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2018 Post Conference Session

Troubleshooting Your Novel: Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems

Steven James

Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:00 am - 10:30 am: Tennessee Ballroom

In this practical workshop packed full of specific, time-tested advice, you will explore how to pinpoint weak spots in your story—and solve them—examine how to adjust elements of story progression, develop riveting characters, master narrative techniques, and ensure reader engagement. You owe your book more than a polish and a proofread. This workshop will help take it to the next level.

Steven James is the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of sixteen novels. He has a master’s degree in storytelling and is a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest.

Best known for his psychological thrillers, he has received more than a dozen honors and awards for his books, including three Christy Awards for best suspense. His book The Queen was a finalist for an International Thriller Award.

His groundbreaking book on the craft of fiction, Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules, won a Storytelling World Award, recognizing it as one of the year’s best resources for storytellers, as did his follow-up book Troubleshooting Your Novel. He is the host of the podcast “The Story Blender,” where he interviews great storytellers from the world of cinema, oral performance, and writing about the craft of great storytelling.

Steven hosts regular Novel Writing Intensive retreats around the country that provide in-depth instruction for serious novelists. For information on these seminars, visit

For information on his fiction, visit To book him to speak, e-mail


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