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Random Writing Quote:

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

--Philip Pullman

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Date: May 19, 2018

Speaker: Eric Beetner

Topic: "How to be a more prolific writer"

Eric Beetner

Eric writes hardboiled crime fiction. He’s been nominated for two Anthony Awards, an ITW award, a Derringer and even won a few awards like the 2012 Stalker award for Most Criminally Underrated author.

His books include Rumrunners and its prequel - the Anthony Award nominated Leadfoot, The Devil Doesn't Want Me, When The Devil Comes To Call and book 3 in the trilogy, The Devil At Your Door (out in 2018), Criminal EconomicsDig Two Graves, White Hot Pistol, The Year I Died Seven Times, Stripper Pole At The End Of The World & the story collection, A Bouquet Of Bullets.

He’s co-authored The BacklistThe Short List and The Getaway List (2018) with Frank Zafiro and also (with JB Kohl) the novels One Too Many Blows To The Head and Borrowed Trouble and the standalone novel Over Their Heads. He’s also written two novellas in the popular Fightcard series, Split Decision and A Mouth Full Of Blood and two novellas in The Lawyer series of Westerns.

He lives in Los Angeles where, among other things, he co-hosts the Noir At The Bar reading series and the podcast Writer Types. 

He’s toured as a musician, painted, written screenplays, acted in short films, been to China twice, fished in the Mississippi, once met Barry Manilow, directed films and music videos, his name's been on TV over a hundred times, he owns a real human skull and his kids think he embarrasses them.

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Upcoming July 21, 2018:


Speaker: Jeff Lyons

Date: July 21, 2018

Topic: "Finding the Heart of Your Story"

Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons is a published author, screenwriter, editor and story development consultant with more than 25 years experience in the film, television, and publishing industries. After two successful appearances at SCWA, he’s coming back by popular demand. His talk will focus on isolating the major conflicts in the story, the theme, and the heart of their story. After his presentation, Jeff will open up the time to do one-on-one with the audience and their story ideas, allowing everyone to see how to practically implement the day’s lessons.