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Save Our Heritage Organisation

May 15
Steve Berry
New York Times Bestselling Author

National Book Launch, Writers Workshop, & Reception
Marston House - 3525 Seventh Avenue
in Balboa Park

Steve BerrySave Our Heritage Organisation and History Matters Foundation present Lessons from a Bestseller; a writers workshop featuring international and New York Times best selling author Steve Berry, in conjunction with the national book launch of his latest novel, The Columbus Affair, followed by a reception at the Marston House.

Berry and his wife Elizabeth founded History Matters, a foundation to assist communities around the world with historic restoration and preservation."Preservation of our heritage is a vital link to cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, and economic legacies, all of the things that quite literally make us who we are," said Berry.

This is a unique opportunity to meet the author in person, learn from his struggles and long road to publication, hear about how history inspires his writing, and be the very first to purchase your copy of The Columbus Affair and have him sign it personally at the reception.

SOHO's Education and Communications director Alana Coons says, "We are delighted to bring this special event to the Marston House to benefit the grounds restoration. These funds will go directly to replication of the historic lights and William Templeton Johnson-designed benches, to return them to the formal gardens after more than 50 years. We are especially thankful to Steve Berry's foundation and the generous donation of his time and expenses. This is a wonderful opportunity for writers and readers who wish to understand more about the creation of the books they love, and to gain insight into the author's world."

About the Workshop & Book Launch
In the four-hour workshop Steve Berry will pass on valuable information and insight to writers of all levels of ability, including:

  • The Four "C's" of Writing - How to structure books for maximum impact.
  • Point of View and Dialog - How much dialog should there be, and how it should be included.
  • 10 Rules of Writing - The rules Steve learned during his early years that give writers the basic information they will need to craft their own story.
  • The Business of Publishing - Elizabeth Berry joins Steve to explain how to sell your work, including agents, editors and publishers. Drawing on her expertise as the executive director of International Thriller Writers and her work as a literary marketing and sales professional, she will discuss the path to publishing, both traditional and non-traditional, and what it takes in today's world to make it as an author. Being heavily involved with her husband Steve's book promotional activities, Berry can share many a valuable secret to would-be authors.

Steve will also discuss his newest novel, The Columbus Affair, and the importance of historic preservation for the writing community.

About Steve Berry
New York Times bestselling author of ten historical thrillers, with 14 million books in print and translated into 51 languages, there is a common thread woven through Steve Berry's work. Something from the past has been lost, forgotten, or is in peril. But these relics of the past continue to have great importance in the modern world.

Berry has helped the historic preservation efforts of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Mark Twain House & Museum, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Preservation League of New York State, and many more.

About Elizabeth BerryElizabeth Berry
Elizabeth Berry may be best known for her work as the director of the International Thriller Writers' annual ThrillerFest, a conference of the world's top suspense and thriller writers who gather every July in New York City. Under her guidance, ThrillerFest grew to become the premier conference for thriller writers, consistently featuring some of the best and most successful writers in the business, including Ken Follett, James Patterson, R.L. Stine, Clive Cussler, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci and Lee Child.

Book Launch Reception
An evening reception with hor d'oeuvres and wine begins at 6pm, followed by a talk featuring Berry's well-known wit and historical insight at 7pm. Books will be available for signing. A tour of the Marston House Museum is included before the reception.

Workshop 9am-1pm
Cost $75

Book Launch Reception 5-7:30pm
5pm Tour
6pm Reception followed by a talk by Steve Berry
Cost $50

Book Orders
SOHO Member $26.40
Non-Member $29.10
Pre-Order your copy of The Columbus Affair HERE

Early Registration
For All-day Workshop, Reception & Talk, with Marston House Museum tour
Cost $100
Purchase HERE

Purchase Tickets Separately
Online HERE
Call (619) 297-9327
In person SOHO Museum Shops, 2 locations
- At the Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Avenue in historic Old Town San Diego
- At the Marston House, 3525 Seventh Avenue in Balboa Park

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