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Whether you're a beginning writer trying to find your way to 'The End' or a ten-book veteran ready to kick-start the next stage of your career, WORDfest Southwest is a place to share your expertise, get help, and discover the community you need to take your work to the next level. This first-ever free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Burleson Senior Center, 216 SW Johnson Ave. Although the event is free, tickets are required. You can get your ticket online now.
The event will open with New-York Times, USA Today and Wall-Street Journal bestselling author, Rachel Caine, presenting 'Check Your Assumptions' where she show examples of different projects she has worked on, share lessons from mistakes she has made and give other tips to aspiring writers.
Caine is a bestselling author of more than 50 books in several categories and genres, including adult thriller and adult urban fantasy/SF as well as books for young adults ages twelve to eighteen. She is the winner of several national awards, and most recently was a finalist in both the International Thriller Writers awards and the Killer Nashville awards for her debut thriller novel “Stillhouse Lake”.
Then Taylor Stevens will address event-goers 'On Being Good Enough as a Writer.' Stevens is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Vanessa Michael Munroe series. Published in over twenty languages and optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, the books are international boots-on-the-ground thrillers featuring a mercenary information hunter in a non-testosterone mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher. In addition to writing novels, she shares extensively about the mechanics of storytelling, writing, overcoming adversity, and her journey into publishing.
After lunch, participants will select breakout sessions from a wide range of talented writers.
The first 200 participants through the door will receive a free tote bag and Nana's Lunchbox food truck will be on-site during the event's lunch break.
The event is hosted by Burleson Public Library and presented by Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas, Visit Burleson, Friends of the Burleson Public Library and the Burleson Senior Center.