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Speculative Fiction Lecture/Workshop

Lecture: CMU McConomy Auditorium, 10am-11am
Workshop: CMU Connan Room, 1:30-3:30pm, Carrie Ann DiRisio

Join us for the Parsec-CMU Speculative Fiction Lecture Series to be held in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center at CMU on Saturday, March 31st. The lecture by a national author will be 10 to 11 am with a book signing following. The 2-hour writing workshop will be held at 1:30 in the Connan Room and run by Carrie Ann DiRisio (BROODING YA HERO: Becoming a Main Character). These events are free and open to the public, including free parking in the East Campus Garage next door. The series is sponsored by the CMU student club Partners in Speculative Fiction (PSF) and Parsec.

Workshop: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

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Carrie DiRisio runs multiple popular social media accounts including @BroodingYAHero, and is the social media intern for Serial Box Publishing. Her speaking engagements include talks at the Carnegie Library System of Pittsburgh, Western PA SCBWI workshops, and the upcoming YALSA national symposium. She proudly considers herself a Slytherin and aspiring Disney villainess, who also loves the color pink and making people laugh with funny GIFs. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she is currently pursuing her MBA in Digital Marketing.

Lecture: 10am – 11am

Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories. She is the author of the KINGDOM ON FIRE series, which features magic, monsters, and mayhem in Victorian London.

Parking: The East Campus Garage, at the corner of Beeler and Forbes Ave at CMU, is free on weekends.

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