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August 2011 Writing Show: Tall, Dark and Creepy? Writing a Believable Villain

August 25th, 2011

The Writing Show

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Meriah CrawfordMeriah Crawford is a professor at VCU, a writer, and a private investigator. Meriah began teaching part time about five years ago, after she finished her MFA in creative writing, and became a full-time assistant professor at VCU in August 2010. She has short stories, one poem, and a range of nonfiction pieces published, and a great deal more in the works. As a private investigator for over eight years, Meriah worked on a wide array of cases including background investigations, insurance accident and theft cases, patent infringement, counterfeiting, harassment, and even a murder.


Alma KatsuAlma Katsu is a writer living in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. She graduated from Brandeis University, where she studied writing with novelist John Irving and children’s book author Margaret Rey, and received her MA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University. The Taker is her first novel and is published by Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster.


Katherine NevilleKatherine Neville is the award-winning, best-selling author of The Eight (which was voted one of the top ten books of all time in a national poll by the noted journal El Pais), as well as A Calculated Risk, The Magic Circle and her latest thriller, The Fire (sequel to The Eight). Her novels have been translated into 40 languages and enthrall millions of readers around the world. Publishers Weekly described her books as having paved the way for books like The Da Vinci Code. Katherine also serves on the board of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries in Washington, D.C. She has appeared or spoken on the Today show, Voice of America, National Public Radio, and numerous conferences and award programs.

John Milliken ThompsonJohn Milliken Thompson is the author of America’s Historic Trails and Wildlands of the Upper South, and co-author of the National Geographic Almanac of American History. His debut novel, The Reservoir, has been chosen a July Indie Next Pick, a Summer 2011 SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Okra Pick, and a recent Southern Indie Bestseller. Kirkus Reviews calls it “an engaging mystery novel rendered as Southern literature.”

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July 2011 Writing Show Writing for Girls Recap

August 5th, 2011

Our Writing Show on Writing for Girls turned out to be one of our best shows of the year. Thanks to our partners Richmond Young Writers and Girls of Summer.

Special thanks to our panel, which included Sarah McGuire, author of the debut novel Valiant, along with Odessa Hott and M.E. Novak-Ellis, both from Richmond Young Writers. As always, our moderator Rebekah Pierce kept things fun and informative.

Here are some pictures from last night’s show. As you can see, we had a lot of fun.


Photos by Joe Kutchera