April 23 Daytona Beach Comic Con, Daytona Beach, FL
CONFIRMED April 29 FusionCon, Safety Harbor, FL
TENTATIVE May 6 FCBD, ACME Comics, Longwood, FL
May 25-28, MegaCon, Orlando, FL
July 16 Orlando Collect-A-Con, Altemonte Springs, FL
July 20-13 San Diego Comic Con, San Diego, CA
CONFIRMED Aug 5 Pikeville Comic Con, Pikeville, KY
Aug 11-13 WizardWorld Orlando, Orlando, FL
About the non-comic appearances:
Around 2007, I started speaking at writer events. I mean, I’ve spoken before at ComicCons and such, but it was always about either a project I was writing, one I was editing, or about comics in general. I’d been to the libraries and the occasional school to talk about “how comics are made” kind of thing. In 2007, however, Deanna Dismukes, then Director of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center invited me to help “mentor” a writers retreat as the usual mentor was unavailable that year.
I did. And I found that I enjoyed it very much. It’s a little like teaching a class.
Then, in November of that year, I solo led the first annual Fall retreat. I’ve led it every year until 2013. As a result of my time at HPMEC, I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Arkansas Writers Conference and spoke there in June of 2010. Since then, I’ve taught sessions or presented Visual Storytelling Basics, Building Stronger Protagonists, Graphic Novels, Finding Your Voice, Internet Dangers For Writers, Point of View and others.
Since I’m hoping to do more speaking and leading workshops, I decided to put this page up and include some testimonials/endorsements so that maybe you, too, will invite me to speak!
“Working with Roland in preparation for the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference was a complete joy. He is a very laid back, easy going, fun loving guy who took our requests seriously. Hedelivered two excellent key note addressesentitled “Honing your craft, part 1 and part 2,” which engaged all of our attendees.His reviews were outstanding and included comments like “very engaging,”“personable” and “knowledgeable”. Roland did a great job speaking to a combined audience of those who have already been published to the novice beginner. Our goal was met, that everyone would benefit who attended. Take away value was plentiful for all! The committee of the MSCWC gives Roland a glowing recommendation!”
April Smith Carpenter, Director, Mid-South Christian Writers Conference.
“Roland has served as the mentor for the Hemingway-Pfeiffer writers’ retreats many times, most recently in April 2014. Our writers love him. He has clever and useful activities to stimulate their writing, and he provides them personalized feedback in a non-threatening way. I would highly recommend him as a writing mentor.”
Dr. Adam Long, Director, Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center
“Mr. Mann provided two workshops at our conference, held October 14 – 16 in Biloxi and Ocean Springs Mississippi. These workshops, “Supe up your protagonist” and “Shameless Self Promotion” were well attended and enthusiastically ranked by the attendees. He’s a personable man with a fine sense of humor and notable presence. I highly recommend Mr. Mann as a speaker and facilitator for writing conferences.”
Philip L. Levin, Conference Coordinator, Southern Expressions Author Conference