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Running for Writing

It's that time of year again where Mike and his fellow Running for Writing teammates will participate in the Pell Bridge Run on October 22nd in beautiful Newport, RI.  Mike's team is running on behalf of the Association of Rhode Island Authors in order to raise literacy awareness, get books by local authors into the community, and to raise funds for ARIA's signature event, the 5th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo. Tax deductible donations can be made up until the day of the race. There's still time to join the team or, if running is not your thing, consider making a donation to our cause by simply clicking on the image below. Thanks!

From Writing to Teacher

From time to time, Mike guest blogs on other literary and author sites.  A few weeks ago he guest blogged on the Fictional Cafe's site with an article titled "From Writing to Teaching."  Mike talks about giving back to the community while expanding your writing portfolio.

Social Networking, Self-Marketing, and Self-Promotion Seminar

On Thursday, June 14th, Mike presented a PowerPoint presentation on the benefits of enhancing your online prescence at the Church of the Advent in Coventry, RI. Most of the participants were from the Association of Rhode Island Authors and they all learned valuable lessons about domain registration, website creation, the benefits of thinking outside the box with their marketing strategies, and the best way to utilize social networking.  The class was such a big hit that he will be running it again in the near future.  Look for updates coming soon.  In the meantime, here are some photos from the event courtesy of Guy J. Natelli.  For more pictures from the event, visit my Social Networking, Self-Marketing, and Self-Promotion Facebook Photo Album.


The Big Apple Comic Con!!!

On March 11th and 12th, Mike participated in the Big Apple Comic Con with six fellow Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City!  The Overlords fared well in its first exposure to the Big Apple, selling books and making more contacts in the Con world. Mike was also part of a panel discussion called, "World Building in Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Essentials" and even attended Big Apple Comic Con's creator Mike Carbonaro's wedding!  Here are some pictures from the weekend.  Visit Mike's Big Apple Comic Con Facebook Photo Album to see even more photos.



World Building and Mythologies at the Joseph G. Luther School

On Friday, March 17th, Mike visited the Joseph G. Luther School in Swansea, MA to talk to the students about World Building and Mythologies.  The kids designed their own worlds and added interesting myths to their creations before presenting them to the class. Some pictures of the event are shown below.  You can see all pictures on Mike's Joseph G. Luther School Facebook Photo Album.


WEMF Overlords Reading

Mike had the opportunity to work with radio and voice actor professionals at WEMF in Cambridge, MA to bring some of his characters to life. Mike, Max Bowen, Dave Crespo, and Jill Cofsky read a snippet from The Overlords: Journey to Salvation.  Here are some pictures from the day's activi ties.  More can be found on the WEMF Overlords Reading Facebook Photo Album.  Here's a link to the audio on Max Bowen's blog.  Enjoy!


2016 Rhode Island Comic Con

Wow, was RI Comic Con a blast!!!  All I can say is let the pictures do the speaking for themselves.  My Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) buddies and I had so much fun.  I'm sure that we'll all do it again next year.  For more pictures, click this link to get to the RI Comic Con photo album on Facebook.




Monsters at Pawcatuck Middle School!

On Friday, October 28th, Mike visited the students at the Pawcatuck Middle School for a raucous Monster Creation Session.  The kids had a great time creating characters and making a story setting, as well as learning valuable teamwork and presentation skills.  A huge thanks to Elaine Temel for organizing the event.  And a special thanks to Minecraft novelist, Sean Faye Wolfe, for being my special guest and helping spark the kids' creativity.  Click here to see more photos of the big day!


Running for Writing Fundraiser

What a success! Mike and five others participated in the Pell Bridge Run on October 23, 2016 to raise awareness for literacy, writing, reading, and getting books from local authors into the local community.  The "Running for Writing" team raised $658 for the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) -- thank you to everyone who donated and cheered us on!

Books & Beer!

On Saturday, September 10th, might participated with a handful of ARIA friends in the inaugural Books & Beer event at Bucket Brewery in Pawtucket, RI.  The idea conceived at another event, the prospect of combining books and microbrewed beer was  huge success, as the pictures show!  Look for more Books & Beer events coming soon to a brewery near you!



Making Monsters at the Joseph G. Luther Elementary School

On April 15th, Mike visited the Joseph G. Luther Elementary School and engaged 220 students in a raucous Monster Creation session. The kids learned how to start a story, create characters, and the finer points of world building by brainstorming, using teamwork, and presenting their creations to the rest of the class.  Pictured is Mike's good friend, Judy Carey, with her third grade daughter, Ava as well a photo in the local Swansea paper.


Reading Under the Stars

On April 13th, Mike joined three of his fellow ARIA Children's Authors at the Reading Under the Stars event at the Citizen's Memorial Elementary School in Woonsocket.  It was a fantastic event!  Here's a picture of him with one of his newest fans and another from the Valley Breeze.  Mike sold 18 copies of his Overlords books and was given an awesome thank you card signed by all the 5th graders as well as a dragon warrior that several students made out of recycled products, also pictured below.  Thank you so much!


Monster Creation Session at Citizen's Memorial Elementary School

Wow, what a fantastic time Mike had with the students at the Citizens Memorial Elementary School! The children learned the finer points of starting a story, creating meaningful characters and settings, and engged in team building exercises that included making monters!  As the pictures show, the Monster Creation session went very well and was fun for all. On April 13th, Mike will again join his ARIA friends at the school's Reading Under the Stars event and will be signing copies of his Overlords books.  Click here for more pictures of the fun-filled event.


Calling All School Teachers and Librarians!

We want to help your students and patrons get the creative juices flowing! The Overlords are in the process of booking school visits, library presentations, workshops, and book fairs via our self-publishing consultancy, Self Publishing Insight. We are able to offer creative writing workshops for pre-teens and teens (adults are welcome as well!) at your local school or library. If you are interested in having an enthusiastic, published author come to your school or library for a dynamic presentation, please let us know! Feedback from your peers has been very positive and you can find more information under the Overlord Enterprises link.  Please visit our Self Publishing Insight Facebook Page to see pictures of past events and to get the most up to date information. 

Located outside of our local area? Look for our virtual, interactive presentation options, Skype and Author, and much more ... coming soon!

Bookings happen all year on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are a school or library please ask us about profit sharing from book sales! To book author J. Michael Squatrito for your event please send an email to Mike (at) The-Overlords (dot) com.