Gerald Elias Mystery Writing Workshop — Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

elias_smileyJoin Gerald Elias for an interactive workshop on the mysteries and unique pleasures of mystery writing, a rich genre with a wealth of possibilities. Participants will share ideas on craft, read excerpts of superb mystery writing, and generate some new work of their own. There will be time to talk with Gerald about the life of a writer-musician, and about how music, art, or just about any genuine passion or expertise can come into play. Don’t be surprised if he brings his violin. 

Mysteries and Music: A Cross-Pollination of Inspiration

Join Gerald Elias for an interactive workshop on the mysteries and unique pleasures of mystery writing, a rich genre with a wealth of possibilities.

Gerald Elias is the author of five mystery novels and a violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Symphony.

To register for this Saturday workshop, contact Jennifer Atwood:

Jennifer@writersatwork.org

801-996-3313

Cost: $75 includes lunch.

Location: Junior League of Salt Lake City, Inc.
526 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

More details on the workshop from Gerald Elias:

We’ll share ideas on craft and read brief excerpts of some of the best mystery writing we’ve encountered. We’ll also take time to talk about the writing life, and about how music, art, or just about any genuine passion or expertise can come into play.

I particularly want to explore with you how music and visual art that were created as a response to a story, can in turn inspire us as authors. There are countless examples of music inspired by literature. A list of operas and tone poems based upon the plays of Shakespeare alone would fill a small book. So, too, have books been inspired by music. Think Tolstoy’s novella, “Kreutzer Sonata.” Having been a violinist in the Boston Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony for over three decades, I have authored five mysteries based upon musical masterpieces that were themselves inspired by prior stories: poems, legends, or scenarios conjured up by the composer himself. My first four books took the names of their musical counterparts: Devil’s Trill, Danse Macabre, Death and the Maiden, and Death and Transfiguration, and as you see, each deals with the subject of death or the devil. My fifth, Playing with Fire, derives its setting from “Winter,” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

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Part of our workshop will probe the challenges of becoming a published author and of juggling two distinct careers, the plight of all but the most established authors. We’ll conclude our day with a lively group discussion, including practical advice on how to make a go of it as an author.

 

To register for this Saturday workshop, contact Jennifer Atwood:

Jennifer@writersatwork.org

801-996-3313

 

Workshop participants should bring the following:

  • A brief excerpt or two from your favorite mystery;
  • A famous (or not so famous) musical composition or artwork on your phone or iPad that has a story and might be a source of your own literary inspiration
  • Your pen and paper so we can generate and share some new scenes and ideas while we’re together.

For some fun and edification, I’ll bring my fiddle with me and play excerpts of the music from my books to illuminate the interaction between art forms. I hope you’ll walk away inspired, with fresh ideas for your writing that you can’t wait to try.

To register for this Saturday workshop, contact Jennifer Atwood:

Jennifer@writersatwork.org

801-996-3313

To learn more about Gerald Elias:

https://geraldeliasmanofmystery.wordpress.com/

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