Why do we love stories? Why do spoilers intrigue us? Meg Gardiner gets into our brains and reveals the mysteries of telling a great story.

Stories, and especially mysteries, take us to places we’d never want to go in real life. Murder? Crime? Monsters? All lousy things to experience for real, but they make for great movies and books. In this wonderfully insightful talk, Meg Gardiner helps us become better storytellers through heroes, intrigue, conflict, and suspense … the building blocks of story structure. (But fair warning: Don’t be surprised if from now on, you start to analyze every movie you watch looking for the structure!)

About the speaker

Edgar-winning novelist Meg Gardiner writes thrillers. Fast-paced and full of twists, her books have been called “Hitchcockian” (USA Today) and “nailbiting and moving” (Guardian). They have been bestsellers in the U.S. and internationally and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

The Evan Delaney novels feature a feisty freelance journalist from Santa Barbara, California. Stephen King calls them “simply put, the finest crime-suspense series I’ve come across in the last twenty years.” China Lake won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. Later it was a finalist for NPR’s 100 Best Thrillers Ever.

Her current title, Phantom Instinct, was chosen one of “The Best Books of Summer” by O, the Oprah magazine.

Meg practiced law in Los Angeles and taught in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara. Later she moved with her husband and three young children to London. There she began writing mysteries set in the California she loves. She hasn’t stopped. Writing thrillers is job she’s immensely lucky to have.

Beyond writing, Meg is a three time Jeopardy! champion and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.

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