Session Description

Sometimes an idea can be so epic that the story can fill an entire novel. Sometimes they can be whittled down into shorter formats or bite-size reads. Sometimes it’s hard to know the difference. Brian has written in all kinds of formats and has learned quite a bit on how to distill an idea down to its core and sharpen it like a razor. He’ll do his best to equip you with some of the tools that have helped him decide what path an idea should take, and he promises you that he’s not the typical tweed jacket speaker. He’s a lot more fun than that. Even at 9 in the morning.

About Brian Panowich

Brian Panowich is an international best-selling author who ranked #1 on Apple iBooks Best Mystery List, made the top twenty best books on Amazon, went on to win the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel, as well as the Southern Book Prize for Best Mystery. He has also been nominated for the Barry Award, the Anthony Award, The Georgia Townsend Book Prize, and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. Brian’s first novel, BULL MOUNTAIN (G.P. Putnam) was also selected for the coveted BOOKS ALL GEORGIANS SHOULD READ list by the Georgia Center of the Book, was an Indie Next Pick, and has been the recipient of several foreign press awards. Brian’s sophomore novel, LIKE LIONS (St. Martins), earned him The Georgia Author of the Year Award for best Mystery, and his latest, HARD CASH VALLEY (St. Martins) was named one of the top 10 best crime novels of the year by the New York Times. Brian also maintains a popular monthly opinion column (Scattered & Covered) in Augusta Magazine and his forthcoming novel NAILS: AN AMERICAN LOVE SONG (St. Martins) drops in the Fall of 2023.

Brian’s Books