Word Works: Elizabeth George on Process

Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 7pm

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For writers, there is little more fascinating than seeing another writer’s process laid out like an instruction manual. For close readers, learning a beloved author’s way of working is like discovering the secret to a magician’s trick. 

New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth George will discuss her own particular process of writing for the Word Works: Writers on Writing series. When crafting the next book of her well-known British crime novel series, how much and what type of planning happens? What is the process between the plan and the final page? How has her process shifted over the course of writing countless novels?

Elizabeth George is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, which have been translated into thirty languages and featured on television by the BBC. A longtime instructor of creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She most recently taught a live online creative writing class for Hedgebrook Women’s Writers’ Retreat on Whidbey Island.

She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, and Germany’s MIMI. She has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award, and she is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from California State University Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).

She has also written the bestselling creative writing book Write Away, has edited two volumes of short stories, and is the executive chair of the Elizabeth George Foundation, which makes grants to poets, emerging playwrights, and unpublished novelists.