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YWW Portland: Learn the Secret to Making Any Story Better
January 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
April Henry is known for going the extra mile to make her stories realistic. She’s done everything from attending the FBI’s Citizen Academy to becoming certified in Wilderness Medicine to taking classes in picking locks and getting out of handcuffs. Research makes stories come alive. Come hear her tips on how to get it right. Young Willamette Writers meet on the first Saturday of the month from 1-2:30 at the Bridgeport Barnes & Noble store. Our meetings are free to students age 13-18 who love to write. Join us!
New York Times-bestselling author April Henry knows how to kill you in two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April’s path to destruction: when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children’s author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he showed it to his editor, who asked if she could publish it in an international children’s magazine. By the time she was in her 30s, April had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published 24+ mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with more to come. She is known for meticulously researching her novels to get the details right.