Editor offers fiction writing workshop

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Hugo and Stoker Award-nominated editor and publisher Jason Sizemore will speak at the Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 program of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Streets (in Fort Sanders). A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave.

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Jason Sizemore is the owner/operator of Apex Publications, a small press that focuses on science fiction, fantasy and horror. Its “Apex Magazine” has been nominated for the Hugo Award three times. He is the featured speaker August 6, 2015 at the Knoxville Writers Guild August monthly program and will offer a hands-on writing workshop on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Registration for the workshop is available at www.KnoxvilleWritersGuild.org.

In addition, he’ll read a chapter from his latest book, “For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher” (Apex 2015).

“I will read a condensed version of the chapter that relates slush pile facts and a couple of the more worrisome submissions I’ve received,” he said. “The authors will find it informative and hopefully entertaining.”

The book follows his unconventional professional path as it winds through a tiny, overheated Baptist church deep within the coal fields of Appalachia, Kentucky, past a busted printer and a self-serving boss that triggered an early mid-life crisis and the epiphany that he should open a magazine spreading the gospel of science fiction to the masses, all the way to WorldCon 2012 and his first Hugo Awards ceremony. For more information, visit www.jason-sizemore.com or www.apexbookcompany.com. Copies of “For Exposure” and his collection, “Ireedemable” (Seventh Star Press 2014), will be available for purchase at the program.

Sizemore also is slated to lead a workshop Saturday, Aug. 8 titled, “Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy: Liftoff!”The event is scheduled for 12:45-3:45, at  Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Avenue, Knoxville. (This is one block off Broadway in the 4th and Gill neighborhood.)

About the Knoxville Writers’ Guild

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild exists to facilitate a broad and inclusive community for area writers, provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, help members improve and market their writing skills and promote writing and creativity.