Register to attend the 2017 S.B. Writers Conference

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Start clean and simple. Don’t try to write pretty or noble or big. Try to say just what you mean. This is hard because you have to find out what you mean, and that’s work, real work. (Gertrude Stein)

- Rebecca Robins
 
 
 
 

Opening night will be Sunday, June 18 2017. 

Workshop leader updates for 2017 are still in development.
Check the print PDF for a more current version. 

Swirl2017 Conference Schedule

Schedule:

June 20 9:00 am - 11:30 am

The Villain Drives the Plot: Elements of Character

NY Times best-selling author and SBWC alum Gayle Lynds is the author of ten international political novels. Her latest, Assassins, won the 2015 Founders Award for best novel from the Military Society of America. Publishers Weekly lists her book Masquerade among the top ten spy novels of all time. The London Observer calls her a kick-ass thriller writer. And she will share her experience in this one day workshop on how to write effective characters that will fuel your the plot of your novel.

Workshop Leader

Gayle Lynds

New York Times best-selling author Gayle Lynds is the award-winning writer of ten international political novels. Her latest one, The Assassins, won the 2015 Founder’s Award for best novel from MWSA, the Military Society of America. Publishers Weekly lists her book Masquerade among the top ten spy novels of all time. The London Observer calls her a kick-ass thriller writer. Library Journal hails her as “the reigning queen of espionage fiction.” Lee Child says she’s “today’s best espionage writer.” The Associated Press calls her a “master of the Modern Cold War spy thriller.”

Gayle began her writing career as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, where her investigative reporting made such an impact that it led to changes in state legislation. Later she was an editor with rare Top Secret security clearance at a government think tank, where assorted shadowy figures passed through, and not only ideas but people seemed to bounce off t[More]