Writing What You Know (1864)

Saturday, June 16, noon to 1 p.m.

$40 (10 % off for members)

Do you struggle to keep certain core elements straight while trying to construct a compelling plot? Martin Walker understands. This class tackles the three essential supports every plot needs, what a writer needs to know to make them work, and the difference between knowing what you write and simply doing research.

First, the group will discuss a sense of place and how to achieve it, citing examples from Sherlock Holmes’s London; Maigret’s Paris; Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles; Donna Leon’s Venice -- and Bruno’s Perigord. We will also talk about conveying believable and interesting characters and making them come alive in ways that enhance the story. Finally, we’ll address the way a sense of time is just as important as the sense of place, and how a writer needs to be in command of each hour and day of the book’s action.

For those who are interested, Walker also leads a Politics and Prose trip to France this summer: "The Périgord of "Bruno, Chief of Police," August 25 to September 1, 2018. Spend the day in “St. Denis,” tasting wines at Bruno’s favorite wine shop, and then going on to Martin’s house, where he and his wife will prepare lunch, and regale you with stories about the region.

Recommended Reading:
The Templars Last Secret, Martin Walker
A Taste for Vengeance, Martin Walker (*published on June 12)

Martin Walker well-known for his Bruno, Chief of Police series, where his creation, Bruno Walker, Chief of Police, solves mysteries in a setting rich with sun, wine, and ambience. He’s also a respected journalist and historian, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and many other national and international publications, including The Guardian where he served as bureau chief in Moscow and the U.S. His collection of nonfiction works, include The Cold War: A HistoryThe President They Deserve; The Rise, Falls and Comebacks of Bill Clinton; The Waking Giant: Gorbachev and Perestroika, which was translated into 11 languages, and Martin Walker’s Russia, which became the BBC series.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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A Taste for Vengeance: A Bruno, Chief of Police novel (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #13) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525519966
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Published: Knopf - June 12th, 2018

The Templars' Last Secret: A Bruno, Chief of Police novel (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #12) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946800
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Published: Knopf - June 13th, 2017