Here Comes Trouble
Presented by Michael Farris Smith


9 a.m. to noon
State Library

One of the most entertaining aspects of writing fiction is that you get to be a troublemaker, and get away with it. But are we stirring up enough trouble and creating enough tension, or holding back? In “Here Comes Trouble,” we will discuss how to get the most out of your characters, and your story. How can we push our characters to the edge? How can one bit of dialogue rouse emotions? How can we figure out what part of our story or novel needs more trouble? Bring something to write with and your current work, if you have some, as we’ll practice on the spot. If you don’t have any or just beginning, here is a good place to start.

To register for a 2017 Louisiana Book Festival WordShop, complete this form or call 225.219.9503.

Michael Farris Smith is a major new Southern literary talent, and his new novel Desperation Road is a striking story about violence and its aftermath, set against a rich and vibrant Mississippi backdrop. Praised by Ron Rash as “an outstanding performance,” Desperation Road is also a B&N Discover pick, an Indie Next selection, and one of Amazon’s Best Mysteries of the month. In Desperation Road and the forthcoming The Fighter (2018), Smith perfectly captures the dichotomy of desperation and hope that exists in today’s rural America. Smith is a native Mississippian, and recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award, the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, and the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction. He lives in Oxford, MS, with his wife and two daughters.



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