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Instruction on writing mystery/suspense/thrillers by NYT Bestselling Authors April Henry and Robert Dugoni

When: March 11, 2015
Where: Willamette Ballroom
Doubletree by Hilton Portland
Portland, Oregon 
United States
Presenter: April Henry and Robert Dugoni
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Left Coast Crime 2015 is excited to offer a day of instruction on writing mystery/suspense/thrillers. We thank April and Bob for joining us and for sharing their bestselling craft wisdom with us. Whether you’re a published or aspiring novelist, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to learn from two of the best.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Doubletree by Hilton Portland (Willamette Ballroom), the location of LCC 2015
Price: $70 for LCC registrants, $120 for non-LCC registrants

Register for the workshop here.

Workshop Sessions

Turn up the Tension and Plot Your Way to Success

9:00 a.m. – noon
Instructor: April Henry

Mysteries and thrillers are all about plot, and this workshop is all about providing tips for writing books readers can't put down. April will share the techniques she uses to write her award-winning novels, including tips for getting your story started, growing your plot, and adding subplots. In addition, you will learn the key ingredient you only want in a book (and not in real life), traps you should avoid, how to fix stories that have stalled, and 47 ways to turn up the tension.

Lunch on your own: noon – 1:00 p.m.

Playing God: Creating Memorable Characters

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Dugoni

What is it about certain books that when we finish the final page the characters stay with us for days? What is it about these characters that makes them so memorable? Using examples from his own books and from other writers, Bob will teach techniques to make your characters well-rounded individuals who will keep readers wondering about them long after they have finished reading your novel.

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