Saturday, April 18, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Free for WGA members, $20 for non-members
Want to write a New York Times Bestseller? Thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels consistently rank in the top 25 books on the NYT bestseller list. Some of the biggest authors in the world write dangerous novels—James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts, and John Grisham to name only a few.
Writing a good book with a dangerous edge has both pros and pitfalls. Julie Rowe, author of the military thriller Biological Response Team series and the thriller Outbreak Task Force series, will provide information, insight, writing exercises, and comprehensive feedback on your dangerous novel.
What you will learn:
- The differences between the separate genres and subgenres of thrillers, mystery, and suspense novels
- Understanding what drives your novel, the plot, the characters, or specific events
- How to craft a cast of compelling and conflicted characters
- Where and when to add life-threatening events, attacks, and crimes.
- various outline methods, and finding your unique planning process
- How to nail that all important first page of your novel
Every lesson includes questions and/or writing exercises designed to help you prepare to write (or revise) your dangerous novel.
Who should take this course:
- Beginning writers who aren’t sure how to start writing a thriller, mystery, or suspense
- Intermediate writers who want to tackle more intricate plotlines and characters
- Experienced writers who want to step outside their comfort zone in a difference genre and/or plan an entire series
Full-time author and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the Northwest Territories and Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she still resides. Julie’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles include Sleight of HandBook #3 and Search & DestroyBook #4 of the Outbreak Taskforce series. Julie’s articles have appeared in magazines, such as Romantic Times magazine, Today’s Parentmagazine and Canadian Living. Julie facilitates communication workshops at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, and has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and Canada. You can find her at www.julieroweauthor.com, on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor.
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