New upcoming events and classes!

Hey gang!

So earlier this week I polished off and submitted my soon-to-be-third published novel Wolf & Devil: Demon Days to Tyche Books, which will probably land on shelves sometime in the fall (likely October, as Furr did before it.) What now? On to the next episode.

I’m busy behind the scenes with Coffin Hop Press, including working on a couple of short crime books for their new Noirvellas line. I’m also overhauling a project I worked on with the amazing Red Tash (if you haven’t read This Brilliant Darkness or Troll or Derby, do yourself a favour…). We had written 80-90% of it back four or five years ago, and I think it’s high time to finish it up. Joan of the A.R.C. was probably the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book. I like to describe it as “Good Omens for the Eleventh Doctor crowd”. Originally a “New Adult” kind of madcap-sci-fi-coming-of-age-romp, we will possibly try to age it down for a more YA crowd so that my kids can finally read one of my books beyond the copyright page.

And, of course, there’s still three more Wolf & Devil books to get to…

I’ve also been recruited as the local chair for the Chiaroscuro Reading Series (aka ChiSeries), a fantastic literary reading series sponsored by the amazing crew at ChiZine Publications. I previously hosted their inaugural event last summer, but now I’ll be organizing as well. Plans are in effect to launch the next event in May. Stay tuned for more on that!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for places to stalk me, or you want to come listen to me pontificate on all things genre. I’ve got a panel session at the Calgary Comic Expo on the 28th of April, and a whole summah worth of classes with the Alexandra Writers Centre Society. 

April 28, 2017

 Calgary-Logo-no-dateIs the Hero’s Journey Dead? Storytelling in a Multi-Platform Digital Age

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
Stampede Park
Palomino H
2017.calgaryexpo.com

Moderated by A.J. Proctor
Panelists: Axel Howerton, Doug Berquist, Catherine Sakaly Stephens
Palomino H
Friday, April 28
8-9 PM

Explore the evolution of Storytelling from a universal prospective. We will zoom way out take a look at the cultural paradigm shift that is challenging the traditional story model.

July 19, 2017

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How To Genre: Urban Fantasy and Magical Realism

Alexandra Writers Centre
cSpace King Edward
#460 – 1721 29 Avenue SW

www.alexandrawriters.org

Axel Howerton
July 19, 2017
7-10pm
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

Take a closer look at the history and mechanics of one of the most prevalent subgenres of today. Vampires, and Witches and Ghouls, Oh My!

July 26, 2017

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How To Genre: Gothic Horror (10 Seats Available)

Alexandra Writers Centre
cSpace King Edward
#460 – 1721 29 Avenue SW
www.alexandrawriters.org

Axel Howerton
July 26, 2017
7-10pm
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

The history and traditions of Gothic Horror explored, exposed and explained – from Shelley to Poe, from Lovecraft to Gaiman.

August 9, 2017

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How To Genre: Noir & Hardboiled (10 Seats Available)

Alexandra Writers Centre
cSpace King Edward
#460 – 1721 29 Avenue SW

www.alexandrawriters.org

Axel Howerton
August 9, 2017
7-10pm
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

A one-night primer on the history, tropes and stylistic ins and outs of writing Noir and Hardboiled fiction.

August 19, 2017

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Laughs, Thrills, Cool Cats and Literary Badassery (10 Seats Available)

Alexandra Writers Centre
cSpace King Edward
#460 – 1721 29 Avenue SW
www.alexandrawriters.org

Axel Howerton
August 19, 2017
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

A one-day workshop exploring how to infuse your work with danger, excitement, memorable characters, and just the right amount of levity.

August 23, 2017

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How To Genre: Sherlockian Shenanigans (10 Seats Available)

Alexandra Writers Centre
cSpace King Edward
#460 – 1721 29 Avenue SW
www.alexandrawriters.org

Axel Howerton
August 23, 2017
7-10pm
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

How the Victorian era’s great detective became today’s biggest cultural phenomena. An examination of Public Domain characters, how to write them, and where to get your stories published.

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