Schedule – 2018 Marianne D. McComb Biennial Conference on Creative Writing: NERD LIT!

Marcum Conference Center, Miami University, Oxford OH 

Friday, March 2nd 

Benjamin Percy: “Thrill Me” - 2018 Marianne D. McComb Conference Keynote Address

Saturday, March 3rd

Coffee and light breakfast available; registration desk open 

9–10:15am: Morning Session I

Tiffany Knoell: “Study What You Love: Turning Doctor Who, Animation, and More into Pop Culture Scholarship”

Beth Weeks: “Fanfiction Workshop: Transforming Texts”

Billy Simms: “Visual Storytelling – Creating a Comics Exquisite Corpse”

10:30–11:45am: Morning Session II

Benjamin Percy: "Writing Superhero Comics”

Geoffrey Girard: "Worldbuilding in Speculative and Horror Fiction”

12pm: Buffet lunch

(all participants and attendees invited)

1pm: Plenary Panel: “Nerd Lit: Creativity, Community, and Culture – A Conversation”

Moderator: Jody Bates 

Ben Percy, author of The Dark Net, writer of DC Comics’ Green Arrow and Teen Titans

Aiesha Little, co-founder of Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance, cosplayer of Airship Ashanti

Tiffany Knoell, professor of popular culture, researcher in animation, participatory fandoms

Geoffrey Girard, author of Cain’s Blood, Mary Rose, and Truthers

2:30–3:45pm: Afternoon Session

Aiesha Little: “Steampunk Character Building – A Cosplay Workshop”

Zackary Hill and Matthew Riffle: “How-to: Making a Horror Film on a Budget of $0”

2018 McComb Student Panel Presentations

4pm: Reception

(all participants and attendees invited)