Killer Nashville Writing Workshops™

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Steven James’ Writing Workshop

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 2 – 6 p.m.

$55 for registered attendees / $115 for unregistered participants

Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules:

When you focus on what lies at the heart of story—tension, desire, crisis, escalation, struggle, discovery—rather than plot templates and formulas, you’ll begin to break out of the box and write fiction that resonates with your readers. This workshop is filled with practical insights, dozens of ways to fix plot flaws, time-tested writing secrets and easy-to-implement ideas.

Steven James is a national bestselling author whose award-winning, pulse-pounding novels continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Best known for his psychological thrillers, he has received more than a dozen honors and awards for his books, including three Christy Awards for best suspense. His novel The Queen was a finalist for an International Thriller Award.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book The Bishop their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises, “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

Equipped with a unique Master’s Degree in Storytelling, Steven has taught writing and storytelling on four continents over the past two decades, speaking more than two thousand times at events spanning the globe.

Steven’s groundbreaking book on the craft of fiction, Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules, won a 2015 Storytelling World Award, recognizing it as one of the year’s best resources for storytellers. His latest writing book Troubleshooting Your Novel was recently released from Writer’s Digest Books.

Widely-recognized for his story crafting expertise, he has twice served as a Master CraftFest instructor at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers and regularly teaches Novel Writing Intensive retreats across the country with New York Times Bestselling author Robert Dugoni.

When Steven’s not writing or speaking, you’ll find him trail running, rock climbing, playing disc golf, or drinking a dark roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee.

For information on his fiction, visit stevenjames.net.

Breakout Session Information

Are you a writer with specific questions you would like addressed? Do you want a chance to sit with an author in a small intimate setting and discuss the business of writing and getting published? Then a breakout session may be just the answer.

These limited-attendance question-answer sessions are conducted by professional authors, publishing professionals, and marketing specialists with the sole purpose of providing information that attendees can utilize in their writing careers, but without the pressure of being in a larger panel or whole-group setting.

  • Open to all attendees of Killer Nashville!
  • Enrollment is limited.
  • Please note that some sessions take place concurrently.
  • It is not possible to attend more than one breakout session per day.
  • Breakout sessions are interchangeable; you need only talk to a Killer Nashville staff member or volunteer.

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Manuscript Critiques

Critiques

Killer Nashville offers manuscript critiques to its registered attendees for the low additional charge of $45 per critique.

A manuscript critique offers a specialized one-on-one meeting with a professional writer or literary agent who will read a section of your manuscript and then offer you a face-to-face analysis of what works and what does not in your submission. It is a unique opportunity and one of the features that makes The Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference such an indispensable tool for writers. If you want to see how your work appeals to the professionals, choose an agent or editor. If you prefer a more detailed craft analysis, you may prefer to choose an author for your critique.

Fiction Critique: A published author or agent will read and critique the first ten pages (or to the end of the chapter) of your novel. All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.

Non-Fiction Critique: An publisher or agent will read and critique the first ten pages (or to the end of the chapter) of your non-fiction book or article. Your manuscript should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.

Short Story Critique: A published author or agent will read and critique your short story. All manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable” font.

Query Critique: An agent, published author, or the leader of a query-writing workshop will read and critique your query letter. The query letter should be no more than one page long, in standard query format and in 12-point Times New Roman or other “reasonable font.”.

Screenplay Critique: An author and independent filmmaker will read and critique the first 15 pages of your screenplay. All submissions should be in standard screenplay format.

Marketing Plan Critique: A professional publicist will read and critique your marketing plan (up to four pages), offering advice on how to make your plan more effective and how to get the most bang for your marketing buck.

Anyone ordering a critique will be contacted in before the conference, typically via email, with guidelines and, when applicable, a choice of authors, agents, editors, or publishers available for the critique.