RWC2016: Tex Thompson

By on August 9, 2016

This year at our annual Roanoke Writers’ Conference (September 2 & 3) we are excited to welcome Tex Thompson!Tex Thompson headshot

Arianne “Tex” Thompson is home-grown Texas success story. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in literature, she channeled her passion for exciting, innovative, and inclusive fiction into the Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris. Now a professional speaker and creative writing instructor at SMU, Tex is blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, relentlessly enthusiastic one-woman stampede.

Find her online at and on Twitter as @tex_maam!

Friday night, Tex will kick off our weekend with her keynote presentation, Finding Your Pulse: writing from the heart without selling your soul… 

Writing would be so much easier if only it came with a progress bar. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know when you’re 99% of the way to a great story outline, a stellar manuscript, or a sweet book deal. So we tread water in an ocean of daily doubts, with precious little assurance that we’re swimming in the right direction – or even moving forward at all. It’s time to find a healthier way. Let’s talk about purpose, passion, and sustainable progress – about writing from the heart, without selling your soul.

Our Friday night dinner and keynote is limited seating, so sign up soon!

Then Saturday at 11, Tex will be giving a presentation on The Seven Deadly First-Page Sins…

There’s no one right way to begin your story – but there are plenty of wrong ones. In this class, we’ll take you on a cautionary tour through the pits of page-one hell, complete with agent pet peeves, reader turn-offs, and “thanks but no thanks” editorial deal-breakers. Don’t let your manuscript suffer in form-rejection torment: let us guide you through the slush-pile inferno and lead your story toward the light!

You can also sign up for her workshop at 2pm: Worldbuilding for Fun and Profit…

It’s a hard truth of sci-fi and fantasy: worldbuilding is a time-sucking rabbit-hole of research, and many a diligent writer has gotten lost in the details. But doesn’t have to be that way! Whether you’re constructing a fantasy realm, inventing an alternate past, or postulating a post-apocalyptic future, some principles of good world-creation are universal – and you can start applying them right away. Come learn the secrets of crafting innovative, believable, dynamic settings that your readers will want to explore for years to come.

Workshops are also limited-seating, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

See the full details of our conference, and register here.

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