Call for Scary submissions!

After the colossal success of Sci-Fi from the Rock and the sheer amount of amazing submissions we got for Fantasy from the Rock, Engen Books has decided to continue the From The Rock line with Chillers from the Rock, to be available in Spring 2018 at the 12th annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention. Continue reading Call for Scary submissions!

WANL Q&A Panel! | The Writer’s Block

If you’re starting out as an author, you need support: and there’s no better place than WANL: The Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador! Ask any questions you may have of a WANL board member and get them answered! Get a clear focus on what WANL does, and what they can do for you! 4:00-4:50pm, Friday August 25 2017!


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Self-Publishing and Marketing with Scott Bartlett | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

scott_ellenNo weekend-long seminar about writing and bringing your book to market will be complete without a talk about marketing! It’s one of the least favorite subjects of would-be authors, but its necessary… and if done write, it can be a creative and fulfilling part the processing of bringing your book to market!

A popular misconception is that only indie’s have to market: not true! Even those traditionally published have to work hard to bring their book into the public eye! learn some of the tricks of the trade with one of our province’s most successful small-press marketers, Scott Bartlett, author of Powered, Supercarrier, and Taking Stock! 12:30-1:45 on Sunday, August 27!


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Multiple Author Social Events | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

Along with all the great writing panels at The Writer’s Block this month, there are also tons of great opportunities to relax and be social, and talk one-on-one with your favorite authors! They’re listed below!

Friday Aug 25
6:00pm-8:00pm – Author Social

Saturday Aug 26
10:00am-10:50am – Breakfast Write-In

Sunday Aug 27
10:00am-10:50am – Breakfast Write-In


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Learn Scriptwriting! | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

One of our last lectures, from 2:30-3:30 on August 27 2017, involves script-writing at the art of turning your work into script-format! This is a popular discussion when we have qualified writers present to speak on it, and thankfully the Avalon Expo sponsored guest Ali House (The Six Elemental) is an playwright in her own right! 🙂

House is coming prepared to sprinkle in her knowledge with a geeky twist, with notes on science-fiction, dystopian future, superhero, and YA fantasy scriptwriting tips and tricks.


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Vampires, Publishing and Promoting, Oh my! | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

The Newfoundland Vampire author Charles O’Keefe takes us through the publishing and promotion of vampire and genre fiction in the province, August 27 from 2:00-2:30PM.

Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and cats, Jude and Eleanor. He is a co-owner of a beauty business and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, Pilates, Ingress and of course fantasizing about vampires. He is currently with Four Phoenixes Publishing and is very happy there.

Since 2015 he has published 4 books in The Newfoundland Vampire series, including Killer on the Road, The Gathering Dark, and The Chaos Stories.


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Getting Edited! | The Writer’s Block | Avalon Expo

Now that your manuscript is done, get advice on the often overlooked stage of the writing process: editing! Led by three of the genre communities most prominent editors, Erin Vance, AJ Ryan, and Heather Reilly, this panel will take you through how to get an editor, the types of editing, and how to manage the feedback you get from your editor.

Join us Sunday, August 27 from 11am-12:15pm at the Avalon expo Writer’s Block to learn more about this important part of the publishing process! 🙂


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