On July 23, 6 author will gather at Indy Reads Books as part of the first Downtown Writers Jam hosted by The Geeky Press. We’re currently curating those authors, and taking recommendations from friends, colleagues, and other people involved in the Indiana writing scene. Don’t wait to be nominated, though. You can submit your own work for consideration.

Meanwhile, we wanted to introduce you to our fourth brave soul: Erik Deckers.

Erik Deckers headshot 300x300 (1)Erik is a professional blogger, humor writer, book author, and public speaker. He started writing for his college newspaper when he was 20, and he’s been doing it ever since. He’s written nearly everything you can think of: marketing copy, newspaper articles and columns, books, radio plays, stage plays, technical manuals, and dirty limericks. Now he writes for my job, his sideline, and his hobby. One pays, one sort of pays, and one doesn’t pay at all.

You can follow Eric at his website or on Twitter @edeckers. You can buy his books and other work.

At The Downtown Writers Jam 

What’s the name of the piece from which your DWJ story comes? “How NOT to Talk to Your Kids About Sex”

What was the question or idea that sparked that original piece? My youngest daughter asked me a question that I thought I should answer, despite how uncomfortable it made me feel.

What should the audience expect from your storytelling at the Downtown Writers Jam? To learn two very important lessons about how to talk to your kids about sex. And one very important lesson of what NOT to do.

Get to Reading

Best book or long-form writing we should read, but probably haven’t? And why? Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. It’s one of the funniest damn books of the entire 20th century.

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