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Meet the Faculty: R.J. Ellory

August 29, 2012

R.J. Ellory, Author in Residence

Meet R.J. Ellory, the mega-bestselling author of intense crime thrillers. His dramatic novels set in the United States take a normal gestation period of about nine months to write, each more intriguing than the last. In order of their births, his published “babies” are Candlemoth; Ghostheart; A Quiet Vendetta; City of Lies; A Quiet Belief in Angels; A Simple Act of Violence; The Anniversary Man; and his latest – Saints of New York.

Signature Workshop
“Rules, Writer’s Block, and Formulas – What You Need to Know About Writing and Publishing in Today’s Industry” – Friday, October 19, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Irrespective of genre, there are many steadfast and applicable guidelines that relate to writing in general. Though fiction writing seems to possess no rules or regulations as such, there are several obstacles inherent in the creative process that surrender to a businesslike and methodical approach. We will talk about ideas (where they come from, and why); ‘writer’s block’ (does it exist, and if so, what it is and how is it overcome?); ‘formulas’ (for the construction of a novel, and whether the books that promise to teach you how to write a bestseller have any merit at all?); are there any guaranteed ‘tricks’ to get your novel into the hands of a literary agent, or – even better – an enthusiastic publisher? Essentially, in these times of cutbacks and reduced financial commitment on the part of the publishing industry as a whole, what can you do to ensure that your work gets seen and read by the people that make decisions? 

Workshop
“Meet the Author – Q&A” – Saturday, October 20, 9:00 – 10:00 AM
In this Q&A he will answer any questions you may have regarding writing itself, the business of being published, agent representation, screenplay adaptations, and the life of a touring author.

Appointment
To see R.J. by special appointment, check the website prior to the conference or the FWA registration desk at the conference. Note: Conference attendance is required for interviews.

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