Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Thrillerfest 2008!

Thrillerfest is the place to mingle with some of the leading lights in the thriller world. Learn what makes them tick, the secrets of their craft, and what inspires them to write what they do.

ThrillerFest hits new heights. Not only will ThrillerMasters SANDRA BROWN and JAMES PATTERSON, along with spotlight authors ERIC VAN LUSTBADER, BRAD THOR, and KATHY REICHS be there. But DAVID BALDACCI, R.L. STINE, STEVE MARTINI and ANDREW GROSS have also joined the ThrillerFest lineup! Along with many, many more of your favorite New York Times authors.
Writers focus on the craft of writing at CraftFest. Some of the teachers include: "Writing the Breakout Novel" author/agent Donald Maass, Publisher and editor in chief of G.P. Putnam Neil Nyren, Patterson co-author Andrew Gross, New York Times best sellers: Lee Child, Eric Van Lustbader, Heather Graham, Steve Berry, James Rollins, David Morrell, Joseph Finder, Gayle Lynds, David Hewson, Jon Land and MJ Rose.

AgentFest is a big hit! Over 30 agents/editors want to meet you and hear about your projects. This will be a one on one "speed dating" with an agent meeting--introduce yourself, pitch your project, ask questions, this time is for you!

Click here (http://www.thrillerwriters.org/subscribe.php) for a chance to win a free ticket to Thrillerfest or go to http://www.thrillerfest.org for more information.

July 9-12th, 2008
The Grand Hyatt
New York, New York

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

2008 Muse Online!

It's that time of year again! The conventions are gearing up and everyone is going nuts. Now if this snoooooow would go aaaway! Can you tell I dislike the cold?

Anyway, I'm running a workshop again at the Muse Online Writer's Con. It's in October and will run from the 13th -19th. You can check out their main page here: http://www.freewebs.com/themuseonlinewritersconference/2007testimonials.htm

My workshop this year is: Magic Ink

In this we'll be discussing the ins and outs of screen writing and how it's the same and yet different from writing fiction. Assignments will be given along with worksheets. We'll also be taking apart one of my favorite movies - Practical Magic - to see foreshadowing, beginning / ending linking and other script writing techniques.

I will warn though - watching a good movie is like magic...and like a good magic show it's best watched when you don't know the tricks. Once you know the tricks the magic shows take on a different tone. Please be aware of that.

Other than that, I look forward to having you guys there! If you have any subjects you'd like addressed in the workshop - post them here or email me at raven@ravenbower.com I'll try to get all of them in!

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