- Write Now: World Building with Brian Panowich
Join us for a special Write Now program as we welcome award-winning author Brian Panowich for the release of his second novel, LIKE LIONS, and for a discussion on creating a living, memorable, world. No matter the genre, creating a vibrant and visual world in which your story lives is a vital step in the process of writing a manuscript. From characters, to history, to the shade and smell of grass, your world is a gateway for the reader. Vivid descriptions, sensory connections, feelings shared and familiar—they are the steps guiding your reader forward, drawing them deeper into your plot, offering the sensation of walking through a real world as they read. You’ve been to Hogwarts. You walked through the cupboard into a snowy wood. You stood in a barn as Charlotte weaved her web. Where do you want to take your readers? Join us for tips on building an immersive world and give your story the foundation it needs to leave a mark on your readers. Brian Panowich - Writer is a Georgia firefighter, a father to four incredible children, and the award-winning author of BULL MOUNTAIN, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, ITW Thriller Award winner for Best First Novel, Southern Book Prize winner, and a finalist for both the Anthony and the Barry Awards. He lives in Augusta, Georgia with his family. This program will be held at Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur GA,[masked]
- Write Now: Heroes and Villains
“Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” ― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man It’s time to talk heroes and villains! Join us for the newest addition to our Write Now program, Sunday, June 16th from 2-4 p.m. at the brand-new (and quite fabulous!) location of Story on the Square in McDonough! Harry and Voldemort. Dr, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Matilda and Mis Trunchbull. Every hero has a nemesis. Every villain an adversary. Your story needs compelling versions of both. Authors Christopher Swann and Brian Panowich will walk you through the process of creating vibrant heroes and villains. From motivation to endgame, the battle between your protagonist and antagonist drives the plot, bleeds into the lives and paths of your characters and the world they inhabit, and leave a lasting impression on your reader. Come out, talk some writing, meet other writers, and browse the shelves of Story on the Square! Christopher Swann is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He earned a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. In 2018, Chris was a Townsend Prize finalist, a finalist for a Georgia Author of the Year award, and longlisted for the Southern Book Prize with his debut novel, Shadow of the Lions. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Brian Panowich is an award winning author, a Georgia firefighter, and a father to four incredible children. His first novel, Bull Mountain (Putnam Books) topped the best thriller list of 2015 on Apple iBooks, placed in the top twenty best books of 2015 on Amazon, and went on to win the International Thriller Writers Award (2016) for Best First Novel, as well as the Pat Conroy Award (2016) for Best Mystery. The book was also nominated for the Barry Award, the Anthony Award, The Georgia Townsend Book Prize, and was a finalist for the 2016 LA Times Book Prize. Bull Mountain was also selected for the coveted 2016 Books All Georgians Should Read list by the Georgia Center of the Book. His second novel, Like Lions, released on April 30th, 2019.