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Random Writing Quote:

I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.

--Joan Didion

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Date: October 20, 2018

Speaker: Tod Goldberg

Topic: "Plotting Tight Plots and Subplots"

Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including the novels Gangster Nation (Counterpoint), The House of Secrets (Grand Central), which he co-authored with New York Timesbestselling author Brad MeltzerGangsterland (Counterpoint), a finalist for the Hammett Prize, Living Dead Girl (Soho Press), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fake Liar Cheat (Pocket Books/MTV), and the popular Burn Notice series, including The Fix, The End Game, The Giveaway, The Reformed and The Bad Beat (Penguin), which were named finalists for the Scribe Award on three different occasions. Tod’s short fiction has also been collected in two acclaimed collections, Simplify (OV Books), a 2006 finalist for the SCIBA Award for Fiction and winner of he Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize, and Other Resort Cities (OV Books). 

Tod Goldberg holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from Bennington College and directs the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside. He lives in Indio, CA with his wife, the writer Wendy Duren

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Upcoming November 17, 2018:


Speaker: Wendall Thomas

Date: November 17, 2018

Topic: "You Talkin' to Me?"

Wendall Thomas

Philip Marlowe, Hercule Poirot, Kinsey Milhone, and Stephanie Plum all have one thing in common: unique, addictive voices. From the beginning of modern crime fiction, dialogue and first person narration have been vital to what makes the novels work and what readers love about the genre. Using examples from both novels and film, I’ll be breaking down the elements to consider when creating your characters’ voices and offering practical advice on constructing rhythm, banter, and subtext in your dialogue.