Posts Tagged ‘chelsea cain’

Facing the Fear

This past weekend Chelsea Cain gave a little gem of a talk at Write on the River. Hers was an inspirational review of her climb to fame. She said that perhaps someone in the audience would have a million-dollar idea for a novel. Hearing her personal story, many of us left that auditorium feeling that we just might be the one to have the next big success.

Mining your life

One of the things Chelsea Cain did to find her million dollar story (Sweetheart, Heartsick, Evil at Heart) was to pay attention to the things she was afraid of. She talked about the Green River serial killer, and how she grew up knowing that death came to young women in horrible ways right here in the Pacific Northwest. She was able to mine her own childhood to find the emotional depth to tell her serial killer stories partly because she was always afraid of one. Read More…

A Small Conference Delivers

Sometimes small really is beautiful. Take conferences. Ever feel overwhelmed and lost at those big rallies? Me too. Often a small conference gives you more opportunities to talk to pros and new friends–while still delivering that ignition point for your writing.

Thus my enthusiastic endorsement for the May 14-15 Write on the River conference. Check us out. On the beautiful campus of Wenatchee Valley College, tucked between the Cascade foothills and the Columbia river. Come over for the day and a half conference, and then tour our wine country. It’s a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle. Registration is only $140 for both days. Twelve workshops, agent and editor appointments.

NOTE: Bob Mayer workshop now 2.5 hours in morning, for in-depth coverage. Louise Marley will teach an additional class: The Telling Detail: Research in Fiction at 3:30 p.m.

The nonfiction book: Craig Welch

Keynote: Bestselling thriller author Chelsea Cain

Sunday Intensive on Story: Bob Mayer

Literary Agent Verna Dreisback

Writing the Fantastic, Young Adult 2 hr Workshop: Louise Marley