The annual Red Clay Writers Conference is just around the corner! On Saturday, May 18, the Georgia Writers Association is hosting an all-day event that will focus on molding one’s craft. With over a dozen published authors and talented speakers offering workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, teen fiction, book marketing and publishing, and mystery and thriller, there will be something valuable for every writer! Hosting workshops in the Mystery and Thriller genre are authors Amanda Kyle Williams and Anne B. Jones.
Amanda Kyle Williams, author of The Keye Street series, will host a workshop titled “Plotting the Mystery/Thriller and the Dark, Damaged Characters of Crime Fiction.” To lend authenticity to the Keye Street series,Amanda took courses in criminal profiling and practical homicide investigation,became a court-appointed process server, and worked with a PI firm in Atlanta.Williams’ series includes The Stranger You Seek, Stranger in the Room, and Don't Talk to Strangers (2014) and is set in Atlanta where the author lives and works as a full-time writer. Williams explains that “characterization and crime fiction are not mutually exclusive.” In her workshop, she will “talk nuts and bolts plotting, and how crime fic writers can use fully developed characters to pull a reader in and build tension.”
Tides of Fear author, Anne B. Jones, has written six non-fiction books, one thriller, a“how-to” book for beginning writers, and a nationally distributed booklet on violence prevention. Anne has also been nominated for her book A Light on Peachtree for this year's GAYA. In her workshop, “On the Track of the Serial Killer: The Path to Getting Published,” Anne tells how she was able to hone her writing skills and publish seven books in eight years in the areas of thriller,specialty, and non-fiction. Included will be a discussion of opportunities for research and field experiences Handouts will include topics related to setting,character development, targeting an agent or publisher, and writing queries and synopses. Anne points out that “whether you’re writing a thriller or a memoir,the main step to getting published is the development of craftsmanship.”
If you are interested in molding your craft, especially if you are interested in pursuing the mystery/thriller genre, we strongly encourage you to make time for this annual Writers Conference. Click here to view the full schedule of workshops and speakers. For more information on Red Clay, click here to check out our event homepage. Interested in registering? Click here and save on admissions! Prices will go up the closer we get to the event.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 21:13