Appearances

Would you like to meet me in person? If you're an Esteemed Reader, I'd sure like to meet you. Below are some times and places we can make that happen. I hope to see you there.


If you're coordinating an event or school visit, I'd love an invitation. Email me at Bannekerbones [at] gmail [dot] com and let's see if we can't get something on this schedule.


Saturday, September 23, 2017 
B-Fest Teen Book Festival

Barnes & Noble River Crossing
8675 River Crossing Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240

Our 2nd annual teen book festival is Saturday, 9/23 from 1pm to about 5:30pm. Join us to celebrate all the best young adult literature has to offer - trivia contests, advanced reader copy giveaways, and a writing workshop to cap it off.

1PM B-In The Know: Teen Book Trivia
2PM B-Super: Sneak Peek of Superhero Novels & Celebrate Batman Day
3PM B-Part of the Fun: Scavenger Hunt, Storyball, and Activities
5PM B-Creative: Writing Workshop!


Saturday, October 14, 2017 
Indy Author Fair

Central Library
40 East St. Clair Street
Downtown Indianapolis
10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Indiana’s rich literary tradition with activities for writers and book lovers of all ages! FREE and open to the public

Self-Publishing Tricks and Tips – Goodrich-Houk Room
Learn the ins and outs of self-publishing during this workshop. This session will offer insights into how to know when it makes sense to self- publish, where to find out information about the variety of ways to self-publish, and what to watch out for if it’s the route you decide to take to publish your own book.  Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Rob Kent.

Genre Writing Panel  – Clowes Auditorium
Noted authors will share their experiences and expertise covering writing styles such as speculative fiction, mystery, romance and urban fiction.  Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Maurice Broaddus, S.M. Harding, Sandy James and Rob Kent.


Saturday, October 28, 2017 
Writing The Horror Novel 

Instructor: Robert Kent
Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Indiana Writers Center
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Author and film director Clive Barker says, "Horror fiction shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion." Do you like scary stories? Do you want to hold your readers frozen in heart-pounding suspense until they can turn the page and either breathe again... or scream? Robert Kent, author of All Together Now: A Zombie Story and other tales of terror, will share some of the most common tricks of the trade. He'll discuss popular plotting strategies, effective characterization techniques (for people as well as monsters),  establishing credibility in a genre about the incredible, and many other spine-tingling subjects. Most stories could benefit from incorporating a little romance, but ALL stories could benefit from incorporating elements of horror. Whatever your preferred genre, expect to gain a deeper appreciation for horror's place in fiction to improve your own writing and reading.


Saturday, November 4, 2017 
The Basics of Self Publishing

Instructor: Robert Kent
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Indiana Writers Center
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Editor Peggy Tierney says she receives thousands of manuscripts per year, reads perhaps fifty, and publishes only one or two. With publishers consolidating and purchasing fewer books each year, advances shrinking, and legacy contracts becoming more restrictive than ever – and with breakout self-publishing successes like Hugh Howey, Andy Weir, and Amanda Hawking making headlines – self publishing is no longer a marginalized zone for writers not talented enough to get a "real contract." It's a practical approach to to making real money through writing and reaching actual readers that's so much more fun than sending endless queries into the void.


Saturday, November 18, 2017 
Finishing Your First Novel (and your second)

Instructor: Robert Kent
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Indiana Writers Center
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Confession: when someone tells me, usually in a conspiratorial tone, "you know, I've always wanted to write a novel," I have to forcibly resist replying, "I've always wanted to perform brain surgery, I just haven't studied brains or operation procedures." Writing a novel isn't brain surgery, but it is a lot of work. It's also something everyone thinks they can do (because they've written stuff like emails, social media posts, that one poem from high school, etc.), and most people will never do. Fewer will do it well.

Being an enthusiastic  lover of books naturally leads to dreaming up an idea or two for your own, but ideas are cheap and plentiful. It's the completed execution of those ideas that separates authors from wannabes. And most authors don't publish their first book (and certainly not the first version of it), so if you want to stop telling people about the book you're going to write some day and start telling them about the book you wrote, roll up your sleeves.

This course will offer actionable advice on how to take your idea to completed novel with a comprehensive overview of how to plot your story, how to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and do the work, how to schedule your book's completion and track your progress, how to revise your completed manuscript, and ultimately how to prepare it to be published. By the end of this course, you'll either have a plan in place to finish your novel, or be able to decide that you'd rather just be a reader (the world always needs more of those).




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