A Writing Workshop with Bestselling Author Joe Ide

October 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Virtual Event
480 947 2974

Bestselling crime writer Joe Ide invites writers of all levels to a no-nonsense, virtual course, WRITING THE KILLER CRIME NOVEL or How to Increase Your Odds of Getting Published.

$10 Registration required.  Space is limited. Registrants will receive a Zoom webinar link the day prior to the event.  Call the store to register for the event.  480 947 2974.

Joe’s course is not your ordinary talk about tips, tricks and secrets. Designed for aspiring writers who are serious about becoming a novelist, the class chronicles what Joe has learned on his rise from failed career after failed career, to a successful, critically acclaimed author.

Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles, where his favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. He went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers — including Hollywood screenwriter — before writing his debut novel IQ. Inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock Holmes, IQ went on to win the Anthony, Macavity and Shamus awards. His fifth novel in the IQ series, SMOKE, publishes February 2021. Snoop Dogg has signed on to executive produce a forthcoming TV series based on IQ.

Topics this course will cover:
• Discuss storytelling: the ingredients
that make one story compelling and
another fall flat.

• Learn Joe’s methods for creating dynamic characters and dialogue that’s sharp, smart and entertaining.

• Introduction to his approach to building action scenes, as well as the basics of rewriting.

• Publishing field: the gatekeepers, who they are and what they expect.

• What publishers are looking for and what they’ll reject out of hand.

• Discussion of money: advances, royalties, movie and TV options.

• He’ll answer practical questions like: I’m about to write a 300-page novel; how do I start? Prologue or no prologue? I’m stuck. What do I do now? How do I write twists and turns? What am I looking for when I’m rewriting? How do I develop my “voice”?

Joe Ide is the author of the celebrated IQ series. The eponymous first installment
was the winner of the Anthony, Macavity and Shamus Awards and nominated
for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. IQ has been hailed by authors Michael
Connelly, Attica Locke, Carl Hiaasen, John Sanford, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adrian
McGinty and many others, as well as earning critical acclaim from the New York
Times, the Chicago Tribune, Time, Booklist, The San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus,
the Washington Post and more.