Holy-god-damn-shit! It’s the fifth year of BizarroCon. I’ve been attending and working behind the scenes from the first gathering of drunken bizarro writers. This year I don’t have any readings but I am doing workshops and am a part of many events. Here’s what I’m up to:
8:00-11:00am: WRITER’S WORKSHOP: HIGH CONCEPT BIZARRO (Jeff Burk)— Pitch and critique bizarro book ideas with your bizarro peers and learn what it takes to write bizarro fiction novels that sell based on their ideas alone. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. WORKSHOP FULL (Location: The Mt Hood Room)
11:30-12:15pm: VIRAL BOOK MARKETING (Jeff Burk, Rose O’Keefe, Cameron Pierce, Kevin Shamel) —Tips and tricks for marketing your book online, using blogs to your advantage, and the four emotions that make something go viral. (Location: The Barley Room)
12:30-1:15 pm: ALAN CLARK PAINTS WITH THE EXQUISITE BRUSH, JEFF BURK—Watch award-winning artist Alan M. Clark as he uses Jeff Burk’s dreadlocks in a live painting demonstration. (Location: The Ad House)
1:30-2:15pm: WHAT TO DO WITH A POO-FLAVORED DICK (John Skipp, Brian Keene, Shane McKenzie, Robert Devereaux, Jeff Burk) — Shock in bizarro and horror fiction—what has been done, what not to do, and what the hell is even shocking anymore anyway? (Location: The Barley Room)
2:30-3:30pm: HOW TO CREATE A KICKASS LITERARY EVENT (Rose O’Keefe, Mykle Hansen, Jeff Burk) —Want to throw an awesome reading, book release party, or other writerly shindig? Learn the ins and outs of event coordination with bizarrocon staff members. (Location: The Barley Room)
You’ll also be able to find be around Edgefield the whole weekend attending workshops and readings, and, of course, drinking and smoking. I look forward to seeing all you weirdos there!