at the Main Library, 215 E. Third St Dayton | Grades 7-12
AUTHOR PANEL | NOON - 1 PM
Cinda Williams Chima • Mike Mullin • Nic Stone (About our Authors)
GRAPHIC NOVEL PANEL | 1 - 2 PM
WORKSHOPS TO CHOOSE FROM | 1 - 4 PM
MEET & GREET | 4 - 5 PM
All the Authors and Illustrators
OPEN CRAFTING SESSIONS | NOON - 4 PM
Journal Making and Book Crafts
Free Writing/Free Drawing
Bookstore - Purchase your books & get them signed by the authors.
Lots of Door Prizes - including two Kindles!
CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who grew up with talking animals and kick-butt Barbies. She began writing poetry and stories in third grade and novels in junior high school. These days she writes fantasy fiction for teens of all ages.
Chima’s books have received starred reviews in Kirkus and VOYA, among others. They have been named Booksense and Indie Next picks, an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, to the Kirkus Best YA list, and the VOYA Editors’ Choice, Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and Perfect Tens lists. Her books also appear on numerous state awards lists and won the Buckeye Teen Book Award in 2011.
Chima was a recipient of the 2008 Lit Award for Fiction from the Cleveland Lit and was named a Cleveland Magazine Interesting Person 2009. She lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.
The Heir Chronicles contemporary fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir (2006), The Wizard Heir (2007), The Dragon Heir (2008), The Enchanter Heir (2013) and The Sorcerer Heir (2014).
The high fantasy Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King (2009), followed by The Exiled Queen(September, 2010) The Gray Wolf Throne (2011) and The Crimson Crown (2012).
The Shattered Realms high fantasy series first novel is Flamecaster (2016).
Worldbuilding: Writing Your Own Fantasy Fiction
In this session, we’ll talk about the elements of fiction, including character, setting, and plot, plus the element of magic that makes it fantasy. We discuss rules, tools, and limitations of magic with examples from popular fantasy novels. Develop and share viewpoint characters, settings, plot problems, and magical schemes for your own fantasy stories, and leave with a template for your own fantasy fiction!
FOR MORE INFO: CindaChima.com
MIKE MULLIN first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mike’s first sale as a writer earned 10 cents for one word: tenacious.
Since then, Mike has always been involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at Central Library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant for Indiana University’s library. Mike has worked in his mother’s business, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, for more than twenty years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer, school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant.
Mike wrote his first novel in elementary school and has been writing more or less non-stop ever since. Ashfall is his first published novel. Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats.
The Ashfall Series: Ashfall, Ashen Winter, Sunrise and Darla’s Story
Fifteen-year-old Alex Halprin struggles to survive and find his family after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging the world into a cataclysmic natural disaster.
An interactive “funshop” that includes group activities and LOTS of writing! This workshop will teach you some tips and tricks for crafting a novel. Come ready to write, learn and interact, and leave with a plan for writing your own novel!
FOR MORE INFO: MikeMullinAuthor.com
NIC STONE was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
Dear Martin, her first novel, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Shaken by the various responses to these incidents — and to the pro-justice movement that sprang up as a result — Stone began the project in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts writing a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Rodents, Vegetables, and Solid Storytelling
Nic Stone shares a mnemonic she uses for her writing process, and leads participants through a writing activity.
FOR MORE INFO: NicStone.info/
SPARKLE COMICS is an independent comic book company based in Dayton, Ohio. We make comics by friends, for fans, and span the genres of action, adventure, fantasy, and horror for pre-teens and up.
Adventure Man #1, Defenders of the Planet #1, Don’t Play with Monsters Episode 1 & 2
THEIR WORKSHOP: The Creative Process Sparkle Comics takes you through the fascinating process of creating a comic book – from concept, through storyboarding, to the final product.
FOR MORE INFO: SparkleComics.com