Paranormal romance at MCC-Longview Literary Festival Oct. 23

Claire Ashgrove
Claire Ashgrove

This year’s Longview Literary Festival, to be held Friday, Oct. 23, at Metropolitan Community College-Longview, will include a keynote address by Claire Ashgrove, a paranormal and historical romance author.

The event’s featured speaker will be Bryan Thomas Schmidt, a speculative fiction author and Hugo award-nominated editor of adult and children’s science fiction and fantasy novels and anthologies.

The festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and is free and open to the public. It will feature readings, panel discussions, writing workshops and autograph sessions. It is organized by MCC-Longview English instructor Susan Satterfield.

Participating authors include Steven F. Murphy, Lindsey Martin-Bowen, Carl Rhoden, M.C. Chambers and Marti Verlander, among many more.

Session topics include “Combining History and Fiction,” “Dipping into the Well: Finding Stories to Write,” “Scriptwriting 101” and “Creating Memorable Characters.”

This year’s event is the seventh time the festival has been held in the last eight years. The sponsors are MCC-Longview Campus Life and Leadership, the Lee’s Summit Arts Council and Summit Scribes.

The festival will take place at the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center. The campus is at 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081.