Friday, September 18, 2009

A Great Writing Workshop

I recently attended the Fall 2009 Writing Workshop that was put on by the Houston Writers Guild and held September 12th. It was a great experience and one that I’d like to repeat in the future.

The workshop was conducted by David Liss, a renowned author of mystery and historical thrillers, who has been making his living by writing for over 10 years. He as five books published with more on the way. He also teaches writing seminars and workshops.

David started off witty and funny, making the experience immediately enjoyable, but it wasn’t just fluff. There was a lot of depth to what he had to say. He started off with three points that really resonated with me. For example, he started off with the statement that Plot is Character! Characters should be foremost in mind when writing. A story isn’t about what happens. It’s about what happens to whom. That one tidbit was enough to justify the cost of the workshop for me, but he didn’t stop there. He went on to talk about how to begin a story, how to end a story, and he even debunked a lot of myths along the way.

His discussion on writing was passionate and poignant. He truly has a love for writing and he has learned a lot about the craft over the years. And best of all, it was apparent that he loved sharing that knowledge with us. I have to give David and the Houston Writers Guild 5 stars for this workshop!

The Houston Writers Guild conducts Spring and Fall workshops, as well has manuscript contests and many other events throughout the year. You can find out more about them or any of their upcoming workshops by visiting their website at You can visit David Liss’s website at

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