Law Seminars International Presents

Writing the Legal Thriller/Mystery for Lawyers

Featuring award-winning author and former attorney Jeffery Deaver

September 17, 2007
The University of Chicago Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL

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Who Should Attend

All attorneys who want to learn to fine tune their writing skills and get their works published.

Why Attend

The lawyer with the best story wins.' How many times have you heard that? It is as true in publishing as it is in the courtroom.

Learn how to write Your Best Story--the legal thriller to die for--and how to create a main character who will make that story come alive on the page. We will also teach you what to do with that story once it is written, how to introduce your work to the publishing world of agents and editors in the most effective way possible. You can do it. We will show you how."

~ Alice Orr     ~ Jeffery Deaver, Esq.     ~ F. Robert Stein, Esq.

What You Will Learn

- Who, what, how and why: Tips from the teacher in successful storytelling in your legal career and in your book - Writing from the trenches: A successful author's insight from page one to publication - Understanding the publishing business the way you understand the legal business -The unwritten rules and effective negotiations - How to get the most out of your publishing contract

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Topic and presentation were so much fun and very interesting. Very informative. ~ This seminar met or exceeded all my expectations.


Monday, September 17, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Writing From The Teacher: How to Become a Win-Win Storyteller - In Your Book and In Your Legal Career
  Find Out Why . . . the thriller novel is one of the most lucrative genres in publishing; the mystery series is one of the most enduring categories in publishing
Find Out What . . . makes the legal arena the perfect setting for thrillers and mysteries; the seven deadly sins (publishing career killers) of suspense writing
Find Out Who (or Whom) . . . your hero or heroine must be to hook agents, editors and readers into your story and who your villain must (and must not) be to make him truly real and terrifying
Find Out How . . . to burst into your story and grab the reader in a death grip from the start, and to keep readers racing along your story line as if their lives depended on it
  Alice Orr, Teacher, Author, Publishing Professional
Alice Orr Seminars / Seattle, WA
10:00 am Break
10:15 am The Creative Blueprint: Structuring and Pacing a Thriller
  Every lawyer has the tools he or she needs to craft a thriller novel, but those hidden talents are not to be found in the substance of their practices. Rather, the skills developed in researching and planning a legal case or a business deal are very similar to those required to plan out a commercial novel (and, frankly, a fine arts literary novel, as well). Learn how to plan and structure a successful novel, based on the talents that you, as a legal professional, already possess.
  Jeffery Deaver, Esq., Published Author, Former Wall Street Attorney
Chapel Hill, NC
11:15 am Lunch (on your own)
12:30 pm Demystifying the Book Contract
  Chances are you have never seen a publisher's standard form contract. Be prepared for a shock: punitive is the modifier that best applies—punitive to the author, that is. When you see your first author's contract, you will be sorely tempted to cross out almost every line in protest. That would be a grave could destroy your relationship with your publisher. Instead, arm yourself with information about traditional practices, the changes that publishers are likely to accept and those they will categorically reject. Learn to tiptoe through the trip wires without getting your writerly limbs blown off, especially at the early stages of your career.
  F. Robert Stein, Esq.
Pryor Cashman LLP / New York, NY
1:30 pm Break
1:45 pm The Publishing Business: What You As A Writer Must Know
  There are many unwritten rules in the publishing business. These rules determine whether a story and it characters are, or are not, salable in today's demanding commercial publishing marketplace. Equally crucial unwritten rules govern the way you must approach and deal with book editors and literary agents if your goal is to be a winner in the publishing world. To succeed as an author, you must know these rules. You must understand the publishing business the way you understand the legal business. You must learn how the publishing business really works and how to make it really work for you. Alice Orr knows this territory well. She shares her insider insights with you and guides you toward becoming as savvy as you have to be in order to make your publishing dream come true.
  Alice Orr, Teacher, Author, Publishing Professional
Alice Orr Seminars / Seattle, WA
3:15 pm Q & A: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing and Publishing But Had Nobody to Ask
  Members of the Faculty, Alice Orr, Moderator
4:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $495 with a group rate of $420 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $345. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $247.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

Some states have approved this program for CLE credits. We have an application pending for Illinois. Please call for information.


The workshop will be held at the The University of Chicago Gleacher Center at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive in Chicago, IL 60611-4316. Nearby hotels are listed on Gleacher Center's website at
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $505. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Jeffery Deaver, award winning author, poet, and journalist, began studying law at Chicago's DePaul University and graduated from Fordham Law School. He worked for several years as an attorney for a large Wall Street firm. During his commute, he began writing the type of fiction he enjoyed reading: suspense novels. Author of twenty-two novels, his works include The Blue Nowhere, Mistress of Justice, A Maiden's Grave, The Bone Collector, Garden of Beasts, and forthcoming The Sleeping Doll.

Alice Orr left book editing to become a literary agent and was President of Alice Orr Agency, Inc. in New York City for many years. She has edited many mystery novels, is past President of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and past Vice-President of Sisters In Crime Mid-Atlantic Chapter. She taught the first MWA mystery writing course ever given, has lectured on the mystery-suspense genre for twenty-plus years and been published seven times as a romantic suspense novelist. She published No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing A Manuscript That Sells from Writers Digest Books. She conducts seminars and workshops nationally on writing and publishing. She is a part-time resident of New York City, where she keeps in touch with the current publishing scene, and spends the remaining time of the year in Seattle, Washington.

F. Robert Stein is of counsel to Pryor Cashman LLP in New York. He represents authors, literary agents, publishers and others in contract negotiations and disputes. He also advises film producers and insurers with respect to defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright and other potential problems in film and television projects. He is the author of Book Publishing: Standard 'Trade Book' Author/Publisher Agreements, a chapter in Entertainment Law, published by the New York State Bar Association. Previously he has been in-house counsel for Random House, Inc., CBS, Inc., Simon & Schuster, and Warner Communications, where he served as Vice President and General Counsel for Warner Publishing.