The first-ever Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival will be held on Oct. 20 at the Indiana State Library and will bring together established sci-fi and horror authors with their teen audiences. During the day-long extravaganza, aspiring young writers will be invited to explore new genres, ask questions and bring to life their own literary creations. The event is part of the year-long One State / One Story: Frankenstein program initiated by Indiana Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Center for the Book. The program also received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The festival will feature readings and book signings by acclaimed sci-fi and horror authors and interactive writing workshops by Hoosier authors, as well as film screenings, the opportunity to explore the haunted library stacks for inspiration for a horror story, or to experience virtual worlds at IUPUI’s Advanced Virtual Reality lab to imagine sci-fi settings, and more.
“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,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “What better way to celebrate this extraordinary book than with a teen-focused festival that encourages students to make connections and think critically about those two popular genres?”
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. Other authors who will be presenting include Mike Mullin, Julia Karr, Mark Marimen, Saundra Mitchell and Maurice Broaddus. In addition to hearing from established authors about their craft, teens will be invited to attend interactive writing workshops provided by Indiana-based authors such as Greg and Donna Kishbaugh, Adam Henze, Mike Mullin, Matt Barron and comic artists Chris & Gin.
The festival is free and designed for teens ages 13-19. Adults are welcome only as chaperones for teen attendees. Registration is requested, but not required: https://scifihorrorwritersfestival.eventbrite.com.
When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 registration including a pizza lunch available for pre-purchase. Registration is NOT required to attend.
Where: The Indiana State Library, 140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Visit Sci-Fi and Horror Writers Festival’s website for a schedule, author and workshop details, FAQs and more information.
One State / One Story: Frankenstein is part of Indiana Humanities’ two-year Quantum Leap initiative, which encourages Hoosiers to celebrate what happens when we bridge the humanities with STEM.