Sunday, December 8, 2:30–5:00 pm, Flamingo Hotel
Lisa Brackmann, “How All Good Writing Keeps Us in Suspense”
Join New York Times best-selling author Lisa Brackmann (Rock Paper Tiger) for a discussion on how techniques for writing crime fiction can be applied to to nearly any genre. Learn how suspense and mystery can help drive narrative, turning a plod into a page-turner.
Lisa Brackmann has worked as an executive at a major motion picture studio, an issues researcher in a presidential campaign, and was the singer/songwriter/bassist in an LA rock band. Yes, she will do karaoke, and she’s looking to buy a bass ukulele. Her debut novel, Rock Paper Tiger, set on the fringes of the Chinese art world, made several “Best of 2010” lists, including Amazon’s Top 100 Novels and Top 10 Mystery/Thrillers, and was nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best First Novel. Her second novel, Getaway, won the Los Angeles Book Festival Grand Prize and was nominated for the T. Jefferson Parker SCIBA award. In her latest book, Hour of the Rat, character Ellie McEnroe makes a return in a sequel to Rock Paper Tiger. Visit her website: http://www.lisabrackmann.com/
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Sunday, January 12, 2014, 2:30—5:00 pm, Flamingo Hotel
“Two Heads Are Better Than One”
How to Hire and Work Effectively with an Independent Editor
You’ve finished your book—congratulations! Whether your plan is to look for an agent, or self-publish, you don’t want to send your book out into the world before having it edited. There’s no big mystery about working with an editor, but many writers are unclear about what’s involved and how to best make use of the invaluable help an editor can offer. A good editor can not only help you get your book into shape with an experienced set of fresh eyes, but can offer you a fantastic learning experience that can help you grow as a writer.
Wendy Tokunaga is a Bay Area novelist, writing teacher and independent editor. She has experience on both sides of the fence, having published two novels with St. Martin’s Press (Love in Translation, Midori by Moonlight) as well as several self-published books (The novels No Kidding, Falling Uphill and His Wife and Daughters, and the non-fiction interview book Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband). She’s convinced that working with independent editors is what brought her writing to the next level, allowing her to get a two-book contract with a major publisher after years of rejections. Wendy teaches for Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Novel Writing Certificate Program, and runs her own private manuscript consulting practice, specializing in novels and memoirs. Visit her website: http://www.wendytokunaga.com/