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The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 15, from 10 am-noon, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City, 3845 N Swan St, Silver City, NM.

No matter what category of fiction writers are working in, they need to create unforgettable characters. Kris Neri will show attendees how to create characters from their deepest cores, through all their layers — characters that seem as unforgettable as real people. The workshop will be equally valuable for memoir and creative nonfiction writers as they are for novelists and short story writers. Kris will also share the techniques for finding characters’ unique voices.

Kris Neri’s latest novel, Hopscotch Life, featuring quirky protagonist Plum Tardy, is a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner. She also writes the Tracy Eaton mysteries, starring the daughter of eccentric Hollywood stars, and the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Haggerty magical series, featuring a questionable psychic who teams up with a goddess/FBI agent, as well as thrillers, and short stories. Kris’s novels have been finalists for such prestigious awards as the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Lefty, Derringer, and others. Kris is a four-time New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner for her own novels, as well as books to which she’s contributed. She teaches writing online for the Writers’ Program of the UCLA Extension School and is one of their highest rated instructors. Readers are welcome to visit her website:

The Write Stuff, a program presented by Southwest Word Fiesta and hosted by award-winning author and writing instructor Kris Neri, shares the techniques required for writers to elevate the professionalism of their works. This program presents a series of in-depth writing workshops throughout the year, offered by some of the most accomplished local authors and instructors on a variety of writing challenges.

All workshops are free and open to the public. No reservations. Seating is plentiful.

There is no charge to attend the workshop, but a small donation is requested to help pay for the use of the space. There is no donation requirement, however.

For more information, contact Kris Neri at

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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Kris Neri

Kris Neri's latest novel is HOPSCOTCH LIFE, an accept-yourself-in-all-your-glory women's fiction-crime crossover, featuring quirky protagonist Plum Tardy. HOPSCOTCH LIFE is a recent New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner. Kris also writes the Tracy Eaton Mysteries, featuring the daughter of eccentric Hollywood stars: REVENGE OF THE GYPSY QUEEN, DEM BONES' REVENGE, REVENGE FOR OLD TIMES' SAKE and REVENGE ON ROUTE 66, as well as the Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mysteries, featuring a questionable psychic who teams up with a modern goddess/FBI agent: HIGH CRIMES ON THE MAGICAL PLANE and MAGICAL ALIENATION. Her other books include her standalone thrillers, NEVER SAY DIE, DEVIL'S GAMBIT - DEVIL'S DUE, TRUST NO ONE, and two short story collections, THE ROSE IN THE SNOW and MADCAP MAYHEM: THE TRACY EATON MYSTERY SHORT STORIES. Kris has also appeared in a DVD offering writing instruction: WRITING KILLER MYSTERIES WITH KRIS NERI, produced by T2G Productions in Valencia, CA. Her novels have been honored by such prestigious awards as the: Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Lefty, and New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her novels have been honored with three Lefty Award nominations for humor. Three of her novels have been finalists for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, and two of them have won it. Her most recent Tracy Eaton Mystery, REVENGE ON ROUTE 66, was a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist, and her most recent Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery, MAGICAL ALIENATION, won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Kris teaches writing online for the prestigious Writers' Program of the UCLA Extension School, and other organization. When she isn't writing, Kris loves reading, hiking, and cooking. She loves hearing from her readers through her website, She hails from Silver City, NM, where she lives with her husband and two pushy terriers.
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