WESTPORT, Conn. -- A Lunch and Lecture series, "How to Write a Bestseller," with editor Richard Marek begins Wednesday, March 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fairfield County Writer's Studio in Westport.
The series cost is $285. Bring your own lunch and learn.
Richard Marek has edited such authors as Robert Ludlum, James Baldwin, and James Patterson. He will present a lecture, then open up conversation with a Q&A session.
The series highlights are:
Week 1: Overview . Anecdotes about bestsellers I missed as an editor. Mistakes writers make. Be true to yourself and your heart. Creating characters. Discussion of Michael Connelly, Henning Mankell, Elena Ferrante, Lee Child.
Week 2: Character Development . The cardinal rule: Go inside yourself, psychoanalyze yourself, and transfer what you’ve found, good and bad, into the characters you create.
Week 3: Plotting . How difficult it is! Where ideas come from. The use of surprise. Playing fair. Women in peril. Gimmicks, the anti-plot. Planting. The five basic plots and variations thereof. Don’t invent; remember.
Week 4: Pace and Structure. My adventures ghosting a novel for James Patterson. My work with Robert Ludlum. Writing fast ; writing slow. The influence of television. Development. Adding information.
Week 5: Style . The Robert Ludlum School of Creative Writing. The need for care. Cliches. Adjectives and adverbs. Slang. Tough talk. Overwriting. Underwriting. Using foreign languages. Narrative writing. Dialogue. Point of View. How to write like Philip Roth.
Week 6: Students’ writing and questions . How to find an agent, how to pitch your book, rewriting and revising, how to find an independent editor, how to build a career.
The Fairfield County Writers' Studio (FCWS) is located at 21 Charles St., 4th floor, Westport, Conn.
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