Fifth annual Carolinas Writers Conference

April 20, 2013

Featured Presenters

The Anson County Writers' Club, the Union County Writers' Club, and South Piedmont Community College are pleased to announce the 2013 presenters: Robert Dunn, Marjorie Hudson, Robert Macomber, and Angela Knight and Lt. Michael Woodcock.

Rob Dunn, a biologist at North Carolina State University, is the author of "Every Living Thing" and "The Wild Life of Our Bodies." His writing "focuses on the stories of the scientists behind the science, who they are, what they do and how and why they did it."

Marjorie Hudson was born in a small town in Illinois, raised in Washington, D.C., and has lived in rural North Carolina for almost 30 years. She is the author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Distinguished First Fiction, and Searching for Virginia Dare (2007), a North Carolina Arts Council Notable Book. A 2012 Arts Council Fellowship recipient, Hudson has published stories, essays, and poems in 5 anthologies and many magazines and journals. She writes on topics ranging from pond fishing to Sufi dancing, from extraordinary dogs to English explorers, from the artist’s life to the life of the monarch butterfly. Hudson teaches creative writing at Central Carolina Community College and her own Kitchen Table Workshops, available to writing groups, arts councils, and any place where people love to write.
New! Read an article about Marjorie in Our State magazine at http://www.ourstate.com/marjorie-hudson/

Video Links:
NC bookwatch
Accidental Birds

"Honorable Lies," Robert Macomber's 10th novel in his award-winning Honor series was released in October 2012. When not writing, the author is an internationally recognized lecturer and television commentator on maritime history.

Video Links:
Robert Macomber
Darkest Shade of Honor
In Downtown Ft. Myers
Robert with Rosalia
The Importance of Libraries
Peter Wake

Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mageverse paranormal series for Penguin Putnam’s Berkley Sensation imprint. She started out as a comic book writer in 1988, but was first published in erotic romance in 1996 in Red Sage’s Secrets anthology series. Since then, she has written 21 novellas and twelve novels. She has also won a Career Achievement Award in Paranormal Romance from Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine, along with two RT Critics Choice awards for Best Erotic Romance and Best Werewolf Romance. Read more at her website, www.angelasknights.com. Lt. Michael Woodcock is a 24-year veteran police officer for the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office. He has been a hostage negotiator for fourteen years, and is also a polygraph examiner. In the course of his career, he’s worked on murder investigations, robbery cases, and child sexual assault cases, among many others. He is a JP Strom Award winner and a Navy veteran. Lt. Woodcock and Angela Knight have been married for 26 years and have an adult son, Anthony.

Video Links: Guardian book trailer
Master of Smoke book trailer
Dhampir

For more information, please visit the authors' websites.





Robert Dunn
www.robrdunn.com


Marjorie Hudson
www.marjoriehudson.com


Robert Macomber
www.robertmacomber.com


Angela Knight
www.angelasknights.com



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2013 Conference Schedule
8:00-8:45Registration
8:50-8:55Announcements
Morning Presentations (40 minutes each)
9:00-9:40Rob Dunn
WRITING THE WILD LIFE
A story of how a tropical biologist ended up studying and writing about the life in armpits, colons and bedrooms and what he found.
9:40-9:45Break
9:45-10:25

Angela Knight
FIGHT! WRITING A GREAT FIGHT SCENE
A crucial ingredient of great romantic suspense and adventure is the fight scene. Yet many writers have a difficult time pulling off believable fights and climaxes that deliver on reader expectations. New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight discusses the techniques she uses to create heart-pounding action sequences. She discusses how to create heroes and villains who are a good match for each other, how to choreograph fight scenes, and how to build a plotline that rises to a climax that makes readers eager for your next book.

10:25-10:30Break
10:30-11:10Marjorie Hudson
HOW DO LIFE EXPERIENCES BECOME FICTION STORIES?
Marjorie Hudson will take you along on her 20-year journey of discovery of all things rural and Southern, as she turned her love affair with Carolina places and people into an award-winning short story collection. Illustrated with readings from her stories.
11:10-11:15Break
11:15-11:55Bob Macomber
GO OUT THERE AND GET YOUR STORY
Researching and writing inside Cuba--the challenges and the rewards
Award-winning novelist Robert N. Macomber discusses how writers must immerse themselves in their story, in order to tell it more vividly. As an example, he’ll describe researching and writing inside Cuba for the past several years--the unique challenges and great rewards. The novel that resulted, HONORABLE LIES, has garnered rave reviews, interest from film production companies, and been nominated for the highest national literary award and prize in the genre.

12:00-1:35Lunch/Book Sales and Signing
1:40-4:30Workshops
4:35-4:45Raffle and Questionaires
4:35-4:45Conference Ends/Break for Dinner
7:00Back Porch Stories

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
Afternoon Workshops (2 hrs, 50 minutes;
each participant can only attend ONE workshop)

BARRICADED: REAL LIFE HOSTAGE NEGOTIATION

INSTRUCTORS: ANGELA KNIGHT and LT. MICHAEL WOODCOCK

In this two-part Powerpoint workshop, Hostage Negotiator Lt. Michael Woodcock will discuss the techniques police hostage negotiators and SWAT teams use to safely free hostages and persuade barricaded hostage takers to surrender themselves. He’ll also cover what strategies police use when hostage takers refuse to surrender, as well as his own experiences as a negotiator.
In the second hour of the workshop, NY Times bestselling author Angela Knight will talk about how to write realistic hostage negotiation scenes for romance. She’ll discuss the characterization of police officers, hostages and hostage takers, and how to avoid an anticlimax.


WRITING THE WILD LIFE

INSTRUCTOR: ROB DUNN

Rob Dunn will tell the story of his switch from studying rainforests to studying and writing about the life at hand. Dunn will discuss the challenges and advantages of being a scientist who writes rather than a full time science writer. He will walk through several examples of how his writing influences his science and vice versa. Finally, Dunn will discuss the similarities between resolving scientific questions and resolving the denouement of stories about science in the world. As an example of this latter point, Dunn will sample the forehead mites of the (willing) participants in the group and have the group write the narrative that leads up to the resolution of that scientific project/story.


WRITING FROM SCRATCH

INSTRUCTOR: MARJORIE HUDSON

We’ll talk about goals, methods, and organizing your writing life. Then we’ll sit and crank out the stories! There’s nothing more energizing than creating new fiction from prompts, reading them to your new writing buddies, and creating a community of stories and inspiration that you can take home with you and keep going. This workshop is for everyone from beginning writers to blocked writers to published writers who’d like a boost to their writing life.
ASSIGNMENT: Bring a significant object that fits in the palm of a hand.


SETTING THE HISTORICAL SCENE

INSTRUCTOR: ROBERT MACOMBER

The fine line between boring and intriguing the reader
Description, dialogue, writing style, formatting, pacing, and character, all play a role in setting the historical ambience of a book. Award-winning novelist Robert N. Macomber passes along some tips he's learned in writing eleven historical novels. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
ASSIGNMENT: Bring a one-paragraph description of the town of Wadesboro in 1964.

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