Boards & Books
01/11/2014 10am-12am

The first annual Hypericon-sponsored Boards & Books Day is January 11, 2014, from 10am to 12am (or whenever we throw you all out). It takes place in the same location as Hypericon, the Holiday Inn Express Airport (1111 Airport Center Dr Nashville, Tennessee).

Pre-register now:
gaming: $25

writing workshop: $25
What Session?

Board Gaming

Spend the day meeting local gamers and trying out various card and board games from the Hypericon gaming library. Contact us if there is a game you want to run. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase in the gaming room.

Writing Workshops

Participants can sign up for one or both sessions, but all sessions will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so please sign up early. In the event that the workshops fill up, a waiting list will be offered; writers showing up late for the workshop may be asked to forfeit their slot for somebody who is present and waiting.

There are 8 slots per session, meaning that all participants will get intimate, hands-on attention. People should bring something to take notes with; laptops are optional but strongly encouraged. Also, if there are any special topics/questions that writers have, come prepared with those! We will work through as many issues as we can in the time available.

Morning Session: 10 AM - 1 PM The Morning session will focus on taking a piece of work from draft to publication. In this session we will focus on editing, querying and finding markets that work for you or your piece. Persons attending this session are asked to bring ten copies of a section of recently finished work - please limit this to five pages, double spaced.

Afternoon Session: 2 PM - 5 PM The afternoon session will focus on marketing writers and their written works. We'll discuss social media, advertising, and how to find and schedule personal appearances and budget both your money and your time.

Workshop leaders:

AJ Scudiere

After not making the advanced reading group in kindergarten, AJ Scudiere decided to 'show them all!' and become the best reader possible. This led to reading "The Amityville Horror," "Flowers in the Attic," and "Carrie" all before the age of seven. By eight, armed with a pen and notebook, she'd gone to the other side and written an 'adult' novella . . . which shall never again see the light of day. As the daughter of a physicist and a lawyer, AJ always wants to make sure the stories 'work': by the time you get to the end, you'll realize you were holding all the pieces all along. AJ has four award-winning suspense novels to her name. The fifth -- The Shadow Constant -- just released, and book number six -- Retribution -- will be out in early 2014.

Eli Jackson

With an extensive background in scheduling and marketing (including a BS and an MBA), Eli Jackson keeps everything organized, makes sure work gets to the publisher by deadline, and that AJ shows up for events on time. She works with publicists, manages online marketing, coordinates travel, and develops brand strategies. She also loves to help other authors navigate the odd path of publication and promotion.

Mandi Lynch

Mandi M. Lynch started writing at the age of six, pecking out the stories on her mother's typewriter. Although the crayon drawings have improved marginally, the spelling has not. Fortunately, her stories have evolved over the last two and a half decades, and she now has dozens in print in various print anthologies and online. In addition, she started a literary magazine, Ink Monkey Mag, and is now also publishing anthologies with her own small press to help other authors spread the written word.