Announcing New Write-A-Thon Dates

Our December Write-A-Thon at the Broadkill Writers Resort has proven so popular we’ve added more dates in January and February! Need an extra boost to meet your writing goals? Our November participants wrote over 30,000 words in less than 48 hours. We’ll talk about tools, preparation, and how to beat writer’s block…but most importantly we’ll be using writing sprints to crank out words.


Friday January 11th through Sunday January 13th: four rooms available.

Friday February 15th through Monday February 18th: four rooms available.


Normally a room at our retreats costs $250, regardless of the number of occupants, but from now through midnight Friday December 20th we are offering the January and February rooms at a $100 discount!

You can send payments through PayPal to or, for the PayPal averse, we accept payments through Cash App at$bizarroguy. On the 21st our rate increases to $250.

“The Broadkill Writer’s Retreat/Workshop proved to be a total game-changer for me. Staff were knowledgeable, helpful, and professional. My time there was extremely productive, and I cannot wait for the next one!”

Jacki King, bestselling author of The Margarita Chica Finds Love

Ready to level up your writing game? To reserve your spot for $150 you must purchase by midnight December 20th with either PayPal via or Cash App at$bizarroguy.

Have questions? Please leave a comment on this post, or send an email to and I’ll provide an answer ASAP. Thanks!


We offer the comforts of home in a secluded, pristine beach environment designated as a protected area–so you never have to deal with crowds, and can always enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the Delaware Bay.

The canal separating Prime Hook from the houses of Broadkill Beach

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a 10,144 acre refuge officially established in 1963 to provide protection for threatened and endangered species, as well as many neo-tropical migrating bird species. Prime Hook’s habitat features include salt marsh, freshwater marsh, ponds and impoundments, wooded swamps and upland grasslands and forest. Hundreds of native plant and animal species thrive in this mosaic of these diverse cover types that provide habitat for 308 species of birds, 51 species of fish, 45 species of reptiles and amphibians, 37 species of mammals, and an array of rare insect and plant species.

Walk along the river in Milton

The closest town, Milton, is only a 10 minute drive away and is full of shops and restaurants. Established in 1672, and operating under several names until 1807 when it was renamed after English poet John Milton, this old ship building community has a historic district full of restored Colonial and Victorian houses, ranging from Gothics with turrets to those with peaked roofs trimmed with gingerbread lace molding.

On the boardwalk in Rehobeth

Further down Route 1, about 20 minutes from Broadkill, is Lewes, a quaint seaside community known for specialty shops, historic buildings, advanced health facilities, and its own beach. Continuing south on Route 1 30 minutes from Broadkill you next come to Rehoboth, a large beach vacation destination with a boardwalk and more shopping and entertainment options than you could take in during a week’s stay.

In the meantime check out Broadkill Writers’ Resort on Facebook and Twitter.

Join Our December Write-a-thon!

Want to boost your output? Why not join our December Write-a-thon!

When: Friday December 7th through Sunday December 9th
Where: Broadkill Writers Resort, Milton, Delaware
What: Private rooms for single occupancy or shared occupancy, with experienced editor on site

Over 30,000 words were composed by our four November writing retreat participants during just two days. Two days. The energy was palpable at Broadkill Writers Resort, and people wanted to take their National Novel Writing Month goals to the next level. One novelist will bring their product to the market with an eBook launch this December, while the others likely won’t be released until next year.

Meals were a prime opportunity to exchange knowledge, and our team of editors discussed all aspects of the publishing field with our participants—including recent changes at KDP and iBooks, tips and tricks for books signings, and productivity techniques just to name a few topics. The discussion didn’t end there, however, with brief talks throughout the day, and longer conversations late into the night.

Does any of this sound appealing to you as a writer? To work with the support and encouragement of editors with decades of experience, and other writing retreat participants, surrounded by 1,000 books in a serene location by the beach?

For a limited time we are offering an early bird rate of $150 to attend our Write-a-Thon at the Beach December 7th-December 9th. This rate is only good through midnight November 23rd. You can send payments through PayPal to or, for the PayPal averse, we accept payments through Cash App at$bizarroguy. On the 24th our rate increases to $250.

“The Broadkill Writer’s Retreat/Workshop proved to be a total game-changer for me. Staff were knowledgeable, helpful, and professional. My time there was extremely productive, and I cannot wait for the next one!”

Jacki King, bestselling author of The Margarita Chica Finds Love

Jacki attended our Book in a Weekend retreat, where she edited three existing manuscripts, learned to format eBooks and design covers herself, and got all three finished products launched on Amazon’s Kindle platform. How is it so many of our retreat attendees are that productive? We happen to believe it is the built-in accountability system our retreats rely on, with regular checks-ins to ensure everybody is progressing toward their goals and staying motivated.

Want to know about the science behind having daily check-ins with like minded peers to keep you on track, and grow your progress? Take a look at this article: Willpower Doesn’t Work. Here’s the Key to Being More Productive According to Neuroscience.

Perhaps you’re not a writer yourself, but are interested in getting the writer in your life a gift this holiday season that will not only be memorable, but will also contribute to their writing career. People have already talked to us about doing this for their loved ones, and we are always happy to be of service in this area. Just be mindful that if you want to take advantage of our early bird rate of $150 you must purchase by midnight November 23rd with either PayPal via or Cash App at$bizarroguy.

Guests who won’t be writing can make use of our extensive library of DVDs, VHS tapes, puzzles, and board games. Offsite attractions include dining, shopping, golf, bird watching, antiques, a boardwalk, escape rooms, brewery tours, and more all within 10-30 minutes drive. The secluded Broadkill beach is a mere one block from our location, and is great place for strolls along the bay or bonfires.

Have questions? Please leave a comment on this post, or send an email to and I’ll provide an answer ASAP. Thanks!

We hope to help you knock out your writing goals soon!

Prior author guest Rachell Nichole instructing attendees

Workshop Schedule Autumn 2018

Will you be in Baltimore this Thursday, November 1st? If so stop in at the World Fantasy convention for a workshop I’m running with Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.

dwasflogoWriting Characters of Color (1-3 pm)
Ceres Wright, John Edward Lawson, Stafford Battle, and Diane Williams

As our world is diverse, our writing should reflect that diversity. This workshop is designed to help you write fleshed-out realistic characters of color by building a complex backstory, while avoiding stereotypes.

To be held in Pride, located on the 6th Floor.

This will be the only DWASF event at World Fantasy 2018. You’ll be able to find me elsewhere on the Weird Poetry panel, my solo reading, and the mass autograph session. K. Ceres Wright will also be on the Writing as Sanctuary panel, with fellow Dog Star Books author J.L. Gribble (who also has a workshop and a reading).

The Next Broadkill Retreat

image_6483441Join us at the Broadkill Writers Resort for a weekend of writing fun. The cost for the weekend is $250 which includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday night lodgings, breakfast and a few other meals.

We will be doing writing sprints and workshops/discussions. This will be a small group (max 10 people) so if there’s a particular topic you’d like addressed let us know. Several experienced editors will be on hand and the weekend will be led by author and editor John Edward Lawson.

There are only a few spaces available so message to let us know if you are interested. Payment will be through PayPal.

The Next DWASF Workshop

Join the Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction for our inaugural Wine & Write workshop this December. We’ll have poets, editors, novelists, teachers, and marketers on hand to guide you and answer any questions. Keep an eye on for more details!

On Causing a Scene: Recent Podcasts


Recent Podcasts About Fiction and Representation of Marginalized Groups

At the recent CapClave science fiction and fantasy convention I was part numerous programing items, including the Future of Afrofuturism discussion. You might be familiar with some of the other panelists: K. Ceres Wright, Kenesha Williams, L.H Moore, Shirin Nicole, B. Sharise Moore. It turned out Sherin is part of the Geek Girl Riot team and recorded the panel for their podcast, which just aired last week. Please give our exploration of trends in Afrofuturism a listen at

Have thoughts about Afrofuturism? I, and the other panelists, would love to hear about it in the comments section. And while I love Afrofuturism I’m happy to say Geek Girl Riot is not the only podcast I appear on here.

Headshot_2DjangoConOver the summer I was privileged to meet some people shaking things up in tech. One of them happens to be and I am on her latest #CauseAScene podcast talking about white supremacy, patriarchy, and how their adherents cheat to control all public narratives.

The set up for my discussion with Kim is this two-part examination of extremists perfecting their manipulation of voting and polls in fandom leading up to the 2016 election, featuring Shireen Mitchel and

White supremacists and male supremacists have been organizing for years to shape society by controlling what we see and hear. There’s been a struggle in literature surrounding this. See how it played out in TV first:

I advocate for representing people as they exist in the world throughout all forms of art. It is a boots-on-the-ground struggle. The Nazis and MRAs are trying to pack literary conventions and awards with their people, and I’m working to counter that.

There are editors and authors working behind the scenes to shut down marginalized groups in publishing too. Because authors have day jobs writing all the online and offline advertising, speeches, articles, textbooks, corporate policies, etc. They shape what we view of the world, and how that view is interpreted.

Bearing all that in mind we only just began our conversation in this episode, but you can catch it at and hopefully engage Kim and I with your thoughts on continuing the discussion, and the necessary work stemming from it.

The episode I’m on includes links to resources mentioned in the show. If you want to help us face down these problems, and more, please explore the links. Also please do check out the deep backlist of podcasts archived at!


dwasflogoYou’ll find that on the #CauseAScene podcast we discuss the unfolding Chuck Wendig debacle, where bots where weaponized over a short number of days to convince Disney to fire him as writer of their Star Wars novelizations and comic books.

One person we don’t talk about much is the grandfather of weird fiction, H.P. Lovecraft, and his racism/racist supporters. Jump into the way-back machine with me to revisit my most popular blog post ever, republished this week over at Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction, Racism Wasn’t Lovecraft’s Problem.

It includes details about one of the times white supremacists vowed to kill me when I was a child, so it’s really fun reading. More importantly it touches on the struggle several years ago between white supremacy apologists and all other humans regarding the World Fantasy Award, which figures in setting the stage for battles currently being waged in the fiction scene. Including, but not limited to, the Star Wars fandom.

Capclave 2018

small_dodo_transparentJoin me at the DC metro area speculative fiction convention Capclave 2018

I will be a program participant at Capclave 2018 this weekend in the Washington, DC metro area, alongside Dog Star Books author J.L. Gribble, members of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction, and many others including guests of honor Nancy Kress and Alyssa Wong.

Here’s where you can find me over the weekend:


8 Toward a More Diverse Genre (Truman)
How do authors portray persons of color, disabilities, and gender in their stories? Science Fiction and Fantasy have come a long way and have often been at the forefront of these issues and sometimes not. What more needs to be done? What’s the next step in portraying a more diverse universe?


3 The Future of Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Fiction (Eisenhower)
Last year’s Afrofuturism was incredibly successful and popular, so we decided to have another one. Discussion on the meanings on Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Fiction. The panelists would discuss the present state of the genre and its future.
4:30 DWASF Meet & Greet (room TBA)
Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (DWASF)—will host a meet-and-greet to interact with attendees, provide refreshments, and have a giveaway.
7:30 Mass autograph Signing with cash bar and cake (Eisenhower/Jackson)


11 John Edward Lawson reading (Lincoln)
Poetry reading with Q&A.
12 Black Panther (Washington Theater)
The impact of the movie and the comics. The movie was huge. Nnedi Okorafor has just announced she’s writing the new Shuri comic and Ta-Nahesi Coates has written for Black Panther as well. Panelists discuss the cultural significance of Black Panther.

The event is being held at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center,
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852-1699. For more information please visit

HWA Guest Post: I Don’t Like Poetry

JELauthor2018This month renowned speculative poet Marge Simon was kind enough to invite my contribution as guest writer of her column Blood & Spades for the Horror Writers Association newsletter. You can read the column at

While you’re there I have a favor to ask. Please click through links to other features in the newsletter to read columns by other working authors and editors, and catch up on HWA happenings. Know anybody who might benefit from being part of the HWA? Or, maybe somebody who is into poetry and would get a kick of my dissection of how werewolf limericks fit into the literary landscape? Please share the column far and wide. Thanks in advance!

A note about the poems included in the column: the bulk of them are from my forthcoming collection Bibliophobia, which will be my seventh book of poetry. Bibliophobia will be available soon from Raw Dog Screaming Press. Would you like a review copy? Please contact

In the meantime, if you feel like enjoying some more poetry here’s a selection of books by some of my influences in the scene, and some of the names to watch. They are available at Any sales through that link help keep Raw Dog Screaming Press in business, Yes, even sales of the books RDSP didn’t publish!

Most importantly please let me know if there are any poets you think I ought to be reading. I’d love to hear your thoughts.


Balticon 2018


Dog Star Books and Raw Dog Screaming Press authors and editors J.L. Gribble, John Edward Lawson, and K. Ceres Wright will appear at Balticon this weekend. Their programming schedules are extensive and varied. Check the listings below for information regarding readings, panels, signings, workshops, socials, and more. We hope to see you there!


Parking: an area expert has informed me that the hotel parking is quite poor. Instead, the parking at 400 East Pratt is recommended. For a map and online reservations visit–md/400-east-pratt.

Topics: have something you’d like to see discussed on the panels listed below? Leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do!

Harassment Policy: the Balticon harassment policy can be viewed at

Awesome: you’re awesome regardless of whether you can make it to the event or not! Want some other way to show your support? Please consider sharing this event with others. Thanks!

Other things to do: if the 300 hours of programming offered by Balticon aren’t enough, or if your friends and family need something to do while you attend the convention, the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is located in the middle of Baltimore’s Harborplace where you will find restaurants, shops, nightclubs, museums, the National Aquarium, and more.


Gribble photo colorFriday
• The Blurring of Genre Borders (panel) J.L. Gribble
• Freelancing in the Publishing Industry (panel) John Edward Lawson
5pm Introduction to SFF Poetry (panel) John Edward Lawson

6pm There’s No Such Thing as Apolitical Fiction (panel) John Edward Lawson

8pm Microfiction and Micropoetry (panel) John Edward Lawson


authors-kcereswright10am Effective Marketing for the Self-Published Author (panel) John Edward Lawson

11am Running a Small Press (panel) John Edward Lawson

12pm Afrofuturism 101 (panel) K. Ceres Wright

• Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading (J.L. Gribble)
• Readings: Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (John Edward Lawson, K. Ceres Wright)
2pm Slash of Our Ancestors: A History of Fanfic (panel) J.L. Gribble
• Autograph session with J.L. Gribble & Jay Smith
• Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (DWASF) Meet & Greet (John Edward Lawson, K. Ceres Wright)
9pm Writing Psychological Horror (panel) K. Ceres Wright


JELauthor2018• Alternate History: Creating Stories by Changing the Past (presentation) J.L. Gribble
• Yourself and Someone Unlike You: Why Representation is Good for Everyone (panel) John Edward Lawson
2 pm Readings: John Edward Lawson, Starla Huchton, Charles Gannon
4 pm Fandom Trolls and How to Vanquish Them (panel) J.L. Gribble
5pm Diversity Readers and Why You Need Them (panel) John Edward Lawson

7pm Readings with J.L. Gribble & Paul E. Cooley

• Long Live the King: The Success of Black Panther (panel) John Edward Lawson
• Taking Off the Training Wheels: Fanfic to Original Fic (panel) J.L. Gribble
9pm Tales From the Slush Pile (panel) John Edward Lawson

10am Writing Compelling Villains (panel) J.L. Gribble
11am How to Keep Writing After the Workshop (panel) J.L. Gribble


Thoughts and Feelings About Black Panther

It’s been a while since I did a film review, but this week I join five other Speculative Chic contributors to discuss Black Panther. My contribution is a mere 500 words, but those are 500 words in which I do manage to coin the phrase: “Once you go to Wakanda, you don’t go back yonder.” I expect to see that appearing on T-shirts and other merchandise posthaste.

Unsurprisingly, all the reviewers had a lot to say about this particular movie. Please join the discussion over at —we look forward to your comments!


Women in Horror Month Poetry Reading

Please join us TONIGHT at 8 p.m. on the Raw Dog Screaming Press YouTube channel for a live poetry reading featuring Stephanie M. Wytovich, Donna Lynch, and Erin Al-Mehairi.

via #WomeninHorrorMonth Live Poetry Reading Tues, Feb 20 – Wytovich, Lynch, and Me (Al-Mehairi)!

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