Speaker Spotlight: James Finn Garner

jfinngarnerChicago Writers Conference is thrilled to have the likes of James Finn Garner as one of this year’s speakers. James is best known for Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, which was an international best-seller translated into more than 20 languages. His work has been published in Playboy, the New York TimesWall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Magazine, where he was a columnist. His most recent novel is the clown noir thriller, Honk Honk, My Darling: A Rex KokoPrivate Clown Mystery, which was named 2011 Book of the Year (Nontraditional Fiction) by the Chicago Writers Association.

At CWC 2013, James will sit on a panel on Saturday, September 28 at 1:30 pm with comedian Lisa Laureta and Onion writer Jen Spyra called “Add Laughter to Your Writing…Seriously.” Here’s a taste of what you can expect from James.

CWC:  What is the biggest hurdle you’ve overcome on your path to becoming a writer?

A lack of family support made me think that becoming a writer was a pipe dream. This kept me very defensive about my plans, which made the solitary life of a writer even more isolating.

CWC: What’s the number one tip you give beginning writers?
Read all your work out loud, preferably to an audience of good listener(s). It’s the best way to find the rhythm and cut out the dross in your writing.
CWC: What can we expect from your panel?
Cream pies, greased pigs, roman candles, and lots and lots of wigs.  Think: Mini-state fair, with a little less of the livestock smell.
James Finn Garner will read a selection from Tea Party Fairy Tales at our Benefit on August 29. Info here.