The first-ever Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival brings together established sci-fi and horror authors with their teen audiences to celebrate all things speculative and creeptastic! During this day-long extravaganza, aspiring young writers are invited to explore new genres, ask questions and bring to life their own literary creations.

The festival has been designed for teens ages 13-19. Adults are welcome only as chaperones for teen attendees. Registration is free!

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! What better way to celebrate this extraordinary book than with a teen-focused festival? This one-day extravaganza will feature readings and book signings by acclaimed sci-fi and horror authors Mike Mullin, Julia Karr, Mark Marimen, Saundra Mitchell and Maurice Broaddus. 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.

In addition to hearing from established authors about their craft, teens will be invited to attend interactive writing workshops provided by Hoosier authors such as Greg and Donna Kishbaugh, Adam Henze, Mike Mullin, Matt Barron and comic artists Chris & Gin. Attendees can explore the haunted library stacks for inspiration for a horror story or experience virtual worlds at IUPUI’s Advanced Virtual Reality lab to imagine sci-fi settings. With hands-on activities, marathon film screenings, a pop-up bookshop, open mic and more than 20 other local authors exhibiting their literary creations, teens will find plenty of inspiration during the first-ever Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival! 

The free festival comes to life on Oct. 20, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Indiana State Library.