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The TEXAS WRITES Program at the Crockett Public Library
January 13, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
The Voice and Style
How do authors such as Stephen King, Robert B. Parker, Sandra Brown, Deborah Crombie, and Lee Child grab the reader’s attention with both fists and refuse to let go? Through hard work and solid writing practices that develop a distinctive writing voice and style. Novelist Reavis Z. Wortham will discuss the road to discovering a distinctive voice, how to avoid pitfalls in the creative process, and provide tips to writing vivid characters and settings, all to help you find your unique style.
Reavis Z. Wortham is the author of the critically acclaimed Red River Mystery Thriller Series. His first novel, The Rock Hole was listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Top 12 Novels of 2011. True West Magazine listed Vengeance is Mine in their Top 5 Modern Westerns of 2015, and Dark Places, his most recent novel, was chosen by The Strand Magazine as one of the Top 12 novels of 2015.
Writing a Killer Story
Mystery, thriller, suspense—crime novels are among the most popular books out there. And whether it’s a whodunnit or a high octane thriller, great crime novels feature solid story structure. Novelist Meg Gardiner will talk about the major building blocks of crime fiction: strong heroes and heroines, brilliant villains, and devious plots…plus danger, death, and those devilish twists that readers love.
Meg Gardiner is the author of twelve acclaimed thrillers. Her novels have been bestsellers in the U.S. and internationally, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. China Lake won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. The Dirty Secrets Club was chosen one of the Top Ten Thrillers of 2008 by Amazon. The Nightmare Thief won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense Audiobook of the Year. Her latest novel, Phantom Instinct, was chosen one of O, the Oprah magazine’s “Best Books of Summer.”
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