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Monsters: Special Halloween Thursdays with ESWA Edition with Kenton Kigore, Ariele Sieling, & Tara A. Elliott

  • 29 Oct 2020
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom

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 Monsters: Special Halloween Thursdays with ESWA Edition

“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

What is the human fascination with monsters?  Why are we drawn to that which scares us in the first place?  How can we create monsters and tension within our own work to draw others in?  Join ESWA Presidents Kenton Kilgore and Tara A. Elliott as they explore both the psychology and the history of monsters throughout literature and together with Sci Fi author, Ariele Sieling, discuss writing tips for creating unforgettable monsters within your own work.

Join us for some Halloween fun!  Come dressed as your favorite writer, your favorite character from a book, or wear a unique costume for this special Halloween week edition of Thursdays with ESWA, sure to be a treat!

Please note: a link to access this session will be emailed to all registered 12 hours before the event begins.


Kenton Kilgore is the current ESWA President and the co-chair of the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference.  He is the author of the young adult sci-fi/fantasy novels This Wasted Land, Lost Dogs, and Dragontamer's Daughter, as well as the children's book Our Wild Place, and the non-fiction book for writers, Handselling Books: Making Money and Winning Fans. He and his family live on Kent Island in Maryland.  For more about Kenton, visit:


Ariele Sieling was born and raised in upstate New York, among the trees and her dad's honeybees. Her first love is science fiction and she has three series in the genre: post-apocalyptic monsters in Land of Szornyek; soft science fiction series, The Sagittan Chronicles; and scifi fairytale retellings in Rove City. She has also had numerous short stories published in a variety of anthologies and magazines and is the author of children's books series Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep.  She lives in Baltimore with her husband, a dog, and two cats.
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Tara A. Elliott’s poems have appeared in TAOS Journal of International Poetry & Art, The American Journal of Poetry, and Stirring, among others.  A fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and a past Poet-in-Residence of Freeman Stage, she currently serves as the President Elect of the non-profit Eastern Shore Writers Association, the director of Maryland’s Salisbury Poetry Week, and the co-chair of the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference.  She has been honored for her work in education and service to the community with the Light of Literacy Award, and the MD Humanities Christine D. Sarbanes Award.  
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