Open Mic Readings: Come Share Your Work!

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Thursday, October 22nd; 6-8 PM
Colorado Springs Marriott, home of the pikes Peak Writers Conference! 5580 Tech Center Drive; We’ll be in the second floor board room, turn left as you get off the elevator.

More Information: No workshops tonight. Instead, let’s get together, relax, and share our work. We’ll do open mic readings, so anyone is welcome to come up and share a portion of their work, whether finished or unfinished, published or unpublished. You’ll have 4 minutes to read a piece you’ve written, be it poetry, non-fiction, short fiction, flash fiction, or something from your novel or work in progress. All genres welcome. It’s time we heard from you! Free and open to all. There is a bar, cafe, and restaurant on the premises. This event is part of Arts Month.

What: October Write Brain: Transcending Standard Media Forms
Who: Joshua Viola
When: Oct 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Carnegie room of Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
More Information: Joshua Viola, chief editor of Hex Publishers, will be talking about publishing in an age where the rules have changed and why transmedia output is essential to making an impact and reaching a broader audience.
Transmedia is the ability to reach a larger demographic by blurring the lines of how the media is offered. So, specifically, Hex Publishers has offered Nightmares Unhinged as paperback and ebook, but is also launching a Playstation 4 Dymamic Theme via Sony based on the book. The book trailer playing in a variety of movie theaters now. Josh’s latest novel, Blackstar, is accompanied by an original soundtrack by Celldweller–so you can listen to instrumental music inspired by the book while reading. His debut novel, The Bane of Yoto, was accompanied by an interactive 3D comic app. All of these items transcend their typical media forms to reach others that likely wouldn’t have discovered the book otherwise (such as movie goers, gamers, music fans, etc).
About the Presenter: Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and video game developer (Capcom, Disney, Konami). In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, Viola is the author of Blackstar, a novel based on the work of acclaimed electronic-rock musician Celldweller. He is publishing Cyber World, a science fiction anthology edited by Hugo Award winner Jason Heller, in 2016 and editing Blood Business, a crime anthology, in 2017. Alpha Cat, a comic book Viola co-created with UFC Bantamweight Number One Contender, Cat Zingano, will release this spring. His short fiction can be found in the pages of the horror anthology Nightmares Unhinged. Viola lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is publisher and chief editor of Hex Publishers.

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