at the link below!

2016 Panel and Workshop Descriptions

Wings of Flight Friday Night Entertainment Extravaganza Announcement!

Imaginarium 2016 is proud to announce a tremendous new addition to our entertainment programming for the weekend… Wings of Flight! A full evening of entertainment is set for the first night of the convention, Friday, October 7.

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Part one of Wings of Flight will be Music and Mayhem, an all-ages show featuring magician Richard Cross, a filk concert by bestselling fantasy author C.S. Marks, and other guests TBA. Then…later in the evening we will have the 2nd half of Wings of Flight, The Imaginarium Cabaret, a magic and burlesque show featuring Big Daddy Cool and the Bombshell Kittens (The Imaginarium Cabaret will be limited to 18+).

Wings of Flight is sponsored by Dragon, Butterfly and Fairy Wings and will be a fantastic addition to our convention weekend!

http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/wings-of-flight-friday-evening/

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Teresa Reasor as Guest!

Imaginarium 2016 is very proud to welcome New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Teresa Reasor as a guest to  the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. With an extensive body of writing work that spans Military Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Historical Romance and Children’s Books, Teresa exemplifies the spirit of Imaginarium in its embrace of all genres of writing. We are very excited to have Teresa with us and she will make a fantastic addition to our extensive programming offered in Imaginarium 2016!

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About Teresa: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Teresa Reasor was born in Southeastern Kentucky, but grew up a Marine Corps brat. The love of reading instilled in her in Kindergarten at Parris Island, South Carolina made books her friends during the many transfers her father’s military career entailed. The transition from reader to writer came easily and she was a closet novelist for many years until 2007 when her first book was published.

After twenty-one years as an Art Teacher and ten years as a part time College Instructor, she’s now retired and living her dream as a full time Writer.

Her body of work includes both full-length novels and shorter pieces in many different genres, Military Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Children’s Books.

Imaginarium 2016 Proudly Welcomes Maurice Broaddus as Author Guest

Imaginarium 2016 proudly welcomes Maurice Broaddus as an author guest for the event this coming October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  A highly-acclaimed author and editor in speculative fiction, Maurice is an Imaginator alumnus with us and we are thrilled to be having him back with us.  Attendees are going to love meeting and interacting with Maurice and he is going to be an exceptional addition to this year’s panel and workshop programming.

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About Maurice: Maurice Broaddus’ fiction has been published in numerous venues, including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, and Weird Tales Magazine. He co-edited Streets of Shadows (Alliteration Ink) and the Dark Faith anthology series (Apex Books) and was the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot Books).

For further information about Maurice, please visit his site at: www.MauriceBroaddus.com