Steven James’s 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