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Savor lunches and lectures with critically acclaimed authors! The Famous Author Lecture Series invites audiences to take part in a lunch and lecture with a bestselling writer once a month between January and April. This season features lectures from Neely Tucker, Margaret Bradham Thornton, Tim Dorsey, and Susanna Daniel. Plus, for an additional fee, take part in writing workshops from Neely Tucker and Susanna Daniel. Learn more below!

Author Lectures

The 2019 Famous Author Lecture Series begins on Monday, January 14th at 12pm with a visit from Neely Tucker, a novelist, journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. His memoir, Love in the Driest Season, was named one of the best 25 Books of 2004 by Publisher’s Weekly, the American Bookseller’s Association, the New York City Library and won numerous other awards. “Life After Death,” a story about his wife’s seven-year odyssey to help convict her daughter’s killer, was nominated by the Post for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.

Then on Monday, February 11th, enjoy a lecture from Margaret Bradham Thornton. Margaret Bradham Thornton is the author of Charleston and the editor of Tennessee Williams’s Notebooks, for which she received the Bronze ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in autobiography/memoir and the C. Hugh Holman Prize for the best volume of southern literary scholarship published in 2006, given by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature.

The next author lecture is presented on Monday, March 11th by Tim Dorsey, an American novelist. He is known for a series starring Serge A. Storms, a mentally disturbed vigilante anti-hero who rampages across Florida enforcing his own moral code against a variety of low-life criminals.

Finally, on Monday, April 8th, see author Susanna Daniel, and take part in her writing workshop following the lecture. Susanna Daniel’s debut novel, Stiltsville, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for best debut work published in 2010, and her second novel, Sea Creatures, was a Target Book Club Selection. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Writers’ Workshop and a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the UW Institute for Creative Writing.

Writing Workshops

Neely Tucker will be one of two authors offering writing workshops in addition to a lecture. “Building a Narrative: The (Invisible) Ties that Bind” on January 14th from 3pm – 5pm is an entertaining, skill-developing workshop for writers contemplating a narrative or already atworkon one. The lessons apply for non-fiction or fiction. In this session, he draws on all  these experiences to show how to break down your book into working sections, the narrative arcs you’ll need to consider, and why not to worry when your first draft is terrible.

Another Famous Author Writing Workshop will be held by Susanna Daniel on April 8th from 3pm – 5pm. In Daniel’s workshop, “Great Beginnings,” attendees look at examples of powerful story beginnings and break down why they make an impact. Point of view, tone and imagery, setting, and drive will be discussed — and then attendees each set out to craft an stunner of a story opening.

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