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6/11/2012 8:07:00 AM
How to grab your reader on the first page
Hollywood screenwriter, novelist offers workshop
James L. Conway
James L. Conway

Thirty-year Hollywood veteran, James L. Conway, will conduct a special workshop for writers at The Well Red Coyote on Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m.

Nothing is more important than to get your readers attention in your first few lines. Conway, author of "Dead and Not So Buried," will discuss opening lines from a number of well known books and screenplays. Together with the audience, he will examine why they work and how they hook the reader.  Then members of the audience are invited to read the opening lines of their own works, if they'd like, either finished or in progress, and Conway will offer feedback.

James L. Conway has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Hollywood as a writer, producer, director and studio executive. He'll be happy to discuss both screenplay writing and novel writing, and share what each form's writers can learn from each other. His recent directing credits are "Switched at Birth," the new "90210," "Smallville," "Supernatural," "Psych" and "Charmed." His 30-year directing career includes a wide range of episodic shows, including the pilot for "Star Trek: Enterprise".

The critics are raving about "Dead and Not So Buried":

"Screenwriter Conway hits the ground running with this entertaining, debut Hollywood potboiler with a likable PI and tongue-in-cheek humor. It's a clever mystery with one more satisfying twist at the very end. Great fun." -- Library Journal

"This mystery has all the markings of a bestseller. James L. Conway proves with his first novel that he knows how to write a great mystery with a likeable lead character that leaves his readers wanting a sequel or maybe a series."--Suspense Magazine.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

The Well Red Coyote is located at 3190 W. Highway 89A, at the corner of 89A and Dry Creek Road. For more information, call 282-2284 or go to

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