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Fundamentals of Writing with Jim Butcher

Date(s): Friday, October 9, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain time
Craft Talk, Talk
Genre and Form(s): Fantasy, Fiction, Mixed Genre
Cost: Free

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About this Event

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher for a talk about the fundamentals of writing on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain time (8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) on Zoom.

The Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event. This event will also be live streamed via facebook at if the Zoom room is full. Per the wishes of the agency, this event will not be recorded. For other appearances by Jim Butcher, visit his website at

Jim Butcher will also be teaching his class Scene and Sequel the same day on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Arizona time on Zoom. To learn more and register, visit our website at

Please note: As Phoenix does not observe daylight savings time, determining the correct time outside of Arizona can be somewhat confusing (especially as we move between MST and PDT throughout the year). To check the current time in Phoenix, Arizona, you can check the world time clock. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Piper Center at

About the Author

Photograph of Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in the mountains outside Denver, Colorado.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990’s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.