Next week I’ll be teaching and speaking at ThrillerFest in New York City. If you’re around, here’s my schedule:
July 10 — 13, 2019
Grand Hyatt, NYC
New York City
- Thursday, July 11 | CraftFest Instructor | PLOT TWISTS | 8:00 am – 8:50 am
- Thursday, July 11 | CareerFest Panelist | DISCOVER THE ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD | 11:10 am – 12 pm
- Friday, July 12 | ThrillerFest Panelist | FAULKNER, HEMINGWAY OR LUDLUM? Greatest Writing Influences | 9:00 am – 9:50 am
- Saturday, July 12 | ThrillerFest Panelist | DARK, UPBEAT OR UNHINGED? Voice In Thrillers1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
I hope I’ll see some of you there!
I have a number of events coming up in the next few months. Here’s a preview:
Left Coast Crime
March 28-31, 2019
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Texas Writes at the Sterling City Public Library
April 11, 2019 10:00AM to 1:00PM
Sterling City Public Library
301 Main St.
Sterling City, TX 76951
April 24, 2019
Grand Hyatt New York
New York City
Oklahoma Writers’ Federation: Turning the Page Conference 2019
May 3 & 4, 2019
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Meg will be the 2019 conference Keynote Speaker
July 10-13, 2019
New York City
October 31 — November 3, 2019
Hope to see some of you along the way!
Hello from New York City, where I’m enjoying ThrillerFest. Getting to spend the weekend talking about books and writing, with readers and writers who love thrillers as passionately as I do? It doesn’t get much better.
Saturday afternoon I’m on a couple of panels. At 1 p.m. I’ll be a panelist for “Deceived, Tricked or Surprised? Writing a Killer Plot Twist.” And at 4:20 p.m. I’m the Panel Master for “Los Angeles, London or Tokyo? Writing in Urban Settings.” I’ll be asking questions of a fantastic group of writers. I’d love to see some of you there.
And yes, this year’s ThrillerFest Guest of Honor is George R.R. Martin. No, I won’t ask him when The Winds of Winter will be finished. I won’t need to. Somebody will. If he gives us an answer, I’ll let you know.
Photo: The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. It’s part of any booklover’s New York pilgrimage.
Happy January, all. I hope you’re ready for the new year. In 2017 I’m going to be writing, and writing, and writing. My new novel, UNSUB, will be published in June, and I’m already digging in, writing the sequel.
I’m also going to be teaching some seminars and workshops — in both the real and virtual worlds. Here’s what I have coming up the first half of the year:
Granbury, Texas Writes
Texas Writes at the Hood County Library
Saturday, February 25, 2017 1 PM — 4 PM
222 N. Travis Street
Granbury, Texas 76048
Join us for an afternoon of writing instruction and discussion
Meg Gardiner | Suspense: Keep Characters in Peril and Readers Turning Pages
Susan Wittig Albert | Hook, line, and Sinker: Strategies to Keep Readers Reading
Free and open to the public. Pre-registration suggested (817) 573-3569
International Thriller Writers Online Thriller School
March 13 — April 28, 2017
July 11-15, 2017
Grand Hyatt New York City
Master CraftFest: Tuesday July 11, 2017. A hands-on workshop for writers of all levels. It’s an intense but extremely helpful day. Each class, which is limited to 10 students, will allow you to work with a best-selling author on your manuscript in progress.
CraftFest: Wednesday July 12, 2017. I’ll be teaching a 1-hour course on Suspense.
ThrillerFest: Friday-Saturday July 14-15, 2017.
If you’re interested in any of these events, check out the links.
Thrillerfest 2016 was exhausting in the best way. I taught a master class to a small group of newer fiction writers. I talked about how to make stories suspenseful. I managed not to cringe and hide under the table during the “Sex in Thrillers” panel. I heard David Morrell interview Walter Mosley. I visited Brooklyn, where the locals tried to make me feel at home by taking me to an Austin-themed bar (see above: Velvet Willie Nelson). I got in an argument with a New York City cabbie. In French. And I got to dress up and spend the evening at the Thrillerfest banquet with my son Mark.
What a life. I’m lucky to live it.
I’m in New York City for Thrillerfest. It’s the week when we authors descend on the city to practice the dark arts of suspense. And eat Reuben sandwiches.
Yesterday I taught an all-day workshop on writing, and this morning I taught a session on creating suspense on the page. My voice is already gone. So if you’re at the conference and strike up a conversation, I’m not giving you the silent treatment. I just can’t talk too much.
Or maybe I was struck speechless when I saw that Walter Mosley was also giving a talk to the conference: Plotting the Unconscious. WALTER MOSLEY. I sat in the front row, gasping in fangirl awe. I would have screamed like a teenager at a Beatles concert but, fortunately: my voice was already gone.
More reports to follow.
(Obligatory view from my hotel window: looking south across 42nd Street.)
Next month I’ll be taking part in Thrillerfest in New York City. This year I’m teaching at Craftfest and Master Craftfest. And I’m on a couple of panels. If you’re coming to the conference, I’d love to see you.
PROMOTION, SALES OR REVIEWS? Lessons Learned From The Front Lines
Friday, July 8
10:20 – 11:10 a.m.
HANDCUFFS, BLINDFOLDS OR TOYS? Sex In Thrillers
Saturday, July 9
2:00 pm – 2:50 p.m.
It should be fun.