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February event venue details
15th February San Francisco Writers Conference Mark Hopkins Hotel

Mark Hopkins Hotel

San Francisco


Instructor: Anne Perry

First plan your plot so it compels the reader to follow it, to care more and more deeply as the characters develop and the stakes get higher.  When it is clear in your mind you can add the twists, the color and the excitement, passion, humour etc.There are ways to develop bridging conflict, avoid long exposition and the saggy bits in the middle.  There must always be tension of some sort, whether it is within one person, two people, nations or even galaxies.  But the internal conflict of impossible dilemmas is best.  We all have them. Let’s explore and enrich.

Rewrite is to see that we have the very best version of this story that we can. It is more than getting rid of errors, repetitions, ambiguities, flat bits. It is a desire to make good scenes even better, to take the missed opportunities, to expand the characters and scenes that could have done more.   This book may last hundreds of years – let’s make it your very best.
Anne Perry was first published in 1979, with The Cater Street Hangman, which turned into a series of thirty-two books set in late Victorian London. She also wrote the Monk series set about thirty years earlier. She experimented with Christmas novellas, featuring minor characters from these series. She has five books set during World War One, two fantasies, and one novel set in Medieval Byzantium. She is planning two new series, one next spring set in 1910, the other in 1933.  

FEE $99


October event venue details
15th October - 18th October
Bouchercon TBA