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Calliope Authors Workshop Keynote Speech w/ Michael Walsh

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Join us for beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres to kick off the third annual Calliope Authors Workshop, hosted by Taliesin Nexus and Liberty Island, with a keynote speech from Michael Walsh along and a Q&A with Adam Bellow.

The Calliope Authors Workshop is a free writing workshop for fiction and narrative nonfiction authors. Throughout the weekend, students will have the opportunity to get thorough notes on their in-progress work as well as career advice from successful novelists, nonfiction authors, publishers, and literary agents. Part of what makes Calliope unique is that while most writing workshops focus exclusively on short stories, we accept novels, long-form narrative non-fiction, graphic novels, and short stories. We balance workshopping with panels on Traditional and Self-Publishing Strategies, Research and Outlining, and How to Develop an Effective Career Plan. Moreover, students will be joined by 12 mentors and panelists and 15 peers, growing their personal network and knowledge of the publishing industry.

Our doors will open at 7 p.m. and the programming will start at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Walsh—Keynote Speaker

With six critically acclaimed best-selling novels, multiple works of non-fiction, a record-setting TV movie, and several motion-picture scripts in the production pipeline, author and screenwriter Michael Walsh has achieved the writer’s trifecta: multiple New York Times best-sellers, an American Book Award, and writing the Disney Channel’s highest-rated original movie."

His most recent book, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace (Encounter Books, 2015), a cultural and literary study of the heroic principle in western civilization, was a surprise breakout hit upon publication. Examining the nature of good and evil via such analytical tools as Milton’s Paradise Lost, Goethe’s Faust, the Frankfurt School, and the music of Richard Wagner, the work made multiple best-seller lists. A companion volume, The Fiery Angel, is now underway.

The 1998 publication of As Time Goes By—his controversial prequel/sequel to everybody‘s favorite movie, Casablanca¸ commissioned by Warner Books—created a literary sensation; translated into more than twenty languages, including Portuguese, German, Chinese and Hebrew, the story of Rick and Ilsa landed on best-seller lists around the world.

His first novel, the dark thriller Exchange Alley, was published by Warner Books in July 1997. Hailed by critics for its moody depiction of a crumbling Soviet Union – which Walsh covered first-hand as a correspondent for Time Magazine – and a violent, dangerous New York City during the darkest days of the early 1990s, the debut novel was selected as an alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.

Walsh’s third novel, the gripping gangster saga, And All the Saints, was named a winner at the 2004 American Book Awards; even before publication, the movie rights to this fictionalized “autobiography” of the legendary Prohibition-era gangster Owney Madden was bought by MGM.

His “Devlin” trilogy for Kensington Books – Hostile Intent, Early Warning and Shock Warning – has appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists; at least two more installments in the thriller series about the National Security Agency and its most secret operative, are on the way.

In the spring of 2002, the Disney Channel premiered its film Cadet Kelly, made from an original script by Walsh (co-written with Gail Parent) and starring Hilary Duff. Until High School Musical, Cadet Kelly reigned as both the highest-rated original movie in the Disney Channel's history and its highest-rated single program ever.

His original screenplay Charlie, set during the last years of the Cold War, to be directed by Mikael Hafstrom, is currently being prepped for production in 2018.

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The best parking option is Joe's Auto Park Lot directly across the street from our office.

618 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Should that lot be full, there is another Joe's Lot two blocks away:

808 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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