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The Writing Life

Week of April 20, 2024

New York Times bestselling novelist, Amanda Eyre Ward, talks about novel and travel writing, with three craft lectures and a Q&A about the business of writing. Bring a notebook and leave the Ranch with a plan to write your novel or memoir! From identifying your story to narrative structure and exercises to get to the truth of your characters, Amanda will lead three workshops, culminating in a Q&A session where she will talk about publication, agents, and the business of writing.

Evening Event:
Amanda will speak about her life as an author and read from her new novel.

Three Craft Lectures and One Q&A:
Tell Me Your Story
A craft talk and exercises to help you get to the heart of your story, whether it be a novel or memoir. Let Amanda inspire you with a sneak peek into her process of inspiration.

How To Research your novel, memoir, or travel piece: Amanda talks about research trips and how to integrate research into her books without letting the research overwhelm the story.

The Three-Act Structure
Advanced craft workshop on the three-act structure, plot points, and identifying theme and important scenes in the novel. Amanda will bring a pack of index cards for each guest and lead a workshop on outlining guest own projects with her guidance.

The Business of Writing
Amanda will lead a Q&A about literary agents, foreign and film agents, TV shows, travel writing, and how to make a living as a writer. Bonus: how Amanda found out that Sandra Bullock had optioned her novel, the day Reese Witherspoon chose Amanda’s novel for her book club, and what it’s like to have work optioned for TV and film.


Amanda Eyre Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of Sleep Toward Heaven, How to Be Lost, Love Stories in This Town, Forgive Me, Close Your Eyes, The Same Sky, The Nearness of You, The Jetsetters, and The Lifeguards. Her bestselling novels have been a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, and more. Amanda publishes nonfiction in Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, Texas Monthly, and more, and publishes original work on Amanda’s work has been optioned for film and television and translated into fifteen languages. Her new novel, Lovers & Liars, will be published in May, 2024.