10:00-11:30 Workshop #1 with Brian Francis, author of The Trail
Horror novelist Brian Francis reads from his newly-published work, The Trail, and discusses everything from how to create characters to the resurgence of the genre in popular culture. Brian will use his experience as a writer and film teacher to lead a brief lesson concerning the five elements your story MUST have in order to get published.
Brian Francis’s horror novel The Trail came out December 1st, 2011. As he says, “It's my first horror book, and some really messed-up things happen in it. Although, I'm not really messed-up. (I don't think.)” Brian’s also written feature articles, humor pieces, and reviews. His influences are eclectic and include: Ween, Dr. Who, Yuengling Lager, Richard Brautigan, dogs, Haruki Murakami, Richard Laymon, sports-talk radio, camping, brunch, Philip K. Dick, and long walks on the beach.
11:30-1:00 Lunch on campus or on your own
1:00-2:30 Workshop #2 with Jim Kern, Criminologist and Director of Rosemont’s Criminal Justice Program
FBI trained criminologist Jim Kern will give writers all the ins and outs of how to get the crime scene details just right in their fiction. There will be plenty of time for Q & A.
James Kerns, Director of the Criminal Justice Program, is a graduate of Cabrini College with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and a recognized expert in the field of forensic evidence and criminal investigation. He is a retired Captain of Police from Upper Darby, PA who studied forensics at the FBI Academy and brings a practical perspective to the classroom after working for nearly thirty years in the field of criminal justice.
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