10-10:45 a.m. (Indiana Authors Room)
Presented by Matthew Barron and the Speculative Fiction Guild

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to work together as a group to create a single complete story in less than 50 minutes. Author Matthew Barron will serve as a guide and typist while the group determines everything else. The final story will be posted on the web. 

Matthew Barron spends his days mixing and analyzing human blood as a medical technologist in Indianapolis. His diverse stories have appeared in Outposts of Beyond, Sci-Phi Journal, Ill-Considered Expeditions, House of Horror, Gifts of the Magi and Welcome to Indiana. He also wrote and produced a short play in the 2015 Indianapolis Fringe Festival and has written and published three graphic novels. His sword sorcery book, Valora; dystopian novella, Secular City Limits; and kids book, The Lonely Princess, are also available. For more information, visit

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (Indiana Authors Room)
Presented by Chris Ludden 

Creating characters for a book, comic, or game doesn’t mean starting from scratch! In this workshop you’ll play Frankenstein with a famous sci-fi character. Together, we’ll break characters into “body parts,” by asking questions like “What do they look like?” and “How do they behave?” Then, you’ll use those parts (plus a few new ones) to assemble a new creation! Leave with a short bio and sketch of your new character. Yes, there will be drawing. Stick figures are fine!

Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee are a pair of Indianapolis-based collaborative artists. Their interest in media, archaeology, and history have driven them to create comic books like Pitched, Dexter’s Digs, and Presidents of the United SPACE. You can find their work at

1-1:45 p.m. (Indiana Authors Room)
Presented by Mike Mullin

This workshop will teach participants some tips and tricks for crafting their novel. An interactive “funshop” that includes group activities and LOTS of writing, participants should come ready to write, learn and interact. Each participant will leave with a plan for writing their own novel!

Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mike’s first sale as a writer earned 10 cents for one word: tenacious. Since then, Mike has always been involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at Central Library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant for Indiana University’s library. Mike has worked in his mother’s business, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, for more than twenty years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer, school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant.

2-2:45 p.m. (Indiana Authors Room)
Presented by Greg and Donna Kishbaugh

 Become Dr. Victor Frankenstein by creating your very own monster! In this creative writing/storytelling workshop, young writers will have the chance to bring their very own monster to life on the page. Whether it is a literal monster, or something lurking in the everyday, the creative writing techniques taught by Greg and Donna Kishbaugh are sure to help blooming writers get their best monster story started. 

  Both Greg Kishbaugh and Donna Kishbaugh graduated from the prestigious Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Program. Greg is a Ray Bradbury Fiction Writing Award winner, and the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Bone Welder, a modern-day continuation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Additionally, he is the editor of the Burning Maiden anthology series, which focuses on literary tales of horror and the supernatural. Donna is an award-winning copywriter, mixed media artist and teacher of visual art, theatre and creative writing. They serve on the Board of Directors for the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI and work on public relations for acclaimed film director Guillermo del Toro.

3-3:45 p.m. (Indiana Authors Room)
Presented by Adam Henze

This poetic celebration begins with a hybrid lecture and performance, bringing monstrous poems to life by John Keats, Margaret Atwood, Jericho Brown, Wendell Berry, and more. After exploring Shelley’s influence on rock and hip hop culture, participants are invited to create their own “horrorcore poem” in an interactive writing workshop. Echoing Byron’s ghost story challenge, the session concludes with a Frankenslam, where all are invited to share their poetic creations on the mic.

Adam Henze is a poet, educator, and doctoral candidate at Indiana University, where he serves as a Research Associate at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. He is the founder of The Power of a Sentence, a literacy and writing course at the Indiana Women’s Prison, and is a Bureau Speaker for Indiana Humanities’ year-long One State/One Story Frankenstein program. Adam is one of the co-founders of Slam Camp, an international summer academy for teenage poets, and is the Vice President of Southern Fried Poetry, Inc., which hosts one of the longest running poetry slam festivals in the world.